Savor the beauty of Taichung, where culture mixes with everyday life. (photo by Lin Min-hsuan)
A metro train shuttles through the dense blocks of the urban jungle.
After the curtain of night falls, the lights inside the Changhua THSR station are turned on, and through the large glass windows—seeming sometimes to conceal, sometimes to reveal—the scenery both outdoors and in appears before the eye.
Li Xiang, who has become part of the fabric of local life, waves to an old lady on a bicycle.
Scarcely visited Qiding Station in Miaoli sees only a few dozen visitors a day.
Moving Perspectives (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Huang Ting Ying (in the pink jersey) is looking to make a career as a professional cyclist in Europe.
Bookshops are an essential venue of cultural transmission for Malaysia’s Chinese-speaking population. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
The “three treasures of St. Joseph’s” pose for a picture in the hospital’s second-floor chapel. From left to right: Godelieve Franssens, Fr. Antoine Pierrot and Dr. Marguerite Billiet. (photo by Lin Min-hsuan)
Through Martinson’s efforts, the Sacred Heart Kindergarten improves indigenous children’s access to education. (Lin Min-hsuan)
Determined to make a difference, Father Gian Carlo Michelini set about cultivating Taiwan’s arts and culture. Having long since established the Lan Yang Dancers, at more than 80 years of age he now plans to set up an international children’s arts village in Yilan. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Chen Yang Chun has devoted his life to painting in watercolors. He has vowed to “spread enlightenment through the arts,” and his international exhibitions have helped introduce Taiwanese watercolors to a global audience. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Verny has a plan to renovate Houbi’s closed Ping’an Catholic Church to provide a place of shelter for local elderly people and children. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Brother Augustin Büchel (left) and Fathers Gottfried Vonwyl (center) and Josef Eugster (right) of the Bethlehem Mission Society made the long journey to Taiwan when they were just young men. More than 50 years have passed since then. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Members of the Taiwan Junior Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia met with us to discuss Taiwan and Malaysia, the current business environment and the future. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Huang believes that by concentrating on the matter at hand, one can penetrate to its spiritual and metaphysical levels. (photo by Lin Min-hsuan)
Yahon Chang: Living Through Art, Painting with the Soul (photo by Jimmy Lin)
For Rina Tsou, the most burdensome aspects of being a second-generation migrant lie in the trivial incidents of daily life. (photo by Lin Min-hsuan)
Visitors can travel through time within the warm, woody confines of the museum, viewing Lee’s manuscripts and collected works, and experiencing his life story through displays of old photos. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Yang Shiyi used to be filled with anger and dissatisfaction, but today he has found peace of mind through his art. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Malays comprise more than half of Malaysia’s population. Most are Muslim, and they tend to have happy, easy-going dispositions. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, the port city of Keelung is a fascinating mélange of old and new. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
The magnificent beauty of otherworldly rock formations, resulting from years of erosion along Keelung’s coastline, has created some of northern Taiwan’s most treasured sights. The photo shows Heping Island. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Artist Ruan Weng-mong displays his love for Taiwan through his art, and quietly dedicates himself to promoting Taiwan’s diplomatic relations throughout the world. He is in fact an unofficial diplomat. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
The Lin Chih-chu Memorial (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Wu Zaiyao is committed to maintaining the old Wu family residence as a means of making the world more aware of his great-uncle, the poet Wu Zhuoliu. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Li Xiujian sits across from a statue of his father Li Lin-chiu in Dadaocheng Park, as if the two were having a conversation. Li Xiujian has preserved his father’s old home so that people will always keep singing “Pining for the Spring Breeze.” (photo by Jimmy Lin)
With its white walls and sapphire glazed roof tiles, Lin Yutang’s residence, designed by architect Wang Dahong, is a landmark on Yangde Boulevard, the main way up Mt. Yangming. (photo by Lin Min-hsuan)
“The Seven Bowls of Tea” is about lifelong tea-aholic Lu Tong’s sensations while drinking seven successive bowls of tea.
Even though Taiwan’s tea industry has declined, it has become an integral part of our culture. Local tea farmers, processors, and retailers continue to work tirelessly to bring us each cup of our beloved beverage.
Cultivation according to the seasons and climate is an inheritance from ancient Chinese ancestors. The solar terms have been used for millennia as an agricultural calendar.
For 120 years, the green-uniformed mail carriers of the post office have been accompanying us through our lives. (photo by Chin Hung-hao)
Vice President Chen Chien-jen and foreign minister David Lee are garlanded with flowers as they make a stop at the booth of ROC diplomatic ally Tuvalu.
