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150 years of German history and nothing to celebrate?

On January 18th, 2021, what was left of Germany after World War II and finally reunited on October 3rd, 1990, could and should have...

One year ago, Prague and Taipei became twin cities

Prague and Peking signed a sister-city agreement on March 30th, 2016, just after Chinese President Xi Jinping had finished a two-day state visit to...

Sanmao, the Taiwanese author shaped by a Spanish colony

Taiwanese travel writer and translator Sanmao (Three Hairs), who in 1976 became famous with the autobiographical account Stories of the Sahara, committed suicide in...

Some thoughts on New Year’s Day

At the beginning of the year 2021 and after posting 250 articles in nine months, I would like to thank my readers for their...

Ma Ying-jeou, mayor of Taipei and President of Taiwan

While I also know his predecessor Chen Shui-bian (born 1950) personally, as his short-time Spanish teacher I somehow have a special relationship with Conservative...

Shiba Gorō, the Japanese hero of the Boxer Rebellion in China

Japanese General Shiba Gorō, who played a significant role during the 1900 xenophobic Boxer Rebellion in China, died on December 13th, 1945 in war-ravaged...

A Sinified German from Valencia in Taiwan

While living in Taiwan for almost 20 years, as a German who grew up in Spain totally bilingual, I was regularly asked by Taiwanese...

Huang Hua, China’s most important diplomat

Chinese diplomat Wang Rumei, who under his assumed name Huang Hua (“Yellow China”) served as Ambassador and Foreign Minister, died on November 24th, 2010...

The world’s biggest free trade deal signed virtually in Hanoi

On November 15th, 2020 Burma, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam as well as Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand...

CNN, Trump and the truth

Believe it or not, about 30 years ago I decided not to replace the broken old television set in the flat I was renting...

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Readapting to Taipei

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