China’s like Taiwan’s ‘asshole twin sister’

Ron’s an acupuncturist practicing in the U.S. after having studied Chinese Medicine in Taiwan, then China. Follow Ron’s blog, “Adventures of 22nd Century Chinese-Like Boy” My friend Michael in Seattle, who is also an acupuncturist, wrote me an email recently. He noticed that my blog entries in China haven’t been

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More on what ‘rehab’ is like in Taiwan: Alcatraz!

The Wild East / Society What is ‘rehab’ like in Taiwan? From the following account, it’s pretty much like Alcatraz, except for the few hours a day of forced ‘meditation’. This year, a foreigner tested on the margin of error for having smoked marijuana, and was forced to go to

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Your Temple Is My Office

By Trista di Genova / The Wild East / Comedy There’s a temple I frequent in East Taipei, but I won’t say exactly where it is for fear other people will come and ‘rush’ it. For when you hear how awesome my office-temple is, you will have the urge to

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Hungarian loses appetite at Taiwan breakfast shop

By Frank V., for The Wild East Offering my Hungarian-Jew-style comedy to Taipei Comedy Club guests for the third time some weeks ago, I felt the support of the local audience again, which is the best drug for a comedian. I always wonder why comedy has no tradition in Taiwan,

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The day I stole a scooter in Kaohsiung

The Wild East / Comedy “I think you must trust people here a lot!” Wubai said, motioning to the rented scooter I’d parked in front of the 7-11 while we went inside for a bite to eat. The keys were dangling from the ignition. “Yes, I do,” I

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Expat Chat: On being a Western wife, part 2 of 2

What it’s like being a Taiwan xifu – daughter-in-law…? Curious about other foreign women’s experience of marrying Taiwanese, I interviewed Serina from Australia, who shares her many cultural experiences as a Taiwan daughter-in-law on her blog, http://www.taiwanxifu.com/. Read Part 1 here Serina wrote : “I met and married my husband

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Expat Chat: On being a Western Wife: Part 1 of 2

When I told people that I’d married a “PingDong Man”, a huge smile would break out on their face and almost invariably they’d exclaim, ‘Ah, Taiwan xifu!” What’s a Taiwan xifu? I wondered. It means “Taiwan daughter-in-law”. But it has another, very positive connotation — of total acceptance in this

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Adultery still a punishable crime in Taiwan

By Trista di Genova and Wu Bai, The Wild East Taiwan’s law against adultery (xing-fa 刑法), also known as “Criminal Law Number 239” in the legal code, may seem a strange and archaic animal to some. To this day adultery is a criminal offense that is punishable by up to

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Some ‘sexy time’ advice for Asian men

By Professor Titnibbler / The Wild East, Department of Sexy Time I’ll begin with the bad news for Asian fellows. There is some truth to the size of your penis being somewhat smaller on average than, say, that of the average African male. This conclusion can be based simply and

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My Run-In With The Dumpling Vendor

by Trista di Genova There’s this little place deep in the Heart of Banciao where they admittedly have some great shui-jiao but some lousy, cheese-emporium-like service. When I ordered some curry dumplings, they said they were all out – mai wan le so I tried to score some Korea-style dumplings

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