The Green Gang of Shanghai
By Pat Welsh
These days, Shanghai is largely known as a commercial center. Prior to 1949, the popular image of Shanghai was very different. It did have a reputation as a commercial center, but its image suffered greatly because of its well-known history of underworld activities. As a result, the slang term “to be shanghaied,” meaning ...
By Elaine Dunn
Taiwan. The “other” China. The Republic of China.
Each Oct. 10, nearly all 23 million residents of this island nation that sits on the southeastern coast off the People’s Republic of China get the day off to celebrate its National Day (國慶日).
By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer
As has been reported in the news, there is a controversy over a chain of uninhabited islands that is being claimed by China, Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan). These islands are reputed to have vast oil deposits and are surrounded by rich fishing grounds.
But the islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, have a long history of straining relations and inspiring nationalist resentment between the two Asian neighbors, long before the issue of oil resources in the area came up.