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Remembering the 2011 Japan earthquake

Not the deadliest, but by far the costliest natural disaster in world history happened on March 11, 2011, when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the...

Japanese Don Quixote plans to conquer Taipei

Japan’s biggest discounter Don Quijote, named after the most famous novel about a crazy nobleman (spelled Don Quixote in English) by the greatest writer...

Shiba Gorō, the Japanese hero of the Boxer Rebellion in China

Japanese General Shiba Gorō, who played a significant role during the 1900 xenophobic Boxer Rebellion in China, died on December 13th, 1945 in war-ravaged...

A tribute to martial arts legend Bruce Lee

American actor, action director, martial arts instructor, philosopher and book author Lee Jun-fan, commonly known as Bruce Lee, or under his Chinese screen name...

The sunset in Valencia and the city’s decay

I live near the beach and still try to go there every late afternoon for a short swim in the Mediterranean. The water got...

Eisenhower’s short visit to Taiwan in 1960

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, was born on October 14th, 1890 in the city...

Sweet memories of Taiwan’s National Day celebrations

Taiwan, officially still called the Republic of China (ROC), celebrates its National Day on October 10th to commemorate the events which led to the...

Richard Sorge, German master spy in Japan

Richard Sorge, German press correspondent in Tokyo and head of a very successful Soviet espionage group during World War II, was born on October...

Celebrating outstanding writer Eileen Chang’s 100th birthday

Widely considered the best Chinese writer of her generation, essayist and novelist Chang Ai-ling, originally named Chang Yang and better known as Eileen Chang,...

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...

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