Category: Taiwan

The failures of college education in Taiwan

Back when I was teenager considering my academic future in the USA, I would obsessively read through college catalogs and practically drool on the sections that included department descriptions and course offerings. Since I was mainly interested in the humanities I focused on History, Philosophy, English and even toyed with idea of studying Art. Invariably…

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Missing the MTV experience

As far as I can recall Takeshi Miike’s Rainy Dog (極道黒社会 1997) wasn’t released in the theaters in Taipei, instead I watched it in an MTV with a few friends, ca. 1999. An MTV is basically a living room you can rent, with room service. You pay a fee (US2$ in those days), pick a…

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Chen Chieh-Jen (陳界仁)

“History has been lingchi-ed, that is, chopped and severed as human bodies. Violence is also gradually internalized, institutionalized and hidden. We do not see where we are and what was before us. We do not see the violence of history or that of the State either. That is the reason why we need to gaze…

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MOST Crap, pt 2

{*MOST unwelcome news, pt 1*} Frustrationwise and in terms of raw busy, this has been the worst weekend of my entire semester. Application deadline for MOST (Ministry of Sci & Tech) grants is once again near, so had to finish that up and try for my Ethical Researcher Scout badge from them. This involves reading…

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