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About the very different drinking culture in Taiwan

In Mandarin, days and months don’t have proper names like in Western languages, but are just numbered. So the 9th of September...

75 years ago, García Lorca’s last play premiered in Argentina

Poet, playwright and theatre director Federico (del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús) García Lorca (1898-1936) is widely considered one of the most important...

The first James Bond turns 90

Sean Connery, the first actor to play fictional British secret agent James Bond 007, created in 1953 by English writer Ian Fleming...

Animal Farm first published 75 years ago

On August 17th, 1945 George Orwell (1903-1950) had his second best known work, the timeless allegorical fable...

Cozy cafés in Taipei

The English term coffee, caffe in Italian, Kaffee in German or café in Spanish and French made it into Western languages from...

A different type of stress

Those who have worked in Asia are aware of the fact that reality there is much more complex than snorkeling in Thailand,...

8th of August in Taiwan: Father’s Day with a Confucian touch

In Mandarin, both the character for eight and for father are pronounced “ba”. Also, August is simply the eighth month of the...

“Big noses” and “filthy rich tourists”

In times of growing (anti)racist hysteria in most of the Western World, it’s very important to remember that...

How in Taiwan “barbarians” became “indigenous people”

Taiwan’s non-Chinese inhabitants had to wait for a long time to finally be able to use the name they prefer for themselves.

The legendary Mediterranean diet

Judging from my personal experiences, Mediterranean diet doesn’t live up to the expectations it arises.

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160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second...

Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was...

Spanish government presents its version of civil war history

On September 15th, 2020 the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the Draft Bill of Democratic Memory that will repeal the controversial, very...

Farewell to the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission

Under the current Constitution of the Republic of China (ROC, still Taiwan’s official name), approved in Nanking in 1947, Tibet and Mongolia...

Bashar al-Assad, a well-educated autocrat

Bashar al-Assad, the second son of former Syrian ruler Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000) and his wife Anisa Makhlouf (1930-2016), who took over the...
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