I'm going to go ahead and start this story from the beginning, because hey, it's my journal.
I'm in charge of a group of middle school kids for a book club this summer. We are reading, "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han. First, I may not be a middle school girl, but I LOVED this book. Simple read. Simple romance. Not a lot of drama or any real serious conflict. Nice and light with everything going on in the world, a true mini-vacation when I go into the pages. Yes, it is definitely written for the middle school girl, but this is a judgement free zone, so it's all good. Second, there is a second book. Third, they turned the first book into a movie and it will be coming out on Netflix in August. Fourth (yes, it gets that good), we discovered yesterday that there also a third book! Of course, I was on the Madison Public Library website figuring out where we could get a copy right away. And there it was...right at the top of the list. Madison Central Library, Available. One of the great things about Madison is that there are at least 10 libraries within driving distance at any given moment. I was pumped it was at Central because I've been wanting to check out the Bubbler Media Lab. Stay tuned for a post on that very soon. When we go there the Media Lab was closing, but I did get to meet Rob and get a bit of information about getting certified on the audio equipment for my PODCAST!!! <Ok, I might be a little excited to start a podcast> The Media Lab was conveniently located next to the teen section. We looked for the book. It wasn't there. Don't Panic. This has happened before. Go to the main desk. Just ask. Maybe there is an explanation.
Guy was there at the help desk, which made me feel better because Guy has been helping me find books for my children since before they could walk. And he did it again folks, it was in the "NEW" section. Happy daughter, Happy Mommy and Bouncy Son headed downtown with three wishes. A place to read comfortably, draw some minecraft guys and eat something a little new and different.
Enter Taiwan little Eats. Two words. Fun. Food. This place has fun different drinks you wouldn't find other places (I got a lychee smoothie), rice bowls (which for my son is just exactly what he always wants), and weird food that makes you feel cool when you eat it like octopus balls (which for my daughter is just exactly what she always wants).
"Where is Taiwan, Mommy?" As a "world traveler," I should really know this one, but I had to look it up. Just in case you could use a refresher too, Taiwan is that little island between China and Japan that the two countries fight to have control over. If you don't feel like clicking, did you know that,
"Taiwan is the 22nd-largest economy in the world, and its high-tech industry plays a key role in the global economy. It is ranked highly in terms of freedom of the press, healthcare, public education, economic freedom, and human development. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most highly educated countries in the world with one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree."
And this part, that you hear about in the news sometimes, but it's always good to remember:
"The People's Republic of China has consistently claimed sovereignty over Taiwan and asserted the Republic Of China (another name for Taiwan) is no longer in legitimate existence. The PRC refuses diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes the ROC. Today, 18 countries maintain official ties with the ROC but many other states maintain unofficial ties through representative offices and institutions that function as de facto embassies and consulates. Although Taiwan is fully self-governing, most international organizations in which the PRC participates either refuse to grant membership to Taiwan or allow it to participate only as a non-state actor. Internally, the major division in politics is between the aspirations of eventual Chinese unification or Taiwanese independence, though both sides have moderated their positions to broaden their appeal. The PRC has threatened the use of military force in response to any formal declaration of independence by Taiwan or if PRC leaders decide that peaceful unification is no longer possible. The PRC and ROC standoff dates from the Chinese Civil War and has extended through the first, second and third Taiwan Strait crises to the present day." Wikipedia
Yes, I trust Wikipedia just about as much as I trust any other news source. Of course, we must remain vigilant and triangulate data as with any news source, but Wikipedia has consistently provided me with quality information, so that's that.