This month’s edition of the Compass has a pointer to the local gov’t English website, all about stuff local expats need to live and enjoy life in central Taiwan. In addition to resources about our fair city, the Compass features reviews of local bands, places to go by the score, and an interview with Taichung Mayor Hu (KMT) by longtime Taichung resident Doug Habecker, who used to have a Taichung column in one of the local English newspapers many years ago. Hu explained our crime problem here as a police problem — we have 2,500 police officers for our 1 million residents, but Taipei has 8.000 for its 2.5 million. Hu also is thinking big on Taichung’s future development (I strongly approve!), including rings of expressways around the city. Not for nothing do they call Taichung the California of Taiwan………

After sifting through the magazine today, I’m going to have to revise my previously low opinion of things to do in Taichung. I figured a magazine on what to do in the Desert of the Real would be forced to close up shop after the first issue, but apparently the Compass is goin’ strong. Looks great! Kudos to the Compass staff for their excellent work!