It's the New Year. I ain't blogging. Enjoy some pics I had lying around.
Too bad the other stuff isn't on the web. *sigh*Harvard Studies on Taiwan:
Papers of the Taiwan Studies Workshop
Volume 3 • 2000
Table of Contents
WILLIAM C. KIRBY and ALAN WACHMAN
Reading Taipei: Cultural Traces in a Cityscape
JOSEPH R. ALLEN.................................................1
Lessons From the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis for the U.S., Japan and Taiwan
The Role of the Party System in Taiwan's Evolving Democracy
The Greening of Taiwan's Scientific Desert:
Science and the State in the Republic of China, 1949-1969
J. MEGAN GREENE..............................................67
The Taiwan Conundrum in U.S. Security Policy—Critical Questions
MARTIN L. LASATER...........................................95
Federalism With Chinese Characteristics?
Taiwan and the "One Country, Two Systems" Formula
TAHIRIH V. LEE...................................................101
From Japanized Periphery to the Real China:
Taiwan in Nationalist China, 1945-1950
Is Taiwan Independence Passé? Public Opinion, Party Platforms
and National Identity in Taiwan
Constitutional Reforms in the ROC on T’ai-wan:
Internal and External Parameters of Regime Change
United States' Policy and Taiwan's Struggle to Sustain the Status quo
ALAN M. WACHMAN........................................203
Religion and New Taiwanese Identities: Some First Thoughts
ROBERT P. WELLER..........................................225
POLITICS: Remember the woman who set up Grand Justice Cheng Chung-mo for Apple Daily? Several papers have reported she is now embroiled in another scandal, this time attempting to curse some of her colleagues.
Taiwan rescinds its plastic bag ban. Which really wasn't much of a ban. Karl makes the NRA enemies list. Paogao and Prince Roy find an amazing temple where Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek are deities. Here's Prince Roy's side of the story. Jon Benda complains about the scheduling at his university, with FOUR makeup saturdays. In the Taiwan employer lexicon, employee means serf. Mark at Doubting to Shuo gets struck by chain blogging. And nails me! Sorry, dude, there might have been something to know about me back when I still had a personal life....Richard at the Peking Duck gets tagged, and Prince Roy deflects the request. David visits the Puppet Museum in Taipei and likes it. Kerim on the abbreviations for Christmas and Christmas in Taiwan. Patrick gets told to where to put his fingers. The Blog Formerly Known as the leaky pen has been closely following the sordid tale of two Christian university Chairman who attempted to rape those in their care. An updated version gives more details, including the sad fact that the tale involved the Dean and 9 other profs taking femme students to a "teahouse". A student of mine did a presentation on teacher-student affairs in Taiwan, polled several classes, and found student approval of them running at 70% or higher. I suspect we're looking at the tip of a huge iceberg here... Feli describes the great Xmas quake. Everyone blogged on it, but I liked hers. Initechnology rounds up links of his own, including a couple on China and its growing world involvement. He also has a great post on the old MAAG post in Taipei. Taiwan Airpower also offers some old pics of air force past. The Bala Daily has a great pair of posts on hiking near Juifen with wonderful pics and commentary. Part I and Part II. BD is a great blog and I am delighted to see them back and posting.Sponge Bear brings back great pics of his walks around the local area. As always. Rudolf as he should have been. Jerome says focus on the 2007 legislative elections. The Tainan Don blogs on one of the most odious aspects of Taiwan: noise. In the category of I'm-not-making-this-up, the police chief of Calgary, Canada, actually went to China to recruit police. After that, I understand he is going to Saudi Arabia to recruit gender sensitivity trainers. Holly recruits for the Vagina Monologues in Taipei. Battlepanda overhears men talking about women engineers. Try this Hanyu pinyin crossword from Mark at Pinyin info. Anarchy in Taiwan puzzles over Chinese nationalist skinheads who wear Union Jacks. The Foreigner overflows with quality stuff. Links. And this essay on irrationality and China's claims about Taiwanese independence. As I always say, all claims that the other side is irrational are attempts to gain control of the other side. What's Up in Taiwan has a special interview on Orchid Island. Brian makes a magazine cover -- absolutely beautiful pic. The strange foreigner tries betelnut. The more I hang out in Tainan, the more I like it. I can't wait to spend more time there next semester. Meanwhile Open Epistle vists Tainan and brings back pics.
