Tigress Witch-Taiwanese Folktale

A story I have chose from my home country is “A Tigress Witch“. You would call this type of story a “Myth”. The story is quite long, so I have put them in main points:

Beginning:

  • Mother goes on a trip to the city and leaves her daughters(Akim(older), AGiok(younger))
  • Someone knocks on the door and ask to let them in
  • The sisters let the tigress witch in and it was an old lady
  • The tigress witch lies and says that she was their great-aunt. The younger one believes, but the older one was  suspicious

Middle/End:

  • Akim hears noise, and realise that their “great-aunt” was actually the tigress witch, and was eating AGiok’s fingers
  • Akim runs and climbs up the tree and the tigress witch tries to chew the trunk.
  • Akim asks the tigress witch to bring a boiling bucket with peanut oil.
  • Akim pours the bucket on the tigress witch and she dies

Theme or Message of the story:
If you read the actual story, you would notice that it is sort of similar to “Three Little Pigs” just without the part where the house gets blown. The moral of the story is to NEVER open the door for strangers because you don’t know what they might do to you, just like the tigress witch!

Why is it a good story?
This is a good story because it teaches children what they shouldn’t do.

Abolish Child labor or Not?

On thursday, April 17th, 2014, 12:35 pm during humanities, our class gathered to have a court trial on the major problem during child labor, during the industrial revolution. We had an argument whether to abolish child labor or give better working conditions for the children. The class was divided into two groups, and each of them had a leader who would give a speech on the child labor. Fred Ward, the leader of the defence team of child labour has claimed in his five to seven minutes speech “…we can all agree that child labor is better than starving, even if the factories provide only the bare necessities.” Some members of the offence team were disagreeing about this fact because the purpose of the trial was to abolish child labour or give better working conditions. Another statement Fred Ward claimed was “..child labor is giving every child an opportunity to get into the world easily with training wheels and a helmet.”Adam Turner, lead attorney against child labor has claimed in his speech “…The point of industrial revolution is to develop techniques and to make people’s life efficient.”  After both leaders from each team has done their speech, the lawyers interviewed the suspects.

Factory owner, Sam Washington, was questioned by one of his lawyer

– “Why is it better if children are working in the factories then working at home?”

-“Because if the kids don’t come to our factories they would lose a big chance. If they wouldn’t be in my factory they would have to live with their poor families and they wouldn’t be able to get a  balanced meal every day. And with their poor families they would need to work on the fields or small work shops anyways. Also if they decide to work at our factories, they will have good education. If they have a poor family they would  have to  work in small workshops or fields so they will have a lower chance of being well educated since their parents would not be able to afford the money. Some children couldn’t even get education. So if they come to our factory they will be able to have a balanced life.”

Edward Homes, professional journalist, was questioned by his lawyer

-“Mr. Homes, what do you, personally think about child labour?

-“Child labour is to train our younger generations growing up to be strong, brave, and skilled adults. Along with that, these inspiring adults will change this country into a better place to live in, and for a better future.”

Robert Dickens, a boy who worked in the factory was questioned by his lawyer

-“Did you like working in the factory? Why or why not?”

-“I didn’t like working in a factory because I was forced to do many labor intensive activities for many hours. I was prone to many diseases such as White Lung, lung cancer, and asthma. I also didn’t like how easy it was to injure yourself.