Schlagwörter: Ma Ying-jeou, Ureinwohner
Taiwan’s president and the Chinese heritage
Taiwan’s president Ma often stresses that Taiwanese are ethnic Chinese, even though this cannot be said of all citizens. With his latest quote on the subject, he might cause new controversy.
Ma Ying-jeou recently gave an interview to several reporters working for foreign media. During this interview, he is quoted as having said:
All our efforts in Taiwan have aimed at showing ethnic Chinese societies around the world that the imported concept of democracy can take root, germinate, and grow into a big tree on purely ethnic Chinese soil.
This quote appears identically in at least two reports:
This could either mean that Ma answered in English and was quoted verbatim, but that is unlikely since he refrains from giving English interviews ever since feeling misquoted by AP a few years ago. Or it could mean that he answered in Chinese and both journalists quoted from the official English translation which is usually provided by the Presidential Office staff who record all interviews.
Who do you call Chinese?
It probably goes without saying that President Ma calling Taiwan’s society “purely ethnic Chinese soil” has the potential to be highly controversial. (mehr …)
Schlagwörter: Taipei 101
Driving up Elephant Mountain is only easy if you know how
Of course, the best way to climb Elephant Mountain and enjoy the famous postcard view of Taipei 101 is hiking there. But maybe you need to carry heavy camera equipment, or want to take visitors up there by scooter or car? If time and convenience are of the essence, this is how to drive there.
So just get on your scooter, start your car, and follow these instructions. (mehr …)
Schlagwörter: Leben in Taiwan
Do you agree with #11 ?
I first came to Taiwan in 2008 and moved here in 2009. That doesn’t make me a long-timer, but probably qualified to contribute to the popular genre of “You know you’ve lived in Taiwan too long if…” lists.
- Foreign Sanctuary wrote a blog post titled “You know you’ve lived in Taiwan a long time when…”
- Taiwan Explorer called on other bloggers to do the same.
- Jenna from Laorencha published her list, which is pretty awesome.
So now it’s up to me!
You know you’ve lived in Taiwan a long time when…
1. Those German exchange students you once met and wrote about are all working in cool jobs by now.
Schlagwörter: Deutsche Taiwan-Politik
When a Taiwanese working in Germany as an intern complained that she had to state her citizenship as “Chinese” in official documents, her post on the PTT bulletin board quickly attracted a lot of media attention in Taiwan.
Many netizens left comments saying they were shocked or disappointed. Some suspected: This must be an appeasement effect of Taiwan’s non-confrontational China policy.
Because I have been following Germany’s Taiwan policy closely for a few years, I naturally became interested. (mehr …)
I am on Vine now!
What can you tell in six seconds of video? With the Vine app, millions of users worldwide are trying to find out – with surprising results. I joined only recently. Check out my sweet little impressions of life in Taiwan!
Being a TV journalist by profession, I like to tell stories with moving images. So I took to Vine and its video loops instead of Instagram, which is mainly focussed on photos.
One Vine a day keeps boredom away
Check out my Vine profile to see all videos, and follow me so you don’t miss future updates:
While in Taiwan, I will try to post a Vine video on a daily basis. (mehr …)
My first encounter with Canadian cuisine
I don’t often visit Western restaurants in Taipei, but Whalen’s on Anhe Rd. is one I will probably come back to.
Maybe it’s simply because it is a Canadian establishment, and therefore has a slightly exotic aura for a Central European like me, but Whalen’s does some thing rights that I tend to dislike about other Western restaurants in Taiwan:
- Interesting food options you cannot get everywhere
- A pleasant dark-wood interior design that doesn’t feel fake
- Prices that are not ridiculously expensive
- Laid-back, unobstrusive service
- You will leave feeling sorry that you were not able to finish it all
First, let me say that I probably would not have thought of visiting Whalen’s had the owner not contacted me and invited me over for this review. So, full disclaimer, I didn’t have to pay. But I probably would not have regretted it either. Anyway, kudos for recognizing the power of the blogosphere and online rep.
Whalen’s is strategically located on Anhe Rd., so everyone who regularly (mehr …)