Mountains are a treasure trove. For Shen Enmin, to go into the mountains is to dispel perplexities, to cast a fresh eye on himself, and to reevaluate his priorities.
These vegetarian restaurants don’t base their appeal on health or sustainability, but rather try to stimulate and dazzle the taste buds, so that patrons are bowled over by the delicious flavors of their fare.
A passage in the Li Yun chapter of The Classic of Rites describes a time in which “people loved not just their own parents, nor just their own children. The aged were provided for until their death; the able-bodied had work; and the young, the opportunity to grow up. There was care for widows, widowers, orphans, childless elderly people, and people suffering from illness.”
Beyond Meat, the American maker of meat substitutes, was established in 2009. Since then, Taiwan has seen the rise of a new kind of vegetarianism, one not limited to certain religious groups, but that also extends to people who adopt it for reasons related to health, the environment, or a love for animals.
Taiwanese brands and professionals want to go international. Foreign startup teams want to establish businesses in Taiwan. Unfortunately, starting a business in a foreign land can be challenging, with obstacles ranging from different languages, legal systems and cultures, to the availability of qualified staff. Each can be a headache for new entrepreneurs.
This is a social movement without tensions and clamor. In place of accusations and criticism, you find mirth and a sense of duty. Instead of preaching and protesting, you get your message across through the watchwords “Health, Environment, and Sustainability.” This is the vegetarian movement, and it is a global trend.
The amount of rice eaten by Taiwanese has again hit a new low. It has fallen by nearly half from the level of 80-90 kilograms per person per year back in the 1960s and 1970s, and will soon be outstripped by the rising consumption of wheat.
When Japan’s postwar economy took off in the 1960s, young people began traveling overseas. When they arrived in nearby Taiwan, they discovered that many Taiwanese, young and old, could speak fluent Japanese.
The Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe has changed our lives and made 2020 into quite a year. The disease has made close contact a thing to be avoided, and affected us all, wherever we may be and whatever work we may do. The only comparable event in modern history has been the 1918 flu pandemic.
Taiwan has its own group of dedicated treasure hunters! But instead of searching for riches hidden in caves, they are trawling the US National Archives for historical information related to Taiwan. This isn’t the sort of treasure that will make anyone wealthy, but it can help Taiwanese better understand ourselves and how we got to our present place in the world. More, gaining a clearer view of where we’ve been will enable us to hold more firmly to our course into the future.