Why I’m suing my Taiwanese landlady

The Wild East / Culture Shock Why am I suing my landlady? Out of principle, basically. She broke the law, and therefore needs to be taught a lesson so she doesn’t do it again. I reported my Taiwanese landlady, ‘Helen’ Lin, to the Tamsui police station a few months ago,

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Dihua street (迪化街) abuzz every Chinese New Year

Via pristine.net The name “Dihua” was given in 1947 by the Republic of China government, in reference to the city of Dihua (now called Ürümqi) in Xinjiang, and effectively joins a string of older streets in this area of Taipei existing prior to the Chinese Civil War. Locals living in

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Cognitive dissonance and animal abuse: Get over it

By Hannah Hornsby / Special to The Wild East I care about animal rights. I have several furry rescued animal companions. I’m also vegan, so it’s pretty safe to say that I care about what happens to animals. Most times I surround myself with like-minded, hippie-esque, eco-friendly, herbivorous friends and

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How to Move to Taiwan

Trista di Genova (and NTU students), The Wild East The following article is an expansion on class discussion with National Taiwan University students. The topic was “What to tell your ABC cousin about moving to Taiwan.” What to bring: Bring your own, preferably laptop computer because the operating system is

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China’s like Taiwan’s ‘asshole twin sister’

Ron’s an acupuncturist practicing in the U.S. after having studied Chinese Medicine in Taiwan, then China. Follow Ron’s blog, “Adventures of 22nd Century Chinese-Like Boy” My friend Michael in Seattle, who is also an acupuncturist, wrote me an email recently. He noticed that my blog entries in China haven’t been

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More on what ‘rehab’ is like in Taiwan: Alcatraz!

The Wild East / Society What is ‘rehab’ like in Taiwan? From the following account, it’s pretty much like Alcatraz, except for the few hours a day of forced ‘meditation’. This year, a foreigner tested on the margin of error for having smoked marijuana, and was forced to go to

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