1. Rainbow marble vases or jars are not cheap. I priced one in a shop near Hyatt Fortune Hotel recently at NT$100 thousand.
2. It took me a couple of years to figure out the poster message. A phone within a camera. Unknown back in Australia in 2003.
3. The nicest view at Green Island, offshore from Taitung.
4. Ink impression of a large fish caught at Green Island, displayed in restaurant.
5. Night market in Kaohsiung is now very popular with tourists from the mainland. Prices have fallen, value is good. Chinese pay in yuan currency using 100 notes – a clever way to get a 10% discount for themselves. This picture was in 2003.
6. I arrived in Taipei at the tail-end of SARS problem in 2002. My first view of the city from front and rear windows (which in fact are digital shots taken the following year replicating the original view caught on film).
THE VIDEO (above) is a tribute to an Australian journalist William H. Donald who would have promoted Chiang Kai-shek and Madame Chiang to the USA media. William H. Donald also played a part in Chinese history (so says his website) with an important negotiation in Xian plus he saved the life of Madame Chiang. Today he’s almost forgotten. Unknown in CKS Memorial Hall apart from his picture with Chiang and a group of reporters in 1937 yet at the time of death he was given a state funeral in Beijing – memory of that erased by the later cultural revolution.
The international awards shown in the video are no longer all on display at CKS Memorial Hall.