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april fools' day!
  • hungary: pranks/is pranked by prussia
  • belgium: pranks her brothers, spain, and romano (much to her amusement
  • ukraine: cute little joke such as a plastic flower in belarus' shoes or something
  • belarus: is pranked on (by ukraine and no one else) however if she's in a good mood she'll send a fake "i love you letter" to lithuania
  • liechtenstein: just out to get austria
  • monaco: in france, people put paper fish on each other's backs. everyone tries to see who can put a fish on her back, but she knows all the tricks.
  • seychelles: is pranked on and doesn't realize it until april 2nd
  • taiwan: *into western trends* pranks china because its fun to see him in a hello kitty suit
  • vietnam: is pranked on because what is april fools' day??
  • wy: has prank wars with sealand

Two Souls Having Dinner is a pocket-sized book of illustrations that were all drawn using a smartphone app. It is an understanding of ‘I’ and the 'self’, the 'ego’ that is only produced in the face of others and actually can’t independently exist. The moment 'I’ knows who is 'I’ is the moment when 'I’ becomes able to differentiate from the other, this consciousness.

However, this recognition of the 'self’ can also feel like a limitation, a restriction of oneself to the space of the 'ego’. If freedom is defined as following oneself, one’s ego, going with the flow, is this not a loss of ego as it would seem? The uproarious howls of a wild beast encaged even seem to fit this idea of following oneself. It’s all interdependent.





Zhong Xian is a freelance artist, illustrator, and short animation director based in Taiwan, Taipei.


what this blog is

@aphtaiwanref is administered and written by zen, the ambassador for taiwan on @hetaliafandomhub. this blog is a resource for those who seek to learn about aph taiwan and taiwan itself from a taiwanese perspective. all information on this blog derives from zen’s extensive research, experiences, and personal interpretation. this blog functions as an archive rather than a consultation service or place of discussion; it simply stores information and analysis organized and written by zen for appropriate public use. specific questions, requests, and discussion go to @bubbleteahime, zen’s main blog. 

on aph taiwan & taiwan

aph taiwan is a fictional character from axis powers hetalia, which means she is the personification of taiwan. this blog’s interpretation of aph personifications hinges upon the idea that they are based on identity– the people’s perception of and identification with a set area of land, culture, and history, but not necessarily the government. therefore, the aph taiwan this blog presents is only loosely canon-based and primarily based off of taiwan as perceived by taiwanese people, but she is not the embodiment of the republic of china.   

following the principle of portraying aph taiwan and taiwan from taiwanese perspective, taiwan will be treated as a de facto independent, sovereign country, which has a distinct taiwanese identity and supports maintaining the status quo. although this blog will strive for academic impartiality, the political stance of this blog is undoubtedly pro-taiwan, not pro-china nor pro-independence. 


axis powers hetalia belongs to hideki himaruya. while canon material from the anime and manga will be scarce, the core concept of aph personifications and the characters belong to the original creator. 

most importantly, this blog does not claim to be the 100% “correct” sole authority on aph taiwan or taiwan. all the objective information is open to interpretation, and all the analysis is zen’s alone. 

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The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

Long overlooked in parts of Africa, indigenous greens are now capturing attention for their nutritional and environmental benefits.

Just a few years ago, many of those plates would have been filled with staples such as collard greens or kale — which were introduced to Africa from Europe a little over a century ago. In Nairobi, indigenous vegetables were once sold almost exclusively at hard-to-find specialized markets; and although these plants have been favoured by some rural populations in Africa, they were largely ignored by seed companies and researchers, so they lagged behind commercial crops in terms of productivity and sometimes quality.

Now, indigenous vegetables are in vogue. They fill shelves at large supermarkets even in Nairobi, and seed companies are breeding more of the traditional varieties every year. Kenyan farmers increased the area planted with such greens by 25% between 2011 and 2013. As people throughout East Africa have recognized the vegetables’ benefits, demand for the crops has boomed.

This is welcome news for agricultural researchers and nutritional experts, who argue that indigenous vegetables have a host of desirable traits: many of them are richer in protein, vitamins, iron and other nutrients than popular non-native crops such as kale, and they are better able to endure droughts and pests. This makes the traditional varieties a potent weapon against dietary deficiencies. “In Africa, malnutrition is such a problem. We want to see indigenous vegetables play a role,” says Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, a horticultural researcher at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja, Kenya, who is a major proponent of the crops.

Scientists in Africa and elsewhere are now ramping up studies of indigenous vegetables to tap their health benefits and improve them through breeding experiments. The hope is that such efforts can make traditional varieties even more popular with farmers and consumers. But that carries its own risk: as indigenous vegetables become more widespread, researchers seeking faster-growing crops may inadvertently breed out disease resistance or some of the other beneficial traits that made these plants so desirable in the first place.

