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.
How do you extend the value of a brand? How do you forge ties with consumers? B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore’s book The Experience Economy suggests that experiences are in fact a kind of economic product, one that goes beyond traditional goods and services and creates new value for companies.
Since the invention of paper, traditionally credited to the Han-Dynasty eunuch Cai Lun, humanity has been tightly bound to the medium. Together they have written the story of human civilization. But recently these bonds have been weakening amid a decline of paper culture.
Since around 2015, when the notion of the “flipped classroom” was gaining traction in Taiwanese education, games have begun to gain increased focus in Taiwan as a new means of communicating knowledge. This trend has now come to extend into society more broadly, with both online and tabletop games that address all manner of topics and issues hitting the market.
The 2019 Premier 12 baseball tournament, organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, served as a qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Though initially not favored to do well, Taiwan’s national team, Chinese Taipei, played with discipline, intelligence, and indomitable willpower, turning in a performance that brought the entire nation to a fever pitch. The squad now once again ranks among the world’s top five, and is on the march toward competing at the Tokyo Games.
The son of a general, Francias Lee has an innate sense of justice. He served all over the world with great merit during his 30-plus years as a diplomat. Having retired at the age of 60, his time is now his own, and he looks back at his long career with no regrets.
After finishing a meal in Japan, one expresses appreciation to the chef with folded hands and a customary phrase: “go chi sou sama.” A meal is a form of sharing. It communicates the chef’s wish to share delicious food with friends. For a long time, Taiwan and Japan have shared the tastes of their respective cuisines, and these exchanges provide the mainstay of the culinary relationship between our two countries.
The little town of Chishang in Taitung County has long been losing its population to the cities, but remarkably the township was featured on the website of Time magazine in 2009. In the photograph, a musician plays the piano amid billowing waves of golden rice. The melodies linger among the fields, as a gentle breeze caresses the rice paddies and resonates with the music through the vales and hills.
In 1895, the Japanese introduced the sport of baseball to Taiwan. It caught on spectacularly, and we’ve now been playing it for over a century. It would be no exaggeration to call baseball Taiwan’s national sport. Over the years, it has been a focus of social cohesion.