This afternoon I was bored so I went to the bookstore to look at books and magazines. Picked up a copy of Taiwan Review, which on first impression looks like a decent magazine with interesting topics and such but it’s essentially a Taiwanese news magazine published and distributed in the USA for Americans to read about how great Taiwan is. It’s published by the GIO and reads more like travel brochure than a “news” magazine.
Anyways, so that got me thinking about where I might find some good magazine journalism on Taiwan. Actually it seems like the only magazines that cover Taiwan or even Asia for that matter are just business magazines like the Far Eastern Economic Review or others of that ilk. What I’m looking for is more of a magazine that is about real stories of people. For example, what are the real effects of the WTO on real people here two years later. What about a farmer here? or a factory worker? I’m so tired reading the same tired stories in the Taipei Times about the beligerent pan-soandsoes squaking at the other beligerent pan-soandsoes. The politics here is mindnumbing (and I really like politics). Anyways I looking for some interesting stories about real people here. Am I out-to-lunch to expect more from journalists? Ok, actually that was a rhetorical question. Anyways, are there any decent current events type magazines about real life that you like to read?