I remember hearing a story once my friend told me about a Taiwanese guy who showed up to watch a German soccer match in a local pub while wearing a Nazi swastika shirt as an emblem of his support for the German team. The Germans (as well as all other foreigners) who were there were horrified, and finally my friend told this guy that it just isn’t appropriate due to its symbolic meaning. I think he went to the bathroom and reversed his shirt and all was fine. But the Taiwanese staff didn’t think anything of the fact that he was wearing it and was deeply offending half the bar.
So when this girl walked in, I could question her about why she was wearing a swastika around her neck. I explained that in the rest of the world, that would be likely to anger and offend many people. Her response? She said that she wouldn’t wear it in Europe or the U.S., but “Here is Taiwan.” What, is there no meaning to this symbol in Taiwan? Is Taiwan exempt from responsible actions? What is she thinking? I went on to explain that the symbol still has meaning in Taiwan, and she needs to think what message she is sending. Even after explaining that it is basically a symbol representing her support of the killing of 6 million people, she said “I know” and tucked it in her shirt. On what planet does it become acceptable as a fashion statement to wear the Nazi swastika? And why was I the first person to make her feel embarrassed enough to hide it?
But don't worry, if we have our Nazis, we also have our Anne Franks....as Dan Bloom reports:
Some personages from the cultural circles in Taiwan pointed out on August 8 that in comparison with the German history of the Second World War, the Nazi phenomena in Taiwan could be seen in the social political affairs today.
Attending a new book release, entitled "A shuddered future - analyzing the new dictatorship in Taiwan", political commentator Nanfang Shuo, writer Zhu Tianxin, as well as professors Xie Daning, Zhang Yazhong and Huang Guangguo expressed that the regime of the Democratic Progressive Party has on and on manipulated the national Nazis to form a Nazi environment and atmosphere. With democracy and human rights as covers, they pursue "Taiwan independence" and Fukianese' chauvinism.
Did you know that Taiwan has an "Anne Frank" story of its own? It is about a man who hid from the secret police in small, secret hiding place -- a thin space between two walls, with no room to even stand up -- for 18 years during Taiwan's dictatorship period.
His crime? The government's secret police were looking for him, and rather than risk being arrested, tortured and perhaps killed, Mr. Shih Ru-chen decided to find a hiding place.
The recent case of "corruption" in the Tainan Science Park vibration damping technology bid isn't what it looks like on the surface. What's really going on? Well, the defendant is Green, and the prosecutors are Blue....
CONTROVERSY surrounds Australia's first uranium shipment to Taiwan since it may clear the way for future exports to nuclear-armed India.
BHP Billiton refused to confirm the timing of the shipment via the US but the buyer was less constrained, Fairfax newspapers reported.
“We like to diversify our fuel sources, so this first shipment from Australia is appreciated,” Taipower's Sydney-based executive Samson Lee told Fairfax.
Mr Lee confirmed the uranium would “only be for peaceful power generation”.
The shipment to Taiwan employs an indirect sale arrangement through the US, which will first convert and enrich the ore under a bilateral agreement between Canberra and Washington.
The shipment coincides with the shipment of spent nuclear fuel, in six shipping containers, from Sydney's Lucas Heights reactor via ship to the east coast of the US.
.....Mr. Howard, one of Australia's long serving Prime Ministers, obviously cannot resolve this issue easily. His country holds almost 40 per cent of the world's reserves of uranium, yet it does not have a single nuclear power generation plant. All the uranium it mines is exported, but guided by a policy first outlined in 1977, this can go only to countries that have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. India clearly does not qualify under this policy as a customer.
But Mr. Howard knows his country and its politics are different and difficult. Australian voters have been hypersensitive to nuclear proliferation. A recent opinion poll on the proposed sale of uranium to China showed more than half of the respondents were against it even though China is a signatory to the NPT and therefore an eligible buyer. At the other end of the scale are large uranium mining companies in Australia which sense that the entry of China and India to the club could dramatically expand their market, indeed treble it by 2020, according to one estimate. With global uranium prices likely to rise sharply as demand increases, the companies see substantial profit ahead.
