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You’ve heard the names of the world’s big stock markets: NYSE, FTSE, Hang Seng, Nasdaq, TWSE… TWSE? Ok, maybe you haven’t heard about the Taiwan Stock Exchange before, but lately I’ve been noticing more and more press about the TWSE and Taiwan’s capital markets in general.

 

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The end of July in San Diego is a special time of year for hundreds of thousands of comic fans. They dress as super heroes or super villains, both classic and newly-minted, and swarm the convention center for perhaps the largest geek-gathering in the world: the annual Comic-Con International. This year was the 41st edition of the event and word on the street is that tickets sold out in record time.

 

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While reading the monthly “Topic” by Taipei’s American Chamber of Commerce, I chanced upon an article, “Guiding Taiwan’s Internationalization.”  The article was about the government efforts to elevate English-speaking competence to benefit both foreign visitors and residents.  I quickly read on…

 I was surprised to find that the Taiwanese government has formed a 20-member taskforce charged with spurring Taiwan’s internationalization.  The task force oversees an overall estimated budget of NTD$520 million (US$16.5 million) to improve the five following areas:

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It has been a record breaking year for attendance at the 2010 Taipei ComicCon. I read that more than 95,000 people packed into Taipei’s World Trade Center on the first day of the event. Perhaps it has to do with the rebound of the economy, trickling down to the teenagers, who may lack independent earning power but are benefiting from the hard-earned, yet more generously doled out, allowance money from parents. 

As I do every year without fail, I trekked over to the ComicCon to check out the latest trends.  It seemed largely the same as every other year.  Japanese comic books, merchandise, and novels dominated the scene.  Some of the telcos have begun collaborating with publishers by making mobile comic books and animation available to their subscribers.  You had your One Piece, Naruto, titles catering to girls, titles catering to boys.  Aside from the popular titles, it has become increasingly difficult for me to differentiate one series from another.  Perhaps it is age?

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Yesterday, several Government representative and industry specialists visited our office to discuss an ongoing animation project.  Our conversation eventually strayed to the development of WiMAX in Taiwan. 

 

It is a given that people will soon be using 4G wireless broadband technologies like WiMAX to do things like watch HD video on their (still unavailable in Taiwan) iPads.  However, the specific role of WiMAX in this coming 4G wireless ecology is still in question. 

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Inaugural Edition

Two announcements over the past few weeks have given me a tremendous boost of confidence: they affirmed in small part what it is that I have been doing in Taiwan for the past 6-odd years. 

These two announcements are 1) the much anticipated signing of ECFA between Taiwan and China, and 2) the proclamation of Taiwan’s Digital Convergence Development Initiative. 

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