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Daily Links, July 24, 2008

A couple of days ago I went up to Sun Moon Lake with some friends….what are my friends talking about on the blogs?

Frog in the Well with a great post on pre-2-28 Taiwan pamphlet on “What is democracy?” — in Japanese.

Sponge Bear goes to Ta-ken and finds lots of storm-damaged trails.

J Michael at the Far [...]

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Daily Links, July 11, 2008

Crowded media outlets today….
The Robert Scheer fog continues to spread across Left publications, now appearing at Alternet. It’s been fascinating to track its movement. Ironically, it is a good example of how progressives never discuss Taiwan, except as a Cold War stalking horse for the third world war. You’d never know from reading progressive media [...]

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Taiwan when sea levels rise….

Was reading this excellent article in the Independent on global warming and its impact on flat, watery Bangladesh. Sea level rises are going to be death on that poor country….
So I got to wondering…what’s going to happen to Taiwan? Fortunately someone using Google Maps was ahead of me. Here is a map with variable sea [...]

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Musings for Friday

Busy week for me. Only time for a few short hits for today.
John Tkacik has a nifty piece in the Taipei Times that points out that the Chinese construction of the Senkakus as sacred national territory is of very recent vintage:
Japan first claimed the Senkakus in January 1895 after decades of shipwrecks and near disasters [...]

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Daily Links, June 20, 2008

Here’s the add for the Canadian Society’s annual beach party. Meanwhile, who is partying on the blogs?

J-Hole over at Ni-Howdy has fun with ROC nationalism.

A-gu observes that satisfaction with Ma has fallen — and here too.

David on the Free Burma protest in Taipei, with pics.

Steven Crook with a nifty article on the oldest street [...]

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Daily Links, June 6, 2008

A friend sent me this picture of the Taiwanese-American Memorial Day parade float in front of the White House.
What’s parading by on the blogs today?

Lief in Taiwan has a fabulous and beautiful post on a monkey preserve near Tainan.

Fili translates an Israeli tourist pamphlet for Taiwan.

My friend Todd hits one of the best little museums [...]

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Paper on Parade: Cigarettes and Betel Nut in Taiwan

I don’t smoke and I don’t chew betel nut, so this week I am looking at new territory for myself, the work of a group of academics led by C. P. Wen at the National Health Research Institutes in Taipei on the relationship between betel nut use and cigarette market opening in Taiwan: Paradoxical increase [...]

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Tsai Ing-wen new DPP Chair

Things to pass on….
…Tsai Ing-wen has won the DPP Chairmanship with 57% of the vote. I’m not sure about the numbers yet, sources differ.
…there will be a rally on May 20th, at 2:00pm in Daan park in support of safeguarding Taiwan’s sovereignty. The rally is mainly organized by the Taiwan Association of University Professors along [...]

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US Defends Arms Sales, Upbraids China: and Ma?

At first I thought I must be hallucinating when I read the headline in the China Post: U.S. defends Taiwan arms sales, upbraids China. “Upbraids China”? How is that possible, I thought. Sure enough, the AFP article cited the actual words of Dep. Sec. of State Negroponte:
Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Washington had [...]

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Daily Links, May 15, 2008

Lots of stuff out there today in the media and on the blogs….over at the International Affairs Forum there’s a short interview with longtime Taiwan expert Richard Bush, now at Brookings…
There may well be good news in that the election of Ma Ying-jeou as Taiwan president, and his more moderate policies toward the mainland, may [...]

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What I learned this weekend

Miaoli with the mountains behind, at sunset.
I spent the weekend in Taipei. With all the fantastic food and hot women up there, I found myself once again caught up in those key social processes of putting on weight and questioning the institution of marriage. Luckily I met all sorts of interesting and unusual people, who [...]

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Daily Links, May 8, 2008

Beetles with transparent carapaces are not unusual here.
Gorgeous day, and not a whole lot of them left before the rains hit. So I hit the trails around the house….
Taoyuan Nights turned me on to Canon camera firmware hacks. Apparently you can teach your old dog Canon camera new tricks, like shooting stero pictures, shooting in [...]

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May 10 Meet Up

Jerome sends the latest meet up details:
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We will meet at 10 am this Saturday; location is the same as last month, cf. below.
This will be more informal; we will welcome back David Curtis Wright. No special speakers but everyone can bring some information on any special projects they are working on or things you think [...]

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Daily Links, May 1, 2008

What’s to be viewed on the blogs today?

Enter the Tigers, who have become the 14th major league team to sign a Taiwanese prospect, according to the Taiwan baseball blog.

Mark Forman videos the Central Taiwan Science Park.

That’s Impossible! blogs on Ma backtracking like the Road Runner before a cliff on his economic promises. That was inevitable. [...]

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Asia Times on DPP Rebuilding Effort

Cindy Sui at Asia Times offers a well-written article on the post-election woes of the DPP:
How things got this bad is a question many DPP members are asking lately. Coming to terms with the answers, however, won’t be easy for a party which rose from humble beginnings - it was founded in 1986 by family [...]

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