On the nature of Chinese characters

Given the current amount of time that I spend thinking about language, specifically Chinese, I have been shy about mentioning any of my thoughts on language. I have no formal training in linguistics, which has made me feel quite unqualified to go forth and write things about this topic (I have taken a few language Read the full article…


North Sumatra (part 1)

Oops, a long hiatus from blogging. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Except not!   I will take a break from my usual life musings, which usually focus on my life in Taiwan to talk a little bit about the traveling that I did during the Chinese New Year’s holiday. Of course, the Lunar Read the full article…





Dogs

A sign on the NCKU campus from the animal protection group about how to handle the stray dogs on the campus. ("Please read the dog's body language before you decide to pet it.")

This is a long, long overdue post on dogs.   Taiwan has a large population of dogs, and I strong feelings about Taiwanese dogs. I find that dogs in Taiwan have surprisingly different manifestations than their US counterparts, and therefore, I’d like to share some things about Taiwanese dogs.   It is impossible to miss Read the full article…