Life in Taiwan · Travels

The Japanese Roots of Taiwanese Rice 馃崥 (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 馃崥 (And Its 30 Years of R&D)

Life in Taiwan · Travels

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

Life in Korea · Travels

GUNSAN 甑办偘: An Ambivalent Home to Many “Vestiges of Imperialism”

"Vestiges of Imperialism" (鞚检牅 臧曥爯旮办潣 鞛旍灛) is a very charged term here. It has been grounds for a variety of controversial actions, from the 2014 banning of a song with the Japanese word for "shiny" in it to the demolition in 1995 of the former Japanese General Government Building (臁办劆齑濍弲攵 觳偓), at the time home… Continue reading GUNSAN 甑办偘: An Ambivalent Home to Many “Vestiges of Imperialism”

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Why do Singaporeans speak Mandarin?

On a family trip to Canada, we stopped by the Montreal Chinatown, where my dad tried to order dinner in Mandarin. The waiter embarrassedly admitted that he couldn鈥檛 understand, saying, 鈥淥nly Cantonese, English, and French sir.鈥 This was not the first time I saw the predominance of non-Mandarin Chinese languages in Chinese communities outside of… Continue reading Why do Singaporeans speak Mandarin?

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Halo Halo: Thoughts on the Philippines

Up until now, the most diverse country I鈥檇 been to in this corner of the world was Taiwan. Compared to Japan and Korea, where most people speak Japanese and Korean, Taiwan is way more diverse. My parents call home to their parents in different languages; my mother in Hokkien, and my father in Hakka. To… Continue reading Halo Halo: Thoughts on the Philippines