THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
BY WILLIAM KLEIN
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Two students commemorate their graduation by posing for a picture at the Confucius Temple in Tainan, the oldest city on the island of Taiwan. Built in 1665, Tainan’s Confucius Temple was co
ceived as part of a complex for higher education and scholarship. The temple continues to play
a symbolic role associated with education in the life of the city. Ancient Confucian ceremonies
related to education are still being conducted on a regular basis at the temple. Following a custom found
elsewhere in the Chinese-speaking world, many local students come to the temple to pray for success
before taking their final examinations.
FSO William Klein has served as chief of the political section at the American Institute in Taiwan since
2013. This month he begins his onward assignment as minister counselor for political affairs at U.S. Embassy
Beijing. He took this photo in March with a Canon EOS 60D, f5/6, 1/160 of a second exposure, 113mm focal
length, 250 ISO.