Stanford University Press (January 9, 2013) has published a collection of essays entitled Global Futures in East Asia; it includes an essay of mine, entitled “Smile Chaoyang: Education and Culture in Neoliberal Taiwan.” Here is the book cover:
The press removed from the essay a Government Information Office of Taiwan photograph due to fear of copy right infringements:
Below is a more direct photograph that I refrained from including because I was and remain more interested in the universal or global situation. I did not want to provide comforting images of the discomfort of others by which to assure oneself that “things are a little better here.” They’re not. In any case:
And the bottom line:
Universities are increasingly redundant and entirely overbought, as traders would say. A parabolic bubble of expectations, costs, and tuition increases defines their current condition. Parabolic moves imply a rough return to earth.