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Tidbits from the Clean Room—Mushroom Growers Go High-Tech Photos - New Southbound Policy

Tidbits from the Clean Room—Mushroom Growers Go High-Tech

Have you ever seen silver ear mushrooms that look like a profusion of blossoming white peon­ies but give off a fragrance like jasmine flowers? Have you ever tasted oyster mushrooms whose stems have a mouthfeel like pork jowl but whose caps have the sweet, fresh flavor of clams? Or eaten hon-shimeji mushrooms, considered in the same class as Wagyu beef, in a Michelin-starred restaurant?

The Fruit Hunters of “Our Table”: A Bridge Between Farmers and Consumers Photos - New Southbound Policy

The Fruit Hunters of “Our Table”: A Bridge Between Farmers and Consumers

The fruit marketing company “Our Table,” which is now in its seventh year, operates only online. It has been running smoothly since its inception, and not only does it enjoy good word of mouth among consumers, it has been widely recognized in the industry as a force to be reckoned with, capable of selling fruit that other vendors find too challenging.

Carved in the Heart of the City: Taoyuan’s City Story Houses Photos - New Southbound Policy

Carved in the Heart of the City: Taoyuan’s City Story Houses

How to get to know a city? “City story houses” have been popping up like mushrooms lately, offering new perspectives on urban life.
Old houses often serve as story spaces. The buildings encapsulate time, preserving residents’ memories and emotions. Vestiges of the past are every­where, each scene and object a story unto itself.

Flower Power: Balm for Covid-Era Blues Photos - New Southbound Policy

Flower Power: Balm for Covid-Era Blues

Staying home much more during the pandemic, people have turned inward. They have realized that no amount of luxury goods, gourmet dishes or video entertainment can compare to Nature’s healing power. A foray into mountains or forest offers an alternative, but for those who inhabit a concrete jungle, the soothing effect of caring for flora is far more accessible.

Returning to the Heart of Taiwan: Blueseeds Goes Back to Nature Photos - New Southbound Policy

Returning to the Heart of Taiwan: Blueseeds Goes Back to Nature

Just as the world is focused on Taiwan’s most dynamic industry, semiconductors, a local brand of fragrant personal care products named Blueseeds has been quietly infiltrating the North American market.
Boasting natural farming methods and no added artificial chemical compounds, Blueseeds sells 200,000 bottles of essential oils a year, and sets itself apart from the flood of other Taiwanese scented product brands.

Blending Traditional Industry and Modern Tech: Eternal Materials Photos - New Southbound Policy

Blending Traditional Industry and Modern Tech: Eternal Materials

Founded 57 years ago as a producer of synthetic resins, Eternal Materials Co., Ltd. has transformed itself from contract manufacturer to innovator. As a leading producer of synthetic resins for the Asian market, the company went on to develop UV curing technologies that turned it into the world’s number-two supplier of related materials. Eternal then moved even further into the electronics sector by develop­ing the world’s top-selling dry-film photoresist.

The Chiayi Art Museum—An Indoor Journey Through Time and Space Photos - New Southbound Policy

The Chiayi Art Museum—An Indoor Journey Through Time and Space

In 1938, when the first Fine Arts Exhibition of the Government-­General of Taiwan was held, 20% of the artists whose works were selected were from Chiayi. The Japanese-language Taiwan Daily News ran a story with the headline “Chiayi Is the City of Paintings,” a sobriquet which has lasted to the present day.

Mega Master Technology: Putting the Environment First Photos - New Southbound Policy

Mega Master Technology: Putting the Environment First

The burning of waste materials continues to release dioxins, which are persistent pollutants, into the environment. Many everyday products still contain formaldehyde, a Group 1 carcinogen. Increasing demand for and use of plastics and other polymer-­based materials, which are both inexpensive and the source of the majority of these two pollutants, have worsened the damage to the environment. Are there no alternatives? Taiwan’s Mega Master Technology Co. argues that there are.

The Infinite Variety of Or: Ben Chen’s Cultural Enterprises in Taiwan’s Windy City Photos - New Southbound Policy

The Infinite Variety of Or: Ben Chen’s Cultural Enterprises in Taiwan’s Windy City

Taiwan Panorama first interviewed Ben Chen in 2007. At that time, the smartly dressed CEO of Moxa Technologies was wielding a good deal of influence in the business world. More than ten years on, Chen has left his job as a top manager, established a foundation named after his parents, and gained a foothold in the cultural and creative industries. Crossing over from technology to the cultural field, Chen’s identity and mentality have undergone a sea change.

Tiny Gears to Drive the World: Sha Yang Ye Industrial Photos - New Southbound Policy

Tiny Gears to Drive the World: Sha Yang Ye Industrial

“The smaller things are, the more crucial they are to keeping the world turning.” Sha Yang Ye Indus­trial Corporation’s micro-geared motors power bone drills for the US military, door locks in Tesla electric cars, and sunroofs in BMW vehicles. In recent years, Sha Yang Ye has also moved into the robotics arena and explored AI-­related business opportunities to secure its leading position in the global marketplace.

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