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Celebrating literary achievement

By Davina Tham

If great literature captures the passions and obsessions of a society, then the winning works at this year’s Taiwan Literature Awards (台灣文學獎) artfully articulate the country’s fixation with its political future and national identity. Lin Chun-ying’s (林俊穎) Formosa Heat (猛暑) was published at the peakFULL STORY

Reinventing ‘Mary Poppins’

Everyone involved in the making of Mary Poppins Returns felt the pressure to do justice to the original 1964 film. Rob Marshall worked on it for three straight years. Animators came out of retirement to do hand-drawn animation in the style of the first. SetsFULL STORY

The ‘big cannon’ educator2018-12-16

By Han Cheung

Dec. 17 to Dec. 23 Fu Ssu-nien (傅斯年) had just returned to his seat after answering questions from Kuo Kuo-chi (郭國基) at the now defunct Taiwan Provincial Assembly. Kuo had grilled the National Taiwan University (NTU) president on a number of questions,FULL STORY

Brassica discoveries2018-12-15

By Ian Bartholomew

It is always nice to discover a new kind of vegetable, especially when it seems to find a place easily in one’s own regular cooking. Most recently I discovered what locals describe as white stem buk choy (牛奶白菜), a firm leafed variety of Brassica rapaFULL STORY

Highways and Byways: The two faces of Hamasen2018-12-14

By Steven Crook

I had a free morning in Kaohsiung, so I decided to see a bit more of Hamasen (哈瑪星) in the southernmost part of the city’s Gushan District (鼓山區). This neighborhood is often bypassed by tourists eager to visit the nearby Former British Consulate. The toponymFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2018-12-14

By Sheryl Cheung

Chinese artist Hang Chunhui (杭春暉) creates paintings that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Trained in Western abstract painting and Eastern ink painting, Hang’s earlier works showed interest in combining ink-and-brush techniques with Baroque art concerns such as religious symbolism, manipulation of light andFULL STORY

Highlight: Sentimental hometown memories2018-12-14

By Diane Baker

The Hsinchu-based Lei Dance Theater (艸雨田舞蹈劇場) will be in Taipei this weekend with its latest production, its seventh, Impressions of Our Hometown (竹鄉印象—四幕景), which premiered on Nov. 9 at the Hsinchu City Performing Arts Center, followed by shows at the Hsinchu County Experimental Lab theFULL STORY

Dance and theater for winter nights2018-12-13

By Diane Baker

The School of Dance and School of Theater Arts at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Guandu District (關渡) have been busy over the past few weeks preparing for their annual end-of-the-year shows. The shows are always a great chance to see potentialFULL STORY

Movie review: Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story2018-12-13

By Han Cheung

Taiwanese-Canadian director Frank Chen (陳惟揚) definitely took a gamble when he embarked on his four-year journey documenting baseball star Wang Chien-ming’s (王建民) comeback to the American major leagues. Although Chen told reporters during a screening in Taipei that he had a backup scenario just inFULL STORY

Hello my baby, hello my honey ...2018-12-13

By Christina Larso

City frogs and rainforest frogs don’t sing the same tune, researchers have found. A study released Monday examined why Panama’s tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities encroach on forests. These frogsFULL STORY

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