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August 20, 2014 at 5:00pm
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TAIPEI — There are many grievances between mainland China and what it likes to call the “renegade province” of Taiwan, but in the art world there is only one: The National Palace Museum. Standing on a hilltop in the center of the capital city, the museum houses hundreds of thousands of exquisite art objects from China’s imperial courts, brought here by Chiang Kai-shek when he fled the communists in 1949. The most famous masterpiece in this contentious place, however, isn’t an elaborate scroll, a landscape painting or a heavy piece of jewelry. Rather, it’s a little bok choy cabbage made of jadeite.

via WSJ  also museum description here, and wikipedia. Also one about it’s friend the Meat-shaped Stone. I just wanted you to know. Also now I have the cabbage as a phone charm. 

TAIPEI — There are many grievances between mainland China and what it likes to call the “renegade province” of Taiwan, but in the art world there is only one: The National Palace Museum. Standing on a hilltop in the center of the capital city, the museum houses hundreds of thousands of exquisite art objects from China’s imperial courts, brought here by Chiang Kai-shek when he fled the communists in 1949. The most famous masterpiece in this contentious place, however, isn’t an elaborate scroll, a landscape painting or a heavy piece of jewelry. Rather, it’s a little bok choy cabbage made of jadeite.

via WSJ  also museum description here, and wikipedia. Also one about it’s friend the Meat-shaped Stone. I just wanted you to know. Also now I have the cabbage as a phone charm. 

August 19, 2014 at 10:00pm
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tradchinesechars:

Spotify playlist: Taiwan indie - love of the land

I wrote a post about this playlist on my Tumblr, but I figured I would write about it here as well, since I just covered music from Taiwan on Spotify in…

I feel like half of the music we’ve been hearing out and about is like old U.S. pop music. gotta get more local tunes~

4:59am
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Language is power. When you turn “torture” into “enhanced interrogation,” or murdered children into “collateral damage,” you break the power of language to convey meaning, to make us see, feel, and care.

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Rebecca Solnit, Our Words Are Our Weapons (via vulturechow)

was relatedly reading about how “rubber bullets” is a misnomer; they’re rubber coated metal bullets, and still can kill. not fucking reasonable “crowd control.”

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August 18, 2014 at 6:02am
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linguisticious:

sudorm-rfslash:

(Caption 1): Help save a tree—Say “NO” to TG.

(Caption 2): If you don’t take action now, the person you once knew could disappear—without a trace.

Sponsored by The Partnership for a Transformation-Free America and Students Against Generative Syntax (SAGS).

"Caption 2): If you don’t take action now, the person you once knew could disappear—without a trace"

Without a trace :’D

I’m happy my supervisor loves me even though I’m no generativist like her. IT MUST BE LOVE.

(via transliterations)

August 14, 2014 at 5:18am
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land of milk (tea) and honey 
(adventuring, will be minimally posting. but then sweet classes start and I’ll be all over the languages.)

land of milk (tea) and honey 

(adventuring, will be minimally posting. but then sweet classes start and I’ll be all over the languages.)

5:13am
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glottalplosive:

I’ve started saying that I feel schwa when I’m not stressed.

glottalplosive:

I’ve started saying that I feel schwa when I’m not stressed.

(via transliterations)

August 10, 2014 at 12:14pm
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Capitalism, Racism, and Disableism: a ménage à trois that fucks all of us over - →

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(bù)kěnéng

(bù)kěnéng

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August 8, 2014 at 3:27pm
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communication

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3:05pm
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fyeahcindie:

tradchinesechars:

fyeahcindie 是個欣賞華語獨立音樂的 tumblr,最近邀請讀者分享歌單,我就做了這個 spotify 歌單。因為 fyeahcindie 是個英文 tumblr,所以以下解釋就用英文囉。

I made this “Taiwan indie - love of the land” playlist to share with fyeahcindie. It’s a journey through Taiwan via fourteen songs (that are available on Spotify).

[starting with tradition …]

1. ho hay yan (喔嗨洋) - suming (舒米恩)
Amis | lyrics at kkbox | song at indievox | artist at indievox | FB | website
Suming is Pangcah (Amis) and has been credited with mixing Amis music with different genres.

2. Mahalateng (我心所屬) (things belonging to my heart) - suming (舒米恩)
Amis | lyrics at kkbox | song at indievox | artist at indievox | FB | website
About home, family, and ancestral lands, no matter where one has been.

3. 眾神護臺灣 (The Gods Bless Taiwan) - 董事長樂團 (The Chairman)
Taiwanese | lyrics at indievox | band at indievox | FB
A mix of traditional temple instruments and rock. Asking the temple gods to bless Taiwan.

[… traveling from north …]

4. 台北!台北! (Taipei!Taipei!) - 八十八顆芭樂籽 (88balaz)
Mandarin | lyrics at bandcamp | song at indievox | band at indievox | FB
Complaining about problems suffered by any major metropolitan city. “…lonely people of Taipei, lonely people of Taipei… so what if there’s pollution, Taipei, Taipei, where everyone is the same, Taipei, Taipei, where the food has no taste, Taipei, Tapei.”