“It is important that when we promote a specific crop, that we try to come up with different varieties,” says Andreas Ebert, gene-bank manager at the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC), an agricultural-research organization based in Shanhua, Taiwan. If the increasing popularity of these vegetables limits choices, he says, “the major benefits we are currently seeing will be lost”.

Ed’s Note:  Listen to granny, clean your plate

anonymous asked:

So I'm going to be ordering a binder soon when I get my paycheck.. About two weeks.. Do you have any advice on binders? I'm really thinking about getting the Cool Mesh Pullover Long Chest Binder from Les Love Boat. I know binders are different on everybody, but do you know generally if it's a good quality binder? Thanks

Les Love Boat is a great company to buy binders from. However, from what I’ve heard, LLB tends to be better for smaller chested people and Underworks for larger chested people. In the end what binder you get is up to you. I honestly have no seen any reviews on that particular binder so I cannot say if it’s a good binder or not.

Most importantly: bind safely.

  1. Do not bind for more than 8-12 hours a day. If you do, you can bruise yourself or fracture a rib. It’s not worth it.
  2. If your chest starts to really hurt while binding take it off and I advise not using it for a few days. That could mean your chest has been under a lot of stress.
  3. Do not ever exercise and bind.

This post is where the following comes from and was posted by notanothertransblog. It compares different binder companies.

FTM @ Underworks

  • This is the most common place for guys to buy binders. Their binders are ideal for men with a larger chest. Underworks binders are also some of the cheapest.
  • They have half-length and full length “pullover” binders.
  • Here is a video showing an alternative way to put on an Underworks binder. This way is easier for some people.
  • At checkout, the promotional code “Under10” will give you 10% off your order.
  • This company is based in the United States.


  • These binders are generally more comfortable than Underworks binders. However, they generally do not work well for men with larger chests and/or guys with dense breast tissue.
  • They have zip-up and Velcro binders in addition to pullovers.
  • They are more expensive than Underworks. 
  • They are based in Taiwan, so most guys people have to pay for international shipping.


  • These binders are generally more comfortable than Underworks binders. However, they generally do not work well for men with larger chests and/or guys with dense breast tissue.
  • They have zip-up and Velcro binders in addition to pullovers.
  • They are more expensive than Underworks. 
  • They are based in Taiwan, so most people have to pay for international shipping.


  • They currently only offer full length binders.
  • They have zipper, eyelet, and pullover binders.
  • This company is based in the United States.
Language App!: Linqapp

Hey guys! I know some of you have asked me about places where you could find native speakers to practice your languages with–there’s a really cool app, if you don’t know it already, called Linqapp where you can ask questions about anything your target language, answer questions that people have asked about your native language or languages you’re confident in, start private chats with people, etc. One of the coolest things is that it’s an app, as opposed to a website, so you can have it on your phone wherever you go.

My experience is that if you post a question, you’ll get a response really quickly, and multiple (depending on language popularity). The app has a company based in Taiwan so there are a lot of Chinese speakers, and I’ve gotten a lot of responses from Brazilian speakers, who also seem to really like this app for practicing English. 

The app lets you upload audio or photo files, so you could get help on your pronunciation, or get a picture of a text translated, anything like that. 

Though this feature isn’t available yet, Linqapp is looking into having the highest-ranked users give tutoring lessons and/or translations, and be paid for this.

This app is really good for asking questions and finding answers, and even language exchange. But I have seen a few comments saying that this app isn’t interactive enough, in which case I suppose it depends on what you’re looking for. I would say that if you want there to be more interaction, you could create friendships and add that person on a texting app or on Facebook to be able to converse more easily or to increase the interactive factor. 

There are two versions of the app, which are outlined below:

Free Version
- Users need to spend at least 1 credit in order to ask a question
- Users need to spend at least 10 credits in order to ask a question that has a picture or audio attachment
- New users start with reputation level 0
- Until reputation is built, users have to wait 10 minutes before being allowed to ask a new question (feature to prevent spam)
- Users can only chat with 3 different people within 24 hours
- User cannot yet upvote or downvote questions/answers
- Users cannot yet comment on questions
- Users of the free version can spend up to 20 credits per question

VIP Version
- Users do not need to spend any credits in order to ask questions
- Each question automatically has 25 credits attached to them that can be earned by people who answer (so people will want to answer even faster due to the high credit that can be received for answering these questions)
- There are no restrictions on the number of people the VIP members can chat with right from the start, and also no other restrictions whatsoever

If you guys liked the sound of this app, I have a code for those of you who are interested for 100 free credits: OGFWES

I think this would be a really cool and useful app for you guys, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner. You can ask anything about grammar, to slang or idioms. I hope you guys enjoy it!

