Author: yahsinhuang

July wrap-up

July reading wrap-up: Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes’s Levels of Life “The Dead” in James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners‘ Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids Read a bunch of long-form New Yorker stories published in the two issues that I received (July 10 & 17, 2017 Issue & July 3, 2017 Issue). Always a late delivery, unfortunately! But always an interesting read! I think the Hemingway story is my favorite. The New Yorker article titles: My Dentist’s Murder Trial Hemingway, the Sensualist Nick Kyrgios, the Reluctant Rising Star of Tennis America’s Future Is Texas July writing wrap-up: Submitted a short story to H G Wells Short Story Competition 2017 on July 12. Paid the entry fee and an additional absolutely outrageous international payment bank processing fee. Got no reply from the competition organizers. (https://hgwellscompetition.com/) Submitted a short story to HISSAC Annual Open Short Story Competition on July 26. Paid an entry-fee and an affordable online credit cards transaction fee with PayPal. Received an immediate reply email from the organizer once my online payment was made. (http://www.hissac.co.uk/CompetitionDetails) Here’s the reply email that I received …

7 Short Story Competitions for 2017

2017 HG Wells Short Story Competition Deadline: Sunday 16 July 2017 The length is 1,500 to 5,000 words The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition Deadline: 31st July 2017. 3,000 words or fewer. The Writer Contest: Let There Be Light Deadline: August 21st, 2017 Word count: 2,000 words or less The Willesden Herald New Short Stories Competition 2017 Deadline: August 31st, 2017 The word limit this year is 7,500. 2017 The Short Story Competition Word limit: 1,000-5,000 Deadline: September 15th, 2017 Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition Stories up to 4000 words Deadline: 31st October 2017 The Fish Short Story Prize Word Limit: 5,000 words Deadline: 30 November 2017

Irish Writer William Trevor’s posthumous short story appears in the New Yorker magazine

“The Piano Teacher’s Pupil” by William Trevor from the June 26, 2017 issue of The New Yorker I’m very excited about the latest issue that I received this morning. The cover looks interesting and the Fiction section has a short story by an Irish writer William Trevor whose name I recognize. Regarding William Trevor’s latest New Yorker short story “The Piano Teacher’s Pupil”, the New Yorker fiction editors’ comment on Twitter: “It’s one of a few unpublished stories he left on his desk. Perhaps he wanted to go back to it; no one knows. It felt complete to us!” I first heard about William Trevor and a number of other notable Irish short story writers because of an annual short story competition the Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition 2017 which I recently discovered on the internet. Sadly Irish novelist and short story writer William Trevor died in November at the age of 88. By the way, the short story writing competition looks interesting. All you have to do is write a short story in the English language of 3,000 …

Taiwanese artist Renren’s new book ‘Un moment français’ beautifully illustrates what French love looks like in real life

Taiwanese illustrator Renren’s new book, “Un moment français 達令的法語時間” came out this week. I wondered around the Tai-da Eslite bookstore the day before yesterday after work and found this little cheerful illustration book. I read through the preface and the author’s page and thought it was very inspiring. It said that the book author and illustrator Renren had once been an English language teacher for little kids and a purchasing sales for computer companies. Encouraged by his fine arts trained French husband, she began to pursue her dream career as a freelance book illustrator. For thirty years she dreamed of one day holding her own drawings but never pursued it. The author’s introduction noted that she made the career change in her late thirties, which I think is quite inspiring. Renren has worked on many illustration projects on books since then. A list of links: Buy the book on books.com.tw: “Un moment français 達令的法語時間” by Renren Renren’s blog: http://letslearnfrench-ren.blogspot.tw/ Renren ‘s facebook page: https://zh-tw.facebook.com/UnMomentFrancaisDeRenRen/

On Dr. Tze-lung Chen’s New Book The Group’s Corporate Governance and Prevention of Financial Crime

Will Taiwan ever get serious about corporate governance? The Financial Supervisory Commission announced on June 19 that it is dismissing Ho Shou-chuan as chairman and board director of Sinopac for the current detention for suspected violations of corporate governance rules. Is this just another example of how Taiwan has a long way to go before Taiwan’s corporate governance is up to snuff? FSC criticized for too slow to respond to Sinopac scandal According to a report, the FSC listed 4 and 6 major wrongdoings committed by SinoPac and its staff, respectively. However, the FSC only issued a “correction” to Sinopac, which was constantly being criticized as too lenient and an abdication of the FSC’s responsibility. NPP Legislators Huang Kuo-chang recently criticized Lee Ruey-tsang Chair of the FSC for being too slow to act and unwilling to respond.  He also slammed the FSC for not holding Sinopac’s independent directors and supervisors accountable. Deficiencies of Corporate Governance in Taiwan In his latest book “The Group’s Corporate Governance and Prevention of Financial Crime”, Dr. Tze-lung Chen, Director of the European Union …

Taiwan’s Looming Pension Crisis: A Review of Hao Chung-jen’s ‘Taiwan Inc Bankruptcy’

A new book calls on the Taiwanese government to undertake pension reform as warning signs indicate that Taiwan could face problems similar to those experienced by Greece This article was first published online by Thinking Taiwan想想論壇(http://thinking-taiwan.com) on March 30, 2016. In his latest book 《中華民國股份有限公司破產》(Taiwan Inc Bankruptcy), Hao Chung-jen (郝充仁), a professor at Tamkang University, takes a close look at the impact of what he describes as Taiwan’s ill-designed pensions system and the barriers that have hindered progress in pension reform. The book emphasizes the urgency of pension system reform through a business metaphor: If the Taiwanese government were a company, you would be terrified to discover how little its earnings are. Hao is adamant that the pension system has serious flaws, but he believes that it can change. The opening chapters provide a brief history of Taiwan’s pension system and analyze how demographic structure changes have affected that system. The section goes all the way back to 1949, when people from China poured into Taiwan and when the government decided to give outrageously high pensions …

Exhibition at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park features Taiwanese director Chi Po-Lin

Award-winning Taiwanese film director Chi Po-Lin, best known for his documentary films on Taiwan’s natural beauty and environmental protests through aerial photography, was killed in a helicopter crash in Hualien, Taiwan on Saturday (June 10). The current exhibition about Chi Po-Lin (1964-2017) at Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (No. 4 Warehouse) centers on the topics of Taiwan’s past environmental movements and Taiwan’s natural scenery. The exhibition featuring the director’s works currently displayed at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei bears a reflected, historical witness to the environmental movements of the past several decades through the camera lens of Taiwanese director Chi Po-Lin. Information: 24 June 2017 to 11 July 2017 The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (No 4. Warehouse) Taipei City, Taiwan Visiting hours Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – 18:00 Friday – Sunday: 9:00 – 21:00 http://www.songshanculturalpark.org/en/ No.133, Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan   The easiest way to get there is to travel by Taipei MRT. Metro Take the Banqiao Line (Blue Line) to the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station, and take Exit …