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The controversy about Retrocession Day on October 25th, 1945

After the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894/95, by signing the Treaty of Shimonoseki on April 17th, 1895, China was originally forced to concede Taiwan...

Some facts and thoughts about the UN on its 75th birthday

On October 24th, 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, the United Nations (UN) were founded in San Francisco as the successor...

Wansei Back, a movie about Japanese born in Taiwan

After the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894/95, by signing the Treaty of Shimonoseki on April 17th, 1895, China was forced to concede Taiwan to...

Eisenhower’s short visit to Taiwan in 1960

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, was born on October 14th, 1890 in the city...

Sweet memories of Taiwan’s National Day celebrations

Taiwan, officially still called the Republic of China (ROC), celebrates its National Day on October 10th to commemorate the events which led to the...

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...

Germany is Our Problem, reviewed by The New York Times

Orville Prescott (1906-1996), the main book critic for The New York Times for 24 years, on October 5th, 1945 published a positive review of...

Richard Sorge, German master spy in Japan

Richard Sorge, German press correspondent in Tokyo and head of a very successful Soviet espionage group during World War II, was born on October...

How in 1989 I missed Berlin’s reunification party

Today 30 years ago, on October 3rd, 1990, what was left of Germany after World War II finally reunited. As I have mentioned before...

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 Eileen Chang,...

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