Teaching in the spring? It's like officiating at a funeral: you're facing a crowd, talking, and everyone in front of you is sniffling. Luckily the blogs offer the perfect antidote:
MEDIA: Texas legislator says Chinese names too hard to pronounce. Shih.... Taiwan unveils $1 billion promotion project to bring in foreign tourists. India Defense Review on China-India maritime rivalry -- and another media article on it. Hokkaido beats pandas by giving cranes. Of course, the way our construction industry is these days, we don't need any more cranes... A renowned US botanist advises Taiwan to protect its biodiversity. Jeez, guys, we'd love to, but we're investing in pandas this year... Taiwan's Ag and Food Agency says that claims that 30% of Taiwan's garlic comes from China are a rural legend and there is no garlic smuggling from China to Taiwan. Immigration agency under fire for asking nosy, suggestive questions to foreign spouses. MISLEADING HEADLINE OF THE WEEK: Police make large haul of ketamine. Man, I was wondering who was making all that ketamine.... Peace Agreement with China is next step in KMT program, says former Taiwan envoy to US. Chinese drywall problem now crops up in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Lawyerly comments at the Volokh Conspiracy on the court case on US sovereignty over Taiwan. That's Impossible on the Hong Kong forum's claim that Taiwan is more corrupt than China. Move along folks, no self serving conclusions to see there.... 20% tax rate for foreigners in Taiwan? Thoth has the answer. The secret tea language of triads. Clyde's Chinese Consumer Connection Podcast #47 on steak Enjoy this Obama PC from Taiwan! Carrie interviews Josambro. While Ma was honoring the Yellow Emperor in Taiwan, Lien Chan was at home in China doing the same Fili lists the most beautiful Taiwanese girls. What is Rainie doing on that list? Taiwan representative to US called "ambassador" in Chinese Todd with an awesome panorama. David has great links for monday
EVENTS: In recognition of Earth Day on April 19 Earth Passengers and the Permaculture Practitioners group, along with the National Taiwan Museum, Environmental Information Association, and the Forestry Dept. under the Council of Agriculture, is organizing a one-day series of workshops and presentations on sustainable living and food production technologies for urban environments. Talks and demonstrations will be given on cultivating edible landscapes in urban areas, making seed balls, composting, and rainwater harvesting. Tour of a nearby rooftop eco-garden is also scheduled for 2 pm, but advanced registration is required. Look for info on the Museum website.
SPECIAL: I have a piece in the Asian Wall Street Journal. Many thanks for the incredibly helpful comments and suggestions in formulating this from the Yunnan Biker Man and the Latin Lover -- I couldn't have done it without you. AWSJ was totally cooperative and it was a very pleasant experience that I hope is the first of many such publications. UPDATE: It was discussed briefly on the Talking Show last night, says maddog. "If y'all missed Talking Show, it is up on youtube (link to video) Look for something like "09-04/10 大話新聞 (DaHwa News) 13/12" or "09-04/10 大話新聞 (DaHwa News) 13/13" (parts 12 and/or 13 of 13 parts), or watch the 12:55 AM rebroadcast -- Michael's part will start around 2:45 - 2:50 AM, if you're up that late." Note that he incorrectly says I am prof at NCKU, I am only PHD student. A Chinese translation was posted to Social Force.
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