1. Jia-hao Hsu – “The Taiwanese identity: it looks strong, but it’s actually very fragile…”

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    The Conversation:

    Dr. Jia-hao Hsu is professor of political science.  We discussed cross-straits relations including: ECFA, ‘One China’ policy, ‘the mainland’,  and the Taiwanese fraud suspects arrested in the Philippines issue and its relation to Taiwanese identity.

    Questions:

    Has Taiwan realigned its definition of the ‘One China’ policy to fit China’s definition?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Jiahao01011.mp3|titles=Jiahao0101]

    What is the significance of Taiwanese using the term ‘the Mainland’?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Jiahao0103.mp3|titles=Jiahao0103]

    Was the deportation of the Taiwanese fraud suspects from the Philippines a result of the ‘One China’ policy or a matter of convenience since their crimes were committed in China?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Jiahao0104.mp3|titles=Jiahao0104]

    Vocabulary: cooperation cautious flow perspective crucial restrictions expectation elected scale labor distance early harvest majority buy-off intention deep-grained pro-independence opposing separating competitiveness reunified tenets realigned core opinion poll dramatic shift survey issue ambiguous elaborate constitution sovereignty discourse provocative substantial constantly interpretation observation controversial authentic terminology fraud suspectstechnical error immigration metaphor identity vulnerable emphasize bureaucratic negotiate jurisdiction diplomacy futile

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  2. Tobie Openshaw – “I find that Taiwanese people are very evenly divided on the subject.”

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    The Conversation:

    Tobie Openshaw is a South African-born photographer who has been working in video and photography for over 18 years.   We discussed his photography and documentary work on betelnut girls, betelnut girls’ place in Taiwanese culture, the issue of exploitation vs. empowerment, and Tobie’s perspective on betelnut girls as urban art. View Tobie Openshaw’s betelnut beauty photo gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobie_openshaw/

    Questions:

    When did betel nut girls start emerging?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/TobieOpenshaw0091.mp3|titles=TobieOpenshaw0091]

    What are some of the issues surrounding betel nut girls?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/TobieOpenshaw0092.mp3|titles=TobieOpenshaw0092]

    Do you feel that Taiwanese have accepted it is not necessarily exploitation and may be empowerment?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/TobieOpenshaw0093.mp3|titles=TobieOpenshaw0093]

    Vocabulary: documentary tobacco rush stimulant arecoline aboriginal hospitality hut container transfer suppressed entrenched eradicated cash-crop unprepossessing clientele stall naked prostitution exploited feminist coerced harassed boundaries empowered strata turning tricks social class spokesperson broad realm stigmatize ancillary velcro

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  3. 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.

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    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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