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2008.0428

The Kid Who Refused JCEE 36 Years Ago Encourages NTNU Geography Students to Explore the World Today

<p><font face="Arial">By Diana Meng<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Brian Wu (吳祥輝), the writer who was renowned for his &ldquo;The Kid Who Refused the Joint College Entrance Exam&rdquo; nearly 36 years ago, encouraged Geography students to travel more and explore the world during his speech at the annual Geography Lecture today.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;We will understand a foreign culture, history and society better and faster through traveling.&nbsp; Also, we will be inspire by those fresh ideas we see and experience in a foreign country, which can be a role model for our own beloved mother soil,&rdquo; Wu said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Wu graduate from Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School in 1972 but he refused to take the Joint College Entrance Exam for continuing his college education.&nbsp; In 1975, he wrote the book &ldquo;The Kid Who Refused the Joint College Entrance Exam,&rdquo; which was then made into a film in 1979 and became famous.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">He also wrote Finland Unveiled in 2006 and Ireland: Exclamation Mark in 2007.&nbsp; These two books feature Finland and Ireland and were also the center of discussions during Wu&rsquo;s speech today.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Wu said that various geographic features would cultivate and develop a country which would make the country what it is today.&nbsp; From his study on Finland and Ireland, he said that Finland&rsquo;s high quality education system, clean government and Ireland&rsquo;s literature and boosting economics can all be role models for Taiwanese people to follow.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;We surely can generate new concept and new idea through this,&rdquo; he said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"><br /> </font>&nbsp;</p>