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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.