Blogs

Laowhining – What is the Word ‘waiguoren’?

For many of you who are reading this blog, you are undoubtedly aware of what the word ‘waiguoren’ (外國人) means. On face value, it means ‘foreigner’, but when you look at the word deeper, it a way of describing someone who isn’t ethnically Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean or Japanese. On the surface it makes sense. The […]

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Blogs

The Occident and Orient

Dublin, Ireland – When it comes to any issue, there are always invariably two opposing sides. Like many others I am usually sat on the fence taking bits and pieces from both sides, unless of course an issue is as clear cut like racism or social inequality. Most of the time I am left on […]

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Blogs

Culture of Desire: Orientalism in pop culture

Dublin, Ireland – Today more than ever, we are living in an increasingly globalized world. Not only is business and finance globalized but so is culture. Although people from all nations and cultures have the same basic universal needs and wants, we still live in a world where we can only make sense of it […]

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Blogs, Research Papers

Trompenaars’ Seven Dimensions and Taiwan

Taiepi, Taiwan 09.17.2016 – When dealing with any issue, it is important to never let yourself focus on the idea of duality. You know, things are black and white or left and right. Contrasting anything this way will always inevitable lead to some kind of conflict insofar as creating ‘us’ and ‘them’ type of thinking. I […]

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Blogs

Taiwan: Island of Courtesy to a Near Fault

Taipei, Taiwan 09.15.2016 – I have lived in Taiwan for little over a week now. Prior to setting off on my little two year stint here, I was quite petrified. Making a leap abroad again is stressful and I had grown accustomed to my little bubble in Ireland. With that said and done, bubbles are probably […]

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