USC speech

February 26, 2008

Edison Chen sex photo scandal

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 12:35 pm


admit : to agree that something is true, especially unwillingly • assume : to accept something to be true without question or proof  • be to blame : to be the reason for something that happens  • blameworthy : having done something wrong  • candid : showing or describing nudity or sexual acts  • celebrity : someone who is famous, especially in the entertainment business  • claim : to say that something is true or is a fact, although you cannot prove it and other people might not believe it  • damages : money which is paid to someone by a person or organization who has been responsible for causing them some injury or loss  • destroy : to damage something so badly that it does not exist or cannot be used  • doctor : to change a document in order to deceive people  • engaged : having formally agreed to marry  • fault : a mistake, especially something for which you are to blame  • fiancé : the man to whom a woman is engaged to be married  • indefinite : not exact, not clear, or without clear limits  • justified : having a good reason for something  • memento : an object that you keep to remember a person, place or event  • request : when you politely or officially ask for something  • rumor : an unofficial interesting story or piece of news that might be true or invented, which quickly spreads from person to person  • scandal : (an action or event that causes) a public feeling of shock and strong moral disapproval  • sincere : not pretending or lying; honest  • spouse : a person’s husband or wife  • standard : a moral rule which should be obeyed  • statement : something that someone says or writes officially, or an action done to express an opinion  • sue : to take legal action against a person or organization, especially by making a legal claim for money because of some harm that they have caused you  • threaten : to tell someone that you will kill or hurt them, or cause problems for them if they do not do what you want  • upload : to copy or move programs or information to a larger computer system or to the Internet


1 How interested are you in this scandal?

Not at all. 0 · · · · 9 Very interested.

Where did you get most of your information about this scandal? When did you first start paying attention to it? Who have you most often discussed it with? Do you know anyone who is especially interested in the scandal? Why do you think this person is so interested? How do you think the scandal will develop from now?

2 How much do you think Edison is to blame for what happened?

Not at all. 0 · · · · 9 Completely his fault.

What, if anything, do you think Edison did wrong? Who do you think is most blameworthy? Do you think any of the women did anything wrong? Do you think it was a good idea for 阿嬌 to admit that she was in the photographs? If it were you, would you admit it?

3 How justified do you think Edison was in lying during the early stages of the scandal (for example, when he first claimed that the photos were not really of him, but had been doctored)?

A lie is a lie, so he was not justified. 0 · · · · 9 He was just trying to protect the women in the photographs, so he was justified.

Do you believe Edison’s explanation of how the photographs were stolen from him? If they were truly stolen from his computer when it was being repaired as he claimed, why do you think the police are having such a hard time finding the person who uploaded the photographs to the Internet? How do you decide when it’s acceptable for someone to lie? Do you use the same standards for yourself that you use for other people?

4 How willing would you be to have candid photos taken by a lover if they asked?

Absolutely not. All my clothes have to be on and we can’t be doing anything more than holding hands! 0 · · · · 9 Sure. Anything goes!

Do you think the women in Edison’s photographs were probably happy to be photographed? What do you think of Edison without his clothes on? Which of the women in the photographs do you think looks most attractive? If you were photographed that way, would you be worried? What would you be most worried about? Has anyone ever made a request like this of you? Have you ever refused a lover’s request?

5 How likely would you be to take photos of yourself having sex with a lover if he or she were willing?

No way! 0 · · · · 9 All right, yeah! Let’s do it!

Why do you think Edison wanted to take the photos? Do you believe that he deleted them from his computer’s hard disk drive, as he earlier claimed?  Why would you, or why would you not, want to take such photos? If you had such photos, what would you probably do with them? Do you, or would you, tend to keep mementoes of past lovers, such as letters, photos, etc? If a current lover asked you to throw away such mementoes, what would you probably do?

6 If you had candid photographs of yourself with a very attractive celebrity of the opposite sex, would you show them to other people?

No, and I would probably destroy them immediately to make sure nobody ever saw them. 0 · · · · 9 Sure, I’d show them to anyone who asked, and then I would post them on the Internet!

Do you think Edison really didn’t show the photographs to anyone, as he claimed? If he didn’t, how did someone could have discovered them? If you could (or had to) have sex with a celebrity, whom would you choose? Why? If you were a celebrity, would you take advantage of your fame and try to have as many sexual partners as possible?

7 If you discovered there were photographs on the Internet of your fiancé or fiancée having sex with someone else, how much would it bother you (assuming the photos were taken before you met)?

Not at all. The past is the past. 0 · · · · 9 I would cancel our engagement on the spot!

Do you think it’s understandable that 陳思慧’s fiancé plans to cancel their engagement? How would you probably react if you were in her fiance’s position? Do you generally want to know about a lover’s past? How actively do you pursue information about a lover’s past?

8 Do you think 張柏芝’s husband should divorce her (assuming the photos of her were taken when she was married, and not before)?

Definitely not. 0 · · · · 9 Absolutely!

What do you think will probably happen with her marriage? Do you believe the rumors that she threatened to kill herself and their child if her husband looked at the photographs on the Internet? Could you forgive a spouse who had cheated on you? If you could, under what circumstances?

