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Ma Worships at the Tomb

Kudos to AP for correctly labeling Chiang a ‘dictator’ as President-elect Ma Ying-jeou went to the Tomb of the Dead Dictator to pay his respects…
Taiwan’s president-elect bowed in front of Chiang Kai-shek’s mausoleum Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the dictator’s death, a departure from the outgoing government’s efforts to distance itself from the late [...]

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Waiting for Ma Dough

Xinhua reports on the upcoming verdict in the appeal of KMT Presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou’s acquittal for in the embezzlement case, due out the 28th of this month. Since Ma is their fair-haired boy, naturally they are anxious — if Ma is found guilty, he can’t run for president. Hasn’t made much noise though… Does [...]

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AFP Again *Sigh*

Yesterday, as I was watching the mess over at the Memorial Formerly Known as CKS Memorial on TV in the school cafeteria, I thought to myself that this was certain to trigger a flood of really bad articles in the foreign media about Taiwan. Already AFP is ahead of the curve on that one….
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Rectifying the Textbooks

Annie Huang of the AP reports on the changes in the school textbooks here. The Ministry of Education is reforming the textbooks to eliminate the problem of Chinese colonialism that continues to define so much of historical and social education here.
The announcement is the latest in a series of moves by the island in the [...]

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National Archives: Cairo Declaration a Communique

Iris Ho over at FAPA sent this around. Everyone always knew that Cairo was a mere communique of no legal import, but US government confirmation is always nice. Not that this will stop the KMT or the CCP…..
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For Immediate Release Contact Iris Ho @ 202.547.3686 [...]

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Personality Cult Touchstone and the Future of the KMT

During the martial law period the KMT government fostered a personality cult around the figure of Chiang Kai-shek (the Australian academic Jeremy Taylor has done a sterling job of chronicling the development and ramifications of this cult, and political religion in general in Taiwan). The ultimate realization of this personality cult is of course the [...]

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Formosa Betrayed and Kerr’s Original Memo

Most of you are familiar with George Kerr’s brilliant and angry account of the looting of Taiwan by the Chiang Kai-shek government, Formosa Betrayed, which is online in a couple of places. Taiwanophile Andrew Leonard, who writes a regular column at Salon.com, discusses a post at Frog in a Well that scanned Kerr’s original memo [...]

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Lee Jye Expulsion Sticks in KMT Craws

Last week the KMT expelled the popular and widely respected, Lee Jye, currently serving in the DPP Administration under Chen Shui-bian as the defense minister. To recap, from the BBC,(Taipei Times), his membership was revoked because he had gone along with the DPP’s campaign to remove the statues of Chiang Kai-shek from military institutions across [...]

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On the Rectification of Names and Displacements of Memorials

I was compiling a literature review the other day and stumbled across this:
Excellent service quality and high customer satisfaction is the key issue and challenge for today’s service industry. Customer perception (satisfaction) and customer expectation (importance)
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the Service Quality Performance Matrix to propose adequate service quality improvement plans and strategies.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: National Chin-Yi [...]

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