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October 14, 2023

80s Taiwanese Noir

This post started when someone shared this Letterboxd List of Taiwanese Noir Films from the 1980s on Bluesky. Then I read (in the description of

July 27, 2022

For a Multilingual Taiwan

“Bilingual” in Taiwan means English + Mandarin. Putting aside the way this sidelines Taiwan’s other languages, I’d like to question the emphasis on

April 19, 2018

Visual Anthropology Programs in Taiwan

中文翻譯 While Taiwan may not have any MA programs dedicated to the study of visual anthropology, there are nonetheless many opportunities to study and

July 15, 2017

Teaching Higher Ed Taiwan

I frequently get approached by academics who would like to find a university teaching job in Taiwan, so I thought I’d share my standard advice as a

December 26, 2016

Nazi Cosplay

So this happened: An international incident was caused when students at Kuang Fu High School, a private high school in Hsinchu, Taiwan, dressed up

June 13, 2016

Explaining Israel to Taiwanese

中文翻譯 Last week the American Anthropology Association (AAA) announced the results of a historic vote over a resolution advocating the academic

September 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

April 4, 2014

On Sunflowers, Sunlight, and Sovereignty

中文翻譯 The occupation, by several hundred students, of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan on March 18th, and the subsequent birth of what has been called the

June 26, 2013

Kotahi Mano Kaika, Kotahi Mano Wawata 中文翻譯

學習瀕危語言(七) [Click for English version.] 作者:傅可恩/Futing; 翻譯者:施永德 DJ Hatfield. 在本系列第六篇,我對台灣原住民族語的教學方式抱怨了,好像是教死語言的模式,不像現用語言的課程:

March 6, 2013

World of Birds

You’d think that Hualien, perched against the Pacific Ocean and separated by mountains from the concrete jungles of Taiwan’s West Coast, would be as

October 8, 2012

The story of “La Michael”

describes a group of young Amis people who try to convince their elders to name them “La Michael” so as to commemorate

January 9, 2010

Teaching Anthropology “In The Field”

Re-posted from Savage Minds. This is a view of the building where I work. The College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University, in

April 27, 2008

The KMT in Burma

Reading Panaj Mishra’s NYRB article about Burma, “The Revolt of the Monks,” I was reminded of the KMT’s adventures in Burma, a remarkable episode in

April 16, 2008

Sicko in Taiwan

Last year I wrote a post about Taiwan’s National Health Insurance program, having found a thoughtful article about the costs and benefits of

March 22, 2008

Separation of Powers

Photo by 翔 If you ask most people, democracy is synonymous with elections. But, strangely enough, few people who live in electoral democracies feel

January 13, 2008

Parallel Voting

Schee posted a link to this article on the new voting system which so affected the Taiwanese legislative elections. (See my last post on this.)

January 13, 2008


Almost every single American newspaper ran stories about the Taiwanese election attributing the DPP’s defeat to “broad disenchantment among Taiwan’s

January 6, 2008

Love — ING

Over at Mark Swofford notices a new trend of inserting “ING” at the end of Chinese verbs. When I twittered about this, Zonble pointed me

December 29, 2007

Warner Taiwan Image Collection

This Japanese Era water and ink drawing of the Su-hua highway (which links Hualien with the North of Taiwan) was found on The Gerald Warner Taiwan

December 26, 2007

Human Rights Day

This is a very complex picture (by Cooloud). Taiwan’s President and Vice-President were prisoners in this building during the White Terror. On Human

December 25, 2007

Big Ears

I don’t have too many good pictures of Big Ears (the black dog) because when she was around the dogs were usually moving too fast for me to capture

December 23, 2007


Speaking of Iceland … one of the coolest things about the country is how well they’ve used geothermal energy: In Iceland, there are five major

December 16, 2007


Red A recently had a post which seems to imply that Taiwan’s own hosing bubble is about to burst, with housing prices way above their actual value.

