If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between China (PRC) and Taiwan (ROC) or if there is one (I assure you, there is!), here’s a GREAT article that clearly explains the very complicated political status of Taiwan. I’ve lived in Taiwan for over four years, and this article was eye-opening to me; it explained a lot of what I have pieced together but had questions about.
Here’s a bit from the article, “Taiwan the Complicated”:
So to answer the question, is Taiwan part of China? NO, Taiwan is NOT part of the People’s Republic of China 中華人民共和國, but YES, Taiwan is part of the Republic of China 中華民國. Currently the territory that’s actually under the ROC’s control only includes Taiwan, the Penghu islands, Kinmen, and Matsu. Since the ROC doesn’t rule anything other than Taiwan and nearby islands, most people today refer to the Republic of China as the formal country name of Taiwan.
If you’re at all interested in learning about Taiwan, I hope you’ll take time to read the rest of the article. The rest of the website, Ilha Formosa – Alt om Taiwan, is also very informative about Taiwanese government, culture, and just about anything you want to learn about Taiwan.
From the article, “Taiwan’s Convenience Stores Have Everything You Need”:
“A recent online survey shows that each of these shops offered an average of 300 to 700 services to customers. You can literally do anything in a convenience store [in Taiwan].”
Yes, yes, yes! This is what I’ve been trying to explain to my friends back home for the last four years. I love Taiwanese convenience stores, especially 7-Eleven. As an American living in Taiwan, I can confirm that convenience stores here are absolutely wonderful. At a 7-Eleven, I can pay all of my bills and parking tickets (which are like metered parking here), do my ATM banking, buy milk and eggs, grab a meal to go (preheated at the counter), or stop by for a snack or my favorite ice cream bar. When I’m back home in the U.S.A., Taiwanese 7-Eleven’s and other convenience stores are a commodity I truly miss.
The book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, was published yesterday, and it is sure to cause a stir in Christian circles. I have not read the book, and based on the reviews and criticism I’ve seen of it, I do not plan to waste my time on it. Here are two well-written reviews of this book that seems to be a theologically unstable, relativistic, and inaccurate treatment of biblical womanhood:
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: A Review – desiringGod.org
From the review: “At its root this book questions the validity of the Bible. And denying the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture is a denial that will ultimately erode the gospel of our Savior.” Continue reading “Biblical Womanhood–Really?”
“But just while there are times when munching on popcorn is okay, no one puts popcorn at the base of their food pyramid. Likewise, while the occasional “popcorn movie” is okay as an occasional diversion, a steady diet of nothing but mindless entertainment is not good for us.”
Read more at “A Diet of Popcorn.”
Whoville vs. Sparta.
I’ve read the article that Colson is referring to here; the “logic” of these ethicists is shocking, but so is the argument for abortion. Colson summarizes the issue and expresses well the call to action that we must fight for the lives of those who cannot fight for themselves.