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Spirit travels through an ancient land

By John Tkacik

During my forty-odd years of Chinese studies, I often found little things that would capture my imagination. Looking back, these little obsessions have been central to my love of the Chinese language. Once upon a time, I came across a scrap of remembrance in aFULL STORY

Taiwan in Time: The first anti-communist conscripts2017-07-23

By Han Cheung

July 24 to July 30 Public resentment exploded when the conscription order came down in February 1946. The last time Taiwanese faced formal conscription was during World War II, when the Japanese colonial government drafted more than 20,000 men in 1945. They formally enlisted in theFULL STORY

Ian’s Table: Size matters2017-07-22

By Ian Bartholomew

There are those who differentiate zucchini from yellow squash and those who don’t, but both are members of the summer squash family. Both are relatively new to Taiwan. Though grown locally, this is mostly for the restaurant trade, and zucchini and yellow squash command aFULL STORY

Off the Beaten Track: Monkeying around on Monkey Mountain2017-07-21

By Richard Saunders

Despite the not unreasonable claims among us northerners that Taipei is (and always will be) Taiwan’s greatest city, Kaohsiung is a pretty awesome place too, once you start exploring it. Taipei may have the larger number of historic buildings, the best public transport system andFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2017-07-21

By Jason Chung Tang Yen

This week, Taiwan’s art scene mostly focuses on happenings in Taichung, kicking off with Art Taichung. In its fifth edition, the hotel art fair is spread across five floors and features 57 galleries, including Japan’s Gallery Kogure and Gallery Woo from South Korea, while Taiwan’sFULL STORY

Dancing lights2017-07-21

By Sofia Kuan

After experiencing the Arctic’s midnight sun and polar nights, London-based artist Jessica Rayner found inspiration in the role of light in human life. “This [experience] made me question what happens when our main source of light — the sun — isn’t available to us?” Rayner saidFULL STORY

Life is all about karma2017-07-20

By Diane Baker

Liu Kuan-hsiang (劉冠詳) should be feeling pretty good right at this stage in his life: last year’s work, Kids (我知道的太多了), won him a six-month grant from Cloud Gate Theater, the Performing Arts Award at the 15th Annual Taishin Arts Award ceremony in May and hasFULL STORY

Book review: A kaleidoscope of activism2017-07-20

By Han Cheung

With final revisions completed before President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration in May of last year, Taiwan’s Social Movements under Ma Ying-jeou is a rare resource in English where one can get a fairly up-to-date look at Taiwan’s vibrant civil society in one go. Although academicFULL STORY

Tales of Bangka and Jailolo2017-07-20

By Diane Baker

Llike thousands of other people, I spent Saturday evening in a haze of almost blissful perfection, sitting in Taipei’s Liberty Plaza watching Cloud Gate 2 (雲門 2) perform 13 Tongues (十三聲). One Cloud Gate staffer told me the first audience member to arrive for the performanceFULL STORY

LAB Space’s mid-summer mystery worth a ticket2017-07-20

By Jerome Keating

“Things are not always what they seem,” says Tanya, the blonde. If so, then how much self-deception enters the imaginings of our everyday lives? Butterfly Effect’s production of Robert Hewett’s The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, presents this question and we, the audience,FULL STORY

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