Living with Differences: Making Ends Meet


In this scene we see an elderly man hard at work, chopping bamboos in order to sell. The bamboos are his only source of income so it is essential that he chops with precision and care. Bamboo is an enormously popular delicacy in Taiwan so the market for these foods is healthy. The elderly man is living in peace in a thriving, bustling arena, ignoring his active surroundings while intently concentrating on his craft. In the background we also see another vendor selling traditional Taiwanese food. In addition, we see a man on a motorcycle abruptly entering this bazaar represented by the blur behind the elderly man. the background. This all takes place at one of Taiwan’s bustling bazaars, which are becoming more and more uncommon due to the rise of the modern supermarkets and department stores owned by large corporations. The energy is simply incredible at these bazaars. Motorcycles, mopeds, the elderly, adults, children, and even cars roam the pathways of this energetic arena.

Editor’s Note:  Recently I participated in the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs’ International Student Photography Contest. The contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project in celebration of the 2014 Carnegie Council Centennial. Throughout the next few posts, I will be sharing the photos that I entered for this great contest.

According to their website:

The Centennial project connects people across the globe in joint pursuit of Andrew Carnegie’s vision for global responsibility—what we call a “global ethic.” Is there such a thing? If not, should we try to create one?

In a world with tremendous diversity of beliefs and cultures, how do we live together amicably? Carnegie Council believes that part of the answer lies in pluralism—the appreciation of diversity and differences, with recognition of and respect for shared values.

Students everywhere can take part in this project by submitting photography that depicts the concept of living with differences.

More information about this contest can be found at

You can also find this post, published earlier on the Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network blog at


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