Tainan local women, Taiwan local religion (1)

One of wonders of Tainan is how no matter what alley you walk down, you'll run into a temple. One day, I cut down an alley about a block away from the City God Temple and came across a mysterious (to me) little temple. Dedicated to Gu Fuma (辜婦媽) - Mother Gu, statues of three…Read more Tainan local women, Taiwan local religion (1)


This post comes out of an online conversation I had with an American friend yesterday. I quote his questions with permission. This conversation begins in media res, so if you need background into what students he's talking about, or what protests I'm talking about, here are a few resources: Democracy at 4am Anger Grows in…Read more Questions

Protests in Taiwan

First, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2XyhLbWKOw Then read some of these articles, if you're still interested: Taiwanese Occupy Legislature Over China Pact Student protesters repel police, hold Legislative chamber Occupy the legislature: is it the only way? Importance of Social Movements in Taiwan Smear Tactics and Taiwan's Compliant Media I've been glued to coverage and wandering about…Read more Protests in Taiwan

Those lucky southerners!

In 1919, families in 大稻城 (Dadaocheng, Tōa-tiū-tiâⁿ), which lay north of the Taipei City wall, sponsored a troupe of actors from China to come perform in Taiwan for a few months. With what seemed like great excitement, the tour was announced on August 2nd in the Taiwan Nichi Nichi Shinpo 台灣日日新聞, the most widely circulated…Read more Those lucky southerners!

Recommended read: Reflections on 228

Recommended read: Reflections on 228 People in Taiwan had Friday off as a national holiday, not one of celebration but of national memorial.   Whether the 228 Massacre and the remembering of it weighs heavy in your heart each year, or if this is the first you've heard of it, the short article at Taiwaneseamerican.org …Read more Recommended read: Reflections on 228

Tainan, Taiwan: Anping Tree House & more

When I show friends around Tainan, there are two places we absolutely must go - the Confucian Temple and Anping Tree House. Each place is historic, but in very different ways. Anping Tree House occupies what were once the warehouses of British trading company Tait & Co. When the Japanese were given Taiwan as a…Read more Tainan, Taiwan: Anping Tree House & more