by Jim Hsiao, International Bilingual School at Hsinchu
Susanna Chen (International Bilingual School at Hsinchu) of MUNITY-EAST gaped openly at the chairs. Stunned by their knowledge, wisdom, and sophisticated manners, she was “unable to comprehend how someone can know so much.” There is probably no single answer that can resolve this dilemma, but one possible solution may be the so-called Fountain of Knowledge—reading. Here we have compiled a list of books selected by officers for all the Susannas out there seeking to be as smart and sophisticated as the student officers.
Look Woon Wei (Hwa Chong Institution), Deputy Chair of GA5:
Hailing from the vast expanses of Hwa Chong Institution, Look Woon Wei is no stranger to novels. Currently he is engaged with two novels, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and The Hound of Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Although Atlas Shrugged is “so long-winded it’s crazy,” he seems very satisfied with the The Hound of Baskervilles, because “come on, it’s Sherlock Holmes!” The first novel has been particularly enlightening to him. Wei says that the novel has taught him to “write concisely,” in bolded, italicized, and underlined words. He encourages everyone to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, but warns readers away from Atlas Shrugged unless they can withstand long winded descriptions.
Aman Puri (Dubai International Academy), Chair of GA6:
As overlord of a General Assembly, Aman Puri represents a position of prominence and eminence. His success is not without reason. As an avid reader, Puri has recently read The Economist magazine and Master Harold and the Boys, a play by Athol Fugard. He says that Fugard’s novel was very didactic, and has “shed light on the influence of the South African apartheid on its people.” Puri highly recommends both works, especially Master Harold and the Boys, which he characterizes as “a brilliant play.”
Rhiannon Wiley (Overseas Family School), Deputy Chair of GA6:
Riannon Wiley, Puri’s partner in GA6, also exhibits an aptitude for reading. Her recent reads include Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Wiley enjoyed reading the novel, because “it’s very clever and the characters seem very real despite being sci-fi.” Entertainment is not the only attractive part of Ender’s Game. According to Wiley, the discussion of strategy and leadership has helped her “maintain control as a chair.” For those aspiring to develop their charisma and leadership, this would be a very good place to start.
Lukas Schmelter (International Ho Chi Minh School), Deputy President of Security Council:
As Deputy President, Lukas Schmelter’s knowledge is not limited to the field of Model United Nations. Recently, Schmelter has been reading The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. The novel, in addition to being a entertaining read, has also been “very inspiring as well.” The book has “a strong focus on the notion of destiny and how one defines personal happiness,” and thus Schmelter definitely recommends Alchemist to anyone looking to have their thoughts inspired by some provocative philosophy.
Tsai Wei Chen (International Bilingual School at Hsinchu), MUNITY-EAST Assistant Editor:
Editors must have extensive knowledge of writing, and Tsai Wei Chen, more colloquially known as May-May, is no exception. Having read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard for a Literature course, she believes that the novel was a very “thought provoking and sometimes disturbing read.” The descriptions of nature included in Dillard’s novel were “long-winded and boring at times, but intensely interesting at others,” causing her to sway between periods of “irresistible sleepiness and horrified awareness.” Chen states that many of the concepts and ideas discussed held much merit, and recommends the novel to “all nature lovers and insect fanatics.”