Monday, May 04, 2009

Jerome Keating Meet up, Other events

Staying elected in Taiwan: our local legislator sent this wreath to the funeral of a neighbor. Locals seem to value such personal services more than any policy stance or political value.

Jerome writes on the next meetup (SUNDAY, May 10), and below that, the North American Taiwan Studies Conference Call for Discussants.....


We will meet next Sunday, May 10, at 10 am.and our speaker will be Sebo Koh. Sebo is a retired Cardiologist, and graduate of Taipei Medical College; he was head of World United for Formosan Independence (WUFI) 1998--2002 and also a Chairman of Formosan Association of Public Affairs (FAPA); he also publishes the Taiwan Tribune, a US paper for Taiwanese.

His topic will be an interesting one, Taiwanese Identity: Collective Memories and Symbolism.

The venue is the same as it has been for the past months. The meeting location is the restaurant 婷婷翠玉 at 174 AnHe Road, Section Two. (rough translation of name is Tender, Pretty Green Jade.) You will be able to tell the restaurant by the lace curtains on the window--it was used in a TV commercial a while back. (We will have the downstairs room--breakfast cost will range between NT$100 and NT$150. Phone if lost 2736-8510.

Restaurant is between Far Eastern Plaza Mall/Hotel and HePing East Road--about a half a block north of the corner of HePing East Road Sec. 3 and AnHe Road. or a half a block south of Far Eastern Plaza on the AnHe Road side.

Take the MRT Mucha Line to the Liuchangli Station exit there, and walk west on HePing East Road 3/4 of a block till you reach where AnHe Road dead-ends into it.Then go north on AnHe Road; it is a half a block up on the west side of that street.

Or take any bus down HePing East Road and get off at the first stop that is east of Tun Hua South Road. That will put you at the corner of HePing and AnHe. You can also take a bus down Tun Hua South Road to the stop right across from Far Eastern Plaza and walk over to AnHe Road. Or if you take the 235 bus east, it turns off of HePing onto AnHe Road and the first stop is right across from the restaurant.

To keep me abreast of headcount; anyone who had not yet notified me please do so.

Also, just as there is no free lunch, there is no free breakfast. Some people have been chatting and then walking out forgetting to pay their bill. This weekend, people will be asked to pay after their meal is delivered. In that way, the restaurant won't get stiffed by our absent-mindedness.


May 3, 2009

Call for discussants, North American Taiwan Studies Conference
Austin, Texas, June 26-28, 2009
From: Hsun-Hui Tseng

Call for Discussants


The North American Taiwan Studies Association's 15th annual conference will be held June 26-28 at the University of Texas, Austin. This year we have received more than a hundred abstract submissions from the US, the UK, Taiwan, China and other countries. Each paper was carefully reviewed by experts from the relevant subject area.

Since the establishment of NATSA in 1994, our organization has dedicated to promoting Taiwan Studies in both Taiwan and overseas areas by hosting annual conferences in the US as a platform for scholarly exchange. With the co-sponsorships of the Department of Asian Studies and the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, faculty, graduate students, and researchers from different domains- political science, literature, architecture, law, sociology and anthropology-will be sharing their specialties at the conference.

Our next task is to look for researchers and Ph.D. candidates to serve as discussants in sharing their research expertise with this year's presenters in various panels.

Have you researched issues relating to this year's themes? NATSA encourages you to participate as a discussant in this stimulating upcoming event.

As a discussant, you will review the paper presentations in your panel and contribute to the overall discussions during the conference. You will also enjoy discounts from major publishers at our book exhibition, as well as casual and round-table opportunities to network with scholars from around globe.

Main Theme:
Locating Taiwan: Space, Culture and Society

Minor Themes:
A). Regionalism and Nationalism in Taiwan's Context
B). Eco-Politics in Taiwan
C). Identity and Hybridity in Cultural Spheres

Please refer to this year's Call for Papers decide whether your interests may fit this year's presentations (for the full verion of our CFP please visit the website at, and:

* Please send a brief self-introduction and research interests (CV optional) to
* The planning committee will look for best matches as soon as we receive your application and you should be contacted shortly afterward. We expect to finish matching before June 1, 2009. If you have any question please contact our Secretary at your earliest convenience.
*For the 3-day conference period, out-of-state discussants will receive a travel grant (neighboring states $100, and $300 for all other origins of travel), a registration fee waiver, reception dinner, and three lunch meals. Local discussants from the Texas state will receive a registration fee waiver, reception dinner, and three lunch meals.

Please refer to our website's accommodation info section for planning your travel.

Hsun-Hui Tseng
President 2008-2009
North American Taiwan Studies Association
Ph. D Candidate
Department of Anthropology
U of Washington
Box 353100
Seattle, WA 98195-3100


Hong Kong academic Frank Dikotter is in town for a week lecturing on the Great Famine of 1958-62 in China. For full schedule go here.


Saturday 5/9 is happy to present MAYhem

Come out for MAYHem!

Uli and the Rulers are coming back to Kaohsiung for one night of music, dancing and all out mayhem.

Date: Saturday May 9, 2009

Time: 9PM-3AM

Place: Join-Us

Just a 4 minute walk from the Kaohsiung Main Train Station
JianGuo 3rd Rd #169 B1


The night will feature the awesome old school rock steady sound of the Uli & the Rulers, live reggae, and international DJs... So come ready to dance all night.

Kaohsiung Insiders members be sure to check for what you get free.

Guys can party with 1 free beer for NT300.

Ladies can enter for NT200 also with 1 free beer.

More info will be posted on www, later so check back often. Also be sure to check our What is Going On Blog to see what is happening in Southern Taiwan.

Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

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