Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Almost at the two-month mark, my friends. Strange to think that it was only a few weeks ago that everyone was still here.
Taiwan President urges cross-strait consensus on Chinese characters
Technology as friend of tradition!
Simple arguments for character standards
Sorry to our friends on the Mainland, but I don't think "etaiwannews" is available there... But then again, Blogspot itself is blocked (see Erica's entry below), so perhaps this is a moot point.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The original post was by Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/02/china-blocks-twitter-ahea_n_210177.html
There's also a Google spreadsheet of all of the sites that have been blocked: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=rcz-FpRKSsvyQUnLL1UMjcg&single=true&gid=0&output=html
Post by Erica Swallow
Thursday, May 21, 2009
NEVER MIND. The Guardian took some liberties with its reporting, and the talks were neither so "secret" (just "off the record") nor monumental as the article made them out to be. Aargh, the sensationalizing press! It was 1 a.m. and I was too eager to hear optimistic news (I guess skepticism wanes in the early morning hours), so I just posted the links and went to bed. I guess I should have waited until the blogosphere and news agencies weighed in.
Thanks for the tip-off, Bobby!
OLD (PREMATURE) POST
Huge news on the environmental front! According to the
From the source:
• Negotiations began in final months of Bush administration
• Obama could seal accord on cutting emissions by autumn
Key points from the article:
- The first communications took place in autumn 2007 and were initiated by the Chinese. “Xie Zhenhua, the vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's central economic planning body, made the first move by expressing interest in a co-operative effort on carbon capture and storage and other technologies with the
- “The two sides began discussing ways to break through the impasse, including the possibility that
would agree to voluntary -- but verifiable -- reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. China has rejected the possibility of cuts” which “it sees as a risk to its continued economic growth, deemed essential to lift millions out of poverty and advance national status.” China
- During the second trip to
by the Americans, Xie suggested a memorandum of understanding between the two countries on joint action on climate change. William Chandler [of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] and Jon Holdren [now Obama’s chief science advisor] drew up a list of three points including: China
2. Co-operating on new technology including carbon capture and storage and fuel efficiency for cars.
3. The US and
- By the time Xie visited the
in March, the state department's new climate change envoy, Todd Stern, and his deputy, Jonathan Pershing, were also involved in the dialogue. But the trip by Xie did not produce the hoped-for agreement. Those involved agree it was premature to expect the Obama Administration to enter into a formal agreement so soon in its tenure.” But they “believe the effort will pay off in a more comprehensive deal between the two governments.” US
Monday, May 18, 2009
Above is an interview that I did with the Institute of International Education about my experience as a Gilman Scholar. I discussed my Gilman experience as an NYU in Shanghai study abroad student in China and offered advice to current applicants for the Gilman Scholarship. Wish I was more interesting! I need to start reading a dictionary!
I mentioned that I had just been accepted to FACES, as well!
To learn more about my time abroad, check out my China Adventure website.
Post by Erica Swallow