As competition in the fast-paced IT world intensifies, Taiwanese firms are trying everything they can to give their clients added-value services.And to think the grandparents of these designers made their living sewing handkerchiefs in living room factories and walking to work because they couldn't afford a bicycle.
Taiwan computer makers such as Quanta, Asustek and Lite-On Technology Corp. have all created their own design teams, earning reputations as new product pioneers and winning awards in global competitions.
"Over 80 percent of the world's notebook computer design is outsourced to Taiwan now," said JP Morgan analyst Alvin Kwock.
Having design teams close to the manufacturers has also become more strategically logical for foreign tech firms, said Kwock. Most final production is done nearby, in mainland China.
Contract makers are using their design capability to distinguish themselves from one another, realising sophisticated design capabilities can attract customers who want everything from MP3 players to mobile phones and laptop computers.
"At some point you can't compete on cost alone, so you have to turn to design," said Markus Wierzoch, a product design manager for Asustek.
The move to design marks a coming of age for Taiwan firms, which have migrated from pure manufacturing work, or Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM), in the 1980s to a new type of work, called original design manufacturing, or ODM, starting in the 1990s.
As competition heats up, the level of design services offered in Taiwan has increased as well, as players try to distinguish themselves in industries where margins are already razor-thin.
As a result, the island is earning a name for its new generation of young engineers and designers who are winning awards in global competitions for their work.
"Perceptions regarding Taiwan's design has really changed a lot in the past five years or so," said Wierzoch.
While awards may be a pat on the back, the Taiwanese firms are less motivated by prestige and payment than by sheer necessity.
Quanta Computer, the world's largest notebook contract maker, whose main clients include Dell and Hewlett-Packard, said its design development services are provided almost free of charge for big customers since competition is so intense.
"It is what Taiwan makers have to do to survive," said JP Morgan's Kwock.
President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) son-in-law Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘) was sentenced to six years in prison and fined NT$30 million after being found guilty of insider trading charges.It's not over yet, as there will no doubt be appeals....
After a five-month investigation into the Chao and his father's alleged insider trading of Taiwan Development Corporation shares, the Taipei District Court announced its verdict at 3 p.m. yesterday in the high-profile case.
According to the verdict, the judges ruled that the TDC case was a typical crime committed by influential people and because neither the father nor the son showed remorse for their actions, they deserved to be given stiff penalties.
"Chao Chien-ming, a doctor as well as one of the first family members, and his father Chao Yu-chu, a retired principal, even made use of their influence to obtain confidential information that had a positive effect on the prices of TDC shares. They obtained huge profits through the buying and selling of TDC shares," the verdict read, which put the total profits earned by the two at over NT$58 million.
"A panel of three judges convicted Chao Chien-ming and his father of making illegal gains through insider trading and decided not only to send them to prison but also to fine them NT$30 million respectively," court spokesman Liu Sau-song said at a press conference.
Liu further noted that Chao Yu-chu was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for not only insider trading of TDC shares but also for embezzling NT$4.5 million from a total of NT$11 million in donations made by Eslite Chairman Robert Wu and other people to the table tennis association he headed.
Two cables were damaged, both off Taiwan's coast, Chunghwa said.
The company reported a 50 percent loss of overall telephone capacity, with connections to China, Japan and Southeast Asia most affected.
Chunghwa also said almost all of Taiwan's communications capacity with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong was disrupted. Also hard hit was telephone service to the U.S., where 60 percent of capacity was lost, the company said.
Internet access in Beijing was cut or extremely slow, while Japanese customers were having trouble calling India and the Middle East. In South Korea, dozens of companies and institutions were affected, including the country's Foreign Ministry.
Hong Kong telephone company PCCW Ltd., which also provides Internet service, said the quake cut its data capacity in half. Many Internet users were unable to access Web sites in parts of America, Taiwan and South Korea. Calls to Taiwan weren't connecting.