5. 記憶盆地 (The History of Taipei City) - 拷秋勤 (Kou Chou Ching)
Hakka, Taiwanese, Mandarin | song at indievox | band at indievox | FB
Featuring 李靜芳 (Lee Ching Fang; link to FB fan page), a traditional Taiwanese opera singer. A great mix of rap and traditional opera. The indievox link has a summary of the song: “not sure when people started calling Taipei City the land of the nobles, when did everyone stop loving this city? the reason we do so is because we don’t know this city. Its past has been replaced by new buildings. tradition and modernity do not conflict, and modern construction can preserve many important traditional resources. we need to bring back that lost history. through this song, we’re telling everyone, let’s bring back our pride in Taipei.”

6. 台北 Balaba (Taipei balaba) - 黃玠 (Dadado Huang)
Mandarin | lyrics at kkbox | song at indievox | artist at indievox | FB
Escaping busy life in 台北 with a comforting song.

7. 貢寮你好嗎 (Gongliao how are you?) - 929 
Mandarin | lyrics at kkbox | song at indievox | band at indievox | FB
貢寮 is in the northeastern part of the Taiwan. It is known for 福隆 (Fulong) beach where the Hohaiyan Rock Festival is held every summer. The construction of the fourth nuclear power plant is also in 貢寮. “…youths have gathered on the sand in the hundreds of thousands, want to have fun, to rock, and be brave, if everyone sings together, what amount of strength could there be. I want to loudly sing, sing to you, I want to loudly sing, sing to the sand, I want to loudly sing, with all the energy I have, we do not want the nuclear power plant…”

8. 台中日和 (good day in Taichung) - 葛洛力 (Glory)
Mandarin | lyrics at kkbox | song at indievox | artist at indievox | FB
Spending lovely days on the west coast in 台中, and life’s ups and downs.

9. 三分之一搖籃曲 (One-Third Cradlesong) - 甜梅號 (Sugar Plum Ferry), temporarily named 四分之三搖籃曲 (Three-Quarters Lullaby), and now called 微光群島 (Shimmering Islands)
Instrumental | lyrics at indievox | band at indievox | FB
This piece was originally written after the 921 earthquake in 1999. The earthquake was one of the deadliest in history and caused major damage. The earthquake was centered in 南投 (Nantou), which is located in the center of Taiwan.

10. 要去高雄 (going to Kaohsiung) - 宇宙人 (Cosmos People)
Mandarin | lyrics at kkbox | MV on YT | FB
Eagerly going to 高雄, a city in southern Taiwan, “…where the temperature is hot, the sun is bright… there is someone there waiting for me…”

11. 墾丁的風 (the wind of Kenting) - 吳志寧 (Zulin Wu)
Mandarin | lyrics at indievox | artist at indievox | FB
Relating the nature of 墾丁, which is the southernmost point of Taiwan, to life and love.

[… to south … and ending with a brighter tomorrow …]

12. 台灣魂 (Taiwan spirit) - Mc Basso
Mandarin | lyrics at indievox | artist at indievox
A rap song about the being the future of Taiwan, putting away political and historical differences, and uniting for the greater good.

13. 島 (island) - 吳志寧 (Zulin Wu)
Mandarin | lyrics at kkbox | song at indievox | artist at indievox | FB
A lovely song about the people and beauty of Taiwan. It’s also the ending song for a show on public television called 我們的島 (our island; link to YT). “…our youth is written on the island’s mountains… we have the strength, warmth of the sun, illuminating the path that the island will progress… it doesn’t matter if we are happy or sad, we will forever protect her. our island, small small island, forever accompanying her.”

14. 晚安!台灣 (Good Night! Formosa!) - 滅火器 (Fire EX.)
Taiwanese | lyrics at indievox | band at indievox | FB
An anthem for many social movements in Taiwan. “in this quiet night, I know you have worries and cannot sleep, thinking about your past, your punishments, suffering for many years… in this quiet night, I know you have worries and cannot sleep, worried about where your future leads, where your happiness will be… darkness will eventually pass, once the sun comes out it will be a nice day, for you have a beautiful name… Heavenly Grandfather will bring blessings, once the sun comes out it will be a nice day, hoping for peace, Taiwan… hoping that everything will go smoothly, Taiwan.”

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Thank you to
tradchinesechars
for contributing a beautiful mix for us to enjoy!

This is our first Spotify mix, so the format is a bit different from 8tracks. You need to sign in to / sign up for Spotify (it is FREE, and EASY). Once you are logged in, it will make you listen at the Spotify page. (8tracks.com does the same, at least for me on Chrome).
I would suggest starting play at Spotify, and then view the playlist here or back at tradchinesechars, because the information is excellent (and in English), with fb/lyric/listening links included for each song. Very thorough! =D
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One key difference between 8tracks.com and Spotify is that you can see the playlist beforehand on Spotify, whereas on 8tracks you only see the songs as they play, and view the full playlist at the end. Additionally on 8tracks, you are only allowed to skip a few tracks.
I suppose these differences are due to their licensing agreements. You can call up a specific song on Spotify, but 8tracks is more random. Both sites allow you to ‘love’ a song, add to your favorites. Both sites allow you to pick up where you left off listening, so don’t be discouraged from starting play on a mix, just bookmark it so you can resume play. =D