We spent a fantastic week or so in Taiwan in December. It says something about the past eight weeks, in which I've collected 10 boarding passes for three different itineraries (including the Taiwan vacation) and purchased tickets for two new itineraries (Seattle and Kyoto, I'm hitting both AAS conferences this year), that I'm only just now,…Read more What I did on my Winter Vacation… (what vacation?)
I applied for it in a fit of last minute desperation, expedited as much as possible, during finals week of my sophomore year of college. I trudged through snow to the post office to get my photo taken. Unsurprisingly, it is not a good photo. I look tired and a little lost. My previous passport…Read more Ode to my passport
When I show friends around Tainan, there are two places we absolutely must go - the Confucian Temple and Anping Tree House. Each place is historic, but in very different ways. Anping Tree House occupies what were once the warehouses of British trading company Tait & Co. When the Japanese were given Taiwan as a…Read more Tainan, Taiwan: Anping Tree House & more
Gene, his parents, and his mom's cousin are standing at the only remaining back door of the estate Gene's great-uncle had built for his still-expanding family in 1947. For much of her early childhood, Gene's mother lived there with a large pack of cousins. Great-aunt A-tai had sixteen children, thirteen of whom lived to adulthood.…Read more Ningbo, China: The old Chen family home
Perhaps it looks pretty similar to you, as it's another large East Asian city, but there's a world of difference to me. We've left China behind for a few days in sunny, warm southern Taiwan - Tainan. Last night, relaxing with friends at an adorable bar run by Taiwanese hipsters, it was pointed out that…Read more The view from here (part 2)
5C/41F today. The best part of the picture below is how you can see blue sky. Yes, there's definitely smog, but there's a view out the window (which the smoggiest cities in China don't have) and the sky is blue. Good morning, all!
Embarrassing, but thanks to the commemorative bowls given out at the "100 year" party held in December 2010, I just realized that Gene's grandmother is in fact 102 years old and, sadly, wasn't born during the last months of the Qing dynasty. It's embarrassing because I should have known that she would likely still use…Read more Retraction