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From the Desk 06.02

Xpat Magazine February, 2006

Taiwan’s religfrom_desk_7ious affiliations: mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%

Population of China: 1.3 billion Continue Reading →


From the Desk 05.12

Xpat Magazine December, 2005

from_desk_6Speed of winds from hurricane Katrina (mph): 160

Speed of winds from Supertyphoon Haitang (mph): 145

Proportion of New Orleans underwater at the time of writing: 80% Continue Reading →


Ultramarathon Man: An Interview with Kevin Lin

Photography courtesy of Kevin Lin
Xpat Magazine December, 2006

ultramarathon_manWhen Kevin Lin, a postgraduate student and Taiwan’s most famous endurance athlete, agreed to an interview with Xpat I was stoked. Kevin is an internationally renowned ultramarathon champion. He races distances measuring in the hundreds of kilometers through extreme climates such as deserts and arctic snowfields. He was recently commissioned by Matt Damon’s movie company, LivePlanet, to join a team of three endurance athletes that will run over 4000 miles across the Sahara desert in less than 80 days (more than two marathons per day). If you mention his (Chinese) name to your Taiwanese friends they will undoubtedly nod in recognition. This was going to be a groundbreaking interview for Xpat – our first real celebrity. Continue Reading →


Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art

Xpat Magazine June, 2006

mocaIn Xpat’s never-ending endeavor to bring you cool, cutting-edge, flip-your-wig-back art, we present this interview with Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art. MOCA is one of the most progressive museums in Taiwan supporting innovative and unusual art from sculpture to multimedia to interactive installations. We recommend stopping by. You’re guaranteed to see at least seven things you never imagined you’d see in your life (or even thought existed). Continue Reading →


The Exploding Dog: An Interview with Sam Brown

Illustrations by Sam Brown
Xpat Magazine September, 2006

I first found the website www.explodingdog.com because my roommate had a hilarious wallpaper on her laptop of a stick-figure hippo and I asked her where it came from. Explodingdog.com is a “semi-collaborative” art project in which random visitors send Sam Brown captions for drawings and he draws them and posts them on his website. His simply drawn stick-figure interpretations of the captions range from straightforward to philosophical to hilarious. His personality is equally so, as you will see in this interview. Continue Reading →


Ol’ Georgie Boy: An Interfaux with George W. Bush

Artwork by Steve Williams
Xpat Magazine September, 2006

*All answers are true George W. Bush quotes. A complete list of ‘Bushisms’ available online at www.about.com.

Xpat Magazine: How did the political forecast look the day you were re-elected?
Georgie Boy: There’s no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead. Continue Reading →


My Pop

Published under the pseudonym Salvatore Paradisio
Xpat Magazine June, 2006

My pop, or my pappy as I like to call him, had open-heart surgery last fall. He had, not one, but two triple bypasses. Then, about a month ago, he returned to the hospital for a pacemaker installation.

During his latter visit to the hospital he didn’t hear from me. In fact, he hasn’t heard from me since. Continue Reading →