Japan

Fukuoka Day Trip โ€“ Moji & Shimonoseki

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 โ€“ Moji & Shimonoseki

history · Japan

Poisonous Pufferfish and the Treaty that Ceded Taiwan to Japan

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 (้ฆฌ้—œๆข็ด„) 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

Other Reflections · Taiwan

3 Obscure Aspects of My Taiwanese-American Upbringing Featured On Netflix |ใ€Š้›™ๅŸŽๆ•…ไบ‹ใ€‹่ฎ“่‡บ่ฃ”็พŽๅœ‹ไบบ็š„meๆœ€ๆœ‰ๅ…ฑ้ณด็š„ไธ‰้ปž

I recently finished watching the show, โ€œA Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities.โ€ Itโ€™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-nienโ€™s family in Taipei, and Nien-nien, a Taiwanese from Taipei, decides to move to SF. ๆˆ‘ๆœ€่ฟ‘็œ‹ๅฎŒใ€Š้›™ๅŸŽๆ•…ไบ‹ใ€‹๏ผŒๅŠ‡ๆƒ…ๆ่ฟฐๅ…ฉไฝๆฑบๅฎšไบคๆ›ไฝ่™•็š„ๅฅณ็”Ÿ๏ผŒๅฐฑๆ˜ฏ็พŽๅœ‹่ˆŠ้‡‘ๅฑฑๅœŸ็”ŸๅœŸ้•ท็š„ๅฐ็ฃ็งปๆฐ‘็ฌฌไบŒไปฃJoๅ’Œไธ€่ผฉๅญๆดปๅœจๅฐๅŒ—ๅคง็จปๅŸ•็š„ๆŽๅฟตๅฟตใ€‚… Continue reading 3 Obscure Aspects of My Taiwanese-American Upbringing Featured On Netflix |ใ€Š้›™ๅŸŽๆ•…ไบ‹ใ€‹่ฎ“่‡บ่ฃ”็พŽๅœ‹ไบบ็š„meๆœ€ๆœ‰ๅ…ฑ้ณด็š„ไธ‰้ปž

history · Taiwan

The Japanese Roots of Taiwanese Rice ๐Ÿš (And Its 30 Years of R&D)

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 ๐Ÿš (And Its 30 Years of R&D)

Taiwan

Yilan Trip Highlights (Toucheng Old Town, Jiaosi Hot Springs, Yilan City)

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" (็Žฉๆฐด), i.e. have fun in a river park. A part… Continue reading Yilan Trip Highlights (Toucheng Old Town, Jiaosi Hot Springs, Yilan City)