Category Archives: Taiwan

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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New In Egg

A photo posted by Meg (@simpsonsparadox) on Jan 26, 2017 at 5:21am PST This tiny Taoyuan shop has a million toy vending machines, with all kinds of little keychain cuties and unfamiliar action figures, so of course I stopped by … Continue reading

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Laowai Man Is An Outlier And Should Not Have Been Counted

Hello Man, who lives in a backwater and shouts at 10,000 foreigners per year, is an outlier and should not have been counted. Continue reading

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