Follow Alana to Taiwan and Beyond

  Alana Nichols and I are about to meet up at a vegetarian restaurant in Taipei’s Da An District. Though we’d worked together on an episode of her show, Follow Alana, a few weeks earlier (we’d explored coastal Hsinchu by bicycle, learned the finer points of rice noodle making and gotten in a kite-flying session)…

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Firewalking in Taiwan for Beginners

Six years ago, I walked over a bed of hot coals. While I didn’t burn myself that night, I’ve been raking myself over the coals since.

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Lord of Formosa: A Traveler’s Review

Taiwan Scene reviews Joyce Bergvelt’s Lord of Formosa, a sweeping historical novel about Taiwan’s Dutch colonial period and the life of Admiral Koxinga.

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From Hip Hop Icon to Tech Entrepreneur

At the age of 20, Jeffrey Huang was the oldest member of L.A. Boyz, a hugely popular trio that took Taiwan by storm with their American-style hip hop, rap, and dancing. Now in his mid-40s, Huang has become a serial crossover business entrepreneur. From performing on stage to founding businesses behind the scenes, how has Huang adjusted?

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Health is the Greatest Wealth: A Conversation with Peter Kurz

Peter Kurz and I meet for lunch at a restaurant in the shadow of Taipei 101, a place serving western business-style lunches.  It’s an appropriate venue for two long-time Taiwan expatriates. Our meals – a chicken salad for Peter, and a turkey melt for me – are seemingly appropriate choices for men of a certain age, men for whom health has become more important than culinary novelty.

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Fresh Off the Bloat: Comedy Legend Margaret Cho Comes To Taiwan

It isn’t everyday that Taiwan gets to play host to a comedy legend (let alone one whose ideals are so near and dear) like Margaret Cho.

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Friday the Thirteenth in Taiwan

(4/13/2018) Today is Friday the thirteenth, a date most westerners associate with ill tidings, negative omens and bad luck in general. An entire blood-soaked film franchise is based on Friday the Thirteenth’s nefarious nature, and more than a few folks avoid traveling on the 13th day of any month that happens to fall on a Friday.

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The Family that Rides Together: Around the world with Céline and Xavier Pasche

When Céline and Xavier Pasche left Switzerland by bicycle in 2010, they had no real fixed route in mind. Their goal was merely to begin cycling, and their only agenda was to go where their bicycles took them and to trust the road completely.

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A Dream Too Late

“May I take a photo of you?”

The Taipei sky was clear and blue, with beautiful clouds scattered overhead as we sat on the Gondola to Maokong, enjoying the sights of the jungle passing below as our group glided up the mountainside on our way to the morning’s tea tour.

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We Support and Empower You: An Interview with Womany’s Wei Shuan Chang

From the moment we meet it’s clear that Womany Media Group founder and CEO Wei Shuan Chang is an earnest woman.

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