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Visual Culture outside the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi building, Nova, and Taipei Main Station


Something about this made me laugh….

It’s the cheapest man in Britain. He uses tea bags three times and duck tapes his shoes. After reading this article I can understand why his girlfriend does not live with him and think he may suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. Nonetheless, I will probably download and watch this program on the cheapest people in Britain.  I am curious about the woman who wears men’s underwear to save a buck.


Diary of a PhD Student Week 7 The Bad

Sometimes I am just too exhausted to do it all. Sometimes I feel sick, over tired, burnt out, and there is just no time. No time! More work to do! More! More! More! Everything seems to take forever and the hours are just eaten up, gone!

The other PhD students and Professors at NTNU are extremely helpful but sometimes I do feel overwhelmed by the fact that I am doing my PhD at a Chinese University. While I can write my assignments in English and the course readings are in English, my classes are in Chinese and that can be problematic. It is a tough thing to go through. My professors and classmates are really very supportive but I do sometimes feel inadequate because I don’t speak the language. I also hate the fact that I have no time to study it. Thank fully the University where I work has provided me with a student to assist with translating documents but I still need to study, practice speaking, practice thinking in Chinese…..

Moreover, last week I felt quite angry when I spoke to a friend on the phone and she laughed at me for spending my Sunday at home. First of all Sunday is my only day off so it’s only natural that I would want to take it easy and get some rest. Secondly I have piles and piles of work to do. As it stands Sunday is not enough time to get through it all, so it would be nice if people could be supportive of my decision to continue my education instead of being petty and taking shots over a change of focus or lifestyle.

Tadao Ando’s 4 by 4 house

Whenever I talk to other PhD students at NTNU we all we can mention is our research and workload. Our time to party and have fun will be over New Years and the summer. In the meantime it is time to get some work done and get to business baby!


Support Myanmar and the Protesting Monks of Burma

Over the past week I have been deeply touched in reading about the protests in Burma/Myanmar by the tens of thousands of Buddhist monks in an effort to undermine their brutal and repressive military regime. The politics of the Myanmar people have be a personal interest for some time and back in February I wrote a blog post on the country’s repressed democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has been on house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years.

Here is the wikipedia entry on the 2007 Burmese anti-government protests.

Here is a link to a Sunday Times Article that outlines the situation in Myanmar and what we and the world can do. Bassically the author argues that Western economic sanctions will have little or no impact on the military jantra. The most important tool in fighting for Burma is the media and in broadcasting images that display the reality of oppression.

Here is a copy of a viral email I received today from astrologer Georgia Nicols:

Hello dear readers,

Today I received an e-mail from Shirley Blair, who runs the school in Nepal for which my website raises money. The e-mail is from a monk who details tragic news from Myanmar.

It is almost impossible for information to get out of the country. I am sending you this message in the hopes that someone can help get this news into the media. (I have already sent this e-mail to the papers and magazines I deal with.)


From: “S Blair” <>
To: “S Blair” <>
Subject: Fwd: Some Fact from Yangoon

This just came from a monk friend in Nepal.

From: Tashi Wangchuk <>
Date: 28 Sep 2007 10:44
Subject: Some Fact from Yangoon

We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon about a few hours ago.

We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were arrested. The true picture is far worse!!!!!!!!!

For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning.

A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.

The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.

When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.

Please tell your audience of the full extent of the fate of the monks please please !!!!!!!!!!!!

‘Arrested’ is not enough expression. They have been bludgeoned to death !!!!!!

Aye Aye
Hong Kong

Tashi Wangchuk
P.o Box 1287
Kathmandu. NEPAL


A big thanks to David on Formosa and Michael Turton

As a foreigner in Taiwan information can be like currency. Often I will find myself taking the long way round the city or be at a loss due to misinformation or lack of communication on culture and language. Yesterday David on Formosa sent an email with the recommendation of a good Chinese tutor. Today I met with the tutor and he has a agreed to teach me Chinese and help with translating documents for my PhD. This is a huge weight off my shoulders and David I would like to take a moment to personally thank you.

David’s blog is expertly written and contains many helpful reports on the culture and news of Taipei and Taiwan. At the same time I would also like to thank blogger Michael Turton whose information on Taiwan has been worth its weight in gold. Over a year ago I came across Michael’s website Teaching English In Taiwan while researching the possibility of moving from Canada to Taiwan. Michael and David your reporting is invaluable and I very much appreciate your musings on the life and culture of Taiwan.



Taiwan blog of the week

Guess what? Joanna Rees Photography made Taiwan’s blog of the week! Who-hoo! Thanks to Carrie for pointing it out to me. The mention makes me want to spend more time blogging and making time for creative projects.


Taiwan Parliamentary Fighting ‘Staged’

Taiwan’s knock ’em down and punch ’em up political debates are staged say The Globe and Mail and Daily Mail. Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Joanna Lei explained in The Globe : “It’s really a media event, staged for media coverage….. They have a strategy session, like a war plan.”

According to the Daily Mail:

“Reports from the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, yesterday quoted legislators and political observers as admitting that the televised fights are staged acts, planned in advance to generate media attention and garner favour with voters who like to see their MPs fighting for all their worth on tough issues.”

This is sad news. Many Taiwanese people have told me how unhappy and upset they feel about the violent and childish behvaouir of their elected politicians. While I am sure no one will be surprised to learn the whole thing is a set up, the situation speaks of a new social and political low in parliamentary behavior. The media should not cover or encourage this sort of physically abusive politics. The Taiwan parliamentary government and the Taiwanese people deserve better.

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