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JULY-AUGUST 2016

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LOCAL LENS

BY WILLIAM KLEIN

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TAINAN, TAIWAN

Please submit your favorite,

recent photograph to

be considered for Local

Lens. Images must be high

resolution (at least 300 dpi

at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger)

and must not be in print

elsewhere. Please include

a short description of the

scene/event, as well as your

name, brief biodata and

the type of camera used, to

locallens@afsa.org.

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wo 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

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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.

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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.