Blogs

Taipei Cinema Park: Street Art, Skateboarders and Dogs in Prams

I walked from Nangang Park to Taipei Cinema Park. With so much free time, walking across the city seemed liked a perfect waste of time that I could afford. These types of long walks are perhaps the best because you inevitably come across something you would not otherwise. In my case, it was Taipei Cinema […]

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Taiwanese universities appeasing Chinese insecurities is a dangerous game

Universities signed agreements, or as some universities have claimed, “documents,” to exclude sensitive topics in their courses that are offered to Chinese students. These actions have been defended as nothing more than formalities that allow Chinese students to gain the necessary paperwork to study in Taiwan. This is, however, no excuse for jeopardizing the academic […]

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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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Taiwanese media’s obsession with drugs: What about cigarettes?

Sensationalizing illegal drugs in the media is dangerous. First and foremost, anyone residing in Taiwan should always uphold and respect Taiwanese law, regardless of the legal status of certain narcotics in their own country. The use, possession and sale of narcotics is illegal in Taiwan, as stipulated by the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act. Drugs are […]

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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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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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