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Mental Image Studio's Aboriginal Origami Photos - New Southbound Policy

Mental Image Studio's Aboriginal Origami

A desire to do good has pushed two Han Chinese lowlanders into action, plunging them head first into highlighting the heritage of Taiwan’s Aborigines through their detailed renderings of the clothing and adornments of Taiwan’s 16 tribes. Employing skilled hands to realize their marvelous concepts, they have been introducing the world’s people to the beauty and rich meaning of Taiwan’s Aboriginal culture.

Golden Awards Ceremonies: Channeling the Private Sector's Design Capabilities Photos - New Southbound Policy

Golden Awards Ceremonies: Channeling the Private Sector's Design Capabilities

We’ve all spent time staring expectantly at the TV screen during awards broad­casts. Which superstars will attend the show? Who will win this year’s awards? It’s a big deal, like following celebrities or going to a concert. Awards shows are endlessly enjoyable fodder for after-dinner conversation.

A Ride to the Clouds: Cycling Through Wutai Township Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Ride to the Clouds: Cycling Through Wutai Township

The American writer Ernest Hemingway once said, “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and can coast down them.”

Design + Environmental Protection + Helping the Disadvantaged: Recycled PET Tote Bags by FNG Design Photos - New Southbound Policy

Design + Environmental Protection + Helping the Disadvantaged: Recycled PET Tote Bags by FNG Design

In 2018, Taiwan recycled about 5.2 billion PET bottles. Even though recycling cannot completely compensate for the negative effects of plastic on the environment, the social enterprise “For Next Genera­tion Design” is working to find more uses for re­cycled PET, and pays five times the market price for re­cyclable bottles in order to improve the lives of recyclers. They hope they can use design to create a virtuous circle for the environment.

Sparking Imagination: When Culture Meets Technology Photos - New Southbound Policy

Sparking Imagination: When Culture Meets Technology

Technological leaps turn everyday ideas on their heads. When thoughts and feelings work in tandem the boundaries between creativity, skill, know­ledge, and fun can blur. Culture is striking dazzling sparks in the world of technology in unprecedented ways and opening new realms for the imagination to roam.

Design Thinking: A Force for Innovation in Local Governance Photos - New Southbound Policy

Design Thinking: A Force for Innovation in Local Governance

Acalling card infused with Tai­tung’s local color that immediately conveys what makes this place unique. An unassuming stool in red plastic that transcends national boundaries and has become the symbol of a bond between the residents of Tai­nan and ­Osaka. In recent years, government departments have begun to apply the modes of thought of professional design to the business of urban administration.

Going with the Grain - Migrant-Worker Sand Artist Mario Subeldia Photos - New Southbound Policy

Going with the Grain - Migrant-Worker Sand Artist Mario Subeldia

Filipino sand artist Mario Subeldia is the first migrant worker to be licensed as a street artist in Taiwan. Since crossing the sea from his homeland, he has used his intelligence to transform his destiny, and by living out his dreams, has embarked upon a beautiful life.

A Riot of Colors: The Holi Festival in Taiwan Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Riot of Colors: The Holi Festival in Taiwan

Holi is one of India’s three biggest festivals. It is an egalit­arian holiday, the only day of the year on which Indians may set aside differences in caste and class to sprinkle or spray colored powders on one another.

Cycling the Miaoli Coast - Wind, Sea and Sunsets Photos - New Southbound Policy

Cycling the Miaoli Coast - Wind, Sea and Sunsets

Our story can be traced back to 1922, when the coastal railroad (offici­ally known as the West Coast Line) was opened to traffic. The movement of goods between north and south brought prosperity to cities and towns along the rail line. Since the construction of the freeways, goods have been transported by highway instead of by rail, and the coast is no longer as affluent.

Tracing Taiwanese Tastes - A Tour for the Palate Photos - New Southbound Policy

Tracing Taiwanese Tastes - A Tour for the Palate

“Seen from the side, a whole range; from the end, a single peak / Far or near, high or low, no two parts alike.” These opening lines of a poem by Su ­Dongpo about China’s Lu­shan mountains could equally be describing the variety found in Taiwanese cuisine. A blend of indigenous, immigrant, and colonial contribu­tions, the cuisine of Taiwan has a diversity that makes it full of surprises.

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