Author Archives: jaydeegroot
The Battle of Tamsui: An article for Centered on Taipei
It was a great pleasure to work with Ken Dickson, photographer, and the entire editorial team of Centered On Taipei, the magazine of the Community Services Center in Taipei. Please follow the link below to read the article on pages … Continue reading
FIGHT OR FLIGHT?
Taiwan residents consider the best response to the threat of invasion from China Part 2 of a 2-part series By John Groot (You may share this article in whole or part if you link to this post and mention me … Continue reading
Are the Red Clouds of War Looming Over Taiwan?
It’s what we’ve all been dreading for years, a massive military attack by an aggressive, repressive, authoritarian China. One minute, we’re peacefully going about our business in this free, democratic, and basically humane country, Taiwan. The next, life is turned … Continue reading
KEEP PADDLING! Indigenous Journeys Part 2
Last time, in Part 1: “The Man in the Atayal Hat”, I started by talking about the great long-distance sea voyages of the Pacific Islanders thousands of years ago and how they have always amazed me. How brave and skilled … Continue reading
THE MAN WITH THE ATAYAL HAT
Sometimes I like to contemplate great voyages, like those of the Pacific Islanders in legendary times as they spread across vast expanses of ocean. I imagine their thousands of journeys: maybe 20 people on large, outrigger canoes, the navigators way-finding … Continue reading
TAIWAN LEGAL AID FOUNDATION (LAF): TOP TEN TAKEAWAYS
Established in 2004, the mission of the Taiwan Legal Aid Foundation (LAF) is to offer a comprehensive range of legal aid services for the financially disadvantaged in Taiwan. Mainly funded by an endowment from the Judicial Yuan worth just over … Continue reading
The Righteous Threefold Path of Joe Henley One of the noble truths of Buddhism is that suffering is an innate part of life, and I admit that when I have to listen to death metal it certainly feels that way! … Continue reading
Radioactive Blast from the Past: The Magic of Taiwan: ICRTeee!
It starts with the calm, measured tones of US President Jimmy Carter making an announcement on December 15, 1978. Good evening, I would like to read a joint communique which is being simultaneously issued in Peking at this very … Continue reading
The 4th and final installment in my series of posts about the writing of my book Taiwanese Feet: My walk around Taiwan. During my first few years in Taiwan, I used to love walking around the old neighborhoods of Taipei. … Continue reading
THE MAD ADVENTURES OF THE OTHER BIG JOHN and how they led to a brotherhood of beer and books
Part 3 In the story behind my book “Taiwanese Feet: My walk around Taiwan” September 21st, 1999. In Dounan Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan, John Grant Ross (a huge, bookish, beer-guzzling Kiwi ) was starting to realize that his plan to … Continue reading