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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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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The Tainan Earthquake: who is to blame?

It’s a little over 12 hours since a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the southern area of Taiwan and wreaked destruction on the City of Tainan: the oldest city in Taiwan. It’s a relatively short time for those of us observing from afar, even just a few miles away, where buildings

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Would You Like a Drink with your Plastic? :D

Well, as we know, the world doesn’t revolve around the Sun anymore. Instead, we’ve got excess(ive) plastic packaging, unreused plastic bags, plastic straws, and the best of them all in Taiwan, the plastic cup! Of which each typically has 1 life. Many have heard of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, AKA Plastic Island,

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The historic charm of Tamsui’s boardwalk

By Trista di Genova / The Wild East / Beautiful island For me personally, Tamsui (淡水) has some of the most endearing of Taiwan’s features– fresh-air strolls along its lovely boardwalk, now Youbike-enabled cycling past the serene and picturesque Tamsui River (淡水河), Guanyin Mountain (觀音山). It might just be the

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Voices in the Clouds

Watch Now A documentary by American Tony Coolidge about his personal journey discovering and exploring his Atayal roots in Taiwan. Tony is the founder of atayal.org. Voices in the Clouds explores issues of personal and cultural identity. Tony’s documentary is interesting because he is, from the perspective of mainstream, ethnic

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Maori-Taiwan exchange group forges ties

The Wild East / Culture Six Maori media studies undergraduates from Aukland University of Technology (AUT) made a tour of Taiwan in January this year, where they learned about its indigenous people. Creative media projects between New Zealand and Taiwan could be on the cards after the two-week cultural exchange.

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Dihua street (迪化街) abuzz every Chinese New Year

Via pristine.net The name “Dihua” was given in 1947 by the Republic of China government, in reference to the city of Dihua (now called Ürümqi) in Xinjiang, and effectively joins a string of older streets in this area of Taipei existing prior to the Chinese Civil War. Locals living in

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Who Killed ShiDa? The heart of Taiwan has died a slow death

Andy Singh, owner of Out of India restaurant, is one of the many small business owners in the ShiDa who has been standing up to the harassment over the past few years by developers, who want to turn the heart of Taiwan’s once liveliest district into a more lucrative and

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Rangi’s Qingquan (清泉) Typhoon Relief Trip

By Jonathan Burke (白炯涵) Read more of Jonathan’s account on the Atayal Association’s Facebook page. We finally reached the point at which Road #122 was unpassable, at least by car; a narrow concrete pathway remained on the mountain side of the road, barely wide enough to walk across, or drive

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