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Commentary > China Post > Joe Hung
Unlike the Chinese, the Japanese do not tend to make a big fuss for something unimportant. The Confucian Chinese love to argue for the rectification of names, which, in fact, is much ado about nothing, but the not so equally Confucian Japanese are much more practical.
 
Mudfish are so called because they can survive for a long time during drought by burying themselves in mud. They used to be served as a delicacy in Taiwan and Japan as well as Korea, though restaurants in large cities rarely offer the eel-like fish on their menus.
 
Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang (KMT) and Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party (CCP) were engaged in the long Chinese Civil War. When Chiang was almost ready to crush Mao's Red Army in Yenan in 1936, he was kidnapped in a rebellion at nearby Xian and forced to join in the second KMT-CCP united front against Japan.
 
It's time for former president Chen Shui-bian to go back to prison. There's no reason why he is allowed to stay at home on compassionate release from jail where he is required to serve a 20-year sentence for corruption and graft as well as money laundering while he was in office from 2000 to 2008.
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Dear President Lee: It has been a very long time since I last wrote you. Hence this belated letter.
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"Characterization" (月旦評) is a collection of portrayals of heroes of the "Epoch of the Three Kingdoms" by Xu Shao (許劭) in conversations with his cousin on the first day of the first moon.
 
"Frenemy" is a portmanteau of "friend" and "enemy" that can refer to either an enemy pretending to be a friend or someone who really is a friend but also a rival. The term is used to describe personal, geopolitical, and commercial relationships both among individuals and groups or institutions.
 
"Frenemy" is a portmanteau of "friend" and "enemy" that can refer to either an enemy pretending to be a friend or someone who really is a friend but also a rival. The term is used to describe personal, geopolitical, and commercial relationships both among individuals and groups or institutions.
 
Historiography refers to both the study of the methodology of historians and development of history as a discipline, and also to a body of historical work on a particular subject. Few laymen know what it is. The methodology is guided by the dictum of Leopold von Rranke, a founder of modern source-based history. Historians have to write "wie es eigentliche gewesen."
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Please allow me to jot down my personal experience again. I have to thank the two surgeons at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou who have made it possible for me to continue keeping my Monday column.
 
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