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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...

Former “Free China” developing a distinct Taiwanese identity

Taiwan, according to the current Constitution still called the "Republic of China", was baptized "Formosa" by some Portuguese sailors which never went ashore and...

Why I prefer the company of Asian women

After reading one of my first articles, a friend kindly suggested that I probably presupposed too much knowledge about Asian women among my European...

Pierre Trudeau´s three visits to China

Pierre Trudeau, former Canadian Prime Minister and long-term leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, died on September 28th, 2000 in his home town...

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

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

Second-highest-ranking Czech official ends six-day Taiwan visit

From August 30th to September 4th, 2020 a 89-member delegation from the Czech Republic, headed by Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil, which also included...

First and Third World administration

In my humble opinion, a modern State is also defined by an effective administration that takes its citizens and their issues seriously. Taiwan has...

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,...

“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...

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