December 11, 2007


I woke up to see this holocaust outside our house. It seems that one of our neighbors who is a member of the home-owners association was complaining

December 2, 2007

Taiwan 2.0

I wanted to announce two projects which I think should be useful for English speaking residents of the Taiwanese interweb: First is a Yahoo! Pipes

November 29, 2007


The other day I went to see an interesting performance built up around the life and work of Gao Yi-sheng 高一生. Who is Gao Yi-Sheng? There isn’t much

October 5, 2007


The typhoon currently cutting across the northern tip of Taiwan didn’t hit us too hard in Hualien, but we did get something I’d never experienced

October 5, 2007


This is one of those “only in Taiwan” stories: Police in Hsinchu 新竹 captured an escaped convict when they noticed a man attending a police-sponsored

September 20, 2007

Job Announcement

College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University [Taiwan] POSITION DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: The

August 27, 2007

Foreigner Friendly?

Every Taiwanese has a National ID Card 身分證 with its own unique number, not unlike a Social Security number in the US. The difference is that every

August 20, 2007


Almost every night the news features at least one story about rising commodity prices. A few extra cents for spinach or milk might not seem earth

August 13, 2007

Driving Morals

I’m very proud to announce that today I finally passed my Taiwanese driving exam and received a local driver’s license. This is no mean feat. You’ll

August 9, 2007


stands for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance program. After seeing the movie Sicko (see here) which compared US healthcare to that in several

July 19, 2007

Lizard Season

Juno finally caught one of those lizards which have been teasing her these past few weeks: Fortunately, she prefers playing with her prey to eating

June 3, 2007

Corporal Punishment

This only thing remarkable about a recent study which showed that “52 percent of elementary and junior middle school pupils in Taiwan, around 1.45

May 28, 2007

No AIDS Love Only

I liked the graphics on these Taiwanese AIDS awareness flyers: {AIDS, graphic design}

April 5, 2007


Scott Sommers has written a wide-ranging and thoughtful post on education in Taiwan. The ostensible topic is globalization, but far more interesting

April 3, 2007


The Tainan City Government yesterday issued a medical report showing that residents living near a closed factory in southern Taiwan have extremely

March 28, 2007


Here at Keywords, we aim to please! Technorati Tags: spiders

March 14, 2007

Thursday Dog Blogging

I honestly don’t know if I’ll be blogging about Juno every Thursday, but since she takes up so much of my blogging time I figure I might as well

March 3, 2007

Mountain Air

As I said in my last post, owning a dog has gotten me out and about a bit more. That and the fantastic weather we’ve had the last few days. There is

December 31, 2006


As noted here previously, Taiwan is 1911 years behind the rest of the world in counting years. 2007 is thus the year 96 in Taiwan. So I was

December 17, 2006


After making fun of the railway web site, I think it is only fair to give praise where praise is due. The International Community Service Hotline

December 15, 2006

Go Go Go! Good Good Good!

[Be sure to see updated links at bottom.] Even if you aren’t a foreigner who’s vainly attempted to book tickets online in Taiwan, the irony of the

November 26, 2006


True bilingualism is a rare thing. As we get flooded by more and more information, who has the time to painstakingly read through hundreds of blog

November 25, 2006

Mad Chen

I initially pointed out Jonathan Watts’ awful Guardian UK piece in a comment on Taiwan Matters. But after urging from both Tim and Michael, I

November 12, 2006


Although Google has great satellite images of Taiwan, until recently I knew of no decent online maps of Taiwan. There seemed to be nothing

October 24, 2006


Here is a challenge for the English language blogs here in Taiwan: Write something about economic inequality in Taiwan without getting sidetracked

July 20, 2006


Shashwati asks why I chose to work in one of the most earthquake and typhoon prone regions on the planet. One good reason is that they are much

July 16, 2006

Oil and Sugar

No, this isn’t a post about the Middle East, but rather about the small ways in which something as simple as buying gas can be quite a different