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Ivan Chen /tr. by Scott Williams
Deep exploration of oneself is a key aspect of education, and for many people a lifelong pursuit. Knowing oneself, understanding one’s own gifts and passions, and then observing the world, develops empathy and imagination, and when combined with action and giving back to society, encourages personal rectification.
This issue of Taiwan Panorama takes you on a multidisciplinary journey of self-exploration by delving into facets of education ranging from aesthetics and philosophy to money management and physical education.
“Gentle birthing” has become something of an international trend, one that mothers working in academia, medicine, and other fields are now actively promoting in Taiwan. By treating birth as a natural physiological process and embracing alternative medicine, gentle birthing has given rise to a more flexible and humanistic approach to childbirth.
The Taipei Metro’s soundscape program is similarly groundbreaking, with relaxing, upbeat ambient music being played in stations, and musical signatures being introduced for everything from turnstile warnings to notifications for arriving trains and transfers. The next time you ride the Metro, take a moment to enjoy this carefully prepared auditory banquet.
Artist Wang Lan Hsiung’s explorations outside the lines of traditional ink-wash painting represent yet another innovation. Wang has transformed ink-wash painting through his use of elements from Western art such as painting from life, sketching, and perspective, and has even added colors to traditional ink-wash landscapes. He treats his aesthetic pursuit as an exploration of himself, one that unites observer and artwork in a collaborative experience of beauty.
It is a truism that a seed planted in the right place will shoot up tall and strong. The SEAMi bookstore and the Taiwan chapter of Indonesia’s Forum Lingkar Pena are creating fertile soil for migrant seeds by providing Southeast-Asian immigrants, migrant workers and students in Taiwan with a relaxed environment in which to share their thoughts and feelings, tell their stories, and find their true selves through reading and study.
The Candy Wedding Salon similarly offers Vietnamese migrants a space in which they can relax and grow. Owner Le Van Anh has been involved with public affairs affecting Vietnamese migrants for many years, and is a passionate advocate for fellow Vietnamese in Taiwan.
Every sojourner carries their own frustrations and regrets with them abroad. Taiwan is leveraging its inclusiveness by accepting and integrating these migrants and their stories.