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Taiwanese Cuisine and People

A Bite of Taiwan: Memories of Home and Cultural Amalgamation

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?

Culture
A Retrospective

How Much Do the Taiwanese Love to Travel? The Wandering Youths of a Bygone Era

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...

International
The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030

Singaporean Childhood Memories: Playground History Reflects Local Life

How do playgrounds develop over time as social environments and human needs keep changing? How do the playgrounds of the past influence the selection and design of future playgrounds?

Things about the 30 Year-old World Wide Web

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.

Insight
How Banks Are Facing the Tech Threat

Warm Service the Key to Success

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.

Culture
The Dadaocheng Party

A Unique Reinvention of Tradition

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.

Culture
Building from Discarded Newspapers and PET Bottles

A Canadian Realizing His Green Dream in Taiwan

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.

International
World Economic Forum

China is Winning the Electric Vehicle Race

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.

Insight
When Home and Economics Collide

Opinion: The Opaque Market of Foreign Domestic Work in Taiwan

Foreign domestic workers are very commonly-seen in Taiwan, yet it doesn't mean Taiwan's current system and market are friendly to them.

Culture
Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) 2019

German Stories, Guest of Honour at the Taiwanese Book Market

“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."

International
Climate of Challenges

Survival In New Trade War: Broad Exports, No Taking Sides

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?

Industry
19 Million Swedish Meatballs

IKEA Taiwan Posts Record High Food Share

Last year, IKEA Taiwan’s revenue boasted the highest food share of all stores around the world. What makes IKEA’s Scandinavian fare so attractive that Taiwanese consumers can hardly resist?