9 What did you think of Edison’s statement last week?

Total bullshit! 0 · · · · 9 I’m satisfied that he said everything that he should have and was sincere about it.

What else, if anything, do you think he should have said? What do you think of Edison statement that he will “step away from the Hong Kong entertainment industry…indefinitely”? Legal experts say that the women could probably win damages from Edison if they sued him—if you were one of the women, would you sue him? 

WARM-UP QUESTIONS : Have you been following the gossip about Edison Chen’s sex photos? Did you see his press conference last week? Have you heard anything new about the photographs since then?




February 19, 2008

Winter break & new year

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 5:00 am


active : busy with or ready to perform a particular activity  • amount : a collection or mass especially of something which cannot be counted  • club : a place which is open late into the night, where people can go to drink and dance and often see some type of entertainment  •  diet : the food and drink usually taken by a person or group  •  dye : to change the color of something using a special liquid  • fix up : to arrange a meeting, date, event, etc  • gain : to increase in weight, speed, height or amount  • hang out : to spend a lot of time in a place or with someone  • joy : great happiness  • perm your hair : makes your hair wavy or curly using a special chemical process  •  school term : one of the periods into which a year is divided at school, college or university  • social life : that part of your life relating to activities in which you meet and spend time with other people and which happen during the time when you are not working:  • substantial : large in size, value or importance  • topping : a substance, especially a sauce, cream or pieces of food, which is put on top of other food to give extra flavor and to make it look attractive  • upset stomach : slight illness or discomfort of the stomach

01 I spent a substantial amount of time studying or practicing English during the break.

02 I started and finished reading a book during the break.

How much time did you spend studying or practicing your English during the break? How did you study or practice it? How many opportunities did you have to speak in English? • How much time did you spend reading during the break? About what subjects are you most interested in reading? What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

03 I traveled abroad during the break.

04 I saw the ocean during the break.

Where did you travel during the break? What was the most beautiful sight or enjoyable activity you experienced the last time you traveled anywhere? • When was the last time you saw the ocean? Can you recommend any place where the view of the ocean is especially beautiful? Do you prefer the ocean or the mountains?

05 I had dates with more than one person during the break.

06 I went to a KTV during the break.

Where did you go on the last date you had? How did the date go? Have you ever had an especially memorable date? • How often do you go to KTVs? What songs are your favorites to sing? Which ones can you sing best? Have you ever had an unusual experience in a KTV?

07 I gained weight during the break.

08 I ate pizza during the break.

How much weight did you gain or lose during the break? Do you plan to try and lose again or gain back this weight? • How often do you eat pizza? Whose pizza do you eat most often? What are favorite toppings to have on a pizza?

09 I cried during the break.

10 I got sick during the break.

If you cried, why did you ? Have you ever cried out of any emotions other than sadness–for example, anger or joy? How easily do you cry because you are moved by a story or movie? • If you did get sick, what happened? About how often do you get sick? Is there a certain kind of illness that you suffer often–for example, colds or an upset stomach?

11 I went to a café during the break.

12 I went to a club or bar during the break.

How often do you go to a café or teahouse? Which is your favorite? What do you generally drink when you go? What do you do there besides drinking coffee or tea there? Is there any other type of place that you like to hang out at? • How often do you go to a club? Which club in Taipei do you think is best? How often do you go to a bar? What do you usually drink when you go a bar?

13 I plan to study harder this term than last.

14 I plan to study something seriously outside of school this term.

What course do you think will probably be toughest this term? Which do you think will probably be the easiest? Which are you most interested in? How about least interested in? • What things are you learning, or planning to learn, outside of school? What subjects do you plan to study seriously sometime in the future?

15 I plan to change jobs this year.

16 I plan to improve my work performance this year.

How long have you been at your current job? How satisfied are you with your job? What complaints do you have about it? When do you think you might next change jobs? What kind of job would you like to have if you changed? • How good do you think you are at your job? In what areas could you improve?

17 I plan to dye or perm my hair this year.

18 I plan to change hairstylists this year.

Where did you last get your hair done? How did you come to have your current hairstyle? Where do you get ideas for your hairstyle? How long does it take you to fix up your hair in the morning? How might you next change your hairstyle? What is the most unusual hairstyle you have ever had?

19 I plan to exercise more this year.

20 I plan to eat healthier this year.

How much, and what kind, of exercise do you get? If you plan to exercise more, what kind of exercise are you planning to do? Do you, or have you ever, exercise at a gym or health club? • How healthy do you think your diet is? What unhealthy eating habits do you have? What do you think is probably the healthiest diet for you?

21 I plan to buy a motorbike or car this year.

22 I plan to move this year.

What motorbike or car do you own now? What kind do you plan to buy? If you could have any motorbike or car in the world, which would you choose and why? • How long have you lived in your current home? What do you think of living there? If you’re planning to move, where to? What do you think is probably the place in the world best for you to live in?

23 I plan to have a more active social life this year than last.

24 I plan to quit doing something this year.

Would you say that you currently have a very active social life? Do you tend to have many friends or a few very close friends? Who do you consider to be your best friend? • What do you consider to be your worst habit? What are you doing to change this habit?

WARM-UP QUESTIONS : How was your break? What was the most worthwhile thing you did? What plans do you have for this semester?


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