Portnoy Zheng

Hi, I am Portnoy Zheng, a Taiwanese. Right now my larger part of attention is on building a new Chinese science media “PanSci.tw”. Besides that, I am also the project manager of “Nomad Green“, which is a Mongolian citizen media that focus on environmental issues in Mongolia. In GV, I am a humble contributor and the editor of Global Voices in Chinese. Contact me if you have any question about Project Lingua, GV Chinese, Nomad Green in Mongolia, Taiwan(of course) or other interesting ideas(highly welcome!)

Check my personal blog in Traditional Chinese and my rarely-updated English blog here. Or maybe you want to follow my twitter here, plurk here.

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Latest posts by Portnoy Zheng

Taiwan's #CongressOccupied Protest, Translated

  21 March 2014

Hundreds of translators have organized themselves through Facebook to translate stories about protesters' occupation of Taiwan's legislature following the ruling party's passage of a controversial trade agreement with China.

Taiwan: Travel with Art

  27 April 2012

Blogger and artists Lovingpure(黃愛淳) uses contemporary paintings about Taiwan from distinguished painters to create this video as the ultimate travel guide for foreign tourists.

Taiwan: Crowd-funded investigative journalism website kicks off

  27 December 2011

weReport, a Taiwan media project that tries to boost disappearing investigative journalism using crowd-funded and crowd-sourced mechanism, kicks off today with its first fully funded proposal proposed by China famous blogger Zola. His proposal to investigate the situation of registration fee for cross-strait marriage derives from his personal experience.

Taiwan: Announcing Best Blog Award 2011

  10 December 2011

The 4th annual Taiwan Best Blog Awards was announced on Dec. 1st which aims to promote English-language blogs about Taiwan. David on Formosa piles up his list of best blogs 2011 candidates for you to visit.

Taiwan: Netizens React to Diplomat Accused of Abusing Domestic Labor

  13 November 2011

Thanks to slow, reluctant legislators, and “some” – or I should say “many” – cruel employers, Taiwan has a notoriously bad record of mistreating foreign labor. However, this time an inconvenient and awkward case has not happened in Taiwan, but in a Taiwanese diplomat's residence in the United States. The headlines of...

Taiwan: Updates from “Occupy Taipei”

  8 November 2011

Green Party member and active participant of Occupy Taipei MingWangX(王鐘銘) updates the recent activities of the movement: “On the 15th day, 10/28, the police and the park administrators came again and tried to confiscate the tents for the 3rd time. They didn’t succeed because the member in one of the...

Taiwan: Will Taishang be the decisive power of Presidential election?

  4 November 2011

On Ballots and Bullets, Chun-Yi Lee brings up the role of “Taishang”(Taiwanese businessmen, especially those who are doing business in China) in the coming joint election of President and legislators next January: “Most Taishang expect the government to negotiate with the Chinese government a better deal for them in more...

Taiwan, Taipei: Occupiers’ last front torn down

  28 October 2011

Green Party member Wang Zhong-ming posts his picture on facebook of he sitting in a damaged tent torn down by the police near Taipei 101, the counterpart symbol of WallStreet in Taiwan. On the other hand, open data advocate Schee Zhu-han analyzed the flaws[zht] of the online strategies in different phases of the...

Taiwan: The Story of Chiou Ho-shun

  28 October 2011

Chiou Ho-shun, a death row inmate in Taiwan, may be executed at any time. He said in the mini-documentary, “I hope you can save me, but if it’s too late, please scatter my ashes in the Longfeng harbour, and buy a meatball, come and see me.” In the documentary, you...

Taiwan: Occupy 101, merely a translation of Occupy Wall Street ?

  16 October 2011

Yesterday(Oct. 15), more than 300 “occupiers” gathered at the 1st floor of Taipei 101, the landmark of capitalism in Taiwan[photo] to protest against the financial industry and biased governmental policy. Sun Qiong-li(孫窮理) of Coolloud.org pointed out[zh] that for Taiwan, our first enemy should be imperialism from US, and the event itself...

Taiwan: Tribute to Steve Jobs

  7 October 2011

Programmer and open source activist Timdream wrote a tribute to Mr. Steve Jobs, about how his life matches with Mr. Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement address, in which he ask Stanford graduates to “look backwards and connect the dots”.

Taiwan: Polyglot teaches you Taiwanese indigenous languages

  29 September 2011

Mike Campbell, a polyglot who can already speak fluent Mandarin, Hakka, Fukien-major languages used in Taiwan, along with a dozen of other languages, is now teaching people how to speak Sediq, Truku, and other rarely spoken Taiwanese indigenous languages on Youtube that now even most indigenous people now cannot speak.

Taiwan: Saving Siraya

  17 June 2011

From the blog: “Saving Siraya is a blog dedicated to the protection of a Taiwanese indigenous tribe that is not officially recognized by the government and therefore denied of basic human rights. Due to the demands of Zhong Xing University and the Taiwanese national government, starting JUNE 29th, 2011 Siraya...

Taiwan: A Song for Those Pro-Nuclear Power Legislators

  16 June 2011

Political vlogger 廖小貓(Kitty Liao) made a music video with the names of the legislators who passed the additional budget of the 4th Nuclear Power Plant that is under construction. In the lyrics, Liao asserts: “Remember these legislators who poison Taiwanese people, and don't vote for them!”

Taiwan: Kidnapped Fisherman Killed by U.S. Navy

  8 June 2011

Coolloud reports the protest in front of American Institute against U.S. Government by the Association of Labor and Human Right of Fishermen in Taiwan. On 5/10, the kidnapped ship master, Wu Lai-yu(吳來于), was murdered during an anti-pirate mission conducted by U.S. Navy near Somalia coast, whose body was buried at sea...

Where the hell is Taiwan

  9 May 2011

Remember “Where the hell is Matt“? Wu Jian-heng(吳建衡), a young Taiwan backpacker who went on a journey to India-in the costume of deity Nezha, has a similar ambition. His sole wish is to let more people around the world know his country and his trip video has gone viral online recently[English subtitled].

Taiwan:Osama bin Laden's mansion…and bad “Feng shui”?

  3 May 2011

Don't be surprised to learn that Taiwan TV news always try hard to decode global issues with “Feng shui“,  and this time it is the death of Osama bin Laden and his mansion being decoded. While “Feng sui Master” in the news says that any leader stay in that kind...

Taiwan: Lying Girls

  28 April 2011

After Japan's flying girl, here come Taiwan's lying girls. The Lying Girls will show you a really, totally, different way of viewing Taiwan…Come lie together!

Taiwan: Start-ups Ask “Where's the Love, Government?”

  5 April 2011

As an CEO of a new start-up, Alex shares his feeling about the indifference of Taiwan government toward start-ups[zht]. He admires the positive policies of Singapore and US that encourage and welcome foreign start-ups. While wondering that is it “not-loving-Taiwan” if start-ups leave Taiwan for survival and for better global...

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