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Japanese children love to play a game called niramekko. It's a staring match, a game in which two children looking at each other and try to make the opponent laugh first. The child who laughs first loses.
It's true that the power of eminent domain is routinely used for the sake of land speculation in Taiwan, and has precipitated incidents such as the 2010 suicide of an elderly resident of Dapu, Miaoli County as well as the death of an apothecary whose body was found in an irrigation canal not too far away from his torn-down house this past Wednesday.
A political typhoon hit Taiwan early this month. It has continued to rage unabated. Nobody knows how long it's going to last, and the outcome may be disastrous for Taiwan, whoever wins the September strife.
"Attabu (阿罩霧風雲)," a documentary directed by Li Kang, was premiered last Friday. It tells the story of Lim Bun-zhat or Lin Wen-ch'a (林文察), a self-made general who fought for the Qing court in the Taiping Rebellion, a massive civil war in China from the 1850s and 1865.
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The Chinese love to quote Mencius the Sage as describing "great bravery (大勇)" in the Book of Mencius in these words: "Even if it be an army of one myriad, I will go forward (雖千萬人吾往矣)." But it's not right to quote Mencius as the source.
Alexander Pope has given us a lot of quotable quotes. In An Essay on Criticism, he gives us "To err is human, to forgive divine" and "No place so sacred from fops is barr'd ... Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) finally reinstated former President Chen Shui-bian last Wednesday. It isn't a wise move for the opposition party that is trying to claw back to power it lost on Chen's retirement in ignominy in 2008.
The curtain has fallen on the three-month-long Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 incident, but the dust has yet to settle.
The stage has been all set for the second round of Israel-Palestine peace talks to get under way in Israel or the West Bank before this week ends at the earliest.
Snapping turtle is a delicacy in China and Japan. It's considered an aphrodisiac, and its blood was believed to cure tuberculosis in those days when consumption was regarded as incurable. To get hot blood of the turtle, which had to be mixed with wine and drunk, a quack had to cut off its head.
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