1. Graham Dart – “There’s never enough time in a day to get everything done that needs to get done.”

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    The Conversation:

    Graham Dart is co-owner of the Brickyard. Graham and I sat down to talk business; the challenges of running a bar, the importance of staff, marketing and advertising through Facebook, and the difference between Taiwanese and foreigner customers.

    Questions:

    How do you and your partner delegate tasks?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Graham0151.mp3|titles=Graham Dart]

    Has Facebook been an important tool for marketing and advertising?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Graham0152.mp3|titles=Graham Dart]

    Has Facebook also played a role in attracting bands and DJs?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Graham0153.mp3|titles=Graham Dart]

    Vocabulary: prioritize checklist tasks delegate staff booking adequately basis operations advertisingmarketing promotions skill-sets issue location tagging resource role ton event capture popular continuously database bounce rate

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  2. Shiuan Liu – “This is the voice of a guy in transition.”

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    The Conversation:

    Shiuan Liu spent much of his youth growing up in the U.S.  While living there, his father wrote a series of books based upon him.  These books were a sensation in Taiwan; highlighting the challenges of Shiuan growing up in the American education system and attending Harvard.  Since returning to Taiwan, Shiuan has pursued his interests in writing and music.  We talked about his father’s writings and their effect on Shiuan, his transition back to Taiwan, Taiwanese youth identity, and Shiuan’s writing and music.

    Questions:

    How did you feel when you discovered your father was writing a book based upon you?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ShiuanLiu0131.mp3|titles=ShiuanLiu0131]

    What do you think of Taiwanese youth today and what are their challenges in creating their identity?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ShiuanLiu0133.mp3|titles=ShiuanLiu0133]

    In your books and your music, is there an underlying message you hope to try and convey?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ShiuanLiu0134.mp3|titles=ShiuanLiu0134]

    Vocabulary: icon overseas juncture martial law capital economy inspiration concentrated span essentially blessed sought pissed off dirty laundry embarrassing daze stir appreciate shame model transition reverse culture shock ripped sporting attitude rapidly superior equal sense of humor irony poke banter particular corporate authority hierarchical structure youth identity dissertation abroad multinational aspirations fault peculiarissues token tenacious remarkablyforged underlying convey vis a vis psychology benefit deeply melange

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  3. Paul Huang aka ‘Paul Nice’ – “When you’re on the stage, you never know who will come”

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    The Conversation:

    Paul talks about being a DJ in Taiwan.  He takes us through how he got started, why he moved back to Kaohsiung, vinyl, CD-Js, and his opinion of  English with regards to being a DJ.  Check out the site: http://www.djmart.tw/

    Questions:

    What are the challenges of being a DJ in Kaohsiung?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Paul0021.mp3|titles=Paul0021]

    How is technology changing DJing?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Paul0022.mp3|titles=Paul0022]

    Is there less skill involved or..?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Paul0023.mp3|titles=Paul0023]

    Vocabulary: case vinyl bpm CD-Js turntable addicted beat-matching electronic music

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