MEDIA: The evolution of Otaku culture in Taiwan. Japanese baseball star Oh says Taiwan baseball has good future. The Council on Foreign Relations on Countering China's Military Build Up. Chinese tourists visit in great numbers during Lunar New Year. More threats to pro-Green TV talk shows. Formosa Plastics to invest US$8.4 billion in plants in Taiwan. Freedom of the press has plummeted under Ma. South Korea and Taiwan execs charged with price-fixing in LCD markets. An excellent piece on Taiwan's water situation in this month's Taiwan Review. Yet another expert panel on the prospects for East Asia in the Obama regnum. The BBC on cross strait affairs. Another Chen aide pleads guilty. SEF Chief says Taiwan's dependence on China not so bad. Forbes on FDI in Taiwan.Seventy year old climber invents low-cost crampons. Latest twist in the Diane Lee case: AIT says, oh yeah, she did give up her citizenship 14 years ago (UPDATE: as Echo points out below, that's what her lawyer says AIT said). Except it is my understanding that a US citizen cannot give up citizenship just for serving on low-grade elected council. KMT to take its time in picking candidates for the year-end elections.
Earthquake tests off Taiwan could harm rare dolphins Stocks and Politics on the complaints against the pro-Green media. There is no 'i' blogs on the death of a major Buddhist figure in Taiwan. Taiwanrocks! on the Chinese economy and the US. Taiwan Teacher on the receipt lottery A post on Ed Friedman's excellent piece on China and democracy. A Pinoy's Guide to Taiwan has Year of the Ox pics. Global Voices online on hiking in Taiwan's mountains. David on the Taipei Book exhibition. And don't forget, he has links on Mondays. A fake news report on a China-India clash off Somalia. A-gu notes that the NCC is going to tighten "fact checking" regulations on talk shows. This comes after criticism of pro-Green talk shows for "not check facts." It's a good thing that gentleman Ma was elected and the adults were put back in charge.... Hanjie on Lantern Festival Fireworks Mutantfrog finds a 1993 piece on the China apologist Gregory Clark. F VARGA on the tragedy of Orchid Island Darren Melrose photos a Pingtung Street market
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