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Customs and traditions Personal experiences

Beach culture in Spain and Taiwan

There are few similarities between Spanish and Taiwanese beach culture.

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Personal experiences Taiwanese history

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.

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Asian history

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.

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Taiwanese politics World Politics

Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen starts second term

Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ying-wen starts her second term in office while the world is fighting the coronavirus, which her government has contained very successfully.

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Asian history European history Personal experiences

Civilizational swaggering in Free China in the 1980s

In the 1980s, people in Taiwan were still proud of their Chinese cultural heritage. Sometimes, I mentioned places in Europe which also have an impressive history, like Cyprus.

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Customs and traditions Taiwanese politics

Taiwan 2019: same-sex marriage introduced against majority will

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Taiwan exactly one year ago after the nation’s highest court had ruled in favor in 2017, but against a majority of the population.

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Taiwanese politics World Politics

Taiwan’s Vice President to retake position in research and teaching

Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen will soon be back to “normal” life.

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Personal experiences

Maiden voyage to Taiwan, the old Formosa

I arrived in Taiwan for the first time in 1988. This is the first posting about those good old days.

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Asian history Chinese history

Using junks to conquer an island: the strange case of Hainan in 1950

The conquest of the Chinese island of Hainan by Mao’s communists in the spring of 1950 saw the successful use of junks against war ships.

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Asian history Asian Politics

In memoriam Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the father of modern Singapore.

This is a translated and updated version of an obituary authored by me, published in the German weekly Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung on the 4th of April 2015.