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Burned-out French chef gives back Michelin stars

By Pascal Pavani

A chef in southern France with three Michelin stars says he wants to be stripped of the distinction because of the “huge pressure” to dish up flawless fare each day. Sebastien Bras’s Le Suquet restaurant in the village of Laguiole joined the elite club of FrenchFULL STORY

Restaurant review: Saathiya Indian Cuisine (莎堤亞印度料理)

By Liam Gibson

Indian cuisine has struggled to find it’s place in Taiwan’s international food scene. Not rare enough to be cast among the “exotic” types that have but a handful of representative restaurants in Taipei (think Peruvian, Russian or even Turkish), nor popular enough to join theFULL STORY

Off the Beaten Track: Dongyin Island: The Northern Frontier2017-09-22

By Richard Saunders

There’s a curious consensus among many lovers of the Matsu islands that Dongyin (東引) is the most beautiful. With it’s easternmost peninsula, the famous Lienyu Yikeng Cliff (烈女義坑, also known as Suicide Cliff), stunningly situated lighthouse and extraordinary Yisiantian (一線天, also known as Thread ofFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2017-09-22

By Jason Chung Tang Yen

Round Table Discussions: Concepts in International Waters and Imagining Foreign Lands (圓桌會議—異域的想像和觀念的公海) provides an overview of the contemporary Chinese art scene. Beijing-based Zhao Zhao (趙趙) is showing a video and photography work, Project Taklamakan (2016), which shows the process of rolling out 200km of wireFULL STORY

Finding life in death2017-09-22

By Diane Baker

Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA, 國立台北藝術大學) alumni and a current student are presenting works in Taipei this weekend, highlighting the dominant role of the school’s in the nation’s performing arts scene. Hsu Chen-wei’s (許程崴) two-year-old eponymous troupe, the Hsu Chen Wei Dance Company (許程崴製作舞團),FULL STORY

East meets West meets pop2017-09-22

By Han Cheung

Don’t be surprised if the musicians run into the audience at MK Oriental’s (東方猴) concert at the National Taichung Theater tomorrow. Playing a fusion of Western classical, traditional Chinese and pop, the band’s music is best suited for proper concert halls, but Wang wants to livenFULL STORY

A seat at the table2017-09-21

By Chris Fuchs

Hundreds marched in New York City last weekend to call attention to Taiwan’s exclusion from the UN and to what they say is continued oppression from the Chinese government. Shouting “UN for Taiwan” and carrying homemade signs with pro-Taiwan slogans, participants on Saturday afternoon madeFULL STORY

Folded over in stitches2017-09-21

By Diane Baker

A childhood love of Disney cartoons and growing up amid the marvelous fantasies of Venice’s annual carnival led to 57-year-old Italian comedian Ennio Marchetto’s unique career. He went from entertaining family and friends with imitations of Marilyn Monroe in paper dresses to producing carnival costumes andFULL STORY

Movie review: Never-Ending Road2017-09-21

By Han Cheung

Chang Chih-yung’s (張志勇) first feature since his multiple award-winning 2000 film Lament of the Sand River (沙河悲歌) sort of meanders along with few highs and lows, but the narrative is gripping enough with sprinkles of quirkiness and absurdities that it will keep the audience’s attentionFULL STORY

Book review: Virtuous island2017-09-21

By Bradley Winterton

Why are Westerners almost routinely enthusiastic about Taiwan? On the surface, Taiwan Firsthand is a collection of essays by Westerners (with one exception) writing about their experiences here. But in fact the entire book is a sustained peon of praise for everything Taiwanese — theFULL STORY

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