Mysterious Concrete Coffins in Tainan

In a southern district of Tainan, farmers carefully till their fields, working their way around ancient concrete sarcophagi that sit on the surface, or lay half buried in the sandy soil. One with a mushroom-like lid protrudes from a sand dune beside a farmhouse. Locals say that outsiders consider them

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Top 5 Free Attractions to Visit in Tokyo

Tokyo has the distinction of being the world’s most expensive city, but you needn’t break the bank to visit. While a loaf of bread may set you back around US$9 according to this CNN Money report, there are a bunch of visitor attractions that are absolutely free. This is The

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Denmark and Taiwan Cooperate on Wind Power

The Director of Denmark’s Trade Office in Taiwan, Nicholas Enerson, led a delegation to Changhua County [Chinese Language] this week, to view and discuss the development of wind farms in the county. On Thursday, November 24, the Danish delegation met with County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷), who said the meeting

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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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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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How to Get Your Kids Unplugged this Summer

When summer vacation comes around this year, untold numbers of kids will celebrate the last day of school by grabbing a smart-phone, turning on a game console, or logging into a computer to play video games. Like a scene from a science-fiction movie, the world’s children will sit in front

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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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Anti-Nuclear Protests Mark Anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster

Thousands of people braved the cold and rain around Taiwan today, Saturday March 12, 2016, the day after the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to protest against the continuing reliance on nuclear power, the plan to develop a fourth nuclear reactor, and the use of Orchid Island as

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The Great Ugly Monkey Controversy

Taipei residents are somewhat embarrassed, and slightly disgusted by the Taipei City Government’s choice of mascot for this year’s lantern festival. The ‘monkey-gourd’ uses the monkey theme to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, and the shape of a gourd to symbolize fertility. Artist Lin Shu-min (林書民) was inspired by

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