Thursday, July 31, 2008

Daily Links, July 31, 2008

One minute of the Self-Strengthening Train speeding across the southern Taiwan landscape on a gorgeous post-typhoon day. Meanwhile, what's speeding across the Taiwan blogscape?
  • J-hole at Ni Howdy blogs on strange things found in the China Post.

  • Sponge bear goes for a hike and finds lush pics and a great piece on Japanese nationalism.

  • Cross Strait Economics on Taiwan's plan to move 12 inch fabs to China. I'd like to move my 12 inch abs to China too....

  • A-gu notes that the DPP finds it absurd that the KMT is attending the Beijing Olympics while its allies' leaders are not allowed to.

  • The excellent My Several Worlds muses on typhoon day, while the Taiwan Chronicles lists what she did.

  • Save the Humpback Dolphin has a piece on river dust. Apparently is an important component of local haze.

  • Fast Eastern Sweet Potato blogs on Muslim terrorism in China.

  • Taiwan Photographers features Todd Alperovitz.

  • Peace Festival video on the Real Taiwan.

  • Chinese Whispers interview by Steven Crook.

  • Teaescapade on distinguishing authentic Yixing Teapots from Taiwan.

  • PETA calls on Sanchung city officials to take better care of their strays. Hey PETA -- send money, not emails.

  • The vivacious Michelle blogs on the opening of a famous old tunnel to bikers and hikers. Next time someone tells you Taiwan is getting worse, ask them how much stuff there was like this under the KMT.

  • Brian Dunn on why defending Taiwan is important.

  • MEDIA: DPA reports that Ma wants the Olympics to promote "peace" between Taiwan and China. I must have missed the war we were having. Nice formulation, though of the FORMULA: China considers Taiwan its breakaway province, but Taiwan, seat of the exiled Republic of China since 1949, regards itself as a sovereign state currently recognized by 23 countries. Better than a lot of the crap that's out there. Pajama's media carries Gordon C. Chang's piece Defending Taiwan is Defending America. Costa Rican police raid housing minister over allegations he diverted Taiwanese funds intended for housing for the poor, after Costa Rica switched to the PRC. Taiwan's airlines cut flights. Hsinchu mayor to review roads to facilitate biking. We're No 1: Taichung, despite improvements, still leads in crime. No doubt because in Taichung, you can get fined for burning a piano, but the illegal trash burning around here goes on serenely unmolested by the police. Sex ring smashed, 13 prostitutes arrested: welcome to Taiwan, girls, where it is illegal to be a prostitute, but OK to hire one. Reuters correspondents do 48 hours in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Yes, the rumors are true, there really are other cities in Taiwan besides Taipei. Taiwan LCD maker cutbacks hit Corning's LCD blank production here. Desperate cat hitchhikes in container from Taiwan to the UK, demands asylum because its master wants to have it spayed.


    Anonymous said...

    Dongguan, a key manufacturing center in southern China where factories have come under
    severe cost pressure, has denied that firms are going belly up or leaving in droves after reports of an exodus.
    On average, about 6 percent of manufacturers in Dongguan closed per year, and last year and this year so far were no different, the newspaper Southern Metropolis quoted the city's vice mayor Jiang Ling yesterday as saying.

    Taiwan's China Times reported Tuesday that 20 percent of the 8,000 Taiwanese businesses in Dongguan left last year, including 200-300 of Taiwan's 1,000 shoe producers in the city.

    hmm. looks like shoe producers will not be "made in VRC" anymore. looks like new EU import laws finaly are going to work for "chinese" firms too.

    Richard said...

    Interesting about the flight cuts. CAL giving up all their flights between Seattle and Taiwan? That's a lot of tickets going to EVA...

    Anonymous said...

    He is mad to move the 12-inch fabs to China. Intel have only moved their 12-inch DRAM factories not their 12-inch ASIC plants. See my post here.

    J-hole said...


    A lot of the links to Posts of Note on Things Taiwanese are broken.My Chinese teacher is giving an orientation to American teachers hired by the Taichung city gov. and I recommended your blog as a useful resource for them. Are the links gone forever or can you get them back up?

    J-hole said...


    A lot of links in the Posts of Note on Things Taiwanese seem to be broken. My Chinese teacher is giving an orientation to American teachers hired by the Taichung city gov. and I recommended your blog as a good resource for them. Are the links gone forever or can you get them back up?

    Michael Turton said...

    J-hole, they are all broken because I am reconstituting my archives, a long, slow process since my post count is now pushing 3,000. Thanks, I will fix the problem by deleting that section and putting in an UNDER CONSTRUCTION sign.


    Anonymous said...

    Taiwan has lifted a long-standing ban on Chinese investment in its stock and futures exchanges, a move aimed at helping transform the island’s market into a regional financial services centre.

    The new policy is the latest step by Taiwan’s new government to deregulate financial ties with China.
    But Ma Ying-jeou, the new president who took office in May, takes the view that by opening itself to China economically, Taiwan can play a vital role as a regional centre of asset management, fund-raising and research and development.