Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When my mother was teaching art in a high security penitentiary in Hawaii, the inmates taught her to say law when talking about court cases, but never to say justice.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Is the US a democracy? Or does all the power go to those with all the money?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mencius said, If the heavens decide great things for you, first your television is turned off, your FaceBook is closed, your computer is shut down, your cell phone is taken away, so that no nonsense clutters up your heart, to bore you to death, so you can really start to live your life.

~from FaceBook, Gmoz Aquamarine.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Several times on this blog I have written about the small group of Jingpo from Yunnan who live in Taiwan >>link<<.
Recently Professor Taimu of the National Taipei University of the Arts has been studying the munao, an important Jingpo dance. Not only studying but also leading his students in the dance. He got in touch with me, and we arranged for Zit Khung hang sau, chairman of the Taiwan Jingpo Association, to give a talk at the school and lead the students in a dance: the first time they had seen a real, live Jingpo! A merry time was had by all.
景頗來臺五十年的鄉愁、孤獨,難以忍受;與家鄉聯繫全斷,只聞浩劫不斷:大躍進、破四舊、文化大革命,家人生死不明,祖先文化不彰。解放軍咆哮血洗臺灣, 小兵守住崗位,死守臺灣,怎敢奢望與家人相會?臺灣雖然逃過劫數,生活安全,但日見「浩瀚中國文化」淘他們少數民族的根。好不容易成親生子,只見在臺景頗 的第二代徹底漢化,「景頗」只是老爸口中的一個詞。

Sunday, April 13, 2014

International Sirius (dog star) Byajing appears n her third book, a Swedish book introducing dogs from around the world. In this well chosen photo, she shows everybody what a fine Taiwan tugo looks like, in her natural setting. 

Friday, April 11, 2014



Thursday, April 10, 2014

rough translation: What day of the week is Tuesday?