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Taiwan Sues ISO over "Province" designation

Radio Taiwan International announced that Taiwan is suing the ISO:
Taiwan is suing the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) over its reference to the country as “Taiwan Province, China” instead of “Republic of China (Taiwan).” This is the first time that Taiwan has taken legal action against an important international organization.
The foreign ministry said Tuesday that [...]

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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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Saturday of Political Stuff

Policeman direct festivities at a Taichung temple.
This weekend we went up to Taipei for the Swenson’s meet up, hiking, swimming, museum visiting, and other good stuff.

But we always have time to pause for a butterfly.

Friday night on the metro in Taipei.

Friday evening I stopped by a Thai place by the Nanjing E. metro stop to [...]

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The Indigenous

“The wheel of the Tarot is the wheel of Dharma,” Mama Sutra said softly when he had concluded. “It is also the wheel of the galaxy, which you see as a blind machine. It rolls on, as you say, no matter what we think or do. Knowing that, I can accept Death as another part [...]

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The name changes at the Old Dead Dictator Hall are now under way. The new name is “Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall” as if democracy were already dead here and now needed to be memorialized. Kinda ominous…..
The name changes have sparked a furious reaction from the KMT, whose political identity the mass murderer Chiang Kai-shek is [...]

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Statues and Colonialism here and there

Recent events in Estonia show how colonial monuments are typically treated during a transition to democracy, with some strong parallels to our situation here in Taiwan:
Estonia took away the controversial statue of a Red Army Soviet soldier from the center of the capital early yesterday after violent riots against its removal in which one [...]

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Ted Galen Carpenter on US and Taiwan Defense Policy

Last year Ted Galen Carpenter of the Cato Institute published a book discussing why we shouldn’t defend Taiwan. This year he’s back to work on the issue of defending Taiwan, this time complaining in the Asian Wall Street Journal that Taiwan is free riding on the US defense network:
The Taiwan legislature’s reluctance to pass a [...]

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Name Rectification Commentary in Oz Paper

Mark Harrison points to a great commentary on the name rectification issue (I assume he wrote it):
China has observed Taiwan’s renaming of its identity and history with frustration and sometimes anger. But it has learned that belligerence serves only to define Taiwan’s identity as Taiwanese all the more sharply, and so in recent years the [...]

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WaPo on the Chiang Legacy

The Washington Post has an article by a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan on the removal of the markers of the Generalissimo’s personality cult from around Taiwan:
For individual Taiwanese, Chiang — the stoic military leader who retreated to the island in 1949 at the end of China’s civil war, along with 2 million followers — remains [...]

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Economist: "Cultural Revolution" Provokes DPP

A recent article in The Economist on the renaming of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial in downtown Taipei entitled “Cultural Revolution” has sparked the ire of the DPP:

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Name Rectification: Why Now?

There have been lots of complaints around the web and in the media that the name changes have come too late, that they should have happened earlier, that it is all for the next election….
How come the Chen Administration didn’t change the names back in 2000 when they were first elected? It’s hard now to [...]

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Name Changes and the State Department

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, the head of the US-Taiwan Business Council, points out on one of the Taiwan email lists:
For almost 25 years the US-Taiwan Business Council was known by the name USA-ROC Economic Council. It was created in 1976 at a time when the name was deemed appropriate in representation of the US based business community. [...]

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State Department Rightly Thrashed

Last week I lambasted the State Department for serving Beijing rather than the US and Taiwan:
In the twisted world of Washington’s view of Taiwan, if you change the name of a local state-run company from “China” to “Taiwan” you are committing a violation so great that it requires a formal notification of deathly fear from [...]

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