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Eat More Rice Bitch!

According to the Taipei Times, laboratory tests have shown that two Taiwanese breeds of rice could boost cancer-fighting cells.

The study was the first to compare and contrast the effect of domestic rice and imported rice on cell immunity against cancer.

The research tested the abstracts of nine rice breeds — seven local strains, one Australian and one Canadian wild rice breed.

The research findings were published in the latest volume of an international science journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Abstracts of two of the local samples were found to be able to activate immune cells’ ability to kill tumor cells, Chen was quoted as saying by Chinese-language China Times yesterday.

After being stimulated by the abstracts for five days, the ability of the immune cells to kill tumor cells rose by 30 percent, Chen said. He said the immune cells also appeared to be more active after the experiment, releasing more interferon and tumor necrosis factor.

The article also points out that “the average person in Taiwan now consumes 48.56kg of rice per year, 11kg less than was consumed a decade ago.”  That reminds me of T-shirt I saw in Bangkok (FYI, that’s in Thailand, not Taiwan – “same same but different!“).  The picture featured a “Chinaman hat” wearing figure with a caption that read, “Eat More Rice Bitch!”  Maybe that’s good advice after all, it could prevent cancer.

Those clever Asians, sure know a thing or two about rice. According to Margaret Cho’s mother, you can even use sticky rice as a substitute for glue in school projects!  Fun!


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What is Japenglinese?!

Japenglinese is a new blogging side-project that I started. The goal of this experimental project is to assist in the mastery of Japanese and Chinese vocabulary words. Basically, this blog will function as my personal learning notebook that will chart my own personal progress in my life-long goal to master these notoriously difficult Asian languages.  For the time being, the blog will feature short entries introducing vocabulary words glossed in English, Japanese and Chinese. Special emphasis will be placed in the introduction and aquisition of Kanji/Hanzi – the thousands of Chinese characters that are used in both Japanese and Chinese.

The site also features a variety of links to free online resources for learning Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).

The Japenglise blog is still in its infancy, so I will be experimenting somewhat with the format and the methodology. I think it would be interesting if this blog could become a collaborative effort for intermediate to advanced learners of Japanese and/or Chinese to learn advanced vocabulary. Contact me if you are interested in contributing. Comments, suggestions, study tips, as well as contributions of content will be welcome.
Check it out for yourselves:

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Care Package:Just in time for the 4th of July!

I received a care package full of edible Japanese and Taiwanese goodies from my aunt in Nagano today. Just in time for the 4th of July. Happy birthday America! 😉

Left: Oyaki おやき (buckwheat flour pies filled with various vegetable fillings, a specialty of Nagano)

Top-Center: Zongzi 粽子(Taiwanese sticky rice dumplings steamed in bamboo leaves, similar to tamales but with sticky rice instead of masa and bamboo leaves instead of corn husks)

Bottom-Center: Jiaozi/Gyoza 餃子 (dumplings filled with meat and vegetable, panfried or boiled, eaten in both Taiwan and Japan)

Top-Right: Gongwan 貢丸 (Taiwanese pork meaballs)

Bottom-Right: Taiwanese savory taro and rice cakes (I don’t think I have had these before, look good though!)

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Danshui, Taiwan


I went to Danshui, Taiwan last Saturday with Sophia and her family. Danshui is a cute, touristy port town north of Taipei and the last stop on the MRT (Metro). Tons of people walking around,

Now I'm back in Japan. Back to the daily grind of teaching English. I spent today teaching phonics and reviewing the alphabets with 7th graders. I can't believe I only have 3 months left until my contract ends and I head back to the States. What next?!

Check out more of my pictures from Danshui:



Mother and daughter? Or sisters?


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Snake Alley

Taipei Hwahsi Tourist Night Market, nicknamed “Snake Alley” is a night market full of exotic delights catering to tourists, from sex shops to foot massage places to places that sell snakes as food. Check out the photo of the snake eating a live rabbit!


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Martyrs’ Shrine

The Martyr’s Shrine is dedicated to all those who died fighting for the Republic of China, from the revolution against the Ching Dynasty to fighting the Japanese to fighting the Communists. The changing of the guard happens every hour, on the hour.


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Taiwan Update

Saturday, April 22 I took the Hello Kitty Plane from Fukuoka to Taipei. Just settled in and hung out with some English people staying in the same hostel as me.

Sunday: Went to the Martyr’s Shrine, Longshan Temple, Snake Alley and Shilin Night Market. Also hit a hot spring bath in Beitou along the way.

Monday: Started classes. Busy day, just getting settled in. Four hours of intensive one-on-one language study is intense, but really good.

Hello Kitty Plane
Kitty 4
Kitty 5

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