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Tears of closure

By Mari Yamaguchi

Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it. Then he held the 93-year-old hands that brought this treasure home, and kissed them. Marvin Strombo, who had taken the calligraphy-covered Japanese flag from a dead soldier on a World War II island battlefieldFULL STORY

Down the generations: Young blood for an old war

A kerosene lamp flickers beside a Macbook in a jungle camp as aging Philippine communist leader Jaime Padilla plots the next step in one of Asia’s oldest insurgencies with a new generation of fighters. Fueled by one of the world’s starkest rich-poor divides, a Maoist rebellionFULL STORY

Taiwan in Time: When colonial powers collide2017-08-20

By Han Cheung

Aug. 21 to Aug. 27 Paulus Traudenius was not a subtle man. In August of 1641, the Dutch governor of Formosa sent a letter to his Spanish counterpart in Keelung with intentions laid bare in the first sentence: “I have the honorFULL STORY

Ian’s Table: Black garlic: better than white?2017-08-19

By Ian Bartholomew

Everyone loves garlic, right? Well, some people are not so partial to it. I know and understand this. Sadly, my nine-year-daughter is going through a phase of disliking garlic and it drives me crazy with affronted chef syndrome. Yet garlic is nothing if not endlesslyFULL STORY

Off the Beaten Track: The solitary spectacle of Baigu Mountain2017-08-18

By Richard Saunders

Appearances can be deceptive, and that’s definitely the case with Baigu Mountain (白姑大山), the 3,341-meter-high mountain that straddles the border between Taichung and Nantou County. One of Taiwan’s “Top Hundred Peaks” (it comes in at 45 on the list) it’s a surprisingly little-known trek, consideringFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2017-08-18

By Jason Chung Tang Yen

Hidden Immensity (窈渺) presents new mixed media paintings by Tung Hsin-ru’s (董心如). Tung has developed a sophisticated personal style in recent years, reflected in her brightly colored smoke-like abstract works. Expect to be captivated by imagery that resembles intergalactic phenomena. ■ Chini Gallery (采泥藝術), 48, LnFULL STORY

Double the trouble, double the fun2017-08-17

By Diane Baker

Wang Tzer-shing (王澤馨) has really raised the barre for the 11th International Ballet Star Gala in Taipei (第十一屆 國際芭蕾舞星在台北) at the National Theater this weekend, while presenting ballet lovers with a major dilemma. Not content with organizing a program replete with her usual mix of contemporaryFULL STORY

Finding freedom in death2017-08-17

By By Diane Baker

Pichet Klunchun, whose company will be at the Cloud Gate Theater next weekend, began training in Thailand’s classical Khon mask dance when he was 16, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Thai classical dance from Chulalongkorn University, the Thai equivalent of National TaiwanFULL STORY

Virtual Gold Rush in Russia2017-08-17

Standing in a warehouse in a Moscow suburb, Dmitry Marinichev tries to speak over the deafening hum of hundreds of computers stacked on shelves hard at work mining for crypto-money. “The form of currency we are used to is about to disappear,” predicts the 42-year-old entrepreneur,FULL STORY

Cool runnings or extreme sport?2017-08-16

By Peter Stebbings

A group of elderly Chinese joggers are pounding along a deserted motorway when suddenly a taxi plows into the back of them, knocking them over like skittles. At least one person was killed and the footage from the eastern province of Shandong went viral on ChineseFULL STORY

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