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Yantai Journals

Oh, hey so I briefly mentioned the Chefoo Concentration Camp when I wrote about exploring Tamsui. There’s an episode of NPR’s This American Life about the diary of a Girl Guide leader who was imprisoned in Chefoo. The story is … Continue reading

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Interestings

Shortly before I left for Taiwan, I was having ramen with Marcus, and he asked how the MFA was going. It was a somewhat rushed meeting in a trendy ramen shop, since I was leaving for Taiwan the next day … Continue reading

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The Time Of A Song

All our classes were asked to come up with a skit for an end-of-class performance, so my ESL students the first week were came up with two really hilarious skits, both using quite limited English and ending with clever bicultural puns. … Continue reading

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Mackay Street & The Complications of Anglicizing Chinese

Part 1: From Far Formosa My first challenge in my trip to explore George Leslie Mackay’s history was actually finding the city… The town name is Anglicized as Tamsui, Danshuei, Tanshui and pretty much any variation around those. It was Cousin George‘s description … Continue reading

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From Far Formosa

So when I was planning to come to Taiwan, I read George Leslie Mackay’s From Far Formosa. The author is a very, very distant cousin, from a branch of the Mackays who went to Canada after the Clearances. (I believe … Continue reading

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Posted From Departure Gate

Previously on ‘Simpson’s Paradox’: Passing my HSK, Taiwan runs on Dunkin’s, teaching more, and 始. Now the post: Tomorrow, I’m heading to Taipei for a month to teach a class. When I originally found this position, it seemed like everything … Continue reading

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80 Days

Let’s talk about how freaking great 80 Days is. In this iOs game, you play as acrobat-turned-valet Passpartout in a steampunked version of Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days. (I read this novel when I was in middle … Continue reading

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Bad At Normal Things

I screwed up a deadline for grad school, actually I screwed up a few deadlines. First, if you live on the East Coast, your course calendar of midnight deadlines on Midwest time may appear as due the next day. And … Continue reading

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The Original Ginny Moon

You guys, are you reading this? Get this book right now. It’s been a while since I read something that I could not put down. This is a one-sitting book because I had absolutely no idea how it was going … Continue reading

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She Wears Black Every Day

Mrs Meg is so fun — the best teacher in the world. She wears nail polish. She has glasses just like me. She wears black every day. She is very smart. She is the best teacher. One of my eight-year-olds … Continue reading

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