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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

June 15, 2022

LaMDA is programmed to lie to you

There has been a lot of discussion about the Google engineer, Lemoine, who thinks that the glorified chatbot, LaMDA, is sentient. Anyone who has

May 11, 2022

Passwordless Teaching

My teaching workflow, which allows me to quickly sign in and access my lecture notes on a school computer without any password or USB drive. (Link

May 10, 2022

Review: Sea People

I recently finished the book 《Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia》by @cathompsn and really loved it. It is the kind of book I’ve wanted to read for

April 21, 2022

Networked Notes

Most note-taking apps share a common problem: as you add more notes, the app becomes less useful. Over time, it becomes harder to find what you have

April 20, 2022

Home Cooking

Many of you take great delight in your cooking, in making things from scratch. This isn’t for you. I want to give some advice to those who would

April 20, 2022

Leech Block

I’ve finally found an approach to limiting my social media usage which actually works! The thing is, I like social media. I actually find the time I

February 27, 2022

Risk Assessment

When I moved to the Netherlands I had to learn to relax while walking in front of oncoming cars. Back in Taiwan I have had to learn to relax while

February 4, 2022

Against Spheres of Influence

It is not uncommon to see anti-imperialism framed in such a way that it naturalizes something akin to “spheres of influence.” These spheres might be

January 16, 2022

Pingpu Recognition

Good article here on a court case that could have major implications for Pingpu (Plains Indigenous peoples) rights in Taiwan. My colleague

January 5, 2022

One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Watched 《One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk》 by Zacharias Kunuk (the Inuk director famous for making Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner). (Link to

January 4, 2022


One of the best things I read in 2021 was the Japanese horror manga Uzumaki うずまき (Spiral). It is really like nothing else I have ever read, because

December 25, 2021

The Dawn of Everything is Not “Anarchist”

I see a lot of reviews that try to read backwards from David Graeber’s anarchist politics to the #dawnofeverything. This is a mistake. (A thread)

December 12, 2021

Jai Bhim

Some thoughts on the 2021 Tamil film 《Jai Bhim》- available on Amazon Prime. Link to Twitter Thread The film is based on an actual court case from

December 4, 2021

The politics of cynicism

I’ve been thinking a lot about “trust.” Without trust we approach everything with cynicism. But it is not possible to have society if we approach

November 22, 2021

Realistic Plans for Grad School

Yesterday I wrote about my conversations with students about academic careers. Today I wanted to share some of the advice I give them in an effort

November 21, 2021

Clear thinking about pursuing an academic career

I’m regularly contacted by random young scholars who want to chat with me about pursuing graduate study related to Taiwan: either studying in

November 8, 2021

On Indigenous Sovereignty and Human Origins

A common attack against Indigenous sovereignty claims is that Indigenous peoples themselves must have come from somewhere else in the past. (After

September 25, 2021

Seeing Seqalu through Outcasts of Empire

For today’s #TaiwanStudies thread I will be doing something a bit different. Rather than doing a book report on Paul Barclay’s 《Outcasts of Empire》,

September 6, 2021

Thoughts on Queer Kinship

Today’s #TaiwanStudies thread is about the book 《Queer Kinship and Family Change in Taiwan》 by Amy Brainer. (Link to Twitter thread.) This is not

September 2, 2021

Thoughts on Sajiao

Today’s #TaiwanStudies Twitter thread is a discussion of @sydney_yueh’s 《Identity Politics and Popular Culture in Taiwan: A Sajiao Generation》.