Well, I am crash-dieting on beer and fatty pork this weekend, to experience the restorative powers of the food of the gods. So I won't be blogging until Monday the 22nd. Enjoy a few links to tide you over...
- DON'T MISS: Jeff Kingston's piece in Japan Times on transitional justice in Taiwan
- PUH-LEASE: Otherwise decent article in NYTimes says that the Kenya deportations were to put pressure on Tsai. What does it take? Both TIME and myself in The Diplomat have already pointed out that the unnamed "analysts" who claim that this move was made to put pressure on Tsai Ing-wen were wrong. Why keep writing that nonsense?
- Taiwan's real performance at the Olympics: its amazing sporting goods
- The Problem of Mandarin in Taiwan
- Four soldiers were killed when a tank accidentally drove off a bridge in Pingtung, This is a sadly normal kind of accident (as was the recent missile incident) that occurs whenever young people drive around in hi-powered vehicles. It is not evidence of anything except that young men in armies are the same everywhere.
- Approval ratings for Tsai predictably decline
- Taiwan's graffiti scene outgrowing its foreign influence
- AMCHAM: Taiwan: too many universities. What will happen?
- Public beatings of alleged criminals shame the nation and must stop.
- Hilariously, the China Post editorializes of aboriginal history:
Qing China, which annexed Taiwan as a prefecture of Fujian province in 1684, continued to rule Taiwan until it was ceded to Japan in 1895. During those 210 years, there were massacres of Chinese subjects as well as aboriginals in countless rebellions, large and small. But the worst historical injustices occurred while Taiwan was under Japanese colonial rules from 1895 to 1945. After Taiwan and its appertaining islands were restored to the Republic of China, there have been few injustices against the indigenous peoples.Hahahaha!
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