Praying for the people who have been so gravely injured in the Taiwan waterpark explosion. But even more pertinently we must be thinking about WHY this would only happen in Taiwan. There are color runs all around the world, music festivals staged everywhere. Why is Taiwan the only place where this has happened? Yes, people are suffering and we should pray for them and do what we can. But that doesn’t mean we should forget the crux of the situation. This event should shine a light on quality control at such amusement parks in Taiwan, and I hope that people will not think only about the grief and pain the situation is causing, but to also use a logical approach to fight for the truth . Because without the truth, who’s to say this won’t happen again and again and again? We need answers; and I have seen absolutely none given other than preliminary reports so far. All the Taiwanese media is providing us with is the fatalities, their back stories and basically trying to make money off the tail end of the situation. And people just seem to be buying it hook, line and sinker.
We should not be invading upon others’ privacy when they are in such pain, and in such stages of tragedy. That is the absolute worse thing that any journalist can do. Shining a spotlight on the most painful periods of an individuals’ life all for the sake of making a quick buck. And on top of that, I don’t see any pressing of further inquiries into the situation at all.
Grief is grief, but let’s not cry over split milk. We need to see some real change in place so this kind of situation will never happen again.
It's been my dream since I started getting to know more about Chinese music to be able to live in Taipei, and now I'm finally going to be able to! Starting from the 11th of February, I will be staying in Taipei for 139 days and hope to share parts of my experiences that may be helpful with readers everywhere! (Feb 2014)