I'm currently blogging from Baby Laptop in my hotel room in Taipei... leaving on the HSR (High Speed Rail) in a matter of less than 12 hours. Because I haven't uploaded any pictures and don't feel like typing anything on the tiny keyboard, I'm just writing a quick but necessary blog post.
As many of you know, and the blog indicates in more than one instance, I am in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English. This program is sponsored by the United States Department of State and run by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange in Taiwan. I am grateful to the Fulbright program, US State Department, and FSE for the opportunities granted to me, but I need to say that in this blog and in any other communications you have with me about my program here, the opinions and observations expressed are my own, and not affiliated with or endorsed by any of the aforementioned organizations.
That being said, because I am here on basically a mini-diplomatic mission, don't expect my blog to become politically controversial. I'm very interested in the politics here and have had several dialogues with Taiwanese citizens about these issues, but it is my duty to stay relatively distanced from any activity that would go against the Fulbright's diplomatic mission of cultural exchange.
Thanks for your reading (or skimming to here), and please, look forward to much more interesting blog posts later.
(Five dollars to anyone who can guess what was in our Fulbright conference/orientation packet...)