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Mobilizing Against a Pandemic: Safeguarding Taiwan, Helping the World Photos - New Southbound Policy

Mobilizing Against a Pandemic: Safeguarding Taiwan, Helping the World

According to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of late May 2020 more than 5 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 340,000 deaths from the disease have been confirmed worldwide.

A Community-Driven Effort to Improve Our Air: Taiwan’s AirBox Sensors Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Community-Driven Effort to Improve Our Air: Taiwan’s AirBox Sensors

EdiGreen’s AirBox, a device that uses microsensors to check air pollution levels, generating big data that is published online, has emerged from the Taiwanese public’s pursuit of better air quality. This world-­leading technology is providing Taiwan with rich data for analysis, attracting fact-­finding missions, and spurring cooperation with other nations.

Collecting the Great Outdoors—The Forest Culture Museum Photos - New Southbound Policy

Collecting the Great Outdoors—The Forest Culture Museum

Curator: Aliman Madiklan
Exhibits: “Walking trees,” tree planting
Themes: A day with the Bunun, life and ethics, environmental education, historic hunting trails
Location: Sazasa indigenous community, Yanping Township, Taitung
Time: By appointment

A 24-Hour Bookstore Turns Its Final Page: Eslite’s Dunnan Branch Closes Its Doors Photos - New Southbound Policy

A 24-Hour Bookstore Turns Its Final Page: Eslite’s Dunnan Branch Closes Its Doors

When Robert Wu, founder of the Eslite Group, was 38, he fell seriously ill, and lost a lot of blood in surgery, nearly dying. This brush with death opened his eyes anew, and he began to think about the meaning of the things he had pursued in his life.

Seeing the Forest and the Trees—Taiwan’s Tree Researchers and Forestry Surveyors Photos - New Southbound Policy

Seeing the Forest and the Trees—Taiwan’s Tree Researchers and Forestry Surveyors

How tall is a tree? How many leaves does it have? And how many trees are there in a forest? Almost all children ask such questions in their stage of inquisitive wonder.
After growing up, you aren’t likely to encounter these questions in daily life unless you’re a forestry professional. But when you do get a chance to go into a forest, do questions like these still prick at your curiosity: How do you go about measuring the forest? And what do the resulting figures really mean?

Serving their Home Away from Home: Southeast-Asian Volunteers in Taiwan Photos - New Southbound Policy

Serving their Home Away from Home: Southeast-Asian Volunteers in Taiwan

Being labeled a “migrant worker” can be like being branded a drifter, and for many, working in an unfamiliar land entails a life filled with monotonous toil. Through a fortunate chance, however, the Global Workers’ Organization, Taiwan, has been able to begin offering volunteer service opportunities that boost self-confidence and bring a sense of achievement.

A Philosophy of Life in Miaoli’s Foothills—CMP Village’s 100-Year Plan Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Philosophy of Life in Miaoli’s Foothills—CMP Village’s 100-Year Plan

Located in Miaoli’s Zaoqiao Township, the Shangrila Paradise theme park was once a bustling place, filled with the hubbub of humanity. Many have fond memories of its carnival rides. But over the course of a decade, the park fell into decline. Then the CMP Group took over, and in 2016 launched the CMP Village plan, aiming to merge nature with an aesthetics of life. The sounds of bugs and frogs and people’s laughter have returned.

Walk in Taiwan—Showcasing a Culturally Self-Confident Nation Photos - New Southbound Policy

Walk in Taiwan—Showcasing a Culturally Self-Confident Nation

How do you pronounce the word for “tea” in your culture? Is it more like “cha,” or more like “tea”? James Shih, a guide for “Walk in Taiwan,” likes to use this question as an entry point when explain­ing to foreign visitors how tea culture spread from China to other lands around the world.

Balancing Production and the Environment: The Underforest Economy Takes Off Photos - New Southbound Policy

Balancing Production and the Environment: The Underforest Economy Takes Off

The plant life of forests is rich and varied. Raising bees on the forest floor can provide an abundant supply of honey, while the bees can also increase the rate at which trees set seed. Raising chickens and growing mushrooms on logs can bring in additional income that helps foresters plant more trees. And when farmers don’t interfere with the forest, and uphold the practice of applying neither pesticides nor chemical fertilizers, they can develop ecotourism in the beautiful, fecund woodlands.

Electronica and Paiwan Melodies: The Two-Track Life of Singer Abao Photos - New Southbound Policy

Electronica and Paiwan Melodies: The Two-Track Life of Singer Abao

This song tells the story of a Paiwan indigenous family, but it is also the personal story of Golden Melody Award winning singer Abao (Paiwan name Aljenljeng Tjaluvie). The abundantly creative Abao released her second solo album, Kinakaian: Mother Tongue, at the end of 2019. It had been three years since she released her first solo album, Vavayan: Woman, produced by Soichiro Arai.

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