In such a living space, surrounded by verdure, mind and body can relax and connect with nature.
In a scene of spectacular beauty, fog enshrouds the mountains and layers of cloud float in profound mystery.
Leigh Wen’s flower paintings evoke the warmth and determination of the female artist. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Nguyen personally delivers cakes to Grown-up With Hands, an affiliate of the Shih Guang Educational and Nursing Institution. She loves seeing the residents tuck into her cakes.
In the classroom, Tran often directly engages with her students, interacting with them with enthusiasm and energy.
There is vast world of knowledge out there, all completely accessible through reading!
Fermenting vinegar requires both space and time. Gao Qiping insists on using aged vats and letting the concoctions ferment for at least eight months.
Gao Qingyu and her artist husband Lai Tangya make vinegar, grow crops without pesticides, sculpt with clay from a reservoir, hand-dye their own shirts, and have even opened their home to the public to share their life aesthetic with others.
Experts from various fields were invited to attend seminars where they told of their own experiences in reading classic works and described how the books molded their lives.
Lin Jiazhen (left) believes that anyone who tries hard can overcome any difficulty. Next to Lin is co-worker Mia Hsu, also visually impaired, who has worked with Lin for two years. They invite everyone to their cafe Sweet So Sweet to taste the dishes that they lovingly prepare.
SunnyHills co-founder Micheal Sheu believes that if you want to stay true to your ideals while also growing your business, you have to make your business into a brand. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Wu’s superb brewing technique is backed up by his determination and perseverance. (photo by Lin Min-hsuan)
Alec Tsai wows his audiences with close-up magic tricks. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
On an old street in Xinpu, a mom-and-pop store has laid out an array of Hakka food products. Orange sauce is an essential product in Hakka pantries.
Yu-Ding-Shing Soy Sauce has brought new life to traditional soy sauce production methods.
After years of hard work were invested into it, in 2008 Chiayi’s Zhounan Salt Field gave up the first renewed harvest of its “white gold,” sun-dried salt.
Wushi Harbor is quiet and tranquil as the sun goes down. Yilan’s beautiful scenery has drawn many sojourning natives home again.
Once upon a time, people recorded history and passed on culture through the “four treasures of the study”: brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. But as personal computing has become ubiquitous, electronic devices have virtually taken over our desktops.(photo by Lin Min-hsuan)
Chen Chun-tien took over Ta-yu from his father Chen Chia-te. It is Taiwan’s only remaining producer of handmade ink sticks.
Happy children display the fans they made at the Suho Paper Memorial Museum.
The Suho Paper Memorial Museum includes a first-floor exhibit on the traditional process for making paper by hand.
Yek Sansan entertaining a small child with one of her puppets, the child at once curious about and wary of the puppet in her hands.
This is the first time the NPM’s Meat-Shaped Stone has been on show in the United States. It will join other national treasures from Taiwan in the Asian Art Museum’s specially designed exhibition area.
A tumbling stream flows amid alternating layers of dark and light green. Here in this remote mountain community, time really does seem to slow down.
Jiang Minghe has made it his mission to restore the old Dalin Palais Theatre, which has reopened in all its former majesty.
The pace of life in Fenglin is relaxed and unhurried.
People need to stop over for a while to really experience the essence of slowness and beauty in Fenglin, the slow town of the East Rift Valley.
After the peanuts have been pan-roasted and crushed, Ming Chang uses traditional methods to press them.
The character ji (“iso” in Japanese) embroidered on the door curtain emulates the red “Iso” seal on the covers of the documents discovered at the Iso House.
Hongmaogang Cultural Park reveals the culture and history of Kaohsiung harbor, and has become a unique attraction.
The Dragon Boat Festival is the high season for eating zongzi, but families in Taiwan have a rich variety of rice dishes to choose from all year long. (photo by Chin Hung-hao)
Rice House Universal serves as a bridge between farmers and consumers, helping the former to grow good rice and ensuring that the latter can eat good rice. The photo shows Rice House Universal’s managing director, Chen Chao-hao.
Austin Huang, Daniel Wang, Arnold Chiang, and Peter Huang (left to right) quit their jobs to pursue a shared ideal. Together they founded Hahow, a crowdfunding platform for online classes, to bring their new vision of education to the world.
Paper structures have business potential in a variety of areas. Huang (left) and Lin are hoping to create a unique brand and believe that printed books will live on in the digital era.
