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Boots on the Ground Part II: Libraries and Landladies

Boots on the Ground Part II: Libraries and Landladies

(also banks, but that wasn’t alliterative) I. Libraries Getting a library card in Taipei is way easier than I’d anticipated. To get one in the US you need to provide proof of residency such as rental paperwork or recent mail. In Taipei, you don’t even need to be a resident get a library card. The minimum requirements are permanent and temporary addresses, your passport, and a phone number where they can contact you. It’s not a problem if you don’t…

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Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: Boots on the Ground

Huayu Enrichment Scholarship: Boots on the Ground

So I live in Taipei now. I know, I know, it’s wild. It’s weird to me that I just…decided to move to Taiwan. And then did it. Anyway. I arrived last Saturday, late at night. I’d asked my school (Chinese Culture University’s Mandarin Learning Center) to arrange a driver to meet me, since I had too much luggage to manage on public transit. (I really should invest in some rolling suitcases.) The car took me to EasyMind Guest House, where I’d…

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Visiting Hiroshima

Visiting Hiroshima

Hiroshima is three hours away from Kyoto and five hours away from Tokyo by shinkansen. It’s far too long to make a day trip out of it and not near too much of interest, and yet thousands of foreigners still stop by when they’re in Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima by the US is modern history, but after the bombings, Hiroshima the city slowly slid out of the Western mind. The bombings were behind fifty years of growth, healing, and history…

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On my experience at NTHU

On my experience at NTHU

(Originally posted here.) What follows is a long post  with no pictures. Sorry, folks. My intention here isn’t to rant. It’s to provide more information to curious friends, as well as students who are considering NTHU for exchange. Perhaps some of the issues I’m about to discuss are new problems or may be solved in the near future, but last semester was one frustrating experience after another. You should know a few things up front: first, I’m attending UNM on a…

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The Studio Ghibli Museum

The Studio Ghibli Museum

A quick note: this is from the blog I kept when I was in Asia during 2014 and 2015. You can read old posts here. Although anime and manga still aren’t quite “mainstream” in the US, if you haven’t heard of Studio Ghibli, you must have been living under a rock. You’re also probably new to this blog, because I’ve posted about Ghibli films twice: here, in a general post, and here, in a post about  the studio’s Academy Award-Winning Spirited Away. Anyway,…

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Cambodia: The Long Version

Cambodia: The Long Version

A quick note: this is from the blog I kept when I was in Asia during 2014 and 2015. I haven’t edited it at all – this is it, in its full glory. You can read old posts here. I’m back in Taiwan now, with internet and bubble tea, so I can update you on my short little adventure to Cambodia. When we hit the ground, I got a distinct Indiana Jones vibe.  What can I say, I’m not used to being dumped on…

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