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Fil-Canadian singer and Internet celebrity Mikey Bustos

Key to Viral Success: "Never give up."

Fil-Canadian singer and Internet celebrity Mikey Bustos shared his keys to viral success: "Never give up."

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Indigenous Singer Jia Jia

Working Hard at Being Herself

Long recognized on the music scene as an exceptional talent, two-time Golden Melody Awards nominee for Best Female Singer Jia Jia tells how she learned to believe in herself…

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Ecological Aquaculture

Giving Our Seas a Break

A milkfish farm in Kaohsiung has found success with ecological aquaculture, using mostly all-natural feed. Its experience has raised hopes that eco-friendly fish farming can maintain supplies while allowing our exhausted seas to catch their breath.

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People Tree

Slow Shopping Means More Joy

Fair trade starts at the source. That’s why the Japan-born fair trade label People Tree set out to transform the fashion supply chain, making Japanese society realize that buying organic, fairly traded garments brings more joy than pursuing the latest fashion craze.

Fanatical Shanghai

Fanatical young Shanghainese are bringing the world to Shanghai, from as far afield as Europe and America, and as nearby as Taiwan, carrying their cultural momentum forward, reproducing, tweaking and surpassing it… with the goal of taking Chinese design to the world.

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A Rising Center of Creativity

‘Hot’ Taipei

Romantic yet practical, Taipei’s free-flowing creative energy is surging beyond Taiwan and into ethnic-Chinese communities around the world. Even countries in the West are showing fascination with the city’s creative expression.

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Thomas Heatherwick:

Keep Moving Forward

Like his projects, Thomas Heatherwick operates in a world of practical considerations and constraints, relentlessly working to bridge modern cities with the individual need to feel important and productive. Inside Heatherwick Studio, an exhibition at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum through May 15, celebrates and gives insight into the mind behind such projects as the Garden Bridge and the British Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

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Taiwan's Diverse Families

Finding One's True Self, Alone

Once a high-profile media figure in Taipei, Hsu Lu now enjoys a quiet existence in laid-back Taitung, where she is redefining the concept of "home" and "family" on her own terms.

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Stephane Corcuff

'Acquiring' Ancestors in Taiwan

Inside a cluster of decrepit wooden houses dating from the Japanese period, French scholar Stéphane Corcuff came across a wooden ancestral memorial plaque that changed his relationship with Taiwan.

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PTT Founder Ethan Tu

A 'Heavenly Dragon' Resurfaces

PTT was just the first stop on a magical software journey that has taken him to Microsoft, big data and even artificial intelligence. Currently working in the U.S., Ethan Tu is looking forward to the day when he harnesses Taiwan's "software power."

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Patience Chuang

Forge a Publishing Citadel to Protect Taiwan

Building momentum out of niche interests, she is working to raise issues that help reinsert depth and breadth back into Taiwan's increasingly superficial publishing market.

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Tsai Pao-chang

Tainaner Ensemble Seeks Global Stage

Having barely graduated from university ten years ago, Tsai Pao-chang created a novel play consisting of six one-hour episodes, building his reputation as one of Taiwan's most promising theater talents. Now, Tsai wants to take his innovative playwriting abroad to entertain European audiences with plays in English and French.

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Huang Sheng-Yuan

The Down to 'Earth' Master Architect

Huang Sheng-Yuan's many architectural landmarks in Yilan reflect a free and rebellious style honed over the past two decades. That sometimes unappreciated style has now earned him the chance to exhibit at a Japanese architectural shrine.

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Taiwan's Independent Coffee Culture

Soft Power, Percolated to Perfection

Taiwan produces relative few coffee beans, but it is a prime destination when Asians want to open cafés, roast good coffee, or grow premium beans. How has Taiwan gained renown as a premium coffee hub in such a short time?

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American Novelist Jonathan Franzen

Challenging the Internet Age

Jonathan Franzen is known for taking on Twitter and Facebook and lamenting how reading is becoming a lost art. In this exclusive interview, Franzen talks about how reading and literature have an important role in the new digital era.

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Jonathan Liao

Making Our Own Films

Older people swore it couldn't work, but for the team at 1987 Studio, opportunity was right there before them, and they are determined to pave a new way in filmmaking for themselves and their young peers.

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Chaz Chang

Turning Lukang into Asia's Edinburgh

Lukang has a nostalgic grip on its natives who work in other parts of Taiwan, a grip so strong that budding arts manager Chaz Chang has returned, hoping to bring the arts to his backwater hometown.

