Environmental NGOs in China

Environmental NGOs (ENGOs) have taken the place in interactions with political conditions and have exercised opportunities offered by the media, the Internet and international NGOs. Due to this, ENGOs can serve as both sites and agents of democratic social change in China. ENGOs are becoming increasingly visible players in China’s environmental politics. They have the…

Green technology at Taiwan's international flora expo

The Taipei International Flora Exposition’s Pavilion of Fashion features the latest and greatest of green technology-the Pavilion of Fashion or “EcoARK.“ The EcoARK is a perfect example of promoting green concepts such as reduce, reuse and recycle, for it is the world’s first building constructed entirely from garbage, literally. The ark is made from plastic…

The Chinese boss mentality

Many people often ask me why is there so much difference between workers and boss’ salary. In short, I think this has to do with the cultural mentality towards work. In China, class divides have been strong for thousands of years, based around emperors and their officials down to the peasants. There has been huge…

The issue of identity in Taiwan

Taiwanese have different opinions about who they are. Some Taiwanese say “I am Taiwanese”. Some say “I am Taiwanese but am also Chinese”. Some even just say “I am Chinese”. And some put more emphasis on Chinese and say “I am Chinese and Taiwanese”. Whoever they are, they seem to be unified by one thing-they…

Studying in China: Things to expect

Teachers Chinese teachers in China tend to be kind, traditional and at times strict. The teachers stick to their curriculums and believe that by following certain steps and repeating them over students will be able to solidify their language studies. In fact, having gone to various universities and Mandarin training schools in Beijing, the teachers…

Behavior patterns of Chinese travelers

Traveling for Chinese is largely built around convenience. For Chinese, they do not want the trouble of having to book hotels, airplane tickets, bus/train rides as well as trying to solidify an itinerary, as traveling is supposed to be a stress-free and joyful experience as can be. Therefore, citizens of China mostly go through travel…

Review: Beyond Beauty- Taiwan from Above

Beyond Beauty- Taiwan from Above, is both a documentary and critique of Taiwan through images of various kinds of landscapes that are shot from the sky using aerial photography. Resembling much like the aerial photography used in films such as Chronos, Beyond Beauty opens with scenes depicting some of Taiwan’s most pristine and preserved mountains,…