Today's quote from a highly intelligent observer of Taiwan's politics: "ROC 100? This is really an exercise in Orwellian double-think and a KMTist distortion of history and an exclusion of a future history for Taiwan people."
Meanwhile, what's being reliably represented on the blogs today?
- A narrow gauge rail line in Taiwan, for coal. The third in the series, with one and two. Pics from the 1990s, when the line was still operating. Way cool.
- My Kafkaesque Life's top ten Taiwanese songs
- How to order train tickets in Taiwan w/o a credit card.
- Peking Duck on the tasteless Tibet-flavored Super Bowl ad.
- OzSoapbox asks: is this the most Asian taxi in Taiwan?
- David on the Freak Out Beast Music Festival in Da An Park.
- Anniestan does the Year of the Rabbit
- Richard Matheson on The Third Prince
- Taiwan in Cycles on our awesome ride on Highway 21. This made-for-cyclists road should be on everyone's list.
- ETRC on the DPP's 2012 Dream Team.
- Fili explores NE Taiwan by train. Fili, it is even better on a bike.
- Ben with a hilarious Paypal fail. Ben, please tell me that is a hoax.
- Taiwan Matters! argues that we should say "Lunar New Year."
- Pat confronts the torment of neighbors.
- Kerim compares blogging platforms for teaching
- Pinyin Info chastises the government for the innumerable errors on its map of southern Taiwan.
- The China Beat has one of those romantic articles on Chinese culture, so much more awesome than our own: "Since historically China developed as a series of agricultural, farming-based communities that required virtues such as cooperation and harmony, the default position in Chinese thought is to bring together these opposing views in what is famously known as the middle-way, finding a solution that allows for the continuation of true community." This is because there were no agricultural, farming-based communities in the west -- it's been nothing but heavy industry for centuries -- remember Aristotle's writings on petrochemical plants? *sigh* Nisbett's Just So Stories are The Discovery Institute of China analysis.
- Taiwan to launch new supercomputer in July
- Freakonomics: the hidden side of trash in Taipei
- Our awesomely pragmatic and totally unideological president wants gov't officials in Taiwan to make sure they call China "the mainland" and "the other side" and never "China". Party like it's 1956, folks! I mean, can you imagine the conversation in the Ma household tonight....
PRESIDENT MA: I'm setting out the fine Mainland for our guests, honey. How many guests do we have?
MRS MA: What?
PRESIDENT MA: How many plates of fine Mainland do we need?
MRS MA: Uh....ok.... Six. I'll need some smaller plates for the appetizer, Chinese spring rolls.
PRESIDENT MA: Sorry darling, we call those Other Side Spring Rolls now.
MRS MA: Uh...right. So when I go to San Francisco, I'm visiting....
PRESIDENT MA: ....Mainlandtown.
MRS: MA: Ok...and ABCs are...?
PRESIDENT MA: ABOSers.
MRS MA: And you're the President of...?
PRESIDENT MA: ....The Republic of Mainland.
- Japan's generational inequality the world's worst.
- Wapo now hosts official Chinese propaganda.
- Francis Lam at Salon on how to make potstickers from scratch
- At Forumosa, a great post listing some biking trails in Hualien
- China now number 1 in PPP?
- Taiwan's media fights propaganda from gov't, China.
- Gov't apologizes for wrongful execution. For all that we hack on the Ma Administration, try and imagine some American state like Texas apologizing for its several apparent wrongful executions.
- From Brunei, an erratic but often correct piece on Taiwan with a strange title: "Can Withering, Anxious Taiwan Engage China?"
- Chinese experts arrive in Taiwan to help pandas mate. The mind reels.
- Taiwan recalls rep to the Philippines over the 14 Taiwanese sent to China, and also promises tighter screening of Filipinos sent to work in Taiwan. Philippine paper reports that half of OFWs might lose their jobs.
- Sharp, Chimei to team up in LCD production.
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