There are few similarities between Spanish and Taiwanese beach culture.
Although nowadays it’s a very livable city, Taipei in the 1980s was a pretty messy place to live.
For decades, the air raid on then Japanese-controlled Taipei in May 1945 was an ignored chapter of World War II in Asia.
Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ying-wen starts her second term in office while the world is fighting the coronavirus, which her government has contained very successfully.
In the 1980s, people in Taiwan were still proud of their Chinese cultural heritage. Sometimes, I mentioned places in Europe which also have an impressive history, like Cyprus.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in Taiwan exactly one year ago after the nation’s highest court had ruled in favor in 2017, but against a majority of the population.
Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen will soon be back to “normal” life.
I arrived in Taiwan for the first time in 1988. This is the first posting about those good old days.
The conquest of the Chinese island of Hainan by Mao’s communists in the spring of 1950 saw the successful use of junks against war ships.
Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the father of modern Singapore.
This is a translated and updated version of an obituary authored by me, published in the German weekly Preußische Allgemeine Zeitung on the 4th of April 2015.