1. Paul Oliver – “We’re out diving…You should try it.”

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    Paul tells how he got into diving.  He talks about the diving scene in Taiwan and the Philippines.  Check out the Oasis Cafe for a cup of coffee and to find out more about diving in Taiwan.

    Questions:

    Orchid Island, Green Island, how do they compare to Kending?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/PaulOliver0051.mp3|titles=PaulOliver0051]

    Is there much mingling between foreigner divers and Taiwanese?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/PaulOliver0052.mp3|titles=PaulOliver0052]

    Tell me what the difference is between a divemaster and an instructor.[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/PaulOliver0053.mp3|titles=PaulOliver0053]

    Vocabulary: certified foray snorkeling gear laissez-faire Wild West surroundings topography tip- toe navigator composition wade steep treacherouscoral concerns conception mingling validity ethnic all-inclusive entity territorial frictiondivemasterdelineateratioinfancy cliquishratioanomaly futility pervade tirade

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  2. Igor Scheurkogel – “It’s a community art gallery…So everyone is welcome.”

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    The Conversation:

    Igor discusses The Warehouse, a community art gallery he has established in Kaohsiung.  He talks about the idea behind it, some projects he’s initiating (such as sustainable farming), and about the art community in Kaohsiung. Click here for the location.

    Questions:

    What’s been the response to this concept(sustainable farming project)?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Igor0041.mp3|titles=Igor0041]

    Do you see more foreigners focusing their attention, being engaged, and wanting to have some kind of input?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Igor0042.mp3|titles=Igor0042]

    When you get an idea for a project, how do you approach it? Do you plan each stage out or do you leave it open to evolve on its own?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Igor0043.mp3|titles=Igor0043]

    Vocabulary: exhibition community inspiration interactions connections rescue contact evolve create network sustainable environment organic gardening compost fertilizer NGO generate spoon-feeding initial funds launch loops passion

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  3. Jason Liu – “Where did this guy come from?…Why is he with all the luggage?”

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    Jason guides us through the history of Nichiren Buddhism (its emergence from traditional Buddhism), how he became exposed to it, and how it is applicable to modern day life.  For more info check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nichiren_Buddhism

    Questions:

    How did you acquire more information about it, being in the U.S., was that difficult?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Jason0031.mp3|titles=Jason0031]

    Explain a little more about Nichiren Shoshu.  How did it come into existence?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Jason0032.mp3|titles=Jason0032]

    When you  practice, are you chanting, mediating, what are you doing?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Jason0033.mp3|titles=Jason0033]

    Vocabulary:chant sect expose breathe suffering alter pray attain existence prophecy sutra emptiness enterprise priest

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