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Off the Beaten Track: Best of Bali

By Richard Saunders

New Taipei City’s Bali District (八里, across the river from Tamsui) isn’t a place that immediately springs to mind for tourist attractions. Its main draw, Formosa Fun Coast (八仙海岸), remains closed following a tragic fire, and today it’s probably best known for the huge newFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung

Yoga: Modern Western Paintings of Japan (日本近代洋畫大展) is a comprehensive show of Japanese modern paintings that date from the Meiji to Showa period (late 19th century to early 20th century). The show includes over 80 paintings by 31 artists who contributed to the early blossomingFULL STORY

Highlight: Ono 6 Concert

By Han Cheung

A collaboration between indigenous musicians from New Zealand and Taiwan will be presented to the public for the first time on Sunday as part of a concert and charity auction at Kuangchi Public Service (光啟社), a Catholic media production company. Maori singer Moana Maniapoto choseFULL STORY

Highlight: Let there be light! Hanukkah at Taipei 101

By Shir Bashi

Sunday will mark the sixth night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday observed around the world with greasy pastry, songs and candles to mark the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem a little over 2,100 years ago, and the Jewish community is taking theFULL STORY

Shows to challenge students and society2017-12-14

By Diane Baker

As the year draws to an end, the oft-frenetic pace of dance performances around Taipei and elsewhere in Taiwan has begun to slow to a trickle. This weekend there are two shows worth catching, one in Taipei, the other in Tainan — or if youFULL STORY

Weird but cute2017-12-14

By Natsuko Fukue

A tiny replica of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and a plastic cat squatting on sushi: just two of the weird-and-wonderful capsule toys that have become a multi-million-dollar craze in cute-obsessed Japan. The industry is now worth an estimated 30 billion yen (US$265 million), with the fastidiousFULL STORY

Book review: Culture clash in the Pacific during war2017-12-14

By Bradley Winterton

The Teahouse of the August Moon is a classic of American fiction about World War II and its aftermath in the Pacific region. It was first published in 1951, two years before the author’s novel about Taiwan’s “white terror,” A Pail of Oysters [reviewed inFULL STORY

Singapore’s minority languages get their mojo back2017-12-13

By Martin Abbugao

Kevin Martens Wong reels off sentences in Kristang, which is among several minority languages in Singapore enjoying a new lease of life after a decades-long drive to encourage the use of English and Mandarin. “Teng bong, ozi nus prendeh sorti-sorti di tempu,” the linguist told hisFULL STORY

In Jakarta, flood-hit slum residents aim for a higher, drier future2017-12-13

By Zoe Tabary

Whenever floods hit her one-room shack in northern Jakarta, Irma Susanti hangs her most precious furniture — a bed and a table — from the ceiling with a rope. “You can never be too prepared,” says the resident of Muara Angke, a coastal area in Jakarta.FULL STORY

Cold turkey at Vietnam’s compulsory drug rehab centers2017-12-12

By Jenny Vaughan

During four years of compulsory rehab in Vietnam, Trung spent his drug-free days gluing together false eyelashes as part of what authorities billed as valuable “work therapy” for his heroin addiction. But critics say the work of Trung and tens of thousands of others isFULL STORY

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