Danzi noodles and miso soup, Formosa Plastics Steak and moon shrimp cake, Chiang Kai-shek and his Chinese chefs...Taiwanese cuisine goes a long way to answer some basic questions: who are we? Where are we from? What is us?
The Taiwanese people began spending their vacations abroad after 1979. 470,000 people vacationed abroad during that first year. By 1988, the number was over a million, and it kept on climbing. In 2017, on average every Taiwanese visited another Asia-Pacific country—mainly Japan—more than once that year...
The world wide web is 30 years old this year. On 12 March 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published his proposal for connecting information together so that it could be easily shared and accessed, describing how a “web of notes with links (like references) between them is far more useful than a fixed hierarchical system.” But the astronomical growth of the web could also be its downfall, Berners-Lee warns.
The relentless advance of financial technology has many believing tech companies will soon replace traditional banks. But CTBC Bank President James Chen does not agree. At the CommonWealth Economic Forum (CWEF) in January, Chen explained how his bank is turning the tech threat into an advantage.
When Dadaocheng was at its lowest point, the Sedai Group moved to renovate and reinvigorate an area long steeped in tradition. Today, old stores are embracing a new entrepreneurial spirit and reinventing themselves with cultural and creative flair.
Can you build a house with repurposed PET bottles? In rural Pingtung County you can find such an entirely handmade, sustainable “low-tech” building. Its architect is a Canadian who came to Taiwan 20 years ago, married a local girl and has meanwhile become a naturalized citizen of Taiwan. Let’s meet with this ingenious builder.
Demand for electric vehicles in China is soaring. Nearly 1.3 million new energy vehicles (plug-in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) were sold there last year – a 62% rise on 2017. To put that number into context, it’s estimated that as of September 2018, there were only around 4 million electric vehicles in use across the whole world.
“Taiwan has a strong reading culture, and Taiwanese readers have tremendous intellectual curiosity about and interest in articles and publications from Germany. This is an ideal basis for our partnership and the reason why we have been working with the Taipei International Book Exhibition for years."
The United States and China are jabbing and parrying at each other in the start of a “new Cold War” that shows no signs of abating over the short term. Meanwhile, regardless of how future negotiations turn out, competition between the two powers will surely set the tone going forward. Given this environment, how can Asian nations find ways to survive and thrive?