Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Daily links, March 15, 2011

I've been totally mesmerized by the news out of Japan. So I am a day late with the links this week.

NOT TAIWAN: Great piece on the famine in Vietnam of 1944-45. Abstract art, no, a monkey couldn't paint it. RealClimate blogs on blogging by Climate Scientists. The post touches on a pet peeve of mine, which is that not enough experts in their fields take the time to blog. Peak oil: fear peak coffee too.
Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.


Jenna said...

yeah, we kind of agreed in the comments that it's great...in Taipei. The title of the post only references Taiwan because that's the tag's name.

Nobody's gonna argue that public infrastructure outside Taipei is severely lacking (Kaohsiung is sort of catching up, at least).

Better than the USA, though.

Waltzing Jaloma said...

I, too, have been totally mesmerized by the news out of Japan. My reasons, however, are a little too close to home for comfort. Although I have blood ties there, the Chinese saying that blood his heavier than water does not seem to bring any water my way.

I am trying my feeble means working the ropes with 2 consulates in Tokyo, but if my ex is of a mind that a dead-bit father’s concerns are immaterial to the welfare of their kids, what is one to say?

Like Taiwan, I have my own little brown bag when it comes to Japan. However, there is an ideal Japan that the Japanese people in their time of trials know how to live up to.

Don’t ask me why I am awed at the sight of the quiet resilience the Japanese people displays when confronted with overwhelming odds. Because I am not alone.

While glued to internet feeds of Japanese TV news broadcasts, I kept an eye on the right column where messages kept pouring in words of compassion and support in 4 or 5 languages. Those sent by Taiwanese viewers were striking by their expression of total empathy.

In the first hours there was the odd despicable one-liner fired by a sniggering Chinese here and there. But over time, real Chinese people, the suffering and compassionate ones, joined in the chorus of grief, sorrow and admiration.

Here’s a paragraph from an e-mail I just sent a friend visiting Taiwan.

“When you posted, were you aware of what Feb. 28 means to US-conquered and Chinese-controlled Japanese Taiwan? Although everybody in the know keeps very hush-hush about it, once in Taiwan, keep in mind that you are already treading on Japanese land. Presently every (native) Taiwanese heart and mind is mournfully attuned to reports of loss from Japan’s northeastern coast.”

I dare any reader to come up and tell it in my face that I am wrong.

God forbid that a wave of Japanese refugees from a radiations-stricken Kanto region reaches these shores.

However, remembering how, 62 years ago, six millions Taiwanese hosted two millions Chinese refugees, let us compute this together at the same 6:2 ratio of today Taiwanese population.

How many Japanese refugees does that amount to? If the UNHCR brings in nine million Japanese, will Taiwan mind making room for the naichi compatriots?

Like every native Taiwanese still holding a flame for the motherland, I can't but wish Taiwan a Japanese tsunami that'll douse the Chinese lava smoldering on this Japanese land.

yankdownunder said...

"Great piece on the famine in Vietnam of 1944-45"

Yeah it's all Japan's fault.

"France can hardly be blamed for the demographic increase in the north."
maybe that's why France never paid
any reparations.

"Japan was still leaching food out of Indochina,"
those ... leaches

"In August 1944, Macau Governor Gabriel Teixeira gained Japanese agreement to send a vessel (the SS Portugal) to northern Vietnam to load coal and beans for shipment to Macau at a time when the Japanese choke on Portuguese-controlled Macau had reduced sections of the population to cannibalism.31"
He cites his own book as a source?!!

Both JapanFocus and JapanToday are racist and anti-Japan.

A great piece about the great war.