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Blue cheese and stinky tofu

One of the big differences between cultures is the food that people with a completely diverse historical, geographical and social background usually consume. What some...

Festive money in Chinese culture

First of all, I would like to wish my readers a very happy Year of the Ox, which hopefully will be significantly better than...

Impressions from Taiwan in the 1970s

Today I watched a short documentary about Taiwan from the 1970s with a quite charming selection of what could be called Asian elevator music,...

Heaven and hell: about banks in Taiwan and Spain

To deal with banks in Spain mostly makes me feel like being in a novel by famous Bohemian writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924), as the...

Paella for three

I thought that after two and a half years in Spain I was quite tired of paella, the world-famous Spanish national dish which originated...

“Big noses” and “filthy rich tourists”

In times of growing (anti)racist hysteria in most of the Western world, it’s very important to remember that racism or at least quite condescending...

The “Hun speech” as an early example of political propaganda

The alleged “Hun speech“ by the German Kaiser is a sad example of how manipulated words lead to disastrous consequences.

Mers el-kebir or how to sink an ally’s fleet

In World War II, the British didn’t hesitate long before sinking the French Navy to prevent it from falling into German hands.

The British Army and the betrayal of the Cossacks

At the end of World War II, tens of thousands of Cossack troops and their families were forcibly transferred to the Soviets.

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