About

Hi everyone,

thank you for stopping by and visiting this website!
Synglobe is a website about culture, politics, current events and curious facts, with a special focus on East Asia. I hope to provide thought-provoking and entertaining articles for people who want to look at the world from a different perspective.
The title of the website, from ‘syn’ (Greek for ‘with’) and ‘globe’, reflects my interest in international affairs, which stems from the years I spent in Italy, Germany, Greece, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
I have been called by some a ‘leftist’, but I don’t consider myself one. I believe in economic pragmatism, international co-operation, multiculturalism, tolerance, and humanity, and my values will transpire in my posts. If you have other political and ethical beliefs, please don’t spend too much time ranting and venting your anger on this website, there are many other places on the web where you can find like-minded people.
Feel free to comment and share your views, in a civil and respectful way. If you like some of my posts, please support this website by sharing them or send me a small donation (thank you!).
If you have suggestions or want to contribute to my website, please go to my contact page and send me an e-mail.
Apart from synglobe.com, I also started a website that focuses on Chinese culture, history and society: china-journal.org.
Thank you and I wish you a happy reading!
Aris Teon
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  1. Hi~I found your blog on language exchange website……A little embarrassed……I'm so surprised to see such a detailed blog, though I just finished two passages. Anyway, Nice to know you! I'll keep looking at your blog.

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  2. hi, nice reading. it seems you are thinking more deeply than what we Chinese do about our own culture.look forward to reading more

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  3. @Nica: thanks for checking my blog. I don't know if I think more deeply, but I definitely am in the middle of a process of understanding more about Chinese culture and society. If I live in a place I want to know more about it and realize what goes on around me. I am always eager to learn from local people, so feel free to comment whenever you want to share your knowledge or opinion: )

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  4. Hi Aris! Thanks to Google I stumbled upon your 'one of a kind' (so far;-) ) blog about living in Asia as a Western foreigner. I currently have a fiance living in Taipei and that's the reason I was searching for some more info about Taiwan in the first place. I've been to Taiwan several times already (with my girlfriend as my guide) but reading this gives me the ability to look at Taiwan in general from a Western point of view. I will keep on reading your stories as they are so fun to read! Keep it up!

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  5. I just recently stumbled accross this blog and am so greatful you started it up. I'm learning so much on here. I am considering coming to Taiwan to teach English and this has been the most imformative site I've seen. Keep up the great research and deep thinking. So many thank!

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  6. @ Min Ju Lee: Thanks a lot!

    @ angie: Thanks to you, too!

    @ Sandrine: It's very gratifying to read comments like yours: ) Without readers who enjoy the content, a blog is dead and pointless. I am happy if someone shares my interest and fascination for Chinese and Asian culture and understands my effort to make sense of what I have seen and experienced during my almost two years in East Asia. Please feel free to comment or ask questions anytime: )

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  7. Hi Aris, you write a great blog and good to know you update them regularly. I am planning to visit Taiwan and will keep reading your post for more information. Thank you for sharing your experience! 🙂

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  8. @Tinnike Lie

    Thanks for your kind words! If there is anything specific you would like to know about Taiwan you can ask me. I hope I can help you: )

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  9. Thank you for the picture in the “head” of your HP I like this place in HK it was very interesting discovery in March 2013 (I mean the chiese garden on Diamond Hills). After visiting HK I read Noble House the book by James Clavell, his book added some kind of understandig about HK though it changed a lot.

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  10. Hello, Aris! I find your blog from LE. (Unfortunately I'm not golden menber so I can't send e-mail to you :P)
    Your blog is so cool! I like it so much however my English skill is poor so I need spending some time to read others article. But I think I will read all soon 😀
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  11. Hi, thanks so much for your posts – I found your ideas on sexuality and the female body in Taiwan to be particularly insightful. I'm preparing a research project on sexuality and interracial relationships in Taiwan, so will definitely be returning to your blog for further inspiration!

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  12. Ciao mi chiamo Walter
    Ho visto il tuo blog e lo trovo molto interessante! Ho visto che sei italiano! Abiti a Taipei? Io vivo a Tainan.
    Fammi sapere e buona continuazione

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  13. Very interesting blog in a westerner's perspective, great insight and research effort, Aris..are you a journalist? I found your blog through language-exchange. Unfortunately I'm in HK not TW, otherwise it'd be interesting to make friends with you 🙂
    Cathy

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  14. Hey, scusa se ti rispondo solo ora! Io abitavo a Taipei, adesso sono in Italia, e se tutto va bene dovrei tornare a Taiwan a breve (speriamo). Ho visto che hai anche tu un blog, quindi auguro buona continuazione anche a te : )

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  15. Thank you, Cathy! Yes, it would be great if I were in Hong Kong and we could have have a chat face to face. Maybe if I go back there some time we could do it. Keep in touch ; )

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  16. Hello Aris,
    I had almost the same experience as you: met a Taiwanese women, fell in love with her, packed my cases, flew to Taiwan and I'm surprisingly still married with her for 15 years now. The first 3 years were the hardest. Because of the cultural differences, we had to go through a lot of fights and arguments.
    Even my students brand me now for being “Taiwanese”, German socialization is as hard to overcome as Taiwanese.
    Your blog is great. It's fun to read it.

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  17. Unfortunately, I have a different view of Taiwan than you do. Perhaps there is an age difference coming into play here as well as being at a different stage of life. I have started my own blog to share my experiences and thoughts. Those that are looking at it as a “serious place' to live might want to consider some of the minuses as well as the pluses for living here. Are the people friendly, yes. But in my view that friendliness is colored by, let us say, a mild indifference to foreigners. I believe that Taiwan is really no different than other countries when it comes to welcoming non-native tongue speaking foreigners. I also think that those locating here need to be aware of cultural and legal differences when entering into contractual arrangements such as leases, etc.

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  18. Hi, thanks a lot for sharing your experience. I can understand you, and I can imagine that it was hard at the beginning to make your relationship (and marriage) work. I admire your perseverance in coping with the challenges of a cross-cultural relationship. I am quite different from you, though. I decided that all these sacrifices are not worth it and I am not willing to make too many compromises and maybe change all my principles for the sake of a person. I would do that, perhaps, for someone who really loves me and whom I too love. But otherwise I prefer observing a East Asian societies in a detached way, without being too involved on a personal level.

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  19. Hi! I do not think that different opinions are “unfortunate”. On the contrary, they create diversity and make people think more deeply. You have your own experiences in Taiwan and have to find your way here, so your blog will be a good contribution to a public discourse about Taiwan as perceived by foreigners.

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