Qimei, an island of the Penghu archipelago, a placee where the sea and sky merge into one, has strong sunshine in summer and powerful monsoon winds in winter. These attributes provide opportunities to develop both solar and wind power, and through storage and distribution via a smart power grid, Qimei can be transformed into a low-carbon green energy island.
Because they share a common language, Taiwan and Singapore have enjoyed frequent cultural exchanges. Exhibitions of Taiwanese painting, dance, or literature are held in various locations in Singapore, and always attract a great deal of attention from the general public.
Jinguashi’s procession for the goddess Mazu is a century-old tradition that embodies the collective memories of generations of residents. The procession passes through the steep alleys of the mountain town, treads its stairs and crosses its bridges, walking through the pattering spring rain. In former times, its route would take in the mines, where it would pause to pray for blessings. Modern Jinguashi continues the tradition, spreading wellbeing wherever the palanquins roam.
In August and September All Is Well, the first television drama coproduced between Taiwan and Singapore, will hit the airwaves. In it, two storylines are tied together by an international bank robbery, and viewers will get to watch as Singaporean actors venture through Taiwan’s charming scenery and Taiwanese actors showcase their acting skills in Singapore’s urban jungle. This intersection of cultures and settings is certainly something to be eagerly awaited.
“The idea that a photograph is equivalent to a memory is in fact extremely weak; a photograph can at best be the catalyst for a memory, but not the memory itself,” says Chen Chin-pao.
In recent years, tech giants like Google and Facebook have established a presence in Singapore, in some cases designating it as their Asian operational headquarters, effectively transforming the city state into a global stage for startups in Asia.
People say that cat lovers have different personalities from dog lovers. Does the same principle apply to people who love cetaceans versus those who love sea turtles? Innumerable creatures inhabit the waters around islands. The surrounding seas support the island, interact with it, and enable its survival, but the beauty that lies hidden beneath the waves is a mystery to most islanders. Fortunately, there are a few who explore the depths and bring back photos to share with the rest of us.
The image that many people have of Singapore is of an economically prosperous international city. More charms can be found in its ethnically diverse population of Chinese, Malays and Indians, as well as its non-citizens of many nations, who work together in an atmosphere of cultural tolerance. Come with Taiwan Panorama as we explore Singapore and its close bonds and exchanges with Taiwan!
In the Indian epic poem the Ramayana, the monkey god Hanuman travels with Rama to battle the ten-headed demon king Ravana. In Southeast Asia, Hanuman is a household name and regarded as a hero. Meanwhile, in the Children’s Creative Center at the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, he has transformed into an auspicious beast—cute and mischievous—who leads children to gain knowledge about various elements of Asian culture, including traditional Chinese blue-and-white glazed ceramic
Ho Pei-jun, president and founder of Townway Cultural and Creative Corporation, started out with operating the “El Patio del Cielo” guesthouse in Nantou County’s Zhushan Township. From there he has gone on to organize work exchanges (in which people exchange labor or skills for accommodation), evening temple runs, and the “Guangdian Forum,” and has attracted young people to start businesses in Zhushan.