Taiwanese Novel ‘The Stolen Bicycle’ Marked as China’s by The Man Booker Prize 2018

Taiwanese Novel ‘The Stolen Bicycle’ Marked as China’s by The Man Booker Prize 2018

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  Something big lies behind something small; a name can speak for a whole island.   As a history-embroidered island, Taiwan has been oppressed by the Chinese government for a long time: from United Nations, Olympic games, to any international events, the nationality of this beautiful island is always forced to be “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei” instead of its real and solid name-Taiwan.   Again, the same thing happened this March when Taiwanese novel The Stolen Bicycle 單車失竊記 written by Professor Wu Ming-Yi 吳明益 was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. While literature-lovers celebrated the first Taiwanese novel to be Man Booker-nominated, the organization, without warning, changed the …

Want to Improve Your Memory? Recite Sanskrit Mantras!

Want to Improve Your Memory? Recite Sanskrit Mantras!

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James Hartzell wrote a piece for Scientific American earlier this week delving into the “Sanskrit Effect”—the name for what MRI scans show as the increase of the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function due to memorizing ancient mantras.    Hartzell, who spent many years studying and translating the language, noticed that the more he worked with the language, the better his verbal memory became. Other researchers and translators spoke of their own cognitive improvements, and there developed the question:   Was there actually a language-specific “Sanskrit effect” as claimed by the tradition?   Pandits, the traditional scholars of …