Aug 31, 2005

New Orleans is very different now

New Orleans is very different now. Please log on to American Red Cross to see what you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, my Taiwanese fellow countrymen please stay safe, stay dry. Typhoon Talim is said to bring strong winds and torrential rains.

Aug 30, 2005

Taiwan sucks? Taiwan really sucks?

If the book ever hits to top 10, probably...Taiwan really sucks.

"More and more Taiwan people, especially the social elite, choose to give birth to their children in America in order to secure U.S. citizenship for their family. A book, to be published by the end of this month, will give advise on how to achieve this goal and spend less than NT$180,000.

The book, authored by Chen Wan-chien, a senior reporter in the financial field, described the process of acquiring U.S. citizenship as easy. Chen pointed out that, in recent years, the people high up in the social echelon, namely doctors, lawyers, entertainers, and politicians, have become the largest groups of people giving birth to children in the U.S. Although the procedure is incredibly easy, Chen stated that not a lot of people know about it. In her book, titled "NT$180,000 for U.S. citizenship," Chen stated that the key is success is to locate a good medical institution for the would-be mothers while they await birth.

Chen stated that NT$180,000 is the minimal, while NT$300,000 reasonable. However, people rarely need to put out more than NT$500,000. Several tips have been included in Chen's book when it comes to obtaining a visa to the U.S. Never use work as your reason to visit the U.S., said Chen. Reasons for visits, such as sightseeing, visiting relatives, and attending a graduation ceremony are all better choices. "

source: More Taiwanese Women Choosing to Give Birth in the United States, Aug. 30, 2005, China Post

Aug 29, 2005

Quote of the day, Aug. 29, 2005

"Change everything except for your wives and children." - Kun-Hee Lee, Chairman, Samsung

Numbers can talk, can't they?

(In Japan)
7.7% of department and section managers in private companies are women.

Women spend 3 hrs taking care of kids each week. Men? Just 25 minutes.

Full-time female employees earn just 69% of the salary of their male equivalents.

1 in 20 women have felt their lives were in danger due to violence from a huaband or a boyfriend.

Since 1992, the number of women who think it's best to keep working after having a child has risen by 17%.

52% of women earn money with a part-time job. In the 1970s, just 32% did.

Source: "The wasted asset: Japanese women are smart and entrepreneurial, so why is so little effort made to harness their talents?" , TIME (Asia Edition), Aug. 29, 2005

Compare this with "Latina liftoff", Newsweek (Asia Edition), Aug. 22, 2005

Aug 23, 2005

Ways Taiwan can save itself

"The viewpoint that Taiwan's status is unresoved has been held by many since the 1950s. Great Britian was the first country to recognize the Beijing government in 1950, but London has yet to this date officially declared whether or not it believes Taiwan is part of China. During both the 1950s and 1960s, the British parliament repeatedly expressed the opinon that the future of Taiwan should be decided by the people of Taiwan. That is to say Great Britian, a country that already recognizes Beijing and is part of the Cairo Declaration, also believes that Taiwan is not part of China and that Taiwan's status is as of yet unresolved."

"The Taiwan Relations Act is meant to protect Taiwan and not the Republic of China. The definition of Taiwan within the law indcludes Taiwan proper as well as Penghu (the Pescadores). ...."
About Taiwan Relations Act

- China's anti-secession law and ways Taiwan can save itself, Forum, Taiwan News, Tuesday, August 23, 2005


After reading the two passages, two thoughts/sayings about "ways Taiwan can save itself" came to my mind (maybe many people have already thought about that):
(1) Eliminate the name, "the Republic of China/ROC". But dare we do that?
(2) Join "the People's Republic of China/PRC"; become part of it. But do we want to?

How tricky that is......

No place is like Taiwan (currently) in the world.

Girls Rule? Boys Rule? No, Both Girls and Boys Rule!

"I believe in defending the rights of women, but not under the label of 'feminist'." - Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argetina's First Lady

For all its well-deserved reputation as the economic showcase of Latin America and a model of democratic rule, Chile has lagged behind most of its neighbors in the area of women's rights. As recently as 18 months ago, Chile had the dubious distinction of being the only nation in the Western Hemisphere that still banned divorce, and a law prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace took effect only earlier this year. In a conservative society where the Roman Catholic Church still wields a lot of clout, Michelle Bachelet would seem at first blush to be a most improbable candidate to succeed the country's outgoing president, Ricardo Lagos.
Latina Liftoff

