Pashan goes to Huang Di Dian in Taipei. And great pics from a previous hike of his from A Fool's Paradise. Disguised student caught stealing at Strawberries protest site Cross-national marriages and their impact on education in Taiwan Taiwan660, another voice for Taiwan in the blogosphere, is open for business. A post on the historic sailing vessel soon to be lost. A physicist visits Taipei and comments on the experience. Save the Dolphins on the case of the Yunlin politician who assaulted lawyer and environmentalist Robin Winkler. Mark Harrison with a wonderful piece on Cape No. 7 and Taiwan/China. What a truly excellent and enjoyable movie! Taiwanese Identity talks about some of the many Taiwanese quotes in there. Fixed Gear on Taiwan's first alley cat Global Voices on the Wild Strawberries being kicked out of Liberty Square Taiwan AF visits US AF to study how to implement all-volunteer force. A-gu on reports of Bird Flu and coverup in Taiwan. Taiwanese aborigine comfort woman to speak in Tokyo today. Phantom regs for US servicepeople married to locals in the 1960s. Chunghua Telecom offers a game in which a Japanese woman strips. Poagao goes down to Kaohsiung. Taiwanonymous on the absurd copyright situation of the excellent gov't Mandarin dictionary The Foreigner on the Process of Law in Taiwan Bread at Ni Howdy really does a nice job of pointing out why the Obama cabinet sucks so hard. Vilsack? Clinton? Podcasting: Talk of Asian Marketing's latest on Weddings here.
MEDIA: Do we have bird flu here? There were allegations of a cover-up. Now Japan has suspended poultry imports from Taiwan. The US-Taiwan Business Council backs Taiwan DRAM maker bailout. China flights aren't the only thing increasing: Philippines added new RP-ROC flights too. Speaking of the Philippines, Taiwan Filipino workers face massive lay offs. Tonga levys $2.5 million fine on Taiwan fishing boat. Japanese UN human rights official says Taiwan must fight to keep democracy. It's hilarious that, with Beijing's insistence on suppressing Taiwan's identity and independence at every turn, commentators still write that Beijing is "willing to sidestep the issue". Chipmakers here may get bailout, says Businessweek. AP, still writing the asinine "split amid civil war in 1949" (I must have missed that civil war between Taiwan and China in 1949) -- notes that the pandas arrive on the 23rd. Chang Hsueh-liang's house formally opened this week.
EVENTS: Dems Abroad Organizational Meeting, Jan 17. See sidebar for details. Brian offers course in erotic hypnosis.
RIGHTS WATCH: ETaiwannews comments on the apparent targeting of defense lawyers by the Ministy of Justice. Also of note, an official of New Taiwan Weekly, which recently closed up due to funding issues, had his home raided by 4 men apparently from the prosecutors office who said they were looking for evidence of "corruption" but asked him about his links to FAPA in the US. He is related to a prominent pro-Taiwan individual in the US. May be an isolated event. UPDATE: The Taiwan bookstore near NTU was vandalized this week.
LMAO: Recent People's Daily headline: "Highlights of President Hu's speech at reform eulogy meeting". I hope all the listeners enjoyed the eulogy for the death of reform....