Travel Archive

  • Lost Tribe: Where are the Ketagalan in Taipei’s Ketagalan Center?

    Lost Tribe: Where are the Ketagalan in Taipei’s Ketagalan Center?

    The following article appeared in Guanxi magazine:  From the top of a hill in Beitou District, Guanyin’s benevolent eye cuts through the sulfurous fug. The Goddess of Mercy is a ubiquitous presence at places of worship in Taiwan, but her role as the resident deity of Puji Temple – one of Taipei’s finest colonial relics […]

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  • China’s new ‘softy power’ could spell trouble for Taiwan

    China’s new ‘softy power’ could spell trouble for Taiwan

    A series of ridiculous incidents picked out by Taipei-based Swedish journalist Jojje Olsson highlight a disturbing trend that has emerged over the last few weeks. With a couple of Hong Kong security guards becoming the latest to put Neymar to shame with their theatrics, Olsson observed on Facebook that falling to the ground and/or (literally) […]

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  • The Cog that Slipped: Chiang Ching-kuo’s Russian Odyssey

    The Cog that Slipped: Chiang Ching-kuo’s Russian Odyssey

    This is the original text of a piece that The Diplomat ran as the lead article in the October issue of their magazine. Although the editor was nice enough to give me this slot as it gave me more space, I still had to hack away mercilessly to the get things down to just under […]

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  • Ghosts of Volkhonka: Chiang, Deng and the Sunovka Years

    Ghosts of Volkhonka: Chiang, Deng and the Sunovka Years

    The following is the original text of a piece that appeared in the travel section of the South China Morning Post’s Post Magazine. Props to the editor there for doing a sterling job with the butchery: though it gets somewhat easier as times goes on, seeing one’s offspring de-limbed continues to be a chastening experience. […]

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  • Keeping the love from Russia alive

    Keeping the love from Russia alive

    “Look” exclaims Kamil. “No hooligans!” He’s just picked us up outside our hostel close to the Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod. With insane mark-ups being slapped on taxi fares for the duration of the World Cup, Yandex.taxi – Russia’s ride-hailing app of choice – is a godsend. They generally arrive in minutes and the drivers are […]

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  • ‘Heartbreaking’: Taiwan’s Salvadorans express anger and frustration at diplomatic rupture

    ‘Heartbreaking’: Taiwan’s Salvadorans express anger and frustration at diplomatic rupture

    “This guy is our Trump,” says Yao Lin (林駿堯), resignedly. “Everyone hates him and no one has a clue how he won the seat.” Mario Argueta goes a step further. “As ignorant as someone can get,” he says. “He didn’t even finish college.” The most withering assessment of all comes from a Salvadoran former student […]

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  • Time for Taiwan to make the personal touch count in its foreign aid

    Time for Taiwan to make the personal touch count in its foreign aid

    The following piece appeared in today’s Taipei Times: (NB: The original headline was not mine and is quite misleading. I’ve reverted to my original here. The text is exactly as it appeared in the paper.) Few publications have documented Taiwan’s official development assistance (ODA) efforts in such a personal way as the booklet Greening the […]

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  • Moroccan chef brings taste of Marrakesh to Taipei

    Moroccan chef brings taste of Marrakesh to Taipei

    The following article appeared in today’s New Lens:  For Hicham Baba, rustling up custom for his fledgling food stall was no trouble. “Taiwanese are very willing to try,” he says. “As soon as I opened, there were many people interested.” Serving up ciabattas with a Moroccan twist, Baba’s Crazy Kitchen is incongruously located across the road from […]

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  • End of the Road: Will Taiwan Pick Up Britain’s Tab in Guatemala?

    End of the Road: Will Taiwan Pick Up Britain’s Tab in Guatemala?

    “Officially, the British are unpopular in Guatemala,” wrote Nicholas Wollaston, while traveling in the Central American country in 1961. “For Britain occupies the whole of Belice Province by force, and calls it British Honduras. There are three empty seats in the Guatemala assembly with blue and white ribbons and marked ‘Belice’ [sic], and every map […]

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  • Small Town Taiwan to Big Screen Hollywood: Xiluo Theater and the Lin Family Odyssey

    Small Town Taiwan to Big Screen Hollywood: Xiluo Theater and the Lin Family Odyssey

    The following piece appeared in today’s News Lens:  By Taiwanese standards, the small town of Xiluo (西螺) in Yunlin County (雲林縣) is brimful of attractions. Bestriding the Zhuoshui River (濁水溪), Taiwan’s longest waterway, there’s the Xiluo Bridge, which was second only to the Golden Gate Bridge in length when completed in 1953. Then there’s the […]

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