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Photo Essay— Under the Roof of the World: The Sherpas Photos - New Southbound Policy

Photo Essay— Under the Roof of the World: The Sherpas

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.

All Aboard for the Circular Economy!—Good to Go and Homeapp123 Photos - New Southbound Policy

All Aboard for the Circular Economy!—Good to Go and Homeapp123

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.

A Builder’s Love Letter to His Family—The Story of a Timber-Frame House Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Builder’s Love Letter to His Family—The Story of a Timber-Frame House

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.

Waste Reduction by Design: Building the Circular Economy in Taiwan Photos - New Southbound Policy

Waste Reduction by Design: Building the Circular Economy in Taiwan

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.

The Rise of Digital Diplomacy: Making Diplomacy Accessible to the People Photos - New Southbound Policy

The Rise of Digital Diplomacy: Making Diplomacy Accessible to the People

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.

Mountain Ridges, Autumn Leaves—Cycling Provincial Highway 7A Photos - New Southbound Policy

Mountain Ridges, Autumn Leaves—Cycling Provincial Highway 7A

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!

A Crafty Way to Revisit Childhood—The Joy of Making Things by Hand Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Crafty Way to Revisit Childhood—The Joy of Making Things by Hand

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.

Railway Bento: New Flavors for a Nostalgic Travel Icon Photos - New Southbound Policy

Railway Bento: New Flavors for a Nostalgic Travel Icon

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.

Straddling Fiction and Reality: Jack Hsu’s Immersive Entertainment Photos - New Southbound Policy

Straddling Fiction and Reality: Jack Hsu’s Immersive Entertainment

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.

Knowing the Biddings of Heaven—Akira Higashiyama Is Done Fleeing Photos - New Southbound Policy

Knowing the Biddings of Heaven—Akira Higashiyama Is Done Fleeing

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.

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