Dazaifu seems to be one of the most popular day-trips from Fukuoka. At first, I thought it might be an overrated tourist destinations, but I ended up really enjoying it! Anyways, without further ado, I'll list out what I liked and briefly explain how to get there. 1. Dazaifu Burger Many towns in Japan have… Continue reading Fukuoka Day Trip – Dazaifu
tldr; "Try Poisonous Pufferfish, Walk an Underwater Tunnel, and Watch a Paper-Play" Earlier this year, I asked people where I should visit around Fukuoka. My friend Philip gave me an intriguing suggestion. "Visit Moji," he said. "There's an undersea tunnel to Honshu. You can walk it!" So I looked it up and found that the… Continue reading Fukuoka Day Trip – Moji & Shimonoseki
A few months ago, I had a chance to visit the town of Shimonoseki. People familiar with Taiwanese history will recognize it as site of the Treaty of Shimonoseki (馬關條約) from 1895, in which Qing China ceded Taiwan to Japan. I'd always only known the Taiwan side of this story. It turns out there is… Continue reading Poisonous Pufferfish and the Treaty that Ceded Taiwan to Japan
I recently finished watching the show, “A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities.” It’s the story of two women, Jo and Nien-nien, who decide to switch cities and living arrangements: Jo, a Taiwanese-American from SF decides to move in with Nien-nien’s family in Taipei, and Nien-nien, a Taiwanese from Taipei, decides to move to SF. 我最近看完《雙城故事》，劇情描述兩位決定交換住處的女生，就是美國舊金山土生土長的台灣移民第二代Jo和一輩子活在台北大稻埕的李念念。… Continue reading 3 Obscure Aspects of My Taiwanese-American Upbringing Featured On Netflix |《雙城故事》讓臺裔美國人的me最有共鳴的三點
Earlier this month, I stumbled upon a farm in the middle of Taipei: It was surprisingly... pastoral: Believe it or not, this farm is on the National Taiwan University (NTU) campus! I was heading to the student center for an appointment that day and the path Google Maps told me to take was under construction,… Continue reading The Japanese Roots of Taiwanese Rice 🍚 (And Its 30 Years of R&D)
The first time I went to Yilan was when I was a child. I went with my family, including my cousins and aunts/uncles. In fact, this trip is still one of my most distinct childhood memories! We had gone to Yilan to "play with water" (玩水), i.e. have fun in a river park. A part… Continue reading Yilan Trip Highlights (Toucheng Old Town, Jiaosi Hot Springs, Yilan City)
"So... do Taiwanese people consider you Taiwanese?" This was a question a Taiwanese-American friend asked me last year. At the time, I had been in Taiwan for only a few months, so didn't have anything insightful to say. It's also not like people can identify that I'm foreign from my looks or my accent. BUT.… Continue reading Do Taiwanese People Consider Frances “Taiwanese”?