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David Reid

I was formerly based in Taiwan where I blogged at David on Formosa. Now based in Australia.

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Latest posts by David Reid

Taiwan: an alternative Japanese history

Sponge Bear speculates about what would have happened if Taiwan had remained a territory of Japan after the Second World War.

Taiwan: Life in an immigration detention centre

“M” writes about her experience of being sent to an immigration detention centre in Taiwan.

Taiwan: Experience of foreign graduate students

Fili writes about his experience studying in a Ph.D. program in Taiwan. While Range also writes about his experience as a graduate student in Taiwan.

Taiwan: Problems with Chinese-language pedagogy

Lao Ren Cha discusses problems with the pedagogy of teaching Mandarin in Taiwan. She wants to see a mutiny that will result in an overhaul in how Mandarin is taught.

Taiwan: Responses to “Chinese mothers” article

An article in the Wall Street Journal by Amy Chua about the parenting practices of “Chinese mothers” provoked many strong reactions. Taiwan bloggers Taiwan-Born American and shu flies responded to...

Taiwan: Petrochemical industry pays for blog posts

Michael Turton writes about how the Taiwan Green Party accused the government of paying bloggers to write about a visit to petrochemical plants. Green Party member Pan Han-shen (潘翰聲) says...

Taiwan: Concerns about press freedom

Media freedom has come into the spotlight in Taiwan recently. Michael Turton has a good summary of the issues. A Taipei Times reporter writes about how the proposed changes to...

Taiwan: Cycling used to construct culture

Taiwan in Cycles looks at an article from CommonWealth magazine and discusses how cycling and leisure activities are used to construct culture and promote an ideology of Chinese nationalism in Taiwan.

Taiwan: Controversy over history

At The China Beat Paul Katz writes about the controversy that erupted over an online poll to find the most influential figures in the hundred years of the Republic of...

Taiwan: Two election rallies in Taipei

Taiwanese will vote in elections in five major cities on 27 November. Frozen Garlic observes two campaign rallies. The first for Eric Chu (朱立倫), the KMT candidate for Mayor of Xinbei...

Taiwan: Internet freedom faces threats

Two recent incidents raised concerns about the government's attempt to limit freedom of speech on the internet in Taiwan. One incident involved threats of a lawsuit against the producer of a...

Taiwan: Protecting biodiversity

Michael Turton interviews Dr. Bruno Walther about biodiversity in Taiwan. Dr. Walther has co-produced a documentary called Crisis of Life to educate people about the importance of protecting biodiversity.

Taiwan: March for gay rights in Taipei

30,000 people marched through the centre of Taipei on Saturday 30 October in the annual LGBT Pride Parade. Baxter Ramblings writes about watching the parade for the first time. The...

Taiwan: Foreign wives and citizenship

Sinocentric looks at the place of foreign wives in Taiwanese society. The number of foreign wives in Taiwan, mostly from China and Southeast Asia, has increased significantly in recent years.

Taiwan: Problems with renewable energy policy

Michael Turton discusses how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposes policies which would increase the use of renewable energy.

Taiwan: Interview with Kimbo Hu

Trista di Genova interviews indigenous musician Kimbo Hu (胡德夫). Kimbo is well known for his music and has also been a leader in the indigenous rights movement in Taiwan.

Taiwan: Call for legal community to speak out

Lawyer and environmentalist Robin Winkler discusses how Taiwan’s government is gradually eroding  the separation of powers and the rule of law. He calls on those in the legal profession to...

Taiwan: Anniversary of Typhoon Morakot

Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan in August 2009. Paul Katz looks at Xiaolin Village (小林村) one year after the disaster. The focus of the people is now on rebuilding their village.

Taiwan: The market for medical tourism

Michael Turton looks at the development of medical tourism in Taiwan.

Taiwan: KMT undermines media independence

The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato details how media organisations in Taiwan have increasingly been manipulated by the KMT since 2008.

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