- Taiwan Matters, analyzes the 3-in-1 elections, asking how Ma's clean candidate drive could have resulted in a the running of a candidate who shot two people years ago, and then shot another when he lost in the latest round of elections.
- Tea Masters with lovely pics and discussion of Nantou tea.
- Lao Ren Cha snaps Mayor Hau of Taipei in procession, says bad things about him. Good work, Jenna.
- Far Eastern Sweet Potato reviews pro-KMT book on the ROC.
- Todd A with good pics from our ride in Nantou on Saturday.
- American GIs return to Club 63.
- Hear in Taiwan on rising insomnia in Taiwan.
- F Varga on Taiwan's "free speech zones" for protesting the visit of PRC annexation thug representative Chen Yun-lin to our fair city of Taichung. One of the many disasters of the all-encompassing catastrophe that was the Bush Administration was its legitimation of crap like this elsewhere in the world.
- A Taiwanese man rulz WoW.
- Laowiseass on people taking pictures of them with bikes. Personally I always enjoy my interactions with locals while biking, responses are overwhelmingly positive. In Nantou on Saturday lots of people talked to us, including a family while we were loading the bikes for the trip home, in English, and quite pleasant they were to talk to.
- That's Impossible! on Afghanistan and Taiwan.
- More on the CTSP and pollution.
- Peimic with really good pics from another northern cross bike ride.
VIDEO: DPP ECFA referendum add, w/English subtitles.
MEDIA WATCH: The zombie claim that Ma is a Harvard-educated lawyer lurches on in the Financial Times.
When Ma Ying-jeou gave his rival candidate a thrashing in May’s presidential election, the Harvard-educated lawyer proved he had the charisma to convince Taiwan’s 17m voters that his scandal-scarred Kuomintang party deserved to be in power.Ma was never a lawyer. Can we stop with that crap, please? UPDATE: FT apparently substituted in [mainland] in front of "China" in DPP Chairman Tsai's remarks:
"The results show that the Ma government's policy to swiftly unite with [mainland] China is the source of much uneasiness among the voters," said Tsai Ing-wen, DPP chairwoman.Totally unacceptable pro-China political alteration. Anyone got the original in Chinese?
EVENTS: Van Gogh exhibition in Taipei opens Dec 11. Voting has begun for the Taiwan blog awards. Jerome sends around the breakfast club meeting info:
We will have our Breakfast Club meeting at 10 am, this Saturday Dec. 12.
With the interim elections today, there will be plenty to talk about.
The speaker is Dr. Mark Harrison cf. below
Dr Mark Harrison is Senior Lecturer and Chinese program coordinator in the School of Asian Languages and Studies at the University of Tasmania. From 2002 to 2008, he was a research fellow and lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London, UK. He is author of “Legitimacy, Meaning and Knowledge in the Making of Taiwanese Identity” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006), co- editor of The Margins of Becoming: Identity and Culture in Taiwan (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2007), and author of a number of other chapters and articles on Taiwanese culture and identity. He is currently in Taiwan for a Ministry of Education funded research project entitled “Taipei as a global city: place-making between the screen and the everyday” in collaboration with NTNU and Yu Haiqing at UNSW.
The Breakfast Club talk will look at some of the epistemological questions around how Taiwan is known and is made known, and how this influences the experience of those who live here. Academic scholarship, journalism, tourism, commerce, government and other site of knowledge all contest over the truth about Taiwan, and it is this contestation that makes Taiwan compelling and meaningful for those committed to it.
The venue is the same as it has been for the past months. Time is 10 am.
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. Everyone buys their own) 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; please email me if you plan to attend.
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