A university in the UK will be opening a blog dedicated to the 2012 election here on The Beautiful Island. The blog, with postings every day from an academic expert on Taiwan, will feature commentary from academics, commentators, and observers, and perhaps a few words from myself -- someone has to provide the right level of scruffiness so it sounds authentic to its readers -- and think how much smarter everyone else will look if I post there! It is scheduled to come online Nov 1. Stay tuned.
Also, Danielle Sleeper of the TAADC writes: I thought you and some of your readers might be interested in learning a bit about our new organization, the Taiwan Alumni Association of Greater Washington DC (TAADC).
TAADC was founded earlier this year as a way to maintain a connection to Taiwan after having studied abroad there and to assist prospective students planning to go to Taiwan. While we are an independent organization, we do receive funding from TECRO. So far, we have held various working sessions discussing our experiences in Taiwan and a re-orientation event for those who recently returned. In the future, we plan to host professional development sessions, lectures and other networking outings in DC and possibly events for DC students while they are in Taiwan (our president, Austin Yoder, plans to be there for a year beginning in December and will be facilitating). Members include students, graduates and professionals in the Washington, DC area with a significant interest in Taiwan.
One program we have just started is the TECRO Fellows program. Two students who are currently studying in Taiwan will be selected to blog weekly about their experiences there. At the end of the semester, they will receive a stipend and certificate of completion (and a plug to put on their resume).
Feel free to check out our website: http://www.taadc.com/
We are still in the process of developing the content, so please bear with us.
There is also a roundtable on Oct 18 at CSIS entitled "Should the US abandon Taiwan?" 12:00-2:00. Discussants: Nancy Berghof Tucker, Bonnie Glaser, Charles Glaser, Michael Swaine. RSVP to FreemanChair@csis.org
AP on the ROC at 100: An excellent piece for the most part, but.... "Ma denies that, but he has been vague about the end goal of his China policy, prompting speculation that he has accepted that union with the mainland may be inevitable at some point." When has Ma ever been vague about the end goal of his China policy? He's often stated it: annexation in the form of "reunification."
- Julian Baum's letter to the Washington Post about the Post's running Chinese state propaganda advertorials
- The Diplomat on asymmetric warfare as the antidote to China's increasing edge in conventional warfare. Just as China wants to do the same to the US.
- Also in The Diplomat (which is damned good and you should be reading it) is James Holmes on whether the US is a reliable ally.
- House hearing video from Oct 4
- Tsai to remain in Tainan for Double Ten Day
- OzSoapbox on the disgusting behavior of an English teacher/stripper, an out of hand tale making the rounds in the foreign community.
- Bicycle repair class offered in Taichung
- Taiwan seals deals for US grain. Big deals. And important with so many small businesses depending on stable grain prices and imports.
- Hey remember how US arms sales stimulated moderates in China and how the KMT moved in a deliberate, rational, step by step manner toward democracy? Yeah, I don't either.
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