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Takeshi Kaneshiro:

I Am not a 'Dream Guy'

CommonWealth Magazine talked to Takeshi Kaneshiro when he returned to his native Taiwan recently to promote his latest film. Out of the limelight, Kaneshiro is very different from his melancholic heartthrob on-screen persona.

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Mandopop

Can Taiwan Keep Reigning Supreme?

Taiwan occupies center stage in the ethnic-Chinese music world. How is it coping with the digitization of music, the decline of albums and competition from China, to maintain and fortify its position of strength?

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British Designer Thomas Heatherwick

Making the Future

He is the man behind the stunning UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the 2012 Olympic cauldron. How does this uncompromising "Da Vinci of our times" present a new Great Britain to the world?

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British Designer Jay Osgerby

Make Less, But Better

The British design team of Barber and Osgerby gained world fame with their design of a stylish and light all-weather Olympic torch for the London Olympics in 2012. What is the source of their creativity?

Why Hong Kong Is Smitten with Taiwan

People from Hong Kong have swarmed to Taiwan in recent years to enjoy its night markets and slower pace of life and to learn from its "happy protests." But an unmistakable disenchantment with Beijing may lie behind this infatuation.

The Magic of Tranquility

One in every four Taiwanese suffers from anxiety, depression or other mental disorders. The more turmoil we face, the more we need tranquility for clearer thinking.

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The Post-90 Generation

A New Breed of Cross-strait Consumers

Accustomed to affluence, the newest generation of youth in China and Taiwan has never known a world without the Internet. Their lifestyle and consumption patterns are rewriting the retail world.

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National Dong Hwa University

Wandering Lessons

You don't need to sit in a classroom to learn. At National Dong Hwa University, students explore every nook and cranny of rural Hualian County, sparking new enthusiasm and creativity.

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Taiwan's Swiss Apprenticeship Program

Making Masterful Mechanics

A chain link-style "vocational high school-technical university-corporate" collaborative model and the legacy of Swiss apprenticeship system is putting specialized technical certification in the hands of 18 year-old students.

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Indonesia

Taiwan's New Land of Opportunity

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest growing emerging markets and the place where Taiwan's high-tech companies are looking to drive future growth. What makes them so upbeat?

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Higher Education

Taiwan's Stray PhDs

Taiwanese officials warn of a looming talent gap, yet Taiwan boasts a talent pool of nearly one million people with advance degrees. After studying for more than 20 years, why are they facing such difficulties finding decent jobs?

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Higher Education

Scrambling to Make the Grade

The convergence of fewer students, globalization and pressure-packed evaluations is brewing a perfect storm for Taiwan's higher education system. Where will it all lead?

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Desperately Seeking Students

Taiwan's Professors Turn Marketers

Within two decades more than one third of Taiwan's universities may have to close down for want of students. All of a sudden, university presidents and professors alike are being forced to peddle their services.

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Kanazawa, Japan

Tradition with an Innovative Twist

Founded 400 years ago as a cultural center, Kanazawa boasts a rich artistic heritage, which it lavishes with love, labor and generous investments. How is this city breathing new life into its creative and cultural industries?

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Small Fishermen in an Uphill Battle

Saving Dwindling Oval Squid Stocks

Along Taiwan's north coast the stocks of squid are in decline. Fearing for their future, local fishermen have decided to fight for the sea creatures on which their livelihoods depend.

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Taiwan's Barren Waters

The Fish Are Gone

Taiwan's residents consume huge amounts of seafood, but much of it is imported rather than caught in waters off the island. Why is that? And is there still time to reverse the situation?

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Of Sports and CEOs

The Ball Field Is More than a Metaphor

Many top Taiwanese execs stay actively engaged in the world of athletics, and the lessons they learn serve them well. What are the "golden rules" of management that sports can teach?

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CommonWealth Economic Forum

Empowering Local Communities and Culture

Lin Hwai-min, founder and artistic director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, offers inspiration: Great changes begin with little steps.

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Comic Artist Zeco

'Girl Arms' Takes Japan by Storm

The first Taiwanese cartoonist to secure a long-term serialization deal with a Japanese magazine, Zeco's armor-clad young beauties armed to the teeth have Japanese fans praising the quality and creativity of Taiwanese comics.

