Thursday, January 01, 2009

Daily Links, Jan 1, 2009

I took many interesting photos in 2008, but this one is probably my favorite. I took it in the Keelung area while out hiking back in March. The patterns of the bee's eyes, and its unfamiliar body shape, really struck me. Welcome to 2009, folks, and let's see what's out there on the blogs....
  • Taiwan Top Five from the China Beat

  • Investorblogger has video of Taipei 101 fireworks show.

  • Stocks and Politics on relations between Taiwan and China. The Foreigner with good piece on a similar theme.

  • Wasted effort in Taiwan.

  • Fili posts a very interesting blog post on western perspectives on teaching Taiwanese students.

  • DPP says cross-strait shipping links are defined as "domestic" in Taiwan-China agreements.

  • Taiwanese impressions of China: DPP poll says they are not what you think.

  • Is Taiwan Gaza?

  • David on Taiwanese Cinema in 2008

  • Pinyin.info has links on Taiwan and Language.

  • Jerome on Diane Lee. She had to "leave the KMT" yesterday. Hahaha. As if Lee Huan's daughter would ever really do, or be permitted to do, such a thing.

  • Biking in Taiwan does the Pinglin loop.

  • J Michael on our removal from the Human Rights Watch website.

  • Shengye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

  • MEDIA: TaiwaneseAmerican.org spotlights the creators of My Mom is FOB. A Japanese view of Taiwan's betel nut girls. I've often thought that the reliance on cameras was a factor in the nation's high accident rates, and sure enough, yet another study out showing that effect in the US. Taiwan's Powerchip asked to re-submit its bail-out proposal. Taiwan goes crazy for salt coffee. You've already heard it: China seeks peace with Taiwan, Taiwan seeks peace with China. Into the memory hole with all of Chen Shui-bian's peace offers! Did you know there are 16 museums run by industrial conglomerates in Taoyuan? One among the many recent proposals for business zones in Taiwan for Taiwan firms. Ma hopes to bring change to China: for example, when a Chinese judge rules in a way the KMT doesn't like, they will change him. Taiwan will not go for WHA observer status. Yes, we're so pathetic we can't even apply to watch an assembly. Ma to say the Three Links will save Taiwan's economy. China's Hu calls for military exchanges with Taiwan. The Rebar family gets long jail sentences. Taiwan to seek more bank mergers. Taiwan citizens soon to have visa-free entry into the US? And what will they do after China annexes Taiwan? Map of Taiwan to be reduced to 3 cities and 15 counties. I'm curious to see how the election districts are redrawn after that. Central banks says recession will bottom out in the middle of 2009.

    EVENTS:
    Taiwan Photo Club January meeting
    "a meeting for photographers in Taipei"
    What: Club/Group Meeting
    Host: Taiwan Photo Club
    Start Time: Sunday, January 11 at 12:00pm
    End Time: Sunday, January 11 at 3:00pm
    Where: Yuma Southwestern Grill

    JOBS: Washington University in St. Louis - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Taiwan Film and/or Visual Cultures

    More description below...(wait until blog loads COMPLETELY!)

    Location: Missouri, United States
    Institution Type: College/University
    Position Type: Post-doctoral Fellow
    Main Category: Film
    Secondary Categories: Asian History or Studies
    Art and Architectural History

    Washington University in St. Louis seeks candidates for a post-doctoral fellowship in the fields of Taiwan and other East Asian film and visual culture studies. The appointment will be made in East Asian Studies and either in Film and Media Studies or the Department of Art History and Archaeology for one year, with possibility of re-appointment for one or two successive years. Preferred areas of teaching and research will focus on Taiwan cinema and Taiwan visual cultures. The successful candidate should be able to teach mainland Chinese film traditions, Hong Kong film, and preferably Japanese and Korean film as well. Alternatively, a visual cultures specialist should have a similar range of expertise in the visual arts. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand by the beginning of the period of appointment. The teaching load will be three courses per year; it is also expected that the candidate will actively carry on research and writing in this area, with presentations at scholarly conventions as appropriate.

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by March 15, 2009. Applications should include curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and supporting materials about research and teaching. Send all materials to: eas@artsci.wustl.edu. Email inquiries may be sent to the same address; telephone inquiries to (314) 935-4448.

    Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Employment eligibility is required upon appointment.


    1 comment:

    reeb said...

    Hi Michael, Happy New Year and thanks for another years worth of excellent Taiwan commentary and analysis.

    Another article worth reading is Karl Denninger's 2009 Market Predictions. Karl is always right on the money. Here is a snipet about China:

    China will have its first large-scale rumbling of civil unrest as a consequence of collapsing export demand and thus employment. They'll manage to tamp it down - this year. Don't take a bet on that holding together longer-term. Those who think China will be "ok" are deluded; they have a horrifying overcapacity problem (debt-financed, of course) and there is no way for them to get out of it. They are truly going to "take it in both holes" down the road, but the worst of it won't be in 2009 - that is still a year or two in the future.

    Marc Faber, in this Dec 22 youtube, also supports this view. (briefly mentioned at the beginning).

    Just as the KMTards misled the populace into thinking it was the DPP's fault for the failing economy, they are also misleading the people now telling them China is the answer to Tawian's problems. I think in 2010 this relationship is going to be a nightmare for the Taiwanese. When they finally wake up to reality, it will be too late.

    James Kunstler also has an interesting 2009 Forecast. (easier to read here)
    --
    Elsewhere on your blog you and a anon commenter made two great points recently that I think should be hightlighted:

    In the comments of your Judge Changed for CSB post, anon mentions:

    Organized crime stands to gain as they have maintained decades of illegal trade with China. Their illegal means are disappearing, but they are positioning themselves to take advantage of legal enterprises to enrich themselves. Organized crime is deeply involved in hotel and travel, construction, transportation, education and entertainment....

    You also wrote a blurb on your Chen Returned to detention post:

    ...and the laughable Diane Lee Dual Citizenship case -- it is mere political parody to wag the finger at Lee for having dual citizenship in the US when the mainlander elites are completely disloyal to Taiwan -- these two cases are just sideshows designed to distract the public and media...

    No comment, just thought these should be re-posted in case anyone missed it.