New A.Connector Podcast

by Mark Forman on October 24, 2019

Here's a link to my new A.Connector Podcast on life in Asia: business, culture, experience. See what you think! Sponsored by Marlin & Sons


STAR(ting) Over

by Mark Forman on September 10, 2019

Haven't gone out with DSLR camera in a while specifically to catch some street shots. Have thought about it-this years extremely rainy summer probably also a factor. I recently visited the eastern coast of Taiwan-Hualien. Didn't do much shooting to speak of and whatever I did do was with IPhone camera. Nothing wrong with that just not the same. The market in this series was a regular stop for me at least a few times a month when I was shooting several mornings a week. Hadn't been there in over a year and the crowded streets and alleys reminded me of that. Still made several trips back and forth up and down. This time was right before the big holiday later this week-Mid-Autumn Festival. Many vendors had moon cakes for sale, most people were buying meat and other goodies to barbecue with families and friends under the full Autumn moon.


New Take

by Mark Forman on July 22, 2019

The "New Take" post title is multi-leveled. Firstly it is a new take on the header shot for this site. Secondly, it represents some other new takes happening in my professional life: adding new business services focused on the Taiwan export manufacturing market. These involve marketing consulting with emphasis on effective business English communications. Finally, and old friend of mine approached me with an idea for a possible documentary film about his father-in-law. There is a great "human story" in this man's life:

An orphan from China, adopted into another family. Loved by his mother because at an early age, maybe three, he stood between his adoptive mother and adoptive father, who was loudly, perhaps drunkenly, abusing the poor women. The little boy comes between them and shakes his fist at the man towering over him, diffusing the situation somehow.

At 15 or so (he lied about his age so he could sign up) he joined the People's Liberation Army so he could have food to eat. They put him on a ship to Korea, where he could reasonably have expected to die. The Chinese were sending waves of soldiers against American machine guns in the Korean conflict, to see if they would run out of bullets. The Russians had promised air support but it never arrived.

His boat was sunk by an Republic Of China ship. He and several others were pulled out of the water and rescued. He was jailed as a political prisoner. His cell mate was an author jailed during the white terror for political writings. This learned scholar taught him to read and write.

He was eventually released as a member of the ROC army. I don’t know how much ‘fudging’ of records was involved. There is still some dispute between his actual and official birthday, and even his age.

He went on to make propaganda films for recruitment into the ROC army. You ,ight have seen clips of such buddy-buddy army comradery black-and-white stuff. I don’t know how many they cranked out or how many he was involved in. They remind Taiwanese of a "certain age" of a nostalgic period of time.

He was a director or producer of TV and radio in Taipei, until his wife called him home to Taichung. He won national level awards. There are photos online....

I'm currently in discussions with a creative media friend to see about possibly doing this project together. Will keep you updated.


The Weight

06.17.2019 by Mark Forman

I've been on a long lifestyle change regime. It probably started about 15 years ago. At that time I was still smoking but also taking supplements like vitamins and anti-oxidants. It dawned on me one day that the cigarettes and anti-oxidants were in direct conflict with each other. They both need to be bought with […]


Flying High Again

03.31.2019 by Mark Forman

I recently traveled back to the US to help take care of my Mom. The flight there our plane had an entertainment system glitch which meant no movies/media for 12 hour flight. To make life more interesting me and the guy next to me got busted for talking a little loud by the guy seated […]