A Day With the Tafalong Amis Tribe: History, Food, & Culture

Taiwan Observer recently had the honor of experiencing some of the most treasured traditions of the Tafalong community, as arranged by MyTaiwanTour.     Image courtesy of Wikipedia The Tafalong community of the Amis tribe, the largest of the 16 officially recognized indigenous tribes in Taiwan, is primarily based in Guangfu Township of Hualien County, which neighbors... Continue Reading →

Ghost Festival’s Eve in Keelung: Hungry Spirits, Parades, & Burning Boats

Taiwan’s time-honored traditions and phenomenal festivals account for a great part of the island’s charm. If you’ve lived here long enough, you’ll know that the locals pull out all the stops when it comes to celebrating their heritage - from the colorful cornucopia of candy for sale and the deafening blasts of firecrackers during the... Continue Reading →

Why Foreign Entrepreneurs Are Pitching Dragons’ Chamber Taiwan

What is Dragons' Chamber Taiwan? This November 21st the Dragons will gather to pass judgement on five daring entrepreneurs and funding is the goal. The Dragons in this case are experienced entrepreneurs and investors who will lord over five hopefuls during the fifth annual Dragons’ Chamber. A pitch event for foreign entrepreneurs in Taiwan much... Continue Reading →

US Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt Asks For Photos Of Taiwan

US actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently asked for pictures of Taiwan for a project on his website, hitRECord.org, in a post to his Facebook page. Netizens have shared the post over 4,000 time and it has garnered over 21,000 reactions. The photo he shared was a picture of the 2016 Taoyuan Lantern Festival in Taiwan, highlighting... Continue Reading →

WHO, “Taiwan,China”, and PRC’s manipulation of UN organizations (opinion)

So Observers...... I have just been triggered.... call me a snowflake if you want, whatever floats your boat. I just saw a post in our TO - News from Taiwan group that got me miffed. This isn't some "BREAKING NEWS" but I wanted to talk about it. Here we have some images of coming from... Continue Reading →

The evolution of the Pokemon Go Grandpa! Is it his final form?

Taiwan's famous "Pokemon Go Grandpa" has upgraded his set up yet again. Mr. Chen, in his seventies, has now got a staggering 64 phones and space on his bike for over 70 phones. All of which are running the Pokemon Go mobile game. The latest images were uploaded to Facebook. One poster captions the post... Continue Reading →

Wackyboys Post Longer Version of Blackface Video, Weeks After First Video Taken Down

Local internet personalities, the Wackyboys, have released a new, longer version of their original blackface clip, which surfaced two weeks ago. The extended video, uploaded to their Facebook page and official YouTube channel, is almost 11 minutes long - fully edited with graphics and sound effects. Soon after receiving backlash for their first video, which... Continue Reading →

Black Lives Solidarity Rally, Taipei

The Black Lives Solidarity Rally this afternoon, June 13th, saw hundreds of demonstrators gather in the 2/28 Peace Park in Taipei. The rally was held in solidarity with all those demonstrating in the United States and around the world. Many demonstrators were from the expat community in Taiwan and the rally was held in English... Continue Reading →

Second Blackface Incident in Taiwan This Week

A video posted to the Facebook page of a Kaohsiung -based restaurant shows a man in blackface promoting the upcoming recall election of mayor Han Kuo-Yu. In the video, the man, dressed in a suit and tie, and wearing a headband promoting the recall election, urges people to get out and vote, and reminds them... Continue Reading →

Internet Personalities in Blackface in Taiwan, Again

A few weeks ago, a dance group for a local nightclub, the "Luxy Boyz," received backlash for performing in blackface. They were trying to emulate a popular meme of Ghanaian pallbearers dancing with a coffin, set to electronic music. The problem with this was the clear use of blackface, or darkening the skin to make... Continue Reading →

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