Since co-founding Chomeet in the fall of 2014, Zhang Tianyi has developed several new flavors of chocolate. The most distinctive of them is shown at bottom right in the photo: chocolate in the shape of pig’s-blood cake. Topped off with roselle petals from Pingtung’s Chuanyong Farm, its appearance is as memorable as its taste.
City Yeast’s project to repaint electrical transformer boxes utilized an extended process that ultimately resulted in boxes that are low key, but also very obviously designed. (photo by Chin Hung-hao)
Art education can spark children’s creativity, making them happier and more confident. Truly, art can change lives.
On payday (the 10th of every month), the stores of First Square are always crowded.
Focusing on natural products in keeping with an ethos of environmental sustainability, Jacky Chen (center, in black), has helped to push new applications for wood vinegar.
With thermocouples inside the kiln connected to a computer, ITRI is able to remotely monitor firing temperatures. The use of modern technology to manage traditional bamboo charcoal making has helped maintain high standards, and the products have been very well received.
After felling a tree, you’ve got to cut it into convenient lengths for moving off the mountain.
In orchid blooms, three calyxes complement two regularly shaped petals, with a third petal, known as the labellum or lip, demonstrating a remarkable range of appearances among varieties. The flowers of the moth orchid, which seem about to take to flight, are highly evolved. (photo by Chang Chiung-fang)
“Public interest work can be quite simple!” Turning into “Big Sister Shen” during her school visits, Shen often draws from her own experiences to encourage the children.
One only becomes intimate with the land by humbly bending down and getting one's hands dirty. The Wubaihu Farm applies a feminine tenderness to healing the land.
Shen founded her brand 7crash in 2011. Her products are made in only limited quantities, and each is individually numbered, making her customers feel special. (photos this page by Chin Hung-hao)
Jessica Chang is dedicated to helping women create new businesses and become self-reliant. She hopes that these small steps will contribute to a more vibrant and glittering future for creative and cultural enterprises in Taiwan.
Deputy director of the National Museum of Prehistory Lin Chih-hsing, himself a member of the Puyuma tribe, explains that the museum’s founding was particularly significant for Aboriginal groups.
Chef Ah-Ming at work in the kitchen. He was once the youngest chef at the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel.
Following on from its “New Uses for Old Buildings” declaration, the Foundation for Historic City Conservation and Regeneration has launched a series of courses to help business proprietors learn how to go properly about reviving old buildings.
The band members of Lo Sirong & Gomoteu constitute a miniature United Nations, and their diversity is reflected in the band's rich fusion of different musical traditions.
Wearing an old-fashioned street vendor’s outfit, a Tea Soap Handmade Soaps employee peddles some of the company’s products along the old streets of Sanxia near the store.
Gongs are struck and street vendors vigorously hawk their wares as a temple parade makes its rounds. Here we see not just a common scene from Taipei’s Wanhua District, but also one that encapsulates the spirit of Cloud Gate 2’s latest work, 13 Tongues.
Lee Pai-wen huddles close to a passing train, holding the microphone high to capture the rumble of the engine. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Manmade garbage hangs starkly on an oyster frame. Ke Chin-yuan uses his lens to document the degradation of the marine ecology. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Full of creative energy, Huang Kuang-nan describes the details of his relationship with art with great gusto. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Thai sand artist Kongkiat Kongchandee is here demonstrating sand painting with an environmental focus. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
Making the most of advantages like preserving traditional Chinese characters and flexible, vibrant education, Taiwan’s 40-plus Mandarin training centers attract tens of thousands of students to Taiwan.
Students from as far afield as Russia, Japan, and Spain come together for a class where Café Ballet coffee cupper Tim teaches them about coffee beans and introduces them to Taiwan’s coffee culture.
On the slopes of Mt. Datun, snow and ice have obscured the dun-colored ground. (photo by Huang Chung-hsin)
Even though they live abroad, these children are receiving a Taiwanese-style education.
Visitors fill the bustling plaza in front of the People’s Committee Building in Ho Chi Minh City.
Mandarin teachers from Taiwan selling a variety of small items in a Vietnamese flea market always remember their duty to promote Taiwanese culture.
(photo by Huang Chung-hsin)
As Chinese Lunar New Year approaches, gift products handmade by master craftspeople have a personal warmth that is ideal for expressing thanks to those who have been there for us during the past year.
Winning the election is the last mile in the campaign marathon, but only the first step in carrying the burden of governing the country. (photos by Chuang Kung-ju)
Grilled fish with mountain pepper and shell ginger, drunken shrimp with ginger and tea, heartwarming sesame-oil chicken... the markets’ small farmers prepared tasty dishes for their guests.
