Monday, May 21, 2007

Daily Links, May 21, 2007.


What's being served on the blogs?

  • Taoyuan Nights compiles the info on the totally batshit insane pyramid scheme in China that is going to be a disaster. In Taiwan we saw this repeatedly in the 1980s and 1990s, and the resulting financial mess destroyed many lives. Now we're talking a scam that could have global implications.

  • Becoming Taiwanese goes peach pickin'

  • Craig blogs on Taiwan's fishing industry. Nice pic too.

  • Gary blogs on critical language awareness -- long and informed.

  • Kerim has links to great articles on a wide variety of topics

  • The Foreigner blogs on the ominous habit of slander suits to shut up critics.

  • Scott Sommers has another fine post on the crisis in the universities here. Are they ever not in crisis?

  • Rank has a couple of good posts: finding yet another high point in Taiwan's long line of promotional brilliance (dock worker tango: priceless), some commentary on Ma Ying-jeou's ride around Taiwan, and a long post on SET TV's eff-up with the misused video.

  • 1 comment:

    Scott Sommers said...

    I would say there was a long period where Taiwan universities were not in crises. Following colonization by the KMT military government and up through the period of rapid economic growth, tertiary education in Taiwan did an excellent job of what it was supposed to be doing. The first signs of failure became apparent once democracy was instituted. While the system continued to function well for a while, it began to show looming signs of an inability to produce education as a consumer product. The late start and the systems structural inability to change has been created what everyone, from English-language bloggers to a growing number of MOE officials, seem to agree is an education system unable to meet the needs of a modern industrial nation.