Stories about Taiwan (ROC) from January, 2006
Pinyin News puzzles over — at length — the mystery of the ‘g’ in famous Taiwan director Ang Lee's name, which seems to be properly romanized as “An.” A commenter provides one answer: An Li or Li An sounded too feminine to him.
An article about Japan's cultural obsession with cute things leads the leaky pen to write on Taiwan's own version of “cute culture.”
Roland Soong discussed an article from Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid saying that the Taipei City Government had a page on its website teaching foreigners how to hit on local girls. The story — and Roland — drew much fire and criticism from foreigners blogging in Taiwan. Read their comments...
In Taiwan, many are upset about the appearance of Internet slang in questions on the all-important college exam. Pinyin News explains what some mean, including ::>_
Pinyin News discusses the sorry state of translation in Korea, as compared to Japan. Many translations are not direct from English but from Japanese translations, and (apparently) Korea does not have a proper English-Korean dictionary. According to Taiwan-based Mind of Mike, though, there's little worry: “English Sucks!”
the leaky pen talks about the pros and cons of Wretch, a Taiwan blog-hosting service much like myspace.com that appears to attract not just teenagers but politicians and local celebrities.
One whole jujuflop situation has been following realignments in the Taiwan government since the ruling party's defeat in the last election. His latest is on the premier's resignation today. But the job's not as important as it sounds.
Taiwanonymous describes the unique fire escape items used in Taiwan, including a plastic “smoke-free” bag one puts over one's head while fleeing.
An animal researcher in Taiwan concluded that the island should no longer accept artificially bred pandas from China since their rate of survival is so low. Sun Bin talks about the science of breeding pandas and the economics (of zoos) involved in having them.
the leaky pen explains his doubts about the U.S.'s one-China policy. “As support for the one-China policy, many pro-China folks in Taiwan and abroad like to use the argument that “since the rest of the world says that Taiwan is not a country, it isn't. Therefore, Taiwanese demands for recognition...