1. Eryk Smith – “The system worked; there was no violence, there wasn’t a coup, it figured itself out.”

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    The Conversation:

    Eryk Smith has worked for a local magazine, an English-language newspaper, ICRT, and now as a freelance writer/ journalist/ DJ.  We talked about coming to Taiwan at a young age, growing up, third culture kids, the changes he has seen, and his overall perspective of Taiwan.

    Questions:

    Did you get the opportunity to live in other places in Taiwan?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Eryksmith0081.mp3|titles=Eryksmith0081]

    What other changes have you seen over the last twenty years?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Eryksmith0082.mp3|titles=Eryksmith0082]

    What is one thing that you would change about Taiwan?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Eryksmith0083.mp3|titles=Eryksmith0083]

    Vocabulary: missionaries Protestant version Christianity twist of fate recall unanimously blend goodies proprietorsuccession frequentlycharacter express tolerant violence majorcesspool hull turbulent militaristic air raid drills second nature humble cell coup inferiority complex third culture kids identify hybrid jungle territory aboriginal hitch-hiking root issue peripheral superior morally behaviour reconsider

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  2. Frank Ying – “From August 1, all the international students need to pay double…which will be close to NT$50,000 every semester.”

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    The Conversation:

    Dr. Frank Ying is professor of economics and dean of international affairs at National Sun Yat Sen University.  We talked about Chinese students coming to Taiwan universities, international students, the over-supply of universities, and the internationalization of higher education in Taiwan.

    Questions:

    What do you think about President Ma announcing he wants to really attract other Asia Pacific students to come to Taiwan because of low tuition fees and to study Mandarin?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/FrankYing0071.mp3|titles=FrankYing0071]

    Do you see that (tuition increases) happening here in Taiwan?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/FrankYing0073.mp3|titles=FrankYing0073]

    What does that mean for the statement of trying to make Taiwan a hub for Asia Pacific, if you raise the tuition, do you think that would turn those potential students off?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/FrankYing0074.mp3|titles=FrankYing0074]

    Vocabulary: point of view faculty arguments support observationmutualbenefit pursuepresumptions courses facilitiesreformed atmosphereresponse consider clarify options stipends fairness justice standards turn-off partially over-supply figures inevitabletrend pressure internationalization merge media lump sum effectiveness performancebell curve

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  3. Lisa Furtado – “I found it a challenge sometimes…I didn’t want to do it.”

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    The Conversation:

    Lisa is a Canadian writer living in Taiwan.  Lisa has recently published a book, ‘Her Apparitions & Other Human Longings’. Lisa discusses the novel, her writing process and inspiration behind the book.  Does the name sound familiar?  Yes, singer/songwriter,  Nelly Furtado is Lisa’s younger sister.

    Questions:

    What is it about schizophrenia that attracted you to put it in this book?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/LisaFurtado0062.mp3|titles=LisaFurtado0062]

    Have you been interested in writing for some time?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/LisaFurtado0063.mp3|titles=LisaFurtado0063]

    What were some of the challenges of putting this book together?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/LisaFurtado0064.mp3|titles=LisaFurtado0064]

    Vocabulary: emotionsdesire surreal schizophrenic inspired mixture plot chicken-scratches analyzing thread carpet intrigueculmination immigratediary essayempathy forum heart-wrenchingfictionimaginativezonelineardialogue reverence

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