Keywords

The personal blog of P. Kerim Friedman 傅可恩. Short (link) posts are on his microblog. For his academic blogging please visit anthro{dendum}.

Jun 13, 2016

Explaining Israel to Taiwanese

Last week the American Anthropology Association (AAA) announced the results of a historic vote over a resolution advocating the academic boycott of Israeli institutions. With 51% of the membership voting, the resolution failed by just 39 votes: 2,423-2,384, essentially a tie. Having written a fair amount advocating the boycott for Savage Minds (...

Sep 23, 2015

Wawa No Cidal

Some preliminary thoughts on having just seen 太陽的孩子 Wawa No Cidal. First of all, this is an emotionally charged film that shows some of the real issues facing indigenous peoples in Taiwan without reducing them to stereotypes. It also deserves credit for making extensive use of the Amis language. For all these reasons everyone should watch...

Aug 12, 2015

Embassy to Rome

In 155 BCE Rome fined Athens 500 talents for the sacking of Oropus. This was a huge amount for Athens to pay, so they sent the leading philosophers of the Stoic (Diogenes), Academic (Carneades, representing what is also known as the Skeptic school), and Peripatetic (Critolaus) schools to Rome to negotiate the fine. (The Epicureans were notorious...

Apr 19, 2015

A lot of school lunches

An audit of the U.S. military’s spending in Afghanistan has revealed that a whopping $45 billion is unaccounted for. – Full Story From a post I wrote back in 2003: A study by the Defense Department’s inspector general found that the Pentagon couldn’t properly account for more than a trillion dollars in monies spent. That’s a lot of s...

Apr 4, 2015

Philosophy Podcasts

One of the joys of being on sabbatical has been time to read and study philosophy. Equipped with my Bose QuietComfort 20i noise cancelling headphones I can clearly hear podcasts as I walk Juno around the streets and riverside parks of Taipei. Here are some quick notes on what I’ve heard so far. Heidegger I listened to both semesters of Hubert...

Apr 3, 2015

A new home for Keywords!

I’m sick of Wordpress. For many of the same reasons articluated here. So I moved my homepage and this site over got GitHub Pages using Jekyll. It turns out it wasn’t as easy as it looked. Here’s a list of all the problems I encountered and how I fixed them. But I’m glad I made the change. I’m planning on slowly migrating most (but not all) of my...

Nov 15, 2014

Do What You Love

By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, DWYL [Do What You Love] distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as...