I lived in Taiwan between late 2006 to mid 2013.  During that time, both Taiwan and the wider world suffered the biggest global economic crisis in history.  In particular, the years from 2009-2011 were especially hard:  There was little work available in Taiwan, and I suffered age discrimination, accent discrimination (Taiwanese think that 'American' is the only true English) and by 2011, I even had to tolerate gender discrimination (as many young American females, escaping the U.S employment crisis, flocked to Taiwan for 'easy' teaching jobs)... Eventually, I began to really hate Taiwan, as the teaching/training business became nothing about quality/ability, and EVERYTHING about image/face.  Therefore, a 23 year old American girl with little education would easily get a teaching/training job over a 27 year old experienced male teaching graduate from a good UK university.  The situation was sickening, and I only managed to survive by getting into private consultancy and specialized training.  In the meantime, I wrote quite a lot of feature articles for Taiwan's expatriate English language magazine... All of these articles can be found below, in both html and pdf format.

"Come to Taiwan -
 For Holiday and Medical Treatment"

 - December, 2011



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Tourism/Medical Tourism Feature.
Background:
Well, I do have an interest
in various tourism matters, so when the opportunity came up to make some money writing this feature, I went for it.
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"Ethnographic Film -
 How to Discover Another Taiwan
 Through Independent Documentary
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 - November, 2011




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Documentary/Culture/Taiwan Media.
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Ever get the feeling when flicking through Taiwan television that you're not seeing the full picture? That what is being focused on isn't the real Taiwan? ... Endless talk-shows gossiping about mundane urban topics, repetitive game and fashion shows... Then, when it comes to news, 'reporters' with frantic, fake female voices...
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"Soundscapes and Soundwalks"
 - September, 2011




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Tourism/Sound Art/Culture.
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Glen Clifford, a Sound Media Producer and Communication Consultant in Taipei, has been examining connections between 'Sound' and 'Memory'... Terence Lloren, is an Audio Engineer and Music Producer, currently in Shanghai. He tells us about his 'Streetwalk' CD / Booklet sets, 'Growing Up With Shanghai'.
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"Yuan-Sheng" (Advertorial)
 - September, 2011



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Advertorial.
Background:
A good example of what to expect when doing advertorial writing work in Asia...
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"Tzu-Chiang Chao and the Struggle
 for Grandma Fruit - Maintaining
 the Values of a Children's TV Icon
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 - November, 2010



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Media/Asia/Culture.
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Taiwan's most famous children's television entertainer, is a man who dresses up as a Grandma, and also has aims to change aspects of Taiwan society. In both these areas, he has learnt to overcome dozens of obstacles, while trying to keep everybody, 'happy.'  Glen Clifford spoke to actor, Tzu-Chiang Chao about the creation of his iconic children's TV character, 'Grandma Fruit'
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"Documenting the Asian Outposts:  Through Sound, Print & Vision"
 - September, 2010




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Tourism/Media/Exchange/Culture.
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Radio Producer Glen Clifford traveled to Hong Kong, Macau and back to Taiwan, interviewing 'documentarists' from radio, the press and television. He wanted to find out what life is like for expatriate media professionals, regularly documenting places with similar and contrasting histories... All three areas are former colonies and all have historically contentious relationships with China.
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"China's CCTV9 -
 High Definition Pictures,
 
Low Definition Programs"
 - June, 2010



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Media/Asia/Intercultural.
Background:
Imagine being stuck in
a hotel room, not being able to leave, with nothing to do, no magazines, and no English radio or movie channels. Perhaps you've experienced this, but if you haven't, I can assure you, it's not a desirable position to be in.
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"Language Learning on the Internet:
 The Choice of Downloading -
 or Live Online Tutoring"

 - June, 2010



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Technology/Exchange/Languages.
Background: It's easy for most people to miss these big changes in how the area of language learning is evolving - as a result of technology. But there are important considerations that need to be examined before embarking on any online training.
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"Jessica's Taiwan Porn DVD
 Adventure!"
 - October, 2009



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Technology/Popular Culture/Asia.
Background: The porn DVD industry is enormous in Japan and also has many customers in Taiwan. Discs are predominantly displayed alongside postcards and stationary. But the distribution side to this story also has many bizarre aspects...
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"Welcome to the Blogosphere"
 - September, 2008



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Technology/Exchange/Popular Culture.
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English language Bloggers are quite well known in Taiwan, with many making a definitive contribution to social development and political thought. And some (as you will see) are just plain bad...
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"Booth Babes at Computex"
 - June, 2008



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Technology/Popular Culture/Asia.
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This is a story about the otaku photographers who frequent technology and car shows, specifically to take pictures of pretty young girls; well, sometimes they are not pretty - and often the behaviour of these males is shocking to witness.
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"A Million Dollar Mouse!"
 - May, 2005



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Popular Culture/Asia.
Background: In Western countries, songs about mice are most probably for children's imaginations, rather than an adoring dedication to someone's sweetheart. However as with many things in China, the world is turned upside down. Here, is where a mouse eating rice can have a symbolic and romantic connotation...
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