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Customs and traditions

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 is day...

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 Turkish kahve,...

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, shopping in...

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 year. So...

“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 racism or at least quite condescending...

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.

“Guiris go home”!

“Guiri” is a rude term for foreigners in Spain that I have heard myself.

21st century Chinese food in Taiwan

Due to the influx of people from all over China in 1949, Taiwan became a heaven for lovers of very diverse Chinese food.

Beach culture in Spain and Taiwan

There are few similarities between Spanish and Taiwanese beach culture.

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