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 →

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 →

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 →

Thanking Taiwan: Indian Community in Taiwan to hold Bike & Car Rally, June 13th

By Jaya Asmi  TAIWAN CAN HELP- From the New York Times to the skies of Sydney to being printed on the millions of boxes of masks sent to dozens of countries - this slogan is everywhere! And soon you can find it on bikers' t-shirts and flags during a rally dedicated to Taiwan's COVID-19 success. ... Continue Reading →

The Hypocrisy of Dr. Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General.

Some weeks ago the Director General of the WHO (World Health Organization) Dr. Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus accused Taiwan of racial attacks against him. He even went as far as to say the Taiwanese government was complicit in this racist campaign against him by not denouncing it and even encouraging it. Taiwan denied this. Following these... Continue Reading →

Walk Among the Clouds at the Top of Taipei 101

Despite its modest 15-year history, Taipei 101 has quickly cemented its place as one of the most iconic and beloved landmarks on the island.  The eight-tiered skyscraper, slender and understated, yet majestic, is impossible to miss, be it near or from afar - and both literally and figuratively, what with its image plastered onto T-shirts,... Continue Reading →

3 Most Instagram-Worthy Historical Mansions in Taipei 

If you’re looking to kick back on a lazy Sunday afternoon, snap some sweet shots for the ‘gram, and simultaneously experience Taiwanese culture, check out these gorgeous old mansions in Taipei:     The Lin Family Mansion & Garden (No. 9, Ximen St., Banqiao District, New Taipei City; Mondays-Sundays 9:00AM - 5:00PM, closed on the 1st... Continue Reading →

Tiny Trains, a Giant Buddha, & Dinner and a Show! Kaohsiung! pt.1

The glorious sunlight immediately made up for the dangerous two hours of sleep I barely managed to squeeze in the previous evening. Or it could have been the two macchiatos I downed en route to Kaohsiung; we may never know. What I do know is that the transition from the glum-faced, umbrella-toting early birds of... Continue Reading →

Taiwan National Clean Up

Taiwan’s National Clean Up Event is in its second year running this coming May 20, 2018 and will take place in twelve locations across Taiwan: Fulong Beach – event link Danshui – event link Jinshan – event link Wai’ao – event link Pingxi – event link Shifen – event link Taitung – event link Baishawan... Continue Reading →

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