In January 2016, Li Chien-lang received the National Cultural Award. He is recognized as one of Taiwan’s few artists able to draw buildings freehand. (photo by Chin Hung-hao)
Sitting with quiet dignity at the end of Taipei City’s Guanqian Road, the National Taiwan Museum has witnessed the city’s growth and become a part of Taipei’s collective memories.
The Kaohsiung Railway Cultural Park in Hamaxing is home to the Takao Railway Musuem, housed in Kaohsiung’s earliest train station, the old Kaohsiung Harbor Station.
Due to the lie of the land in Pingxi, the railway bed looms higher than the streets down below.
The Dui Yue Men is a portal that was located in a part of old Tainan just outside of the Main West Gate. Built in 1835, it is the only historic gate left in the city still open to traffic. (photo by Chin Hung-hao)
A young child eating lunch inside the refugee camp looks up with beautiful bright eyes.
When the curtains are up, this small area becomes a classroom. The timber and bamboo house accommodates five classes in an area of less than 70 square meters.
The ferry pier at Dadaocheng is one of the most popular places in the city for photo enthusiasts to capture sunset shots. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
The ambience of the area around the Greenway is defined by a high quality of life, a more relaxed feel, a high level of culture, and openness to the novel and the creative. These are the things that keep visitors coming back again and again.
The crowd erupts as a player from the Uni-President Lions, one of the founding teams of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, hits a home run. The league itself was a huge hit right off the bat when it was launched in 1990.
Black tea grows well in the hills of Yuchi Township, Nantou County. A lot of careful work went into development of the tea variety TTES No. 18.
The lifting of restrictions on the press ushered in an era of freedom of speech in Taiwan, with independent media outlets springing up one after another. Today’s young people may find it hard to imagine just how much the countdown to that lifting of restrictions in this photo meant to Taiwanese society at the time. (photo by Elliot Hsiao)
Taiwan is home to nearly a million immigrants from Southeast Asia, and the cultures they have brought with them have contributed new color and richness to Taiwanese culture.
Typhoon Morakot brought with it flooding that could easily rival any Hollywood disaster film, and people rushed to the affected area to begin rescue and recovery work. In this photo, we see people dwarfed by the natural scene, underlining how small and powerless mankind is in the face of nature’s power.
This photo shows a plant in Myanmar, employing 1600 people, that belongs to Taiwan’s Tah Hsin Industrial Corporation.
By blending in techniques from Western theater and modern dance, Kuo’s Peking operas were better able to engage young people.
In 1987, Sinorama interviewed Morris Chang, then head of the Industrial Technology Research Institute. Chang founded the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company that same year. In so doing, he rewrote the rules of the global semiconductor manufacturing game, and kickstarted Taiwan’s semiconductor industry.
Blending Eastern vision and Western culture, Ang Lee has taken risk after risk in his films. His success has made him the pride and joy of Chinese-language film circles.
“Coloring books” such as Secret Garden are said to be therapeutic and have recently helped to unleash a craze for this genre in Taiwan. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
League of Legends is currently the most popular video game for e-sports, as well as being the most watched game on streams. Two LoL teams from Taiwan made it into the final eight at this year’s World Championship. This photo shows Taiwanese team AHQ e-Sports Club competing in Europe. (courtesy of Riot Games)
Modern libraries just keep getting better all the time, and provide visitors with convenient access to an almost endless variety of information. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
The masterminds behind the Shilin cultural“renaissance”: Huang Fei-lin(left) and Chen Wen-wei.(photo by Jimmy Lin)
The Taiwan kites soaring above Keelung Harbor gaze at distant vistas with piercing eyes. (photo by Su Hui-chao)
The Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants is directed at Taiwan’s foreign workers and spouses from Southeast Asia. Pictured here is Le Hoang-Hiep from Vietnam, who is a winner of the juvenile jury prize. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Even though almost every household has a washing machine nowadays, many locals prefer to do their laundry at dawn on the banks of the Zhonggang River. (photo by Li Chen-chi)
the late classical composer Ma Shui-long (center).
Xiao Man Shi Tang, Country House, Ninao Gelato Classico… the more than 30 shops on the street are the main focus of Zhengxing News.
This year the Fresh Taiwan team, organized by the Ministry of Culture, participated in Tokyo’s Licensing Japan fair for the first time, bringing together a group of rising stars of Taiwan’s creative and design scene to take a focused shot at the Japanese market.
