trans-scribing canada

between Taiwan and Canada, but not in the Pacific Ocean

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wayde and Fred at National Kaohsiung Normal University

Professor Hsin-ya Huang (far left) and her very friendly class.

Wish I could have spent more time in Kaohsiung. Different vibe from Taipei. My first notion that there are regional sensibilities, contradictions, tensions in Taiwan.

This picture was taken by Li-heng Chen, a graduate student who is doing her Comparative Literature thesis on Jamaica Kincaid.

Taipei street: scooter heaven

Garry breaks it down

Mr. In-Between

Fred Wah, contradicting Johnny Mercer: "You've got to accentuate the positive / Eliminate the negative / Latch on to the affirmative / Don't mess with Mister In-Between."

3 Hyphenated Canadians in Hualien

That's John Sheng Kuo, chair of the Graduate Institute of Creative Writing and English Literature at National Dong Hwa University, asking a question; Ugo, a very talented poet and performance artist studying at the university, took the photo.

Roy Miki + Taipei graffito

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

National Chi Nan University, Puli

This picture was taken by Ling, a student at National Chi Nan University. For the article in the student newspaper (in Chinese), see

Take care,

Monday, November 21, 2005

Promised Land

Wayde just south of Hualien on the east coast.
Their, or our, national imaginary. Sometimes think I was overly occupied with explaining my own. Maybe need to posit a not-sunken city or island, adjacent to the conversation. Mt. Analog.

Happy Garry

Garry with a big bouquet of flowers on his birthday - at Chi Nan University


hi: thanks to larissa, who's sitting right next to me in the computer room of the university guest house we're staying at, i got signed on quickly. it's interesting that she's working away on a japanese language screen. we haven't seen much of tokyo yet, but will be on a train to nagoya tomorrow morning - for a reading and talk at a university, organized by bev curran.

more later,

Love Hotel

Seems like only yesterday in the Rido, aka love-hotel.


Welcome to trans-scribing canada, our virtual home between Taiwan and Canada, no where near the Pacific Ocean. I hope you'll all think of this as a place to share thoughts and reflections on the tour itself, and on any ideas or further travels that arise from it. And photos, of course. It was great travelling with you all, and sharing your lenses on that messy, complicated and very interesting island. This is your space, so post to your hearts content.