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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Taiwan citizenship: Give it away now!

The Wild East / Editorial The Taiwan media is notorious for being lame and vacuous, heavily relying on lightweight ‘coverage’ of food stories and the like, since restaurant ‘tributes’ are an important cash cow for them.  Chinese New Year ‘reporting’ is especially pathetic. One TV station (must have been TVBS!) replayed the same exact

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Taiwan schools putting business before education

BY ROSS KENNEGER / The Wild East / Opinion Working for Xinmin Private Elementary school in Taipei this year was a head-shaking, riveting experience. I’m writing this piece to talk about the chaos I’ve observed in the modern Taiwanese classroom, and to offer other foreign teachers some advice here in

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‘Transition’ band still banned from Taiwan, ironically

Trista di Genova / The Wild East Transition (前進樂團) is a British expat band that has attained a fair level of success and popularity in Taiwan thanks to their cheery, catchy cross-cultural hits, like 對不起我的中文不好 (‘Sorry my Chinese is not good’ (other links below). The band’s British members fell in

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Letters from a tense Thailand

By Kevin MacCash (listen to his music here) Jan 23. Phuket is like Detroit. A city they built for a population that isn’t coming anymore. A faded beauty. Since the protests started the people are coming less and less and since they declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and

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The Writing Cure: A Conversation with Trista di Genova

When the TIBE (Taipei International Book Exhibition) comes to town Feb. 5-10, 2014 two local expat writers will be represented, L. Farrah Furtado and Trista di Genova. In a joint interview published in the February 2014 issue of Centered on Taipei magazine, they ask each other candidly about their work,

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Author Furtado: ‘My fans are like my family’

In this exclusive interview, the Wild East’s Trista di Genova asks author L. Farrah Furtado about her latest news, views on writing and her WIP ‘Pop-Rock-Cop’. Both local expat writers will be participating in the 2014 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE). Trista: Who are you? 🙂 Furtado: I’m the life-long

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’20 questions’ with author Trista di Genova

By Mandy Chang, Wild East Exclusives Q. What’s your name? Trista di Genova Q. How many people are there in your family? I don’t know. Maybe 7 billion? Q. What is your star sign? Capricorn Q. Where are you from? Tucson, Arizona USA Q: How long does it take to

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I got in a fight at the flower market

By Joe Gui / Culture Shock, at The Wild East I got in a fight last weekend at the Jianguo Flower Market in Taipei; well, I guess it was more of a scuffle. It was about 6:30am and I was cycling through the Jinguo Flower Market, the largest market of

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Lawyer Billy Chen speaks at Breakfast Club

The Wild East / Peace & Justice Taiwan’s media have turned from the Zane Dean case to Lin Yi-shih, and now the Philippine Row. What makes this poignant and ironic is (for those who remember) a number of years ago, a Taiwanese gangster was sentenced to jail; he complained of

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