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Blue cheese and stinky tofu

One of the big differences between cultures is the food that people with a completely diverse historical, geographical and social background usually consume. What some...

Does Valentine’s Day match Chinese culture?

Mostly due to American influence, young Taiwanese have adopted some Western customs like Valentine’s Day on February 14th, which originally honored three early Christian...

A chat with long-term Chinese residents in Spain

Yesterday I went to deliver some of the many oranges that I had picked on Sunday at a friend’s little orchard just outside of...

Cuba, Red China’s first stronghold in the Caribbean

The world’s largest and smallest communist states, the People's Republic of China (PRC) and Cuba became close friends on September 28th, 1960. After anti-communist Cuban...

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...

Multicultural forensic anthropology

During the last years that I spent in Taiwan before coming back to Spain temporarily in early 2018, my Taiwanese girlfriend and I almost...

“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...

Me, the impious student

The recent death of former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui reminded me of one my former Mandarin teachers in Taipei. She used good teaching methods...

Taiwan´s imperial subjects still speak Japanese

Many of the elderly that were educated under Nippon’s colonial rule still are fluent in Japanese and happy to use it among their fellows.

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