Archive for May, 2009


I was invited to Taipei for five days to deliver three lectures and take part in a roundtable. I was sponsored  by the Research and Development Commission, Taiwan Governance Research Centre, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University, and the Program of Human Resources Development on Public Sector and Civil Society, National Taipei University. My hosts were charming and made sure there was some time for sightseeing. They provided a guide, no doubt to ensure their ‘investment’ did not get lost. Here I am pictured outside the National Palace Museum.

On the second day, I had two guides – Jose and Yuli. I do not know what I did to prompt such anxiety.

We visited the Beitou Museum and its associated hot springs. With their flowing sulphurous mists, they are a feature of the area – there are some thirty all told.