«Gegengabe» in Paremiology, Folklore, Language, and Literature – Honoring Wolfgang Mieder on His Seventieth Birthday
Edited By Christian Grandl and Kevin J. McKenna
A Teacher for One Day, a Father for a Whole Lifetime: A Selection of Taiwanese Proverbs About Teachers
The myriad twinkling stars of summer nights are his wisdom and proverbs,
The colorful peach flowers on the evergreen field, his students and books.
Siám-iāu tì-gān hok-siū-seng,
Boán-bûn thô-lí su bān-chheng.
Students may have memories of their teachers, no matter whether they are beautiful or ugly, respectful or critical. In my culture tradition, teachers are usually trusted in many aspects, specifically in knowledge, ability, and personality. Moreover, they are considered to be entitled to certain privileges, and are generously paid. The images of our teachers are glorious and beautiful, which have been reflected in Taiwanese proverbs, which echo with the understanding of education and values of Taiwanese people.
In this paper, Taiwanese proverbs denote proverbs which have been spread in Taiwanese spoken society and articulated by the Taiwanese people. However, from the viewpoint of etymology, these proverbs are not necessarily exclusive from the Han people's socio-cultural background. This sort amounts to quite a large number, within which I have limited my selection to those focusing on the images and legacies of the teachers.
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