The View from Taiwan

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Entries for November, 2006

Taiwan Blog Round Ups: Permanent Page

Blog Round UpsI used to round up the blogs each week, but I ran out of time.
Sunday April 30, 2006
Sunday April 23, 2006
Sunday April 16, 2006
Sunday April 9, 2006
Sunday April 2, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
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Sunday, March 12, 2006
Sunday, March 5, 2006
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
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Intercultural Religion Mis-interpretation

Here’s a question that I’ve always wanted answered….I was reading the blog for Jon Benda’s intercultural communication class (what? I thought intercultural communication was all done with hand signals) — which must surely be a blast to teach — and I came across this highly confused paragraph:
Moreover, I suggest that Wikipedia could provide further discussion [...]

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Theory and Practice of Blogging

I don’t often blog on blogging — if blogging is a form of mental masturbation, then blogging about blogging is surely a kind of self-absorbed pornography — but the excellent, which does translations from all over the world, had a link to this set of papers on the theories and practices of blogging. Those [...]

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Polls Show Support for Independence on Rise

One reason I don’t like to argue much about local support for Taiwan independence is that it has been very difficult to say for sure what it is. But a recent poll may have changed all that, as the Taipei Times reports:
Sixty-two percent of Taiwanese respondents to a recent survey conducted jointly in four [...]

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Taiwan Boss Woes

A boss I think many of us will recognize:
Not to embark on a tangent, but that last part is possibly the most despicable behavior I have seen at this company, or in all my employment experience. In fact, the plagiarism is not limited to stealing ideas from other companies that produce similar products, or even [...]

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Andrew Szanajda Proudly Announces

My friend, Axis and Allies partner, and professor at OCIT announces the publication of his new book:
The Restoration of Justice in Postwar Hesse, 1945-1949By Andrew Szanajda
The Restoration of Justice in Postwar Hesse deals with the reconstruction of the administration of justice in postwar Hesse, a newly established state in the American occupation zone, during the [...]

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Photo blog with Taipei Pics

For those of you into photos, I stumbled across thesegreat photos from around Taipei by Darby Sawchuck, professional travel photographer.
Related PostsGreat Taiwan PicsCraig Ferguson has a fantastic page of pictures at with pics of …Great New Blogs on the RollUpdated with two blogs with really great photos today as I was updating my blogroll. First, [...]

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Foreign Investment as strategy to Evade China-bound investment laws?

The US investment firm Carlyle’s bid for a local hi-tech firm has sent positive vibes throughout the local stock market for a number of reasons….

The local benchmark index capped 10 consecutive days of gains by hitting a six-year high yesterday, spurred by the Carlyle Group’s bid for Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), the world’s largest [...]

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ESWN hacks on Taiwan’s Democracy Again

ESWN’s obsessive hatred of Taiwan got the better of him again today as he posted another abusive article about our democracy here. I’m not going to bother to deconstruct that silly post in its entirety because really, reading ESWN’s yammering on Taiwan’s democracy is a comically painful act, rather like watching a Golden Retriever trying [...]

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The Ninth Circle of Hell

You wouldn’t have thought it, but you’re looking at the Ninth Circle of Hell — that is, if you live next door. In our neighborhood a local charity that is building a hospital nearby has purchased several of the large villas for use as dorms for its doctors and nurses. The buildings are all being [...]

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Japan-Taiwan ties continue to grow

One of the most important trends in the Asian region in the last few years has been the increasingly good ties between Tokyo and Taipei, symbolized by the recent visit of former Prime Minister Mori Yoshiro and a set of Japanese art treasures to the Beautiful Island this month. Taiwan News editorialized:
However, substantive relations between [...]

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More media follies on Taiwan

In a quote I cited a few posts down, American correspondent William Shirer, who was in Berlin during the Hitler era, talked about how, no matter how hard you fought, after a while in a totalitarian state, you begin to absorb its habits of thinking and expression. The steady supply of correspondents who go to [...]

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NYTimes with Spotty Article: Taiwan….

The foreign media once again mailed in an effort on Taiwan as NY Times reporter Jim Yardley turned in a definite “D” effort on the island yesterday (IHT version here):
“In 10 years, when we look back, this could be a turning point for Taiwan’s democracy to become mature,” said Emile C. J. Sheng, a [...]

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Third Recall Fails; PFP to go after Premier?

The third attempt by the KMT and PFP to recall Chen failed yesterday, as WaPo reports.
President Chen Shui-bian easily survived an impeachment vote in Taiwan’s legislature Friday despite his wife’s indictment on embezzlement charges and a prosecutor’s statement that Chen could be indicted as well if he did not have presidential immunity.
The vote signaled that [...]

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Tom Plate, Media, and Taiwan

“I myself was to experience how easily one is taken in by a lying and censored press and radio in a totalitarian state….. It was surprising and sometimes consternating to find that notwithstanding the opportunities I had to learn the facts and despite one’ s inherent distrust of what one learned from Nazi sources, a [...]

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