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Comic Artist AKRU

Making Taiwanese History Come Alive

A twentysomething woman brings to life 19th-century Taiwan in her modern graphic novels. Every composition and every line in her drawings reveals her imagination and her feelings for her native Taiwan.

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Indigenous Entrepreneur Lin Yi-bei

Owl Magic Reshapes a Community

Returning to Sun Moon Lake to start a business, Lin Yi-bei never expected her little owls to make such a mark on her community. Her inspiring story shows that people can choose their own path in life.

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Beautiful Formosa

Taking a Different Road

Traveling the length of gently curving Provincial Highway No. 1, CommonWealth Magazine witnesses the rising vitality of grassroots Taiwan, and discovers seven traits that enable countless Taiwanese to prevail.

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Legendary Masterpiece of Chinese Art

Reunited after Nearly Four Centuries

Split in two 360 years ago, the painting "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" has come together again at Taipei's National Palace Museum. What is the best way to take in this legendary painting?

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Jaycee Chan

I Have to Work Harder than Others

Throughout his career, entertainer Jaycee Chan has had to fight to step out from under the shadow of his superstar father, Jackie Chan. But with the tireless help of his Taiwanese mother Joan Lin, he has managed to come into his own.

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Taiwan's Future Leaders

Building Their Own Stages to Shine On

The future belongs to those who create their own opportunities. CommonWealth Magazine looks at some of the future leaders who will reshape Taiwan in the years to come.

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Tseng Wei: Venice Architecture Biennale Taiwan Pavilion Curator

Taking Venice with 'Lightness' and 'Softness'

The selection of curator for the Taiwan Pavilion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale was a major departure from the norm. What made the selection committee decide this upstart was the right architect to represent Taiwan?

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Taiwan's Tween Generation

The Cyber Land Where Kids Connect

MapleStory, a free South Korean role-play adventure game, has been a hit among school-age gamers for five years now. It even entices parents to venture into the fantasy world of their kids. What is the game's magic?

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Taiwan's Tween Generation

Yu Wo – Queen of Tween Novels

Easy to read and hard to put down, the "light novels" of Taiwanese writer Yu Wo have captured the hearts of the island's young readers. What does her rapid rise to bestseller stardom signify?

Life-changing Gifts

The right gift at the right time can help forge closer personal relationships, smoothen business ties, and even change a person's life. How can we choose gifts that adequately convey our intentions and also please the recipient?

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The Most Important Lesson for Physicians:

When Should Patients Be Allowed to Die?

Now that technology can prolong life beyond its natural limits, the biggest question physicians face is not how to keep terminally ill patients alive, but how to help them die a dignified death.

Eat Less Meat

With Taiwan's diet increasingly skewed toward meat and wheat, its food supply is ever more vulnerable. To fight global warming, bolster Taiwan's security, and improve your health, maybe the answer lies on your own plate.

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Song Shan High School

More to Life than Getting to the Top

At Taipei Municipal Song Shan Senior High School, weekly class meetings and school celebrations are different. Instead of empty rituals, students contemplate the meaning of life.

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Life Education

Teachers Need to Learn about Life Too

Starting next year, life education will be a required subject at Taiwan's 330 senior high schools. In preparation for the new subject, a fresh crop of teachers has been taking courses themselves. Often, it has proven to be a life-altering experience.

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Life Education:

A Competition that Has No Losers

More students are losing their way than ever in Taiwan's test-driven education environment. How can the system be changed to help each one of them win at life?

Taipei's New West Side Story

Steeped in culture and basking in a wave of urban renewal, Taipei's West Side is undergoing a quiet metamorphosis. A new gateway to Taiwan, a new oasis in Taipei, the city's West Side is currently standing on the threshold of rejuvenation.

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1949 to 2009

Taiwan's Tumultuous Road

Six decades – a full epoch by traditional Chinese reckoning – have passed since the KMT lost control of China and took refuge on Taiwan, creating the political system and ethnic mix that now define the island. What does the future hold?

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Timm Wu

A Fashion Show Is a Cross-cultural Gala Event

More than just models walking down a runway, the cross-disciplinary fashion shows of Taiwanese creative director Timm Wu are unique artistic performances.

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Hayao Miyazaki:

Children Give Me Courage and Hope

In this exclusive interview, renowned Japanese animated film director Hayao Miyazaki explores the process of creation, the perils of the present era, and the divine nature of children.

