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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Trista di Genova joins ATAYAL board of directors

The Wild East The ATAYAL organization officially welcomes Trista di Genova as a member of its Board of Directors Tainan City, Taiwan – May 13, 2013 – The ATAYAL Organization officially welcomed Trista di Genova to its board of directors on Monday. Trista has attended ATAYAL events in Taiwan and

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Formosan Clouded Leopard declared extinct in Taiwan

via treehugger.com For the last thirteen years, an international team of researchers have been searching out any indication that one of the world’s most majestic animals, the Formosan clouded leopard, was still in existence in its native forests of Taiwan. But now that countless in-the-field observation hours and thousands of

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Prof. Scott Simon to speak on Seediq Bale @ Academia Sinica

Anthropologist Scott Simon will be speaking at Academia Sinica in Taipei on May 6 at 2:30pm, on the topic “Sadyaq Balae! State and Indigeneity on Formosa” in Room B202, RCHSS Academia Sinica (map) Like indigenous peoples around the globe, the Austronesian peoples of Formosa (Taiwan) have lost their sovereignty because

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Aboriginal New Year’s Feast in Chingchuan

Check this out – The Wild East’s Wild Feast! What can be better than being able to spend the weekend and your New Year’s outside the crush and smog of the city? ChingChuan, located in the mountains of Hsinchu, is home to a fusion of people including the indigenous Atayal

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Christmas in Wulai: A heart-warming affair

Trista di Genova / The Wild East Father Christmas arrived in Wulai 23rd December. Thanks to the generosity of many Taiwanese and foreign friends alike — in particular main organizer Gary Smoke and the auspices of the Rangi Association — there was live entertainment, caroling, visits with Santa and a

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‘The Last Samurai’: Travels in Formosa

By Jerome Keating / originally published in Taipei Times Notes of Travel in Formosa, Charles W. Le Gendre, Eds. Douglas L. Fix and John Shufelt, National Museum of Taiwan History 2012, ISBN 978-986-03-2127-2. 475 pages, introduction i-lxxii. As the effects of the Industrial Revolution made their way around the world,

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Impressions of Saisiyat tribe’s Ritual of the Little Black People

Trista di Genova / The Wild East / Culture Every two years the Saisiyat tribe in Hsinchu County, Taiwan, hold the Ritual of the Little Black People (矮靈祭, ǎi líng jì). This year, it took place Dec. 1-3, in a remote mountainous village in Wufeng Township. The following is my

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Top 10 reasons to check out Chingchuan’s new Youth Cultural Center

By Fr. Barry Martinson / The Wild East The Taoshan Youth Cultural Center opened in Chingchuan, Hsinchu County. Here are the top 10 reasons to go check it out! 1. CHINGCHUAN ALREADY HAD AN ABANDONED BUILDING… The old Taushan credit union/coop building had been abandoned and unusable for over ten

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