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Taiwanese songwriter Yuan We-ren (袁惟仁) was freed after being confined against his will for one week in mainland China, local media reported Friday.
 
Piko Taro in Taiwan
Japanese comedian Piko Taro, the singer of the popular "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" (PPAP) song, makes his trademark gestures while greeting local fans at Taipei Songshan Airport Friday, Nov. 11. He was on a short promotional trip in Taipei.
 
Miles apart and yet so similar
Meet Chef Virgilio Martinez. He's celebrated for his restaurant's menu, in which each dish represents a different altitude in Peru's highly varied ecosystems. His restaurant, Central, was ranked fourth in the world and first in Latin America on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
 
Korean chefs unveil unparalleled innovations
From Nov. 3 to 6, critically-acclaimed South Korean chefs Yim Jungsik and Kang Mingoo collaborated in Taiwan for the first time to present "Korean Masterchefs X2 Collaborative Guest Chef Event," a gourmet feast combining classic Korean ingredients with Western culinary techniques.
 
Ang Lee on his game-changing war drama
Ang Lee is not one to play it safe. The two-time Oscar-winning director has pushed his boundaries once again in his latest war movie "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," hoping to offer people an immersive cinematic experience that could revolutionize movie-going.
 
Blackboard art
Professor Weng Han-teng from the Department of Education Industry and Digital Media, National Taitung University, gives a thumbs-up by his chalk replica of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" Wednesday, Nov. 2. His students said they were stunned by the drawing on the blackboard of their classroom, which took the professor 20 hours over four days to complete.
 
To commit and create
As the financial crisis swept its way across the world during his college years at Georgetown University, John D'Angola and fellow classmates wondered what it would mean to their lives as finance graduates. A classroom joke – involving professors who told them, "Go learn Chinese! Go to China!" -- lead him to start taking Chinese classes in his junior year before going to study in Taiwan for a master's degree on a Fulbright scholarship. Returning to the U.S., D'Angola came across a marketing position for Flexfit, the U.S. distributor of the Korean hat supplier Yupoong Inc.
 
Art Taipei to unveil a new visage
The annual Art Taipei (台北國際藝術博覽會) takes place at Taipei World Trade Center (台北世界貿易中心) from Nov. 11 to 14. The show features 150 domestic and foreign galleries, including 67 from Taiwan, 11 from Europe, 42 from Japan and South Korea, 19 from China, and 11 from South East Asia.
 
Join the Ratha Yatra Festival
The world-famous Ratha Yatra Festival is a traditional and cultural celebration that takes place every year in the town of Puri, in the Indian state of Orissa, dating back 5,000 years. The chariot carries Sri Jagannath, The Lord of the Universe, alongside his divine elder brother Sri Balabhadra and sister Sri Subhadra Devi pulled with ropes by his devotees in a colorful parade.
 
Phone-y looking hat
Photographers conduct a live webcast of a presentation ceremony held on Friday by a local record company to release a new single, using special holders given by the company to fasten their mobile phones.
 
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