In sum, of the first twenty, 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 15, 18, 19, and 20 can reasonably said to be blogs about Taiwan. One would expect that the opposite would obtain -- that more non-Taiwan blogs would crop up in the lower numbers, but the first thirty would be mostly about Taiwan. Actually, only about half are.
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* 617 blogs link here
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Kolom Refleksi tips menulis dan tip kiat cara membuat blog atau Blog Tutorial
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* 155 blogs link here
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到台?找我玩,同志!–台??中??地的玩耍邀?网站 / Come See Me In Taiwan, Comrade ! - Taiwan's ivitation for Mainland China
* 90 blogs link here
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Discussing Asian culture and life from a western-Israeli perspective. Covering : Asia, Chinese, China, Taiwan.
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Doubting to shuo?: Chinese, Investing, EFL and Being a Geek in Taiwan
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* 66 blogs link here
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The DPP chairman released a satiric "report card" of Ma's eight years as Taipei City mayor, which gave the KMT chairman zeros in urban construction, concern for the land, river conservation, team leadership and environmental policy and "100" grades in "the art of lying," "evading responsibility," media relations, performing shows and "jogging and swimming."
The DPP chairman especially criticized the KMT chairman for "deceiving society" by failing to fulfill promises to properly handle the problem of the KMT's massive holdings of "ill-gotten" party assets and repeated commitments to support the procurement of advanced defensive weapon systems for Taiwan's national defense as well as for "contradictory" statements regarding the former mayor's use of special executive allowances.
The DPP chairman stated that in poll conducted at the end of March, Ma had a satisfaction rating of 75 percent against 15 percent dissatisfied, but that his approval rating had fallen to 55 percent in June, 46 percent in July and to 38 percent in November, while the KMT chairman's dissatisfaction rating had risen to 35 percent in June, 45 percent in July and 52 percent at the end of November.
Moreover, Yu said the DPP had improved its party organization by abolishing factions, dealing with the chronic problem of "proxy members" and promoting "joint decision-making between the party and government."
Taiwanese-American hip-hop singer Stanley Huang's (
黃立行) new album has triggered protests from the religious community because the title song is about atheism, a Chinese-language daily reported yesterday.
Since radio and TV started playing Atheists Like Me, the lead song in the album, Huang's record company has received more than 100 phone calls protesting the content of the new song, the local China Times newspaper reported.
Huang's record company said it was prepared for the controversy and Huang stressed the song was about love, and had nothing to do with religion, the paper said.
But the protests kept pouring in, via telephone and e-mail, forcing Huang's record company to shut its website for three days, the paper added.
Taiwan college teacher Lee Shu-ping has a 20-year-old student who programmed his motorcycle to say "go away" in the Taiwan dialect of Chinese.
It's part of a statement. The same guy wears flip-flops, loose-fitting pants and T-shirts, borrowing from the down-market fashions of working-class elders from Lee's agricultural home county of Yunlin in central Taiwan.
Lee's student blends in with plenty of other Taiwan youth who have ducked fashions from Japan and the West and shunned speaking the standard Mandarin version of Chinese in favour of local clothing styles and dialects to show they're Taiwanese.
Loud motorcycles and betel nut chewing that produces blasts of red spittle are often part of the act, and it's hip to study the Taiwan dialect of Chinese.
Taiwan politicians with a warm spot for Beijing - which considers the island part of its territory and opposes displays of a separate identity - bristle at the trend.
"Taiwan culture is part of Chinese culture," said Taipei mayor-elect Hau Lung-bin, who is backed by the China-friendly Nationalist Party. "I am native Taiwanese. I was born in Taiwan."
I just read your piece from last Saturday titled "You love farce? Send in the clowns." Toward the end you commented on Gallup and polling results from the recent election.
Gallup did not do this work. We are the only owner of the Gallup trademark in Taiwan and in 100 other countries around the world. We had a licensee in Taiwan who used the name up until 2002 when we revoked the rights. The poll that has used our name is a counterfeit. The individual [Dr. Timothy Ting Ting-yu, 丁庭宇] or his organization does not have any rights in the trademark Gallup and any unauthorized use is infringement of our registered rights. We respectfully request a correction.