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Life as a Vegetarian—My Values, My Story Photos - New Southbound Policy

Life as a Vegetarian—My Values, My Story

Whether for health reasons, out of compassion for animals, or as a dietary exer­cise to cleanse mind and body, a person’s journey to becoming vege­tarian helps them to develop their own unique philosophy on life.

Drawing the Mountains: Shen Enmin’s Quest for Self-Knowledge Photos - New Southbound Policy

Drawing the Mountains: Shen Enmin’s Quest for Self-Knowledge

Mountains are a treasure trove. For Shen Enmin, to go into the mountains is to dispel perplexities, to cast a fresh eye on himself, and to reevaluate his priorities.

Fine Dining Beyond Meat—Fashionable Vegetarian Restaurants Photos - New Southbound Policy

Fine Dining Beyond Meat—Fashionable Vegetarian Restaurants

These vegetarian restaurants don’t base their appeal on health or sustainability, but rather try to stimulate and dazzle the taste buds, so that patrons are bowled over by the deli­cious flavors of their fare.

A Utopian Vision for Nanjichang—Borough Chief Fang Hesheng Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Utopian Vision for Nanjichang—Borough Chief Fang Hesheng

A passage in the Li Yun chapter of The Classic of Rites describes a time in which “people loved not just their own parents, nor just their own children. The aged were provided for until their death; the able-bodied had work; and the young, the opportunity to grow up. There was care for widows, widowers, orphans, childless elderly people, and people suffering from illness.”

Meeting New Demand for Vegetarian Foods—Taiwan’s Plant-Based Meat Experts Photos - New Southbound Policy

Meeting New Demand for Vegetarian Foods—Taiwan’s Plant-Based Meat Experts

Beyond Meat, the American maker of meat substitutes, was established in 2009. Since then, Taiwan has seen the rise of a new kind of vegetarianism, one not limited to certain religious groups, but that also extends to people who adopt it for reasons related to health, the environment, or a love for animals.

Enabling Startup Dreams: The Startboard Incubator and Accelerator Photos - New Southbound Policy

Enabling Startup Dreams: The Startboard Incubator and Accelerator

Taiwanese brands and professionals want to go international. Foreign startup teams want to establish businesses in Taiwan. Unfortunately, starting a business in a foreign land can be challenging, with obstacles ranging from different languages, legal systems and cultures, to the availability of qualified staff. Each can be a headache for new entrepreneurs.

Taiwan’s Vegetarian Awakening—A Gathering Trend Photos - New Southbound Policy

Taiwan’s Vegetarian Awakening—A Gathering Trend

This is a social movement without tensions and clamor. In place of accusations and criticism, you find mirth and a sense of duty. Instead of preaching and protesting, you get your message across through the watchwords “Health, Environment, and Sustain­ability.” This is the vegetarian movement, and it is a global trend.

A Rice Renaissance—The Refinement of Rice Culture Photos - New Southbound Policy

A Rice Renaissance—The Refinement of Rice Culture

The amount of rice eaten by Taiwanese has again hit a new low. It has fallen by nearly half from the level of 80-90 kilograms per person per year back in the 1960s and 1970s, and will soon be outstripped by the rising consumption of wheat.

What’s In a Name?—The Unexpected Charms of Japanese-Era Train Stations Photos - New Southbound Policy

What’s In a Name?—The Unexpected Charms of Japanese-Era Train Stations

When Japan’s postwar economy took off in the 1960s, young people began traveling overseas. When they arrived in nearby Taiwan, they discovered that many Taiwanese, young and old, could speak fluent Japan­ese.

Restaurants Embrace the Digital Age Photos - New Southbound Policy

Restaurants Embrace the Digital Age

The Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe has changed our lives and made 2020 into quite a year. The disease has made close contact a thing to be avoided, and affected us all, wherever we may be and whatever work we may do. The only comparable event in modern history has been the 1918 flu pandemic.

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