Only in Taiwan – Episode 6: Seven Years a Laowai

It was seven years ago this week that I arrived in Taipei with a Lonely Planet Mandarin phrasebook, a suitcase and a laptop. The only people I “knew” in town were my former landlord’s parents, whom I’d met several times during their visits to San Francisco. They were super nice people, but the language barrier prevented us from communicating without an interpreter; I had their … Continue reading Only in Taiwan – Episode 6: Seven Years a Laowai

The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin/Talking Taiwan Interview

Author Christian Adams sits down with “Talking Taiwan” host Rick Monday for a ten-minute discussion about Christian’s first book published by The International Scholar, The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin: An Abridged Corpus of Axioms, Vocabulary and Purported Meanings, available in ebook format on Amazon Kindle (ASIN: B00AAJS2JC) and Vook (ISBN:9780393318838) Continue reading The Lazy Bastard Guide to Mandarin/Talking Taiwan Interview

Only in Taiwan, Special Lazy Bastard Edition

If you’ve ever seen someone go from hero to zero, you know that the fall from grace does not always come with a warning signal or a flashing red light. And it’s really hard to have a hero in a place like Taiwan. So many people I know, myself included, have vested interests and agendas that restrict our capacity for compassion as well as courage. … Continue reading Only in Taiwan, Special Lazy Bastard Edition