Yes, believe it or not, people actually read Sinorama. Some of the articles are interesting (Two recent stories that I enjoyed reading stick out in my mind: The story about city folks moving to the country, and a profile of a very old mainland painter, can’t remember his name - larger photos of his work would have been great!), but I have to say that the constant “Taiwanese going to China” stories, as well as the SE asian bride stories, are getting rather old.
Also, I know you translators don’t have much say over this, but the gushing story about Claire Chennault’s wife a few months back was way over the top. It reminded me of the stuff you used to see in the ROC yearbook and other KMT publications, the fawning, non-fact checked, ass-kissing profiles of bureaucrats, ambassadors’ wives, and the like. The vague rumor about her being miffed by the DPP coming to power, along with the claims about her doing everything under the sun to save Taiwan and improve relations, etc., was just too much. I mean, I know Sinorama has some standards, but it seems that most of them were thrown by the wayside for this profile, and there is no justification for that.
Also, is it just me, or has the focus of the magazine changed in the past five years? I remember the magazine used to have lots of Taiwanese pop-culture stories, but lately I haven’t seen too many of those, instead there are more “high Chinese/Taiwanese” culture stories.