I found this story in today’s Taipei Times quite disturbing.
Dating can sometimes be heart-breaking, but a college girl at Chung Yuan Christian University recently learned it can be leg-breaking as well.
Hua Yu-tien (花有田), an instructor at the university, told reporters yesterday that the girl, a freshman in the Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, broke her dormitory’s 11pm curfew to go on a date with a fellow student on Oct. 20.
The girl jumped out of a window on the second floor of the dormitory, 5m above the ground, but her date failed to catch her and she ended up breaking both legs, the instructor said.
The article might seem like one of those strange and weird things that happen, but it raises the question why are adults at a university locked up at night? For many Taiwanese living in on-campus dormitories, enforced curfews might seem normal and something they would not think to challenge. However, when I lived in a residential college at The University of Melbourne in Australia it was co-ed. Boys and girls even shared the same bathrooms!
They are students at a university, not inmates in a prison. If they want to leave their dormitory late at night to meet a friend, eat a snack or whatever, the university should have no power to limit their freedom. Universities are a place where students should be expanding their horizons and enjoying the freedom of life as a young adult. These curfews are an obvious hangover of the authoritarian era and have no place in modern day Taiwan.