By: Audrey H. (’23)
70% of TAS students are U.S. citizens, but regardless, students generally understand foreign policy regarding international relations and economic concerns that may arise because of U.S. politics. However, many students have very little understanding of domestic politics unless they have lived in the United States. Students mainly focus on politics that have direct relevance to them, including international relations between the U.S. and Taiwan (and how each country’s relationship with China affects the other).
Although domestic policies reflected by U.S. politics are not fully understood by the majority of TAS students, there are still many ways that students can enhance their empathy towards topics including U.S. domestic policies. “I think that reading [the news] everyday is so essential… and asking other students or teachers about issues is also helpful [for students who want to better educate themselves on current issues],” Upper School History Teacher Mrs. Darby Sinclair said.
It is common for TAS students to disregard politics that are not directly affecting their own lives. This promotes a disoriented world view. Although many students find time and the need to educate themselves of political matters that they are not familiar with, many others ignore factors of politics that they do not believe to have direct effects on their lives.
The outcomes of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election may have impacts on families at TAS depending on their backgrounds. There are families that are concerned about having a new president because they felt that Trump was good U.S.-Taiwan relations. However, other TAS families might find a new president to be refreshing as President Elect Biden has said that he will stop the ban on immigration from Muslim countries or the travel bands from Muslim countries.
Ultimately, different interpretations of Biden’s presidency are shaped by various life experiences that mold different political viewpoints.