Thursday, July 9, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Program Coordinator,Cultural Division
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York
Thursday, June 4, 2009
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Friday, February 13, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Two types of funny ads: one is low-budget, old-style drama; one, extravagant special-effect farce. The Norwegian ad has an ordinary script, but the director of this ad turns it into an amazingly fun commercial. The cute girl's angry reaction, aroused the boy's unscrupulous remarks (against a cow), fulfills every little boy's desire to tease their girl friend. Simply idea, and very well executed. I would say the male character's performance is far better than the female character's, because he makes every female want to spit on his face.
Japanese melodrama might let you watch one more time; not because it is so funny, but because its special effects wow the viewers. More and more Japanese TV commercials are using digital effect to create surreal, comic-style parodies. In this ad, it is mixing the actions in The Matrix, JoJo, Lefty (寄生獸), etc. It has the same ordinary plot as the Norwegian ad, but the production company makes it work.
Are these two ads showing the cultural differences between Japan and Norway?
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, September 18, 2008
When people don't have the rights to speak in public, they fight for it with their lives. But when finally they're free to speak in the public, they realize that they have nothing to say. Oh yeah, many bloggers will love to share with you about the countries they've been and the scrumptious food they've last night. I've definitely notice that the information about consumption on blogs is useful.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Living in Indonesia for seven years, I saw the disaster of free-market plan. Huge disparity of wealth existing in that country for decades. When everytime I sat in my father's Honda Accord watching people begging for money on street, I always asked myself: if I lived in poverty, can I still have the strength to study philosophy and arts? Can I still be an intellectual? For these questions, Naomi Klein provides some of her insights--free-market plan only benefits a few and harms the rest.
I am not totally agree with all what Klein has said. Not everything is black and white. State-owned corporations may indeed provide million jobs for people and bring wealth to the government, but it can also be used as a political weapon, banning those mavericks with different ideology from having a decent job as what we see in Venezuela. You can dicotomize our ploblems in society and choose to stand on one side--capitalism or communism, left-wing or right-wing, government regulation or laisserfaire--but this world is always more complicated than what we think.