Taiwanese Publisher Who Printed My Dissertation Ruined by Inferno

I was sad to learn that Zonghe Zhuangding, Ltd., the publisher who worked with Y’s father to print an exquisite hardcover edition of my PhD dissertation, “Brains, Minds, and Computers in Literary and Science Fiction Neuronarratives,” shuttered their business after their shop burned down. Zonghe Zhuangding provided printing and book binding services for publishers in TaiwanContinue reading “Taiwanese Publisher Who Printed My Dissertation Ruined by Inferno”

The A-Team: Sky Dragons in Translation

This afternoon, Y and I caught the beginning of The A-Team first season episode “Holiday in the Hills”–one of many episodes that reveal the horrors of the home front, in this case the backwoods of South Carolina. While we were watching the episode, Y shared this very interesting bit of information with me: in Taiwan,Continue reading “The A-Team: Sky Dragons in Translation”

Demos Chiang, Chiang Kai-shek’s Great Grandson, on the Cost of Social Media

In a BuzzOrange.com interview with Demos Yu-bou Chiang (蔣友柏), who is Chiang Kai-shek’s great grandson and  founder of the Taiwan design firm DEM Inc. (橙果設計), the interviewer asks if he uses social media: Q:你有 Facebook 或 Line 等社交通訊軟件嗎? 不開,很累,真的很累,而且 Facebook 商業行為太嚴重。我的手機是 4G 可以上網,但所有通訊軟件 、Line 都不使用,只用簡訊。我不喜歡人家可以免費找到我。 Y’s translation into English: Q: Do you have Facebook orContinue reading “Demos Chiang, Chiang Kai-shek’s Great Grandson, on the Cost of Social Media”

Science Fiction, LMC3214: Global Perspective Unit on Taiwanese SF and Review for Exam 3

In today’s class, I introduced my Science Fiction students to Taiwanese SF. For class, they read David Uher’s “Trends in the Development of Science Fiction Literature in Taiwan” (Anthropologia Integra 1.1 2010, 63-70) and a translation of Chang Shi-Kuo’s (Zhang Xiguo) “City of the Bronze Statue.” In today’s lecture, I charted a brief history ofContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214: Global Perspective Unit on Taiwanese SF and Review for Exam 3”

“Altars” for Steve Jobs in China and Taiwan, Built with Walter Isaacson’s Biography of the Tech Titan

Taiwanese Home Guy Lucifer posted photos from around China and Taiwan of “altars” for Steve Jobs built out of his official biography by Walter Isaacson. They aren’t really altars, but they have a striking similarity to the kinds of altars a family would build for a deceased relative. A traditional altar for a deceased relativeContinue reading ““Altars” for Steve Jobs in China and Taiwan, Built with Walter Isaacson’s Biography of the Tech Titan”

Dishonor in the New York Times, A US Marine Suggests “Ditching” Taiwan

Paul V. Kane’s op-ed piece in the New York Times saddened me today. How could a US Marine offer Taiwan, the last vestige of a democratic China and a long-standing ally with the United States, up on the sacrificial altar of balanced budgets? How could he write not only that the US should enter intoContinue reading “Dishonor in the New York Times, A US Marine Suggests “Ditching” Taiwan”

More Commentary About Taiwanese Home Guys

Y’s friend Amy from Taiwan sent me a wonderful write-up about Taiwanese “Home Guys” awhile back, but I have neglected to publish it on Dynamic Subspace. I have pasted her extensive explanations below in English and Chinese, and I give her my thanks for taking the time to contribute her expertise on the Home GuyContinue reading “More Commentary About Taiwanese Home Guys”

Taiwan Science Fiction Novel Advertising: An Exercise in Exaggeration and Mathematics

Y tuned me into the Taiwanese ad posted below for the Chinese version of Warren Fahy’s Fragment, which you can also find here: With Y’s help, I translated the ad below (with some commentary): Y explains to me that in Taiwan book publishers are notorious for making bold claims about authors and new books. InContinue reading “Taiwan Science Fiction Novel Advertising: An Exercise in Exaggeration and Mathematics”

Photos from Trip to Brunswick and Taiwan, Winter 2010-2011

Yesterday, I got a bit frustrated with Apple’s Aperture photo editing and organizing software as I was trying to sort and post my photos from our trip to Brunswick, Georgia and Taiwan over December 20, 2010 – January 9, 2011. I arduously climbed Aperture’s learning curve and humbly accepted its irritating return to projects afterContinue reading “Photos from Trip to Brunswick and Taiwan, Winter 2010-2011”

Notes from Taiwan, Continuing the Record of Memories from the States

Missing Taiwan I experienced a jarring feeling when Y and I landed in Houston and even more so when we walked through the Cleveland International Airport this past Sunday. The feeling was rooted in the fact that that I already missed Taiwan. The feeling itself was the realization that the States aren’t all that great–especiallyContinue reading “Notes from Taiwan, Continuing the Record of Memories from the States”