This is the new ChineseQuest. The old one was here, but it’s bleedin’ demised.

I live in Taiwan, and am studying Chinese full-time in the intensive program at National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center. After that it’s back to the strange land of America for grad school. My focus will either be pre-Han Chinese history and language/literature, or Ming-Qing history. About as far apart as you can get in Sinology I guess, but those are the two fields that currently interest me the most. I’ll be in Taiwan for two years total, and maybe even Japan for a year first (I follow the grant money), so I have some time yet to figure that out.

I have every intention of neglecting this blog as much as I did the previous one. But occasionally I will really try to post some useful info. I feel like there is a dearth of information out there for people who want to come to Taiwan (and particularly MTC) to study, so I will be trying to rectify that. Other than that, you can probably count on the blog being a snoozefest, given my fairly obscure interests.

One thing you probably won’t find here is nicely-formatted, aesthetically pleasing posts with pretty pictures and catchy headings and subheadings in different font sizes. On the flip side of that coin, you also won’t find a lot of exciting buzzwords and self-help nonsense and catchy titles with lots of filler and articles stuffed with meaningless drivel. Save that for those conferences your job requires you to go to, and for blogs that contain the aforementioned shiny objects. I probably won’t proofread most of what I post, so it usually goes straight from fingertips to published in one swell foop. The information is the thing here, and hopefully that will be enough. Not that I’m all that informative. In fact I do tend to ramble on and on.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, please either contact me through Twitter or leave a comment on one of my posts and I’ll email you (your email address will be visible on my end). I’m a bit skittish about posting my own contact info on a site that I have taken so little time to even figure out.

If you’re in Taipei and want to grab a beer and talk about Chinese or whatever else, do get in touch. I could use a break from the books.