Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Help with Bubble Tea Cartoon

I have no time to blog at the moment -- in fact, this week has been like being nailed to the castle wall and tortured by eunuch dwarves for the amusement of passers-by, but I did get this request...

I was wondering if you had an online image of the pamphlet/cartoon that Chen's defense minister sent out declaring "A cup of pearl milk tea for national security." I'd really like to get a look at the image, because I have been doing some research regarding the subtle political implications of Bubble Tea.

Can anyone help this person?

24 comments:

Cathy said...

I can't help I laughs a little bit from your words since I feel funny. But I think that because your website is fairly popular and special, so we can read the variety of articles from your website even I can have a smile. That's very nice. Sorry! I can't help this person.

Anonymous said...

http://bwnt.businessweek.com/brand/2005/

Here are world's top 100 global brands. Only Taiwan would cut off itself at its knee with Hua Ren's help.

If I was CSB, I give blanket party to that Hua homo who made the commercial and had his fingers pull out of all his hands.

If I run this world, the world would be all drinking Bubble Tea not Coca-Cola, and I'll have enough nukes and weapons to turn China into a nuclear wasteland unless China, of course, drink more of my Bubble Tea. Lol!!

Iron_Jackal_TW

Michael Turton said...

deleted a bunch of comments here.

Iron jackal, the anonymous poster with the verses about Chen Shhui-bian appears to be a spambot.

Michael

Anonymous said...

I guess I should watch what I say about Hua Ren, since I can't say anything too bad about them without people starting to delete my messeages these days (even if they are the truth).

CSB is a moron. He can't see people as they are. Most Hua are laughing at him right now. Didn't he hired Sissy Chen before she turn on him and stab his party in the back?

Now, he had all this Hua military men laughing at him as well. They certainly screw him good now with that Bubble Tea for Arms commercial.

Iron_Jackal_TW

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Michael Turton said...

I deleted your post because of its use of "homo" as a pejorative adjective. You are free to say what you want here, but the use of offensive language will not be tolerated.

Michael

Peter said...

Can't find the illustration, but while we're on the subject of pearl milk tea does anyone know what most 'pearls' in Taiwan are made of? I believe its yam starch but I've also heard that Taiwan does actually grow cassava (to make tapioca). Most sources say that 'pearls' are made of tapioca but I'm not convinced.

Has anyone been to a boba tea shop in North America? Do they use tapioca balls or is it possible they import them from Taiwan, and are in fact made from yam starch?

Michael Turton said...

Wiki says they are made from Tapioca starch.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_tea

I don't actually know.

Michael

Peter said...

Wikipedia is often wrong. Heck, I've just added some info about my dubious yam starch theory. Unfortunately, after further googling my yams are not looking so good.
Perhaps I'm clutching at straws here but it may be that both kinds of root starch are used but it all gets called tapioca.

MJ Klein said...

there is such a tea shop in Boston Chinatown that serves pearl milk tea. however, they are smart enough to not call it "bubble" tea, wetf that means.... (yeah, i understand the Chinese, but i don't get it).

Anonymous said...

Homo is such a common word here in the US now. It's probably popularized by the movie such as 'Brokenback Mountain', which I never saw, and don't care if I ever.

Many people use 'Homo' to mean other stuffs now a day. It just means 'stupid' or 'weak'. It's more a slang than the correct usage.

Remember that, the original meaning of 'gay' had nothing to with homosexual, which is just another word for 'happy'.

Of course, you're a traditional English teacher. Good luck defending those traditional thoughts, values, or whatever.

As for me, I just go with the flow as usual. I'm not uptight like some older people.

Iron_Jackal_TW

Michael Turton said...

That's great, I'm glad you're liberal and not uptight like a former Peace Corps volunteer married to a foreigner and living in a foreign country like me.

Michael

Michael Turton said...

Iron, please repost without the soft-core porn links. They are not appropriate for this blog.

Michael

Thoth Harris said...

Yikes! Looks like someone out there with a little too much time on their hands likes to shoot their mouth off with no regard for anybody!

As Michael said, he deleted the post because of the word "as a pejorative adjective." That means the context, not the use of the word. If it was used in a humorous way that was acceptable (as maybe Chris Rock does, for instance, no one would be offended or bothered by it in the least. I'm sure no one wants this site being turned into a rubbish heap of hate-words and slurs.

I really like bubble tea. It would make a great symbol for Taiwanese sovereignty! Too bad this post ended up with more bombing or splogging than positive contributions:(

Kerim Friedman said...

