Tea in North Taiwan

Nick Kembel: Taiwan Tea-loving Writer

Nick Kembel, author of Taiwan In The Eyes of A Foreigner, is a Canadian writer/photographer who blogs about Taiwan at nickkembel.com. He lives in New Taipei City, and was interviewed in June 2016. Life of Taiwan: You first arrived in Taiwan in 2008. Did you have any particular expectations about the island? Nick Kembel: A […]

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Christmas in Taiwan

Christmas in Taiwan

Fewer than one in 20 Taiwanese is Christian, yet the religion is accepted as part of mainstream society thanks in large part to the medical and educational work done by Western missionaries since the 1860s. Several of the country’s high schools and universities were established by missionaries, as were a number of major hospitals. The […]

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Cats of Taiwan

Global Felines and the Cats of Taiwan

Global Felines was launched in July 2015 by Jill Henley-Su, a freelance translator/photographer and cat lover living in Taipei. “When I started my freelancing career, I spent some time traveling around. At the end of every trip, I usually found there were more photos of cats than of anything else. That’s when I decided to […]

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Visiting Taiwan in Autumn

Visiting Taiwan in the Autumn

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile…” wrote William Cullen Bryant. The 19th-century American poet never visited Taiwan, but his words are just as true for East Asia’s most alluring island as they are for the New England he knew and loved. The main reason is, of course, the weather. In October and November it’s dependably […]

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Japanese Architecture - Old Tainan Martial Arts Academy

Japanese Era Architecture in Tainan and Chiayi

Between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a colony of the Japanese Empire. During that half century, the island changed beyond recognition as the Japanese authorities built roads, railways and schools, while Japanese corporations invested heavily in industries such as sugar and power generation. Despite World War II air raids and the breakneck growth of Taiwan’s […]

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Bamboo house decays in Taiwan

Taiwan’s Versatile and Wonderful Bamboo

If you visit Taiwan, you’ll notice bamboo is used in countless different ways. Bamboo scaffolding is put up when houses are being repaired or repainted. Alongside highways, bamboo poles hold up advertisements. On the southwestern coast, oysters are raised on bamboo frames. Effigies of gods, carried through the streets during folk-religion processions, are held aloft […]

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Confucian Temples Taiwan

Taiwan’s Confucian Temples

Each of Taiwan’s cities and counties has at least one Confucian Temple, not to mention several other places of worship where Confucius is worshipped alongside popular deities such as Mazu and Guan Gong. But who was Confucius? The name of this educator and philosopher is known to every person of Chinese descent, wherever they are […]

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