Tag Archives: Taiwan

CAAMFest37: Love Boat: Taiwan – Q&A after SF Premiere

It was my great honor to attend the San Francisco premiere of the documentary Love Boat: Taiwan at CAAMFest37: “Fearless, inventive and outspoken are a few words to describe CAAMFest37 Spotlight Honoree Valerie Soe. From the 80’s to now, Soe’s … Continue reading

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Love Boat: Taiwan Documentary Premieres in LA, SF, and Taipei in May 2019!

As I had blogged before, I had attended the “infamous” ‘Love Boat’ back in the summer of 1993 after graduating from college. I think every Taiwanese American has heard of the ‘Love Boat,’ so I am so happy that finally … Continue reading

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Taiwanese Americans Cannot Hold Their Liquor

When I saw this article on 47% of Taiwan’s poulation lacks alcohol-metabolizing gene posted on Facebook and read the details, I laughed, since it is pretty common that Asians often do get the “Asian flush”.  ALDH2 is an alcohol-metabolizing gene and if … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Leaving Taiwan (Part 24 of 24)

All too soon, my two week trip to Taiwan came to an end, and before we knew it, we were heading to the airport to fly back to the States. Our drive over to the international airport in Taoyuan at … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Baguashan Buddha

On our way back up to Taipei from southern Taiwan on the bullet train, we made a quick stop in central Taiwan to check out the Baguashan Buddha. It was a cloudy day and the afternoon light was on the … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Fo Guang Shan Temple (Part 22 of 24)

If you didn’t already know, in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California sits the largest buddhist temple in the western hemisphere, the Hsi Lai Temple, aptly named to mean “Coming to the West Temple”. It’s a major community center with … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Lotus Pond, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Part 21 of 24)

My family lineage actually comes from south Taiwan (and South China further back), and Kaohsiung is my heritage city on my mother’s side of the family. One of the must-see attractions of the city is the Lotus Pond, which is … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Alishan Tea Farm Hike (Part 20E of 24)

Taiwan overall is a tea lover’s paradise. If you didn’t already know, I’m quite the tea lover. So being able to go on a hike up and around tea farms was a special treat. Enjoying the beauty of tea farms … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Alishan Old Train Station (Part 20D of 24)

When Taiwan was handed over to Japan by China, the Japanese found lots of desirable wood on Alishan mountain and promptly began to build railroads to support the logging industry they established here. Luckily, the logging fell out of economic … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Alishan Sunrise (Part 20C of 24)

I’m more of a night owl than a morning person, but there are definitely things in this world worth getting up before dawn for, and the Alishan Sunrise experience would have to be one of those. We were pretty bummed … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Alishan Zhou Cultural Center (Part 20C of 24)

In Hawaii, they’ve got that Polynesian Cultural Center, which on the one hand is a way to educate people about some of the culture and history of the various polynesian people, but at the same time, it reeks of colonialism. … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Mountain Drive to Alishan (Part 20A of 24)

As I began looking through my notes and pictures on the trip to Alishan, I realized that I couldn’t cover everything in just one post, so I’m going to share it as a sub-series (hence the part 20A–it will go … Continue reading

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