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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...

Former “Free China” developing a distinct Taiwanese identity

Taiwan, according to the current Constitution still called the "Republic of China", was baptized "Formosa" by some Portuguese sailors which never went ashore and...

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 as a...

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 teaching methods...

In memoriam Lee Teng-hui, first native President of Taiwan

Lee Teng-hui, one of Asia’s most relevant leaders of the 20th century, passed away on July 30th, aged 97.

Mandela’s ultimately failed trip to Taiwan

Nelson Mandela’s official visit to Taiwan in July 1993 has almost been forgotten.

Why I chose Taiwan over China

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

The bombing of Taihoku, capital of Japanese Taiwan

For decades, the air raid on then Japanese-controlled Taipei in May 1945 was an ignored chapter of World War II in Asia.

Chiang Ching-kuo: son of Chiang Kai-shek and pioneer of democracy

Chiang Ching-kuo´s role in Taiwan was ambivalent, as the former head of the secret police became a pioneer of democracy.

Remembering Chiang Kai-shek, 45 years after his death

A brief introduction to the controversial figure of Chiang Kai-shek

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