Jens Kastner

Jens Kastner (嚴斯) used to work as a TV-editor in Germany before coming to Asia. He studies Chinese and Indonesian to gain a profound understanding of Asian matters. In the future, he hopes to gather and evaluate Asian news for the European and/ or Asian media. Jens writes short stories in Chinese and has been honored with the Nanhua University Literature Award 2009 (南華大學文學獎)and the Taipei Bar Association Law Literature Award 2009 (律師公會法律文學獎). He also translates for the Taipei Times. Jens Kastner's Blog email @ yens@hotmail.de
Underground radio stations in Taiwan: a bizarre tale of politics and kidney failures

Underground radio stations in Taiwan: a bizarre tale of politics and kidney failures

After Taiwan’s Opposition, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), has won the legislative by-elections, underground radio stations triumphantly broadcast the news of victory. The radio presenters didn’t forget to remind their audience: “Taiwan has succeeded! We have taught the Kuomintang government a lesson! But after having taught a lesson, let’s not forget our health – dear […]

How do I find a Taiwanese Aborigine?

How do I find a Taiwanese Aborigine?

How do I find a Taiwanese Aborigine? – A search for someone who belongs to that 2% of the population Taiwan talks and writes quite a lot about. Multiethnic Taiwan? That slogan seems to be rather odd for Westerners like me who from kindergarten on are used to socializing with immigrants from all over the […]

 Very Unlucky Houses’: Hong Kong invests, Taipei avoids

Very Unlucky Houses’: Hong Kong invests, Taipei avoids

Very Unlucky Houses’: Hong Kong invests, Taipei avoids Hong Kong’s hongza: Investing in property where terrible things have happened Recently someone jumped to his death from a high-rise in Hong Kong’s expensive Mid-levels (半山區) residential area. The person fell into the flower pots of the first floor apartment’s private terrace. The first floor tenants moved […]

Chengrish: The First 20 Minutes in Taiwan

Chengrish: The First 20 Minutes in Taiwan

The International Airport my cousin found really funny When traveling to unknown lands, the first impression counts – my cousin’s first twenty minutes on Taiwanese soil by Jens Kastner My cousin came. I concede that this might not be of interest to others, but for me it did have some significance. For three years I […]