A fascination with Chinese period costume dramas and Taiwanese idol TV shows when I was little led to a love of the Chinese language. I watched so many Taiwanese idol dramas that I could guess what the leading lady’s next line would be. When I came to Taiwan to study Chinese for three months at the age of 24, I finally realized my humble dream to spend a short time living in Taiwan.
A recent BBC Travel article entitled “The Island That Never Stops Apologising” describes Taiwan as “a nation obsessed with saying sorry.” Some commentators have opined that the article is “commending” the courteousness of the Taiwanese people. But is it really? On reading the article, I happen to believe that that is not entirely true.
Is Crazy Rich Asians just a romantic comedy about people with inherited wealth? Why are people shedding tears in the theater? The steady rise in educational levels and career achievements of Asian immigrants and their children, together with depictions in television and movie dramas, are drawing more attention to the situations of ethnic Asians in U.S. society.
When nationalism comes to the fore in current events news, a journalist’s thinking and ideas had changed by the time a funeral had come to a close. As everyone prefaced their remarks about funerals with the phrases “we Americans,” “we Indonesians,” or “we Taiwanese,” the author realized she never asked her grandfather directly how he identified, just remembering one thing he had said.
This article is a reader’s contribution to Crossing. It explores the environmental pollution caused by the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, one of Taiwan’s most famous tourist attractions. What can be done to create a win-win situation for the environment and the tourism industry?
Night markets, scooters, the indigenous...what can best represent our culture? How do young Taiwanese react to this question? When political ideologies have been drawing "the line" clearer and clearer, is cultural identity becoming more and more uncertain?
Cambodia is still grappling with the Khmer Rouge’s obliteration of its culture and civilization in the late 1970s. But for the average Cambodian, escaping poverty and building a viable economy may be more important than seeking transitional justice.
In 2019, large food and beverage vendors in Taiwan including McDonald’s will no longer be allowed to offer plastic straws for free. In 2025, all single-use tableware will be banned from by all industries. At the same time, prices for plastic bags will be raised by NTD$5 for each. The ultimate goal is to implement a blanket ban on single-use plastic products by 2030.
York, a young Taiwanese volunteer and Crossing writer, shares her experience of living in Brazil’s biggest favela. Her interview with local young man Carlos tells a story of sorrow, toughness and pursue of hope.
Stephen Turban is a recent graduate of Harvard College and an alumnus of Jianguo Municipal High school. Here he shares his personal attempt in becoming an internet celebrity in China and Taiwan and his observation on the two’s social media landscapes. (Part 2)
Stephen Turban is a recent graduate of Harvard College and an alumnus of Jianguo Municipal High school. Here he shares his personal attempt in becoming an internet celebrity in China and Taiwan and his observation on the two’s social media landscapes. (Part 1)
"With only two hands, there is a limit on what I can do, but at least I photograph," said Kobayashi Kengo, a photographer from Tokyo now living in Taipei. “Your country is beautiful, the people, too. I want more people to see Taiwan through my lens.”
Interaction between Taiwan and Russia largely rests on trade, which has grown over the years but seen little structural change. Multilateral mechanisms such as APEC and the WTO might offer opportunities for exploring new fields of bilateral cooperation.
Il Mercato, an all-glass market-restaurant in Taipei, has become the most unbookable high-class authentic Italian restaurant in Taiwan since its opening, and it all started from the deepest respect for the ethnic-Italian American's grandfather.
Southeast Asia, especially Thailand with its openness and thriving economy, is an attractive destination for living and working abroad. But competing in the job market is easier said than done as top talent flocks to the country.
Labor groups have long blamed Taiwan’s low wages and long working hours on exploitative employers. But in this Op-ed piece, Universal Cement Corporation Vice President Jack Hou offers a more expansive view of what the real problems are.
In India, a country where life can never be completed without tea, milk, and sugar, how can a beverage that has dominated the market of Taiwan and even many Western countries disappear entirely from New Delhi in just a short two-year period?
Like many young Taiwanese entrepreneurs, this CEO of a men’s skin care company had to break out of his shell to find his way and now hopes to create an environment in Taiwan that values talent more highly and dares to reach out into the world.
Taiwan’s government has proposed a “Yushan Project” to stem the brain drain it says is plaguing academia. But in a commentary done for Crossing, writer Chen Kuan-ting takes issue with the program’s focus.
With Taiwanese companies losing global presence and opportunity, Jack Hou, the vice general manager of UNEO, thinks there must be a realization amongst ourselves that Taiwan is a small nation that and we need to develop a survival strategy that is fitting of our status in the global market.