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A chat with long-term Chinese residents in Spain

Yesterday I went to deliver some of the many oranges that I had picked on Sunday at a friend’s little orchard just...

Cuba, Red China’s first stronghold in the Caribbean

The world’s largest and smallest communist states, the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Cuba became close friends on September 28th, 1960.

Celebrating outstanding writer Eileen Chang’s 100th birthday

Widely considered the best Chinese writer of her generation, essayist and novelist Chang Ai-ling, originally named Chang Yang and better known as...

About the very different drinking culture in Taiwan

In Mandarin, days and months don’t have proper names like in Western languages, but are just numbered. So the 9th of September...

Multicultural forensic anthropology

During the last years that I spent in Taiwan before coming back to Spain temporarily in early 2018, my Taiwanese girlfriend and...

“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...

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...

Taiwan´s imperial subjects still speak Japanese

Many of the elderly that were educated under Nippon’s colonial rule still are fluent in Japanese and happy to use it among their fellows.

Edgar Snow, pioneering apologist of the Mao cult

Edgar Snow’s groundbreaking book Red Star over China from 1937 remains tarnished by its one-sidedness.

Catholics and the Vatican in Taiwan

Christians are a tiny minority in Taiwan, but Catholics are well-represented by the Vatican.

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Temporarily, Russia’s sport can feel Taiwan’s pain

On December 9th, 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal handed Russia a four-year ban from all major sporting events after...

Li Cunxin, Mao’s Last Dancer

Li Cunxin, widely considered the best dancer China has ever produced, was born on January 26th, 1961 in a village near Tsingtao,...

French play Thermidor, an early example of cancel culture

The cancel culture that the Left has been fostering for a decade now and which gained momentum since the death of Black...

An “idea” attacking the Democrats just after Biden’s inauguration

In the evening of January 20th, 2021, the day that Joe Biden, or better said Kamala Harris, officially took possession of the...

Hungary commemorates the expulsion of its former German compatriots

On January 19th, 2021, the 75th anniversary of the day when the expulsion of ethnic Germans from Soviet-occupied Hungary began, there was...
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