In Defense of Andrew Zimmern

While Zimmern could have chosen his words (for which he’s apologized publicly) more carefully, taken in the context of the overall conversation it’s clear none of his comments were meant to disparage Chinese cuisine in America, or Chinese-Americans (in or out of the food industry). Zimmern’s respect for culinary culture and the people who work in the food industry is well-documented. As a journalist who has spent most of his adult life living in Taiwan and China and promoting their shared culinary and cultural heritage, I believe the social-media uproar over his comments are quite unjustified, and that his knee-jerk demotion should be overturned.

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Grown in Taiwan: A Conversation with Cha Tzu Tang

A new generation of Taiwanese entrepreneurs are seeking to highlight Taiwan’s place in the natural world. Among those at the forefront of the growing “Grown in Taiwan” movement is a brand called Cha Tzu Tang.

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Taipei’s Thriving Craft Beer Scene – A Sit-Down With the Creators of 23 Brewing Company

Brett Tieman and Matt Frazar are co-founders of Taipei’s 23 Brewing Company, founded in 2014. The fellow Americans have a passion for craft beer, and met through the local home-brewing community.

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Moving Mountains: An Australian Hiker Moves in Taipei

One of the things Ray appreciates most about living in Taipei is how easy it is to get out of Taipei without technically having to even leave the city.

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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) this…

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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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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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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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Taiwan Culture Blooms at InBlooom, Taipei’s hippest fabric art shop

Dadaocheng is a busy neighborhood on most days, especially in the weeks leading up to the Lunar New Year holidays. But even on the busiest days things are usually a bit quieter on two blocks west, which is where you’ll find InBlooom, a shop specializing in both selling print goods and in teaching Taiwanese printing art to locals and visitors alike.

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