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Apr. 14th, 2006 @ 01:14 am how taiwan wants you to see it
Allergies still too severe to work, so have this:

Scarily typical Taiwan PR commercial.

I lived under the shadow of this creepy globalized image for six years. If it feels suspiciously sterile and Big Brothery, you've caught on. Notice how there are very few Taiwanese people anywhere in the video--look at all our sparkly new technology, waiguoren buisness partners, but pay no mind to the man behind the curtain! It's worse than usual in Hsinchu because that's where all the fancy high-tech shit is made. From the foreign-relations tapes my dad brought back from work you'd think Taiwan was not a country, but an airbrushed-grey, perfectly rectangular semiconductor factory staffed entirely by Ph.D. students in cleanroom scrubs. (And its ambassadors are Chinese Agent Smiths!)

Which is odd, really, because unlike certain other economically prosperous countries across the strait, we really have nothing to hide. I've always found it a little silly that Taiwan is so ashamed of showing its private face to foreign investors. We've got a proud history and vibrant heritage--we built shantytowns into cities, we invented bubble tea, we have sparkling marble cliffs and lush green valleys. Furthermore, we have an unusual level of tolerance for foreigners, stemming from a legacy of trade with Europe that goes back to the 1600s, so it's not likely there's a great deal of xenophobia involved. I suppose the Taiwanese PR monkeys believe American investors would be put off by the fact that their ultra-professional camera cellphone PDAs are made by grad students whose day job is dressing up in PVC maid outfits and selling betel nuts to truckers.

Someone needs to take Taiwan's entire PR industry on a field trip to Trenton, New Jersey. That'd teach them a thing or two about international image.

Love the voice-over guy's faux-American accent. And the bizarre, poorly-synced cameo with Bill Gates. And the way they emphasize over and over that Taiwan has the 4th growth-friendly economy in the world, but bend over backwards trying not to mention who #1 and #2 are (the U.S. and China).
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Apr. 14th, 2006 @ 06:46 pm young zombies in love: a musical
Current Music: Emerald Rain Productions - Zombie King
No, this isn't one of my usual silly entry titles--it's an actual musical. And they have mp3s of some of the songs up for download. I'm listening to them right now as I code.

I was expecting these songs to be craptastic--and a few of them are predictably tongue-in-cheek--but I was pleasantly surprised by how good some of them are.

I kind of want to see this show now.
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