Though I have attempted to get into the election euphoria, I’ve only really started to feel the Taiwan election fever since last week, especially through my twitter timeline which has been on fire thanks to dedicated pundits on the ground, who’ve been relentlessly covering this future historical event. Continue reading Feeling the Taiwan Election Fever Yet?
TaiwanTake compiled a recommended reading list to follow Taiwan politics, with the respective political inclination/affiliation for each source. A good reminder to subject whatever we read to a grain of salt.
Anyone new to the Taiwanese political scene, or any foreign media journalists tasked with reporting about Taiwan would do well keeping an eye on those sources of information.
It took me a while (Taiwan is seriously confusing!) to make the connection that Focus Taiwan, Taiwan Today, the printed bilingual (super useful to practice Chinese!) magazine Taiwan Panorama, etc… were PR outlets of the government (and inherently, the ruling party), so when it clicked, I realized why I sometimes felt that some articles sounded a little quirky or overly self-congratulatory.1 But after all, information coming out of government agencies – from any countries – are bound to carry a nationalistic tone, and Taiwan is no exception, so what I am I even babbling about? Oh yes, it’s nice to be aware. 🙂
It’s a three-day week-end in Taiwan, with Friday off to make-up for the Dragon Boat Festival aka Duanwujie 端午節, which actually falls on Saturday 20th.
But it’s so blazingly hot outside that I’m not really planning on attending any Duanwujie festivities, nor eating a steaming hot zongzi 棕子 (Chinese sticky rice dumpling, Chinese tamale, or whatever you call it). Boohoo to me, I know. Well, I’ll probably still end up eating a zongzi to not completely kill the festive mood, haha. Continue reading A Cultural 棕子 for 端午節