Ok… So What?
台灣案例：Taipei Times Opinion
- The TAIEX last month rose above 17,000 points as rallies in steel, shipping and some non-tech stocks offset a weakness in semiconductor and electronics stocks.
- While news about a cluster of local COVID-19 infections connected with China Airlines cargo pilots and a hotel in Taoyuan fueled selling pressure early this month and pushed the local stock market into consolidation mode, the daily market turnover in the first two trading sessions of this month hit fresh highs.
- Moreover, Taiwan’s stock trading volume last month began to surpass that of Hong Kong for the first time in 15 years, which was beyond most market participants’ expectations.
- Taiwan’s daily market turnover exceeding Hong Kong’s might gradually become a new normal from this year, and there are good reasons for this.
- First, Hong Kong’s stock market has lost its appeal to foreign investors since China last year imposed national security legislation on the territory, triggering a potential flight of capital and talent.
- Second, many wealthy Taiwanese tend to park their overseas funds in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Switzerland and the US, but government statistics showed that more than 80 percent of funds repatriated by wealthy individuals last year were from Hong Kong, as they saw the political situation in the territory worsen after its self-governance, human rights and freedom of speech were further suppressed.
- Third, China’s new NASDAQ-style stock board — the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s STAR board — has emerged as a fast-growing capital markets center for Chinese companies at a time when rising China-US tensions have triggered concerns about their prospects of listing in New York, posing a growing challenge to the Hong Kong stock exchange.
- On the other hand, Taiwan’s economic fundamentals, the central bank’s adoption of extraordinary monetary easing and the government’s fiscal policies have fueled continued rallies in the nation’s stock market since last year.
- It might be too early to tell how long the consolidation trend might last, as a resurgent COVID-19 outbreak is coloring the global economic outlook, but some insight can be drawn from the stock market:
- Taiwan’s GDP grew a larger-than-expected 8.16 percent in the first quarter, as exports and private investment remained healthy.
接下來，我們來看美國人寫的句子，也是一個主流媒體的 opinion 文。
美國案例：New York Times Opinion
- I miss torturing Liz Cheney.
- But it must be said that the petite blonde from Wyoming suddenly seems like a Valkyrie amid halflings.
- She is willing to sacrifice her leadership post — and risk her political career — to continue calling out Donald Trump’s Big Lie.
- She has decided that, if the price of her job is being as unctuous to Trump as Kevin McCarthy is, it isn’t worth it, because McCarthy is totally disgracing himself.
- It has been a dizzying fall for the scion of one of the most powerful political families in the land, a conservative chip off the old block who was once talked about as a comer, someone who could be the first woman president.
- How naïve I was to think that Republicans would be eager to change the channel after Trump cost them the Senate and the White House and unleashed a mob on them.
- I thought the Donald would evaporate in a poof of orange smoke, ending a supremely screwed-up period of history.
- But the loudest mouth is not shutting up.
- And Republicans continue to listen, clinging to the idea that the dinosaur is the future.
- “We can’t grow without him,” Lindsey Graham said.
She is willing to sacrifice her leadership post — and risk her political career — to continue calling out Donald Trump’s Big Lie.
左邊的，是美國人，矽谷知名投資人 Peter Thiel。右邊的是德國人，但注意了，是一個英文非常好的德國人。他不但是世界經濟論壇的創辦人，研究所也是在哈佛大學唸的。
這兩本書 Introduction 是怎麼寫的？
Klaus Schwab (德國)：
Of the many diverse and fascinating challenges we face today, the most intense and important is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution, which entails nothing less than a transformation of humankind.
We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another.
In its scale, scope and complexity, what I consider to be the fourth industrial revolution is unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
Peter Thiel (美國)：
Whenever I interview someone for a job, I like to ask this question: “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?
The question sounds easy because it’s straightforward.
Actually, it’s very hard to answer.
It’s intellectually difficult because the knowledge that everyone is taught in school is by definition agreed upon.
See the difference?德國的那位跟我們之前看到的台灣作者一樣，每個句子都很長，而且沒什麼變換。
Peter Thiel 就不一樣了，不時插入簡短有力的句子，彷彿讓我們念到一半突然停頓或是轉彎，然後再用一個比較長的句子給我們更多資訊。
給你們一個例子：我把上面那篇 Taipei Times 的一段，改寫看看。
Second, many wealthy Taiwanese tend to park their overseas funds in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Switzerland and the US, but government statistics showed that more than 80 percent of funds repatriated by wealthy individuals last year were from Hong Kong, as they saw the political situation in the territory worsen after its self-governance, human rights and freedom of speech were further suppressed.
Second, wealthy Taiwanese tend to park their overseas funds in many places: Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Switzerland and the US.
But looking at government stats on the funds repatriated by wealthy individuals last year, there was a surprise.
Over 80% came from Hong Kong.
This likely resulted from the territory’s worsening political situation, with self-governance, human rights, and freedom of speech all being suppressed.