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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.
The rectification of names is a Confucian doctrine, which seems to be still followed by quite a number of historians in Taiwan who must have studied Western historiology.Otherwise, there wouldn't be a dispute over whether "Japanese rule" or "Japanese occupation" should be used in the elementary and high school textbooks of Chinese history.
Since last May the United States and Russia have been trying to organize another Geneva conference for the settlement of the Syrian civil war. It follows the first one called by the U.N. Action Group on Syria in June 2012.
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