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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: Dolphin surviving after entanglement

The Taiwan pink dolphin known as TW-36 was entangled in a rope in September 2008. Save the Taiwan Humpback Dolphins reports the dolphin has recently been sighted again and is...

Taiwan: Problems for bicycle commuters

OzSoapBox gives seven reasons why bicycle commuting doesn't work in Taiwan.

Taiwan: Reasons for fights in the legislature

There were fights in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan yesterday over the procedure for reviewing ECFA, a trade agreement between Taiwan and China. Brennpunkt Taipeh has some comments from Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文),...

Taiwan: Climbing the highest mountain

Yushan (玉山) or Jade Mountain is the highest mountain in Taiwan at 3,952 metres. Neil Wade and Stu Dawson have great photos and description of climbing to the peak.

Taiwan: Photos of Formosan Macaques

The Daily Bubble Tea has some photos of Formosan Rock Macaques in Changhua County. The macaques are endemic to Taiwan and can often be seen in forest areas.

Taiwan: The Chiang Kai-shek personality cult

Michael Turton analyses a paper by Jeremy Taylor which looks at how a personality cult was built around Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan and China.

Taiwan: Where is the mainland?

Tim Maddog at Taiwan Matters discusses the use of the word “mainland” by people in Taiwan to refer to China. He argues it is part of an indoctrination effort by...

Taiwan: The Chinese nation meme

Letters from Taiwan writes about the Chinese nation meme and how this is used by President Ma Ying-jeou to imply that both Taiwan and China are part of the Chinese...

Taiwan: Indigenous conference brings together Austronesian speakers

Life in Taiwan reports on an international conference for indigenous peoples held in Taiwan. The conference brought together people from Austronesian-speaking countries to discuss issues such as health, education and endangered languages....

Taiwan: Rising income inequality

Michael Turton blogs about income inequality in Taiwan and analyses some of the factors causing rising inequality.

Taiwan: Measuring masculinity

Michael Turton writes about how differences in masculinity between Taiwanese and Western males explain relationships between Taiwanese females and Western males.

Taiwan: Relations with the Pacific Islands and Australia

Michael Turton looks at Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's recent visit to the Pacific. He analyses how Australia and Taiwan's involvement in the Solomon Islands has been used for political purposes...

Taiwan: Construction of ethnic identity

Taiwan in Cycles comments on how a man's choice to identify himself by saying, “I am not an Aborigine!” reveals about the construction of ethnic identities in Taiwan.

Taiwan: Presidential Office curbs foreign press

The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato writes that the Presidential Office has excluded foreign reporters from monthly briefings on ECFA. The post includes a letter of protest from the President of the...

Taiwan: Blogger meets with former President

Blogger Ben Goren describes his meeting with Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), the former President of Taiwan, in the Tucheng Detention Centre. Chen has been in detention for over a year while...

Taiwan: Studying in a doctoral program

Scott Sommers writes about his experience in the first semester of a Ph.D. program at National Taiwan Normal University.

Taiwan: Prison important for education

Brennpunkt Taipeh writes about the changes to the Jingmei Detention Centre over the past one and half years. He argues that the place is important for educating Taiwanese people about...

Taiwan: A look at wedding traditions

Life in Taiwan attends two banquets for an engagement and a wedding and discusses the importance of wedding traditions in Taiwan.

Taiwan: Relevance of right-wing

Dixteel argues that the KMT in Taiwan doesn't really fit the definition of right-wing.

Taiwan: Teaching anthropology in Hualien

Kerim Friedman writes about his experience teaching anthropology at Dong Hwa University in Hualien.

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