劉正堃 Abei, Cheng Kun Liu“I’m a designer who lived and based in Taipei, Taiwan.I create stuff with digital software. And I started to do my illustration projects when I have leisure time. My drawing theme and subjects are always related to the fashion industry and people who work in it.To me, these people are the most simple people. They just simply love the fashion things.And I hope that everyone can feel the fun in fashion through my observation and creation.”

Title: Man on a Car

moved-study-deactivated20170715  asked:

It's so nice to see someone else who is learning traditional chinese! Everyone else seems to be learning simplified. I'm just a beginner and I was wondering if you know any good resources (online or physical) as all the ones I have found loads of simp ones; and it's kinda of a pain using pleco to transcribe it into trad. 多謝!

Ahh yeah finding traditional stuff can be a bother, but it’s there! My pro-tip for switching between the two is to use google translate though, not pleco (if it’s online anyway). Because it’s not actually “translating” you don’t need to worry about it garbling anything, and that way you can put in whole chunks of text. (the other dictionary besides pleco I use is MDBG)

The books I started out with come in traditional and simplified versions, and they’re pretty popular so with some hunting you should be able to find used editions: Integrated Chinese

Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar has both traditional and simplified and is an amazing resource (and the workbook is good too) (full pdf)

I ran into this in the library today actually, seems surprisingly decent. Because Mandarin speakers outside of China often know trad characters depending where you live the library may have stuff, even just children’s books, or if you’re lucky conversation classes!

Chinese Grammar Wiki and SayJack are pretty good about having things in both. Aside that I don’t use a whole lot of online learning resources? Try looking for Taiwan-based things. ChinesePod is in both and I think very worth the $$ if you’re active about using it. Same for Skritter which saved my ass starting out. MandarinPoster stuff is not vital but I like it.

Once you get more of a grasp on things switching between the two isn’t too terrible, but yeah you got this! 繁體! 繁體! 繁體!

Strike spreads at Chinese supplier to Nike & Adidas
April 24, 2014

A strike at a Chinese factory that manufactures shoes for Adidas and Nike has spread to a sister factory in a neighbouring province, as thousands of workers gathered to protest against what they said were unfair pay and benefits.

About 2,000 workers clocked in on Monday, but did not work, at the Yue Yuen factory complex in Jiangxi province, southern China, joining at least 10,000 employees at another Yue Yuen factory complex in Dongguan, Guangdong province, who have been on strike since 14 April.

Up to 30,000 employees have stopped working in the strike – China’s largest in recent memory, according to the New York-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) China Labour Watch.

“The issue that [the workers] are concerned about is very widespread,” said Geoff Crothall of the Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin, another NGO. “In this case, at least the company was paying something, it just wasn’t the full amount. In other cases we’ve seen, workers are getting nothing at all.

"A lot of this has to do with the fact that a lot of factories are closing down or relocating, or changing ownership … Five years ago, [strikes] were all about wage increases. But the focus of workers’ concerns now is very much on what happens if the factory closes down. What kind of payments do we get? Do we get the social insurance that we’re legally entitled to?”

The Dongguan complex, which is operated by the Taiwan-based Pou Chen Group, has at least 40,000 employees and produces footwear for Reebok, Nike, and more than 20 other brands. The Jiangxi complex mainly produces shoes for Adidas.

Chinese authorities have deployed riot police and warned strikers against gathering at the factory. Last week the state newswire Xinhua reported that dozens of workers had been taken away by police. According to the China Labour Bulletin four workers were taken to hospital on the first day of the strike. Chinese state media has claimed that no one was injured.

We’re continuing the strike,” a worker in Dongguan surnamed Zhou told Reuters on Monday. “We swiped our cards and then went back [home]. The other production lines in the same network are striking too.”

Images online show massive crowds gathered in front of an eight-storey building, many apparently taking pictures with their mobile phones. In one, protesters carry a large banner, which reads: “Give me back my social insurance, give me back my housing benefits!”

Yue Yuen’s spokesman, George Liu, told Chinese media that the firm had offered to raise workers’ living allowance at its southern Chinese factories by 230 yuan (£22) a month, beginning on 1 May. It also promised to introduce a social security benefit plan next month. On Tuesday, Yue Yuen’s management could not be reached for comment.

One worker, Xiang Feng, 28, said at least 80% of the workers were likely to refuse the offer. “Workers may end up with a take-home salary almost unchanged or maybe even lower than before," she told Bloomberg.

The government of Guobao, the city in which the factory complex in Jiangxi province is located, has urged Yue Yuen to assuage the workers’ concerns without bending the law. "Company and worker representatives are urged to strengthen communication and consultation … and guide the rational expression of the aspirations of the workers,” it said on Monday.

China’s wages have risen in recent years and international companies such as Adidas and Nike have begun moving their manufacturing operations to lower-cost countries including Vietnam.