Politcally and culturally speaking, Taiwan has only really started to make sense to me over the past few years. In retrospect, I wonder how I had managed to study the language for so long, all while keeping ignorant of the country’s history. Oh yeah, binge watching Taiwanese and Mandarin-subbed Korean dramas, that probably did it… but well, it did achieve the result of taking an intensive 聽力 and 閱讀 course, so yeah to that, right?
What kind of book is 「我的青春、我的FORMOSA」? Well, it’s the book I wish I’d stumbled upon early on, when I was enthused to learn about Taiwan but couldn’t find the right material to spark my curiosity. It’s the book I wish my Chinese teacher (in Taiwan) would have chosen for my 閱讀 study material. It’s the book, I wish someone would have handed to me before my first trip to Taiwan.
It’s a book which manages to present a slice of the history of Taiwan in a fun and approachable way, and hopefully inspires readers to dig further on their own.
The 👍 is in reference to the Like or 讚 in facebook lingo. I’d like to feature a few of the cool Taiwan-related pages that I follow, even if well, JR Chen’s Transportation World will not be of interest for many. However, as a Kaohsiung inhabitant and a fervent adept of public transportation, I find this fb page worth the few minutes of attention I devote to it.
My landlords once tried to explain me how to setup online banking to conveniently wire them the monthly rents, but I never found the motivation to make it past the required IE browser hurdle. And I’m totally fine without this “convenience”, especially considering the sad SSL test results of Taiwanese banks compiled on ClickedyClick.
It’s probably a miracle (praying to the Gods works! ;) ) that a major security breach hasn’t happened yet, but I share the author’s optimism that this can be resolved on the long term.