Kenneth Pai learned as a boy about the beauty of Kunqu Opera after watching a performance of Interrupted Dream. He’s been a huge aficionado ever since. (photo by Hsu Pei-hung)
Freshly caught flying fish drying in the sun in front of a home, a traditional Tao fishing boat (known as a tatala)… these are iconic images of Lanyu. 952 Vazay Tamo brings a new perspective to its reports on traditional indigenous culture here, eschewing the doom and gloom that dominates so much reporting about Aboriginal peoples.
Paiwan artist Lavuras Matilin gets inspiration for his creative work from both the traditions and the modern way of life of his indigenous community. The photo at left shows young people from Timur performing a “warrior dance” as part of the Harvest Festival in August.
Some of the most important figures in the New Wave included, from left to right, Wu Nien-jen, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Chen Kuo-fu, and Jan Hung-tze. (photo by Liu Chen-hsiang)
Located under lush trees by the banks of the Xindian River, Kishu An has been witness to a century of Taiwanese history.
“I’ll tell you what’s most beautiful. It’s when an actor gets totally immersed in the role.” A realistic portrayal, in Hou’s view, will move viewers. He always finds ways to get his actors immersed in their roles, and has said more than once that Shu Qi was the only person he ever considered for the role of Nie Yinniang. (photo by Tsai Cheng-tai, courtesy of Spot Films)
The multifaceted Taipei Documentary Film Festival expands people’s understanding of international trends, art, culture and the human condition. Top: Homme Less. (courtesy of TDFF)
Beach-cleaning basics include sun blockers, tongs, and a garbage bag. The events are carried out in coordination with local sanitation crews, who lend participants the tools they need.
In 2015, campaign volunteers for “Used Shoes Save Lives,” launched by Yang Yu-jen, took pre-loved shoes to children in Kenya to improve foot health. The photo above shows Yang’s family.
Art isn’t about abstract, abstruse language. Golden Bough Theatre troupe is committed to getting audiences back into theater with its mix of popular appeal and classical storytelling.
Thirty elite students from top universities in the US and Canada participated in Mosaic Taiwan 2015, run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These young people will become an influential source of support for Taiwan in the future.
Judy Lo, creative director of the design firm Pinyen Creative, is the talent behind the Cuckoo and Pin Collection brands. (photo by Jimmy Lin)
In 20 years, Legend Lin Dance Theatre has produced three pieces—Mirrors of Life, Anthem to the Fading Flowers, and Song of Pensive Beholding, all showcasing a unique aesthetic of space and pace. The photo shows a scene from Song of Pensive Beholding.
Picnic guru Lulu Ye’s philosophy of picnicking: “Adopt a theme, create a style.” With a unifying theme—such as the color red—every detail of your picnic can express your personal style.
Maker bar founders Monica Shen (far right) and Kamm Kai Yu (second from right) with the Hahow team, themselves Maker bar tenants.
The young performers from the Youth Taiwanese Opera Troupe of Taipei Cultural Center are shown here in a stirring rendition of Third Prince Nezha Stirs Up Trouble, based on a tale from the classic Chinese novel Canonization of the Gods. (courtesy of Dadaocheng Theater)
At CLBC’s door are business cards and flyers of their clients, free for any visitor to pick up and check out.
Through scenes that combine fixed camera angles and action, Hou creates compositions that are elegantly abstract. At least one critic has suggested approaching the film as if it were a poem.
A large, handmade wooden table, comfortable meshbacked chairs, and a clean, bright space make Goodideas Studio a remarkably inviting place to work.
With a coworking space upstairs and a makerspace downstairs, FutureWard combines software and hardware. Given its scale and innovative nature, great things are expected of this innovative facility for creative DIY.
His gray flowing hair and long beard have become Kang’s special trademark. But this bold, assertive exterior harbors a delicate and gentle soul.
Janet Lin has designed a template for pop-up books that make the most of her students’ creative talents. (photo by Chuang Kung-ju)
Taiwan is often the first choice destination for international exchange students who are interested in studying Mandarin.
Using nets in field observations is more accurate than just counting with the naked eye. If indicator species found this way maintain a level of at least 80% their baseline numbers, the paddies are healthy.
Only with the learning acquired through education can students face the challenges that await them after graduation.
Expert at creating works with complex lines and vibrant colors, the sculptor Hung Yi took 20 works to San Francisco for his show at City Hall. He was the first Taiwanese artist ever to exhibit there.
Prizes from international film festivals help upgrade the entire cinema industry in Taiwan. Hou Hsiao-hsien was just awarded “best director” at the Cannes Film Festival for his latest work The Assassin; the film also won an award for its soundtrack. (courtesy of Spot Films)
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