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Past experiences

First and Third World administration

In my humble opinion, a modern State is also defined by an effective administration that takes its citizens and their issues seriously....

Me, the impious student

The recent death of former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui reminded me of one my former Mandarin teachers in Taipei. She used good...

Anecdotes of and reflections on the 14th of July

The 14th of July is relatively relevant for my family’s history, and it’s also the French National Day.

Making some money in the Workers and Farmers’ State

The GDR was never a foreign country for me, and as a student I even did some little business over there.

Why I chose Taiwan over China

Since I began studying Sinology, for various policy-related reasons my heart beat for Taiwan.

Why I like Danes

Read some facts, anecdotes and very personal views about the author’s favorite neighboring country Denmark.

It wasn’t love at first feel with Taipei City for me

Although nowadays it’s a very livable city, Taipei in the 1980s was a pretty messy place to live.

Adding a personal touch to the Battle of Dunkirk

Two young British soldiers surrendered to my father during the Battle of Dunkirk. Others weren’t so lucky…

Having no health insurance sealed a motorcyclist’s fate

Nowadays, getting excellent medical help in Taiwan is actually the norm. But 30 years ago, a scooter accident went tragically wrong…

Buffalo Town, Taipei’s legendary apartheid disco

During my first night in Taipei I ended up in a disco called Buffalo Town, which in many ways was a quite special place.

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160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second...

Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was...

Spanish government presents its version of civil war history

On September 15th, 2020 the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the Draft Bill of Democratic Memory that will repeal the controversial, very...

Farewell to the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission

Under the current Constitution of the Republic of China (ROC, still Taiwan’s official name), approved in Nanking in 1947, Tibet and Mongolia...

Bashar al-Assad, a well-educated autocrat

Bashar al-Assad, the second son of former Syrian ruler Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000) and his wife Anisa Makhlouf (1930-2016), who took over the...
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