Lu Hsiu-lien
Eleven-term Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Native daughter of Taiwan, Lu Hsiu-lien was born in 1944 in the northern Taiwan city of Taoyuan on the day of the Normandy Invasion in Europe. Although she was almost given up for adoption twice during her childhood, she was able to excel in her studies. Her father often read stories of great people to her, shaping her political thinking, and he also paid special attention to developing her oratorical skills.
For more about Vice President Lu

Aug 20, 2005

Orphan of Asia

That’s right. It’s a deep and complicated issue. Ever had this experience that in the still of night, all of a sudden, you seriously ponder who you are. The pondering including the international and political reality and current conditions seems to drive you nuts. Plus, how to educate your kid about his or her identity when you yourself are still confused? That reminds you “Orphan of Asia”? The term, “Overseas Chinese in Taiwan” in TIME’s “The Making of Modern Asia” also stirs up some thoughts, the voice deep in your heart?


Democratic Taiwan, an orphan in Asia

Orphan of Asia

"Overseas Chinese in Taiwan"

"But China would not be where it is today if Deng had not made that fateful decision to move from communist central planning to a free-market system. Deng took this incredibly bold leap becaues he had seen how well the Overseas Chinese in Taiwan, Hong Kong and even Singapore had done." ("The Making of Modern Asia",TIME, August 15 - August 22, 2005, Vol.166, Nos.7/8, pp.34-35)

I'm open-minded. I'd like to know different/all kinds of opinions from you (especially those who were born, educated, work and live in Taiwan, no matter where the ancestors came from) regarding "Overseas Chinese in Taiwan".

Thanks.


Discussion on it on English.com.tw

Aug 17, 2005

"Welcome to F...ing, Austria."

"Tourists are causing a lot of anxiety — and are costing money — to a tiny village where signs keep disappearing. What do the signs read? "Welcome to Fucking, Austria." Pronounced "fooking," the little hamlet of Fucking is named after the man who founded the village in the 6th century. His name? Focko. The town sign has been stolen seven times in the last few months. With signs costing several hundred dollars apiece, much of the tiny town’s budget is being spent replacing the signs, says Siegfried Hoeppel, the Mayor of Fucking. He went on to express his hope that further thefts will be avoided through the use of increased concrete and . . . bigger screws."

For more

Aug 16, 2005

Aug 15, 2005

No, They Make No Difference

I’ve been translating one English article off and on into Chinese today, which will be posted on Vegtomato.org on Sept. 1. I’m almost finished. But I feel like stopping to write a little bit some some on my blog.

What I want to say is that, okay, if you’ve watched TV news recently. They (TV news in Taiwan, at least) have covered stories about the 60th anniversary of Japan’s surrender (you know, World, War II). Japan invaded in China in 1931. About 300,000 people were killed after Nanjing was taken in 1937. (If you see the pics of how they were killed, you’ll probably vomit what you ate earlier.) So that’s what Japan did to China. What America did to Japan? Dropping atomic bombs to Hiroshima. (Everybody knows that.) Are the above-mentioned different from what America has been doing to Iraq? Perhaps most people would say, “No, they make no difference.”

Okay, then, this is the original sentence I was working on/translating before I logged on to my blog:
“Have you ever heard of veal? It comes from me, a young cow. I am merely 2 weeks old, and I already know the ropes.”
Is it different from all the above-mentioned?
My answer is still “no”.
What's yours?

Aug 8, 2005

A Piece of Shocking News with an Obvious Grammatical Error

Brooklyn Girl In Critical Condition After Being Shot In Face

"August 07, 2005

A 11-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a Brooklyn hospital Sunday after being shot in the face yesterday, allegedly by a 10-year-old boy. "

Wow! A 10-year-old boy shot AN 11-year-old girl!

Aug 4, 2005

TOP TEN THINGS THAT SOUND DIRTY IN GOLF BUT AREN'T

10. Nuts...my shaft is bent.
9. After 18 holes I can barely walk.
8. You really whacked the hell out of that sucker.
7. Look at the size of his putter.
6. Keep your head down and spread your legs a bit more.
5. Mind if I join your threesome?
4. Stand with your back turned and drop it.
3. My hands are so sweaty I can't get a good grip.
2. Nice stroke, but your follow through has a lot to be desired.
1. Hold up...I need to wash my balls first.

Aug 2, 2005

A Brief Visit to the Doctor

A man and his wife went to the doctor's office and the doctor asked the man for a blood, urine, and feces sample.

The man was slightly deaf and said, ''What?''

Again, the doctor said, ''I need a blood, urine and feces sample."

The man still looked puzzled, so his wife leaned over and yelled into his ear:
''Sheldon, the doctor needs a pair of your underwear!''