Students take over Taiwan's Legislature amid massive protests against a trade bill with China.
Student protesters stormed Taiwan's Legislative Yuan last week, overwhelming police, and have occupied it since as protests grew outside. Last night, another group of students stormed the Executive Yuan, but were removed, sometimes violently, by riot police. The Presidential Office is surrounded by barricades and police checkpoints.
The protests began after the ruling party, the Kuomintang, declared a review of a China trade pact to be concluded after months of wrangling between it and the opposition in the Legislature. The students originally wanted the review to continue, but they're now demanding that it be scrapped altogether.
The University of Southern California
's US-China Institute
has a huge number of videos on YouTube
regarding China, Taiwan, history, global diplomacy, etc. [more inside]
''Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains''
is the greatest surviving masterpiece by Huang Gongwang (黄公望 1269-1354), one of the Four Yuan
Masters; considered one of the finest of all Chinese paintings, it served as a model and inspiration for many subsequent literati artists
. The scroll suffered fire damage in the early Qing and was divided into two parts. This summer, a special exhibition
at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan reunited these two portions of Huang's masterwork for the first time in 360 years.
Europe according to...
is a project to map stereotypes of European countries according to other countries and groups of people. [more inside]
The Man Who Makes Your iPhone
- Bloomberg Businessweek profiles Terry Gou
, the founder and chairman of Foxconn, the controversial
manufacturer of consumer electronic devices for Apple, Sony, HP and Dell, among others.
"is a blog that examines topics in Asia through the perspectives of interesting people interviewed by a group of bloggers in Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and more." Meet Gao Qingrong and family
, who along with seven other households are part of an organic farm co-op in Anlong Village, Sichuan
. Or there's the tale of how one of the bloggers met Jun Jun, a male prostitute in Beijing
; an encounter with Silang Laji, a road maintenance worker in Kham
, a Tibetan region of China; and Gege, an enterprising journalist in Chengdu
Live, From Outer Space:
rural fires [1
], The Haze in China [1
] and its movement
, and the brothers carbon monoxide
[a photochemical smog agent] and carbon dioxide
Ever wondered where your laptop's parts come from
, what it's made of
, or what toxins
are in it?
Is the next war unavoidable?
China is now building a large amphibious fleet, with the sole purpose of invading Taiwan. This joins its ever-growing and formidable surface and submarine
fleets. Thousands of coastal surface-to-surface missiles, with dozens added each month, now face Taiwan. For its part, Taiwan is considering an $18 Billion arms purchase
from the US. India is ramping up its military might
, and even Japan is changing its neutral defense policies. Is a major Asian conflict coming soon?
The year to fear for Taiwan: 2006.
The Taiwan correspondent for Jane's Defence Weekly
speculates on how China might go about the conquest of Taiwan.
Electronic Arts censors Taiwan
from their FIFA 2002 PC game. What's up with that?
Chinese Jumbo Crashes into Sea
off of the coast of Taiwan. All 225 onboard are feared dead. :(
Oops! "Weren’t you
supposed to watch him?" "Me? I thought you
were watching him."
is what happens when they let the Shrub pretend he is actually in charge.
"Indeed, so rare and precious are the fruits of [the music industry's] labor that it, unique among the world's enterprises, deserves to have the rules of decent civil behavior suspended."
Illegal (even by Taiwan's laws) search-and-seizure of university students' computers. 14 students will be made an example of and 'prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law
'... for mp3s. In East Asia, where apparently the record companies have no one better to pick on than college students. *cough*
As if things weren't tense enough between Taiwan and China.
By the way, the standards for ship designations have inflated over the years. These "destroyers" would have been considered light cruisers in WWII.