Human beings share a nostalgic yearning for nature, but for city dwellers, the bounties of nature can appear out of reach.
On an afternoon that alternated between brilliant sun and cracking thunder, Taiwan Panorama joined forces with the Taiwan‑Asia Exchange Foundation at Thinkers’ Studio for “Southeast Asia in Transition: Immigrant Perspectives on Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.” Through its participants, this forum was a showcase not only for how immigrants from Southeast Asia have enriched Taiwan’s cultural diversity, but also for the unbridled vitality they bring with them.
Steel is cold and hard and plastic looks cheap and light, but wood, being so much closer to nature, gives more of a feel of gentleness and calm. Used since ancient times, wood was instrumental in the rise of human civilization.
John Tseng, CEO of Adronic Inspection Instruments, was both saddened and indignant when his mother passed away from cancer. But those emotions became an impetus for change, leading him to shift his company’s focus from producing industrial endoscopes to developing medical ones. Currently Taiwan’s only vertically integrated maker of top-tier endoscopes, Adronic develops, designs, manufactures and services the devices in house.
There are quite a few children in Taiwan who grow up being looked after by caregivers from Southeast Asia. After being together for long periods of time, they become like family to each other despite differences in language and culture. These strong emotional bonds do not end when it comes time for the caregivers to leave. When these children grow up, they express their longing for their “second mothers” by learning about Southeast-Asian cultures and following topics related to migrant workers.
Bright, moving illustrations, practical information about life, and deep explorations of topics make for magazines that people can’t put down. The only way you would know that these are government publications is by looking at the masthead.
Small children are always dazzled when they see the machinery at construction sites, while the workers who put up buildings seem like heroes. But after growing up, children are no longer curious about the world behind the construction hoardings, and life inside the hoardings is like a parallel universe to life outside. Fortunately, through books, theater, and performances, we can explore the vitality and energy of construction sites.
In their communications with the public, government agencies are turning away from old habits of issuing haughty pronouncements couched in stuffy officialese. Instead they are employing social media editors who are full of whacky ideas and are a match for every conceivable challenge. These editors expose fake news and interpret policies for the general public by making connections with everyday life and topical events.
The Minerva Schools program at California’s Keck Graduate Institute prides itself on being a university of the world. Not confined to any physical campus, Minerva students visit seven cities across the world during their four-year degree programs. They interact with their teachers through webinars that explore specific topics and prioritize mutually engaged discussions. Minerva aims to cultivate not only specialist knowledge but also transferrable critical thinking skills.
Government agencies have been demonstrating a new aptitude for communication in recent years. Their tactics for getting information out to the public now range from creative social media editing to institutional branding to complete revamps of government publications. These methods have given agencies a less conservative look, but is the public buying it?