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A Taiwanese company fashions paper from marble
In an age when environmental conservation and sustainable technology are increasingly relevant to our daily lives, the manufacturing process of products we take for granted often needs to start from the ground up.
 
Local app offers a shortcut for first-time parents
What's baby saying? A team in Taiwan made an app to tell parents if their baby is hungry, tired, in pain or needs a fresh diaper.
 
South Korean heartthrob Song Joong-ki, the star of the mega-hit TV drama "Descendants of the Sun," said Friday he will sing the theme song of Taiwanese romance film "Our Times" at his long-anticipated fan meeting in Taipei on Saturday.
 
The Hakka Affairs Council (客委會) held a tea on Wednesday to honor artists nominated for a Golden Melody Award (金曲獎) in the Hakka music categories.
 
Dutch architects, Taiwan dreams
Contemporary Dutch architecture differs greatly from the buildings of the 17th century golden age, such as the Dutch Anping Fort (Fort Zeelandia) in Tainan City. At that time, buildings made of bricks and stone were mostly geometric, each serving one specific function: military, commercial or medical. By contrast, modern buildings are abstract, asymmetrical, concept-based and unpredictable. More importantly, they are polyvalent, meaning that they can be used for a variety of functions without any adjustment being required to the building itself.
 
Professor William Theodore de Bary of Columbia University, who was named the winner of the Tang Prize in Sinology, has led a paradigm shift in Chinese studies in the West, scholars said Monday.
 
Professor William Theodore de Bary of Columbia University, winner of the 2016 Tang Prize in Sinology, said that Taiwan has done well to preserve Confucianism, a key element of Chinese culture and the focus of his lifetime study.
 
A new stage
This photo provided by the Greater Taichung government shows Taiwan's first and only two-story dance stage. The stage, fitted with a hidden platform that can be lowered, is one of the iconic spaces at the landmark National Taichung Theater (臺中國家歌劇院).
 
Komuro in Taiwan
Komuro Tetsuya (小室 哲哉), left, and Sakamoto Miu (坂本 美雨), right, attend a media event and piano solo concert at ATT SHOW BOX in Taipei City on Sunday, June 19. One of the most successful producers in Japanese pop music history, Komuro's attendance marks his first appearance in Taiwan in 19 years.
 
Longevity Palace - A combination of Kun and Beijing Opera
A Chinese opera group will present the most famous love tragedy in Chinese history, here in Taiwan. "Longevity Palace" (長生殿) is a well-known historical tale from the Tang Dynasty. It tells the unforgettable love story between Lee Lung-ge (李隆基 A.D. 685-A.D. 762), known as Emperor Huan (唐玄宗) and his magnificent concubine Yang Yu-huan (楊玉環 A.D. 719-A.D. 756), which ended in tragedy, as she was forced by her beloved husband, the emperor, to hang herself at the age of 35.
 
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