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Gentrification in Taipei: Kick out the old, bring in the new

Taiwan, like many countries in the 1980s, pursued an economic model of neoliberalism. This was a time when Reaganomics and Thatcherism were in full swing. Many economies were turning away from a Keynesian approach for a more market-oriented economy that would meet its demand with the supply at hand. Like all economic models, it was […]

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The Evolution and Duality of Stereotypes: Bruce Lee to Shy Student

Taipei, Taiwan 08.10.2016 – Stereotypes are awful things. There is no getting around that. Positive, or negative, they create a generalized approach to dealing with entire groups of people. In some sense, they are born out of the human will to want to understand the world around them. To make sense of the unknown or […]

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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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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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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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