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Meet Fresh Dessert Franchise

The Sweet Taste of Good Old Times

With a mystique of down-to-earth, old-fashioned flavor, Meet Fresh successfully attracts and retains customers by highlighting the handmade character of its products and spreading the heartwarming legend of its founders.

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New Key to Survival in Changing Times:

'Reading the Air'

In Japan, Taiwan, and around the world, in the workplace, businesses and political circles, people are desperately seeking the social awareness skills that often mean the difference between success and failure.

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Thriving in an Atmosphere of Freedom

Hip Taipei Making its Mark

It's a city full of creativity, freedom and laughter. Compared to Beijing, Taipei shines as a fun, multicultural town bursting with vitality.

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Jay Chou

Asia's 'Little King' of Pop

Multitalented Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou has become a synonym for innovative, non-traditional Chinese-language pop music. What is the source of the energy driving his success?

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Creative Cities

Taichung's Cultural Stage Lets Economy Shine

Shedding its seedy reputation of the past, Taichung is putting its best cultural face forward internationally, with a future full of imagination.

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Kris Yao's Passage to India

Seeing the True Essence of Life

Architect Kris Yao recalls the surprises, incongruities and moments of growth that happen while traveling in India.

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The Rise of the Early Birds

Your Future Begins at Dawn

In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, more and more people are rising at daybreak, and with the extra time before work, opening up new possibilities for their lives.

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Learning the Wisdom of Morning Markets

Early Bird Exec Telly Kuo

Among the growing ranks of early risers are more than a few corporate leaders. Optoma Corporation general manager for Asia Telly Kuo frequents traditional morning markets, for fresh fruit and fish, and entrepreneurial inspiration.

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Early Bird Exec David Pacey

Gathering Energy through Morning Exercise

Among the growing ranks of early risers are more than a few corporate leaders. Grand Hyatt Taipei general manager David Pacey uses early mornings to foster his health, boost his energy, and achieve tranquility.

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Early Bird Exec Fred Pai

Gaining Insight through Morning Contemplation

Among the growing ranks of early risers are more than a few corporate leaders. Polaris Financial Group vice chairman Fred Pai uses the morning hours to gather his thoughts, and hearken to his muses.

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Transplants Forge a Great City

Hsinchu's Quiet Revolution

One of the world’s major technology hotbeds, Hsinchu has attracted a high proportion of non-native residents. Can its population of transplants trigger their own brand of urban renewal?

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Taichung City

Giving Creativity Free Rein

This young city intent on change sticks out for its free and easy-going atmosphere, its consumer aesthetics and creativity, and the good life its people enjoy.

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Microsoft's Imagine Cup 2007

Twenty-something Rebels Show World-class Creativity

Four Taiwanese university students, once told they 'had no future', placed second in a global creativity competition, highlighting what kinds of talent will be in demand in tomorrow's Taiwan.

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Rebecca Kuei & S.S. Guo

Helping a Friend through Life's Tribulations

Along the path of life, each of us needs a 'Buddy' of our own. How do school or work relationships develop into lifelong friendships?

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Chinese Medicine:

The Ultimate Solution to Cancer?

People around the world even Coca-Cola are taking a new look at traditional Chinese medicine. Can its multi-target "cocktail therapy" approach become the ultimate answer to cancer?

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Former IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus:

Taiwan Has Something Unique to Offer the World

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Taiwanese Designers

Seducing the World with Oriental Aesthetics

Three mid-career Taiwanese designers demonstrate how they integrate Oriental and Western aesthetics into print, theater, and industrial design to speak the world's language.

Cracking the Oriental Creativity Code

Across the globe, designs from Asia are captivating the imagination. Not only Westerners, but Asians themselves are eager to unlock the secrets of style from the East.

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Far Eastern Group CEO Douglas Hsu

Businesses Can Do More for the Environment

From planting trees, to riding bicycles, to devotedly saving energy throughout the many enterprises he directs, the Far Eastern Group’s Douglas Hsu has a green side the world rarely sees.

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Cheng Loong Corp.

Papermaker Turns Bad Rep into Pulp Fiction

The paper industry is notorious for consuming energy. But Taiwanese paper manufacturer Cheng Loong has voluntarily cut greenhouse gas emissions, joining the vanguard of Taiwan's green revolution.

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Motech Solar

Riding a 30-year Wave of Growth

Between 2003 and 2006 Motech Solar maintained annual growth of 70 to 80 percent. This year it is poised to join the ranks of the world's top five solar cell suppliers. How bright is solar's future?