The secret waterfall at the Lakeshore hotel in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm lens on the 13th of December 2006. Part of the Lakeshore Series 1.
I’m sure most foreigners in Taiwan have heard of the following article, but I felt it important enough to post about it. In it are two blogs that I read, both foreigners living in Taiwan. Micheal Turton’s blog is probably the most famous, since we used his old web site as research before we came over from Canada.
I read a lot of Taiwanese blogs written by foreigners, from David on Formosa, Doubting Toshuo, Prince Roy, Maoman, Poagao, Daniel Wallace’s Suitcasing and a few others. Two more I would like to mention, bokane and John Biesnecker. The last two are not from Taiwan, but I find them still very interesting.
Michael Turton was seeing too many reporters parachute into Taiwan and write what he felt were slanted, ill-informed stories. He had enough of “Beijing propaganda” and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT, 國民黨) “handlers” framing the debate for Western media discourse on Taiwan.
So the 43-year-old university lecturer, who has a master’s degree in international affairs, started the closest thing Taiwan has to an A-list English-language blog. His comments on the country’s life and politics are widely read by journalists, and several of his posts have featured prominently on DailyKos.com, the largest Democratic Party-leaning blog in the US.
“I like to see myself as presenting sides of Taiwan that most people ordinarily wouldn’t interact with, especially overseas,” Turton said. His Web presence has earned him a small degree of fame and notoriety that, in his words, “reflects a tremendous hunger for knowledge about Taiwan that’s going unfulfilled in the traditional media.”
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