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Reflexive Taiwan

Reflexive Taiwan
Research & Reflections

A Year of Weaving in Taiwan

“We don’t have any form of writing at Iwan. This is our true text, a living one, ” says an elderly woman as she prepared food for an Amis festival in Iwan in Taitung county.

Reflexive Taiwan
Research & Reflections

Why Study in Taiwan?

Taiwanese and American cultures are at once different and the same—even with origins on opposite sides of the world, globalization and urbanization have created a cosmopolitan environment in Taipei that makes me feel at home.

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A Conversation with Olivia Wu

PRIDE, Healing and Taiwan’s LGBTQ Community

Taipei continues to grow its reputation as a city of tolerance, equality, and diversity, welcoming visitors from the global LGBTQ community by the tens of thousands. One of the earliest spots in the city to fly the rainbow flag, announcing itself as a safe space for the LGBTQ community was Taipei’s Love Boat Shop.

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Storytelling, Trash-chasing & Break-dancing

An Inside Look at an Iranian-American Girl’s Journey through Taiwan

One year ago, I began an incredible journey through the island of Taiwan. I followed trash trucks, I got down with bboys and bgirls, house dancers and freestylers, and entered the world of plastic production and recycling. So here it is. An open, honest, abridged reflection of those nine months.

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A Fulbright scholar on Dharma Drum Mountain

Teaching in a Buddhist Pure Land

Life in the mountainous Buddhist community is more than just healthy eating, contemplation, and research. Gender-segregated computer labs for monastics are living proof that Buddhism in general has embraced technology to preserve and spread their scriptures.

An American Vegetarian in Taiwan

As health-consciousness and animal welfare awareness are rising, vegetarian buffets are enjoying a boom in Taiwan. Exploring the food, this Fulbright scholar emphatically argues that Taiwan is the best place in the world for vegetarian food.

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Reflexive Taiwan Series

From the Island of Women to #MeToo

Not long ago, when news of rich and powerful men finally being called to account – dethroned as a comeuppance for sexually predatory behavior – was still rolling in, my friend Darice Dan Chang wrote about how the movement had barely touched Taiwan. Although I’m usually upbeat about life in Taiwan as a woman compared to the rest of Asia, she had a point.

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Reflexive Taiwan Series

My Taiwanese Tai Chi Experience

Joshua Samuel Brown, co-author of twelve Lonely Planet guides, started his "long and slow" Tai Chi journey, not just to delve deeper into the mysteries of Chinese culture, but also because he doesn't want his Tai Chi classmates think he's a quitter.

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Reflexive Taiwan Series

Understanding Doctor-Patient Relationships in Taiwan

Evelyn Siu, a Fulbright Fellow studying doctor-patient relationships at Taipei Medical University, has shared her reflections, her friendship, and her cultural-shock experiences in Taiwan.

Reflexive Taiwan
Reflexive Taiwan Series

Traveling in Taiwan as A Woman (But Not Only)

Too often, a female traveler cannot experience a place in the same way as a male counterpart. There are always added dangers, prohibitions, assumptions, expectations and just those extra things women notice because experience and necessity have trained us to do so. If an exception exists, it might well be Taiwan.

Reflexive Taiwan
Reflexive Taiwan Series

A British Barber in Taiwan

After meeting his wife in Hualien, Daniel opened up a barber shop in the charming east coast city. In the process, he’s created a most unique experience for himself and thousands of satisfied customers.