2017 - 3rd Quarter

The Sacred and Profane in Taiwan

Sunday July 30

The Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) commemoration of the July 7, 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident once again highlights the party's schizophrenic personality as well as the doublespeak that such identification constantly creates for party members. ...

July 15's Significance for Taiwanese

Sunday July 30

Call it coincidence or call it pure chance, but for the symbolic-minded, it is remarkably fated that the celebrations of US Independence Day (July 4), French Bastille Day, (July 14) and Taiwan's lifting of Martial Law (July 15) all fall within a two-week period. ...

Hong Kong and the Big Lie: Promises, Promises

Monday July 10

Like the fabled warning to beware the Ides of March, so July 1, 2017 has rolled round and the fabled promise of the People's Republic of China (PRC) that it would grant Hong Kong free elections of its Chief Executive in twenty years has come and gone. In short, China's leadership appears to have never really taken that promise seriously. ...