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News from Germany!

But first: How about this as a Taiwan Christmas present for friends?

This is my new 2018 Taiwan Photo Calendar. It's in English as well as Chinese and German, features 12 of my favourite photos (no standard postcard shots, no Photoshop - I like the real life), and you can get it now if you want to.

Here it is on the Taiwanese Shopee 蝦皮 shopping platform.

Read below for more information and other ways to order it.


Are the media neglecting Taiwan?
I gave some presentations in Germany


I just spent some time in Germany, and apart from eating Schnitzel and potatoes, and sweeping autumn leaves to work off those calories, I gave some presentations on Taiwan in the German media.

The talks were based on my own experiences. I have been reporting from Taiwan for German media for more than 8 years now.

The three presentations were organized by Taiwan-German friendship organizations and took place in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin.

This was Hamburg, in the Taiwanese representative office:

These were some of my theses:

  • Taiwan is still rarely represented in German news media
  • It is being perceived as less important than it really is
  • Most news reports focus on the China angle (potential for conflict) or on disasters (spectacular images)
  • Taiwan's situation is complicated and needs some explanation, and often there's not enough space or time
  • Since German interest in China is growing, the connection to China can give Taiwan some attention other mid-sized Asian countries (Vietnam, Malaysia...) don't get - but the flipside is that Taiwan is rarely represented in its own right
  • When it comes to the news agenda, most media function according to unwritten rules. I call this thematical mainstream
This was at Frankfurt University:

I have uploaded the Powerpoint of my complete presentation. View it here. (It's all in German.)

And this was at the Taiwanese quasi-embassy in Berlin, in their new event space on posh Gendarmenmarkt:

(That's representative 謝志偉 and Berlin-based Taiwanese reporter 林育立 in the front row.)

You can now support my work in Taiwan

If you think that what I am doing is valuable for Taiwan, and you would like to support me here, there is a way now.

I have a page on Using PayPal or other methods, you can choose to send a small monthly amount my way.

It's really easy, non-binding, and would be a great gesture on your part.

Have a look at my Patreon page here.

No matter what, thank you for your interest in my work!

My 2018 Taiwan Calendar

A view of magnificient Taiwan all year round, for you or your friends and family: That is my 2018 photo calendar.

Makes a great Christmas present for friends of Taiwan living abroad.

I selected 12 of my favourite photos for this unique calendar. You cannot get it anywhere else.

Calendar is 28x42 cm when opened. Days & months written in English, Chinese and German. All official Taiwanese holidays are marked.

Price is NT$300 (9 EUR, 10 US$) per calendar. I will mail it to you anywhere in the world. Payment via PayPal, Taiwanese or European bank tranfer is possible. Just send me an E-mail. (

In Taiwan, you can also get it on the Shopee platform.
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