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- Mar 10 Fri 2017 14:09
[Richard eats out often in Taiwan. (Unless you don't count McDonald's.)]
Outside food in Taiwan has been getting more and more healthy. Convenience stores are now stocking a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. They are in the aisle next to the ice cream and between the potato chips and the candy bar racks.
The traditional food court offers much variety.
- Dec 29 Thu 2016 14:29
- Dec 23 Fri 2016 13:35
[Richard went to the weiya and stayed relatively sober this time.]
At the end of each lunar year, businesses in Taiwan have a dinner in honor of their employees. It is called the weiya, or year-end banquet. This is a celebration for a year of hard work. People have poured their souls into the company and the management needs to show their appreciation.
The dinner is meant to be fun. Drawing are held for prizes, including cash, merchandise, and gift certificates. Almost everyone goes home with something. You may have a drink or two as well. You don’t have to pay for it.
Sometimes they have karaoke, sometimes they have games, and other times they hire a singer and an emcee and have a show. You can have a glass of wine if you want. It won’t hurt. Just relax, talk with people, and have a good time.
- Dec 14 Wed 2016 11:56
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- Dec 02 Fri 2016 14:04
[Richard is tall, puts ketchup on all his food, and has a big nose.]
Foreigners get upset about some of the commercials shown on TV in Taiwan. Even some product names can upset the expatriate community.
Some advertisements may seem innocent to the people of Taiwan, but outsiders can be much offended. Reactions may include revulsion, anger, or laughter, but they are not intentionally insulting. These mistakes came from unawareness and not from hatred or ill will.
For example, there once was a German-made air conditioner for sale. The Taiwan seller wanted to emphasize its German roots, so in the advertising, they had a cartoon Hitler. He said it was because German products have a good reputation for dependability, and when people think of Hitler, they think of Germany. The ad cause a stir and even some official condemnation from foreign governments.
- Nov 22 Tue 2016 13:58
- Nov 18 Fri 2016 15:31
- Nov 12 Sat 2016 13:59
[Richard thinks he will die in Taiwan, but not any time soon.]
After a loved one passes away, there are many despondent relatives to comfort and console. They gather and comfort one another, mostly in private. Taiwan has some unique methods of its own.
In Taiwan there are temporary shrines constructed for the recently deceased. They look like little barns or garages lined with yellow flowers. A picture of the dearly departed is displayed. They are important to the friends and the family.
- Nov 10 Thu 2016 15:39
- Nov 07 Mon 2016 16:26
- Nov 02 Wed 2016 11:48
[Richard’s favorite comic heroes were The Hulk, Iron Man, and Casper the Friendly Ghost.]
Some of the most popular comic books in the United States, like Captain America and Wonder Women, were created at a time when the world was at war and the American people needed to work together and encourage each other. The comic book writers and artists provided a way to escape reality, which was worse than any of their made up evils. They also stimulated the Americans’ sense of unity and purpose.
The United States had to rally it’s citizens. Comics were a cheap and popular source of propaganda. Whether the government had anything to do with it, or if it was just the natural patriotism of the comic writers and artists, heroes at that time were all dressed up in red, white, and blue with plenty of stars and bars.
- Oct 28 Fri 2016 16:55
針對2016台北雙年展，法籍策展人柯琳．狄瑟涵提出「當下的姿態與檔案，未來的系譜」（Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future）的文獻活化概念，將美術館視為遊走於異質藝術領域，穿梭在歷史、社會、文化文本的知識平台，欲透過現存的檔案文獻更趨近未來的知識系譜，藉以了解自身與區域文獻紀錄、記憶模式、解讀與使用、潛在挪用和再現之間的關係。
- Oct 20 Thu 2016 15:36
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- Oct 06 Thu 2016 10:39
[Trick or treat.]
Halloween is a holiday with very old traditions. In the old days, kids would carry bags and walk around their neighborhoods dressed like monsters and ghosts. They would knock on doors and when the door opened, they would yell, “Trick or treat!” and the person inside would put some candy in the bags. “Trick or treat” didn’t mean anything, it was just what you were supposed to say. Kids would never play tricks on people.
The Shelves are Stocked
For various reasons, most people don’t “trick or treat” like that anymore. They go to parties and have other group activities. It is safer.
- Oct 05 Wed 2016 16:30
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