“Taiwan and Japan are very good friends with each other. In times of need, especially, natural disasters, we always try to reach out to each other, and we will maintain the kind of close relations with each other.” — Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi
Few nations are as friendly with their colonizers as Taiwan is with Japan. From tsunami relief to a Chinese fit over pineapple imports, Taiwan and Japan count on each other’s help. The latest round of paying it forward happened when Japan donated 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. Not to be outdone, the United States…
No problem is so big that big data can’t solve, unless it isn’t clear how to or what is being solved. Relying on “the data” is one of the most problematic strategies leaders adopt in the midst of a pandemic, because the quality of the data is not clear. When bad data is used for any process - quantitative, qualitative, arbitrary - the right answers do not come out the other end.
‘The politicization of data’ is the practice of manipulating data for political gain.
Bad data takes lead decision makers — nations and corporations, consultants, even professors in non-medical…
Since 40+ years of economic statistics and elected representatives couldn’t “Make America Great Again,” Trump’s pitch in 2016 and 2020 was that he’s America’s best bet.
I was a congressional campaign advisor, speech writer, and consultant to Democrats and Republicans before turning my career trajectory away from communications. In 2016, I moved to Taiwan. I was surprised to discover local and European support for Trump.
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After decades of being warned about Nigerian Prince 尼日利亞騙徒 scams, you might think the world’s most aggressive yet least successful criminals gave…
Especially at a time when there’s a shortage of webcams, knowing how to make the most of the technology you have is more important than trying to piece together some nice, but not essential upgrades. Getting some fundamentals right doesn’t cost much money. In fact, you might already have everything you need.
For business meetings, I think audio is more important than video, so let’s start there.
Something with a microphone in the cable. They’re called “lav mics,”…
Spend enough time in the Greater China region and you’ll learn about “cha bu duo” (差不多), yet the Internet still gets this wrong by suggesting bad solutions. Cha bu duo translates to“difference not much,” but it means, “close enough.” At personal levels, cha bu duo is positive, and a way for saying, “This is practical.” In a professional setting, it usually means something negative.
In your personal life, cha bu duo can help you be kinder towards situations you don’t understand, and more tolerant. Not everything has to be a big deal. Short a few renminbi or New Taiwan dollars…
Taiwan really wants foreigners to come get a Taiwan college degree.
“The world’s universities are competing fiercely to attract the best students. [We are] aiming to attract 150,000 students by 2020, that will account for 10% of the total college and university student population.” — past president Ma Jing-Yeou
First, the good news. Internationalizing Taiwan universities is an initiative led by the very top, and there’s already 110,000 international students in Taiwan.
Have I mentioned Chinese is hard to learn? Tens of thousands of words made up from thousands of characters. Once you know how to say the characters, now form complete thoughts with them. Otherwise, Chinese sounds like this:
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I’ve come to realize a few things about how people learn Chinese. To varying degrees, I have personal experience with all of the below.
1. Many foreign guys studying Chinese in Taiwan develop a quasi-feminine accent. A) Taiwan Chinese is softer and lighter on tones than mainland Chinese, and B) Most teachers…
Martingale gamblers believe if you wager enough times, statistics say you’ll eventually win. But what if you’re placing wagers on people?
Of course endless betting is financially impractical, so when it comes to friendship in our personal lives, it gives us a ledger for the cost of taking chances on strangers.
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I met Stacey in the squalor of a Chicago bar cornering Armitage and Lincoln. Bump-ing iPhones is a lesson in fail, although because an area code and seven digits is all that separates us, technology still wins. …