An old Chinese saying goes, "the moon of other nations is always more round," which refers to people's interest in the unknown. Other factors may be at play too, such as a seemingly higher level of cultural development projected by advanced nations. It leads to admiration, and, sometimes, even mimicry.
Space, the final frontier ... these are the voyages of the next generation of graduate students in its continuing mission, to explore the ionosphere with increasingly small and affordable satellite technology, to seek out new adventures in space mission design and operation, to boldly go where no Taiwanese university has gone before ...
Cycling has become a national pastime over the past few years, so that on weekends groups of friends and family are seen cycling in groups along riverside parks, or on popular biking trails.
Parentless children live not just in orphanages, but in communities everywhere. After losing their family members, these children often have to face an uphill battle to grow to maturity.
A-Mai is a craftsman as much as he is a dedicated singer-songwriter. This is not simply reflected in his attitude to music -- the man practically built and assembled his own recording studio from scratch.
How the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean country, became self-sufficient in rice production could be surprising, but for Dominicans there is no mystery.
As a sub-tropical and tropical island, it is rare to see snow falling in Taiwan.
One rainy afternoon, I made my way past the winding alleys near Shuanglian traditional market, until I reached "Garage+" -- a collaborative space for entrepreneurs to rent as offices for their business ventures.
For Brook Hall, community is the central theme behind the successful drive to bring exciting ideas to the theatrical stage in Taiwan. Arriving in 2001, having just finished a national tour for the Broadway production of "Crazy for You," his original plans for a two-month stint on the island as a guest artist in a directing workshop have transformed into 15 years of frontline work in the continuing evolution of theater here, building experiences with those he has met both on and off the stage.
For many, memories of school in Taiwan often involve recitation of Chinese classics with origins of over thousands of years ago, facts and dates of important historical events, honing the ability to solve mathematical problems and reciting capitals, mountains, or rivers off the top of one's head.