Way too busy to blog, but some great stuff out there. Enjoy...
- This article which interviewed an obviously reflective and aware local African-American expat, a response to the recent incident of racism/xenophobia/trolling for $ on the metro, generated massive commentary on Facebook, most of it lacking the above two qualities.
- Saving Taiwan's Marine Corps
- Indian newspaper column on Taiwan's economic engagement with India
- Ralph Jennings on the recent Chinese interference with a beauty pageant. The Taiwan beauty queen wouldn't wear a "Chinese Taipei" sash. Apparently she's "anti-China" according to Jennings, not "pro-Taiwan" -- another stance the media can't seem to wrap its head around. Jennings also quotes rabidly
pro-Chinaanti-Taiwan former KMT legislator Joanna Lei without mentioning which team she bats for. As a local Taiwan expert pointed out, the young lady is quite mainstream here in Taiwan and has strong support, especially among the young.
- Asia Pacific Memo on our water shortage problem
- A friend observes "MKT chairwoman and Soong running mate Hsu Hsin-ying's Zen Master, Miao Tian, was formerly a member of the ROC secret police. This week the MKT gave the #3 spot on its party list to Chen Yi-chiao, formerly Chen Hu-men, one of the secret police chiefs jailed for involvement in Liu's murder." http://www.storm.mg/article/74713
- Even ISIS can do good: it recognizes Taiwan as a country in its video threatening the world with retribution.
- Beitou, home of the Shaman.
- Eric Chu, with typical deft political sense, nominated for vice-president Jennifer Wang, who angered labor and was found to be living in government housing while speculating in the housing market.
- Latest poll from Liberty Times has KMT Presidential candidate Eric Chu at under 14%. Let's hope this affects the legislative polls.
- AmCham on the history controversy.
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