I studied Chinese in my final year at university in Australia and wanted to go to Taiwan or China to learn to speak Mandarin and also experience living and working in a foreign country. This led to my first stay in Taiwan in 1999 when I spent a year teaching English and studying Chinese. I returned to Taiwan for six months in 2002, before leaving to work for a Taiwanese company in Fujian Province, China. I have also travelled extensively throughout Asia and spent time living and working in China, Thailand and India.
In April 2006 I once again returned to Taiwan and lived there continuously for five years. I graduated from the International Master’s Program in Taiwan Studies at National Chengchi University (NCCU; 國立政治大學) in April 2010. My thesis was titled, “Indigenous Rights in Taiwan and the Smangus Case” (download the pdf file). After graduating I moved to Taichung and worked as a research assistant in the Research Centre for Austronesian Peoples at Providence University (靜宜大學). I left Taiwan in July 2011 and am now living in Australia.
I wrote a book chapter titled “Nation vs. Tradition: Indigenous Rights and Smangus” which was published in the book Taiwan Since Martial Law. The chapter is based on my thesis research. The book itself is a useful resource for students of Taiwan Studies and anyone who wants to better understand contemporary Taiwan.
You can follow me on Twitter at @davidonformosa.
About this blog
This blog began in February 2005. The blog was originally hosted at Blogger, but moved to its own domain and the WordPress platform in August 2006. It is currently hosted by AN Hosting. I started the blog because I wanted to write more about Taiwan and cover a wider range of topics than was possible on my website, David’s Guide to Taiwan. David’s Guide to Taiwan is now part of Taiwanderful – Taiwan Travel & Culture Guide, a community website created by fiLi and myself.
I used a number of different cameras while I was living in Taiwan. I started with a Fujifilm Finepix s5500 then graduated to a Canon 400D digital SLR in April 2008. I upgraded to a Canon 60D DSLR in July 2011. I also used a Panasonic LX5 and Nikon Coolpix 5200 as backup cameras. If you have any questions about a photo just leave a comment. Please respect copyright and don’t use my photos without permission. If there is a particular image that you would like to use on your personal blog, especially if it is Taiwan related, you can use it if you include a link back and credit.
You can find a selection of my best Taiwan photos at flickr. I have also created a photo gallery with a range of photos depicting various aspects of life in Taiwan. Some of my photos are available for licencing via Demotix. My photos have been published in National Geographic, Sky Couch magazine and several books.
Comments are welcome in either English or Chinese. I respect a diversity of opinions but please try to be polite. Comments may be deleted for the following reasons:
- Hate speech or personal attacks,
- Link spam,
- Off topic or excessively long.
There is no obligation to use your real name, but consistent use of a pseudonym is preferred (i.e. no sock puppets or smurfing). I reserve the right to edit comments or to republish them on this blog. Where I have edited comments I will clearly indicate this. I may translate comments in Chinese into English if they are interesting to other readers. Comments are closed after 30 days. If you wish to comment on an old post please send me an e-mail.
All material on this blog is copyright. Please do not copy articles or use photos without permission. You are welcome to link to any page of this blog and quote sections of articles in relevant context. I am quite generous towards anyone who might like to use the contents of this blog for educational or non-profit purposes. Don’t be afraid to contact me.
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