Of The Warm, The Generous, and The Neighborly

It was a scalding and busy Saturday for me, full of sleep-deficient-related headaches while nailing the major portion of the errands I set out to do for the day. After, I went out for a cooling walk to get a lemon-passionfruit drink with my reusable mug at the Coco Tea street shop.  I

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Made in Taiwan: A Polynesian Adventure

In 2006 Oscar Kightley, of ‘Naked Samoan’ fame, and New Zealand radio/TV host Nathan Rarere traced their ancestry via DNA to Taiwan. They made a trek and documentary about it titled ‘Made in Taiwan’. Kightley and Rarere began their journey in New Zealand, where they took a DNA swab, and

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US man’s suicide in Taiwan court should prompt re-think of drug sentencing

The Wild East / Editorial “I don’t want to live anymore,” Tyrel shouted, moments before he grabbed scissorblades from the magazine he’d smuggled into the courtroom and killed himself, jamming the blades into his neck. He didn’t make it to the hospital. Tyrel Martin Marhanka had just received a four-year

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Taiwan or Republic of China: How to Address Formosa in Snail-Mail

When using postal services to send something to Taiwan, how should one address the country? Whether you write Taiwan or R.O.C. (Republic of China), the mail usually reaches the recipient. Recently, someone carried out an interesting experiment to see if there was a difference in the time it takes for

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Aging Farmers: High-Tech Island

While Taiwan, like many other developed nations, is facing the problem of an aging population, the crisis in the agricultural sector is particularly acute. The average age of farmers in Taiwan is 62, and 31% are over 65. Four years ago, Zhongshan University Department of Information Management Professor Huang Qingxiang

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Break Into Travel Writing, with expert Steven Crook

The Wild East / Travel & Leisure When it comes to travel writing, veteran travel writer  and guidebook author Steven Crook wrote the book — literally. Next month, Sunday, June 26 Steven is leading a workshop in Taichung, central Taiwan, showing the ropes to a small group of select, aspiring freelancers. And

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Taipei Light Pollution 台北的光汙染

(translated by 吳耀翰) Because Taipei city is such that the residential always mixes with the commercial, and since commercial buildings here often leave their lights on after closing, we have a really bad case of nightly light pollution. If you don’t have proper blinds and an eye mask, light sleepers

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On Safety and Connectedness: Compliments to Taiwan and her Citizens for Modeling Safe-City Culture

— A Young Canadian’s View on Why Taiwan is So Safe — By Rebecca G. Kehl When I was 17 and a 1/2, my good-humored, maverick father came over to Taiwan and lived here for a year. Then he came back and taught me his limited Mandarin, haha!:  我要,  好吃, and

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Japan Cherry Blossom Season 2016: Himeji Castle

In Taiwan, April 5 is a public holiday to celebrate the traditional Chinese festival of Qingming, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day. This year the holiday fell on a Tuesday, which gave us a four-day long weekend. Like many families, we swept the tomb a week early so we could

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