I am a photographer who loves outdoor activities. I developed an interest in sport, as well as in mountain hiking, after moving to Canada at the age of 13. Located on the border between Nepal and China, Everest—the world’s highest mountain—is an earthly paradise that many people dream about. Of course it is also one of those places I feel I have to visit before I die.
Given that the planet only has limited resources, perhaps solutions can be found in the circular economy, which emphasizes the sustainable use of resources. Embracing the ideal of humankind living in harmony with nature, the drinks container rental service “Good to Go” and the home appliance rental platform “Homeapp123” are creating a new economic model to bring more citizens into the circular economy.
Near the southern tip of Taiwan, at a five-minute drive from Pingtung’s Fangliao Station, there is a white two-story Japanese-style building. Like many family homes in Japan, this timber-frame house uses traditional carpentry joints. Yang San’er envisioned the house when he was 50, and he has done almost all the work himself, consulting just one book.
In 2016 The Wall Street Journal praised the Taiwanese as “the world’s geniuses of garbage disposal.” That same year the newly elected government proclaimed that Taiwan was entering the era of the “circular economy” as part of the nation’s “5+2” industrial innovation program. Instantly, the phrase became a buzzword. Nevertheless, many people mistakenly equate the term with recycling.
Interpersonal interactions are at the heart of diplomacy, and in the age of social media, technology makes it possible to convey friendship between countries even more rapidly and widely. And it is not just frontline diplomatic personnel who can feel this warmth—every netizen can do so too. Social media not only create an avenue for direct interaction between foreign affairs agencies and citizens, they also make it possible for countries to enjoy a wider range of contacts and closer ties.
Cycling along Provincial Highway 7A from Datong to Lishan, after topping Siyuan Pass we cross from Yilan County into Taichung City. At the 46 kilometer mark it is raining heavily, and cold. But by the time we pedal to the 49 km mark, the skies are sunny and clear as far as the eye can see. In less than ten minutes, we transition from bone-chilling cold to warm sunshine, showing that a bike ride can be as volatile as life itself!
Workshops that teach how to make things by hand are all the rage. Artisans and craftspeople can often be found offering lessons in department stores and outdoor markets. This growing trend of gaining hands-on experience with craft techniques reflects changing attitudes about traditional crafts in Taiwan.
Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) offer a traditional pork chop boxed meal, but they also feature a new series of mouthwatering combos with ingredients sourced from all over Taiwan; the railroad-fan owner of Fu Jing Restaurant sells lunchboxes in his hometown; and the Satoyama Animal Train brings humans closer to Nature with charming ecological scenes. Trains transport memories, ideals, and nostalgia for home, and recount tales of goodness.
Jack Hsu is always busy. Still just 28 years old, with hair combed back on top and cut short on the sides, a pair of round, Hsu-Chih-mo-style glasses on his nose, he doesn’t carry himself in the tentative way of so many people of his age. He has a quick mind, a well-developed perspective on film, philosophy, and society, and a manner that suggests a maturity beyond his years.
Akira Higashiyama made a big splash with his very first novel, Turd on the Run, winning the grand silver and reader’s choice awards as part of the Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! (“This Mystery Novel Is Excellent!”) awards that were handed out by Japan’s Takarajimasha publishing house in 2002. Then in 2015 he won the Naoki Prize for the novel Ryu, in which much of the plot draws on the author’s own family history.