First of all, this story is from 2004. here is a link to the english version. And here is a link to the chinese version. In the Chinese version is a screen capture from the press conference were you can see part of the requested image. If one goes through all the links in this google search it is possible that there are other images available.

Michael Turton said...

Thanks Kerim! "First,...." so what was the rest? :)

Thoth, I've always personally favored the humble gecko, found in every home, as the perfect symbol for Taiwan.....

Sean said...

But the humble wall gecko appears (and originates) in more places than just Taiwan...like Singapore, Malaysia, Hawaii, etc.

I personally prefer the stereotypical Taiwanese dish of "Meat covered in Mayo" for the symbol of Taiwanes independence. It's tasty...and it may be the cause of one's stomach upsets depending on who makes it.

MJ Klein said...

a heavily tattooed elder's face always does it for me. its also a symbol of repression.

MJ Klein said...

Michael, why is it that for the most part, it seems to be Americans who try to convince others that they are right? Why is there such a compulsion to argue, ignore and not respect the wishes of the owner of a blog by insisting upon the 'right' to post whatever they want, however inappropriate to that forum? Frequently I have heard Americans recite the 1st Amendment as if that had anything to do with private individuals. Certainly, in the USA, freedom of speech is guaranteed. But, the right to be heard is fallacious. You can say whatever you like, but not in my blog.

The result of this kind of thinking is the further degradation of world opinion regarding Americans. In Thailand, 2 British subjects recently tried to pick a fight with me. Their reason? I was an American and “you people like to fight with the world.” Fortunately I was able to use that occasion to raise their standard of opinion about us by choosing to respond in a respectful manner.

Recently, I have considered closing my blog because of this kind of crap. It is such a shame that you can’t have a simple blog without someone purposefully fucking it up.

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Anonymous said...

MJ Klein, fucking is a great thing. My girlfriend (she's White BTW) and I enjoy it. Anyhow, without it, the whole human races would be at the bottom of animal kingdom.

Bloggers are a funny bunch. Aren't they? They want the whole world to think exactly like they do, but it never turns out the way they wished.

Anyhow, I got better things to do then control what people thinks on here! I'm just tick off how dumb Taiwan Ren have become in Taiwan!!

PS. Selling more Bubble Tea would let Taiwan's military buy more weapons not the other around. Hua Ren's plan to destroy Taiwan is certainly working well.

Iron_Jackal_TW

g said...

okay this has nothing to do with post whatever except that it's related to pearl milkshakes.

i saw this news bit on TV last year that said all (they were probably generalizing a bit there) "pearls" in the pearl shakes sold in Taiwan are heavily laced with preservatives. not a single one is preservative-free and that the amount put in the pearls is really unhealthy and all that.
--------
oh and a bit of pearl shake trivia.
there are actually two kinds of "pearls" (at least in the shakes that are sold here in Taiwan):
1.) Boba (don't know how it's written in Chinese)
2.) and 珍珠 (chen-chu).

they are used interchangeably but actually Boba refers to larger pearls and 珍珠 (chen-chu) refers to smaller-sized ones.

I only knew about this when i went to order one at a local store (before the pearl shake health scare i mentioned above) and the girl said "oh we're all out of 珍珠, would you like your tea with boba instead?"
i asked my classmate what the difference is and she told me. but many people still don't know this.
this is totally useless trivia and won't help you at all in cocktail parties btw. ;P

Patrick said...

@Peter
Definitely Tapioca. My father-in-law imports tapioca starch from Thailand, which is used to make da bubbles.

@Michael
It's nice to see your blog is being used by foreigners to practice their written English, such as we have here in the comments section. As a traditional English teacher, I think you should charge for this service.

Anonymous said...

"i saw this news bit on TV last year that said all (they were probably generalizing a bit there) "pearls" in the pearl shakes sold in Taiwan are heavily laced with preservatives. not a single one is preservative-free and that the amount put in the pearls is really unhealthy and all that."

Well, it's about goddamn time Taiwan got that part right. If it was up to me, I kick those unhealth addictive shit up another notch and have the money roll in no time... haha!

Now, all Taiwan needs is to 'Brand' like Starbuck and Coca-Cola, which means more aggressive style expansion. Then, those would make everything else near perfect then.

BTW, coffee, tea, carbonated drinks have one thing in common. They are all psychotic drugs that lift a person's mood and caused unpleasant withdrawn symptom on those stop drinking them.

Iron_Jackal_TW

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of commercials I want to see from Taiwan...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd7z_4uWzpk&search=starbuck%20commercial

Iron_Jackal_TW