Work of Art – Dragon’s Beard Candy

The moment it meets one’s tongue, thousands of maltose filaments melt away in one’s mouth. One of the most distinctive snacks in Taiwan, dragon’s beard candy(龍鬚糖), looks like a small ball of yarn and is primarily made of maltose. Due to the pain-staking process of handmaking this delightful dessert, dragon’s beard candy is a nearly lost art. In Taiwan, the number of people who have mastered this handicraft has steadily declined. Hao-Chen Lo is one of the few craftsmen who continues this legacy.

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Maltose – Flavor of Time

With its saccharine aroma, golden and sticky maltose can be said to be a childhood memory for many Taiwanese. To the older generations, maltose is a nostalgic candy regarded as a semblance of youth. Even today, its sweet, tantalizing flavor can still be recollected. Zhu Bo Yuan, a factory that preserves maltose through traditional craftsmanship, hopes to reproduce this flavor of childhood. 

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Funeral Directors: Making Journey to the Other World Easier

In Chinese culture, death is often regarded as a taboo that should not be discussed openly. When a family member passes away, it is inevitable for the whole family to be overwhelmed by grief. Fortunately, there is a group of people who arrange the funeral for the deceased as soon as they receive the call. Not only will the funeral directors make all necessary arrangements, they also accompany the bereaved family through their difficult times. In sum, funeral directors are the organizers of the funeral, helping the bereaved family to observe the rituals which provide comfort for the survivors.

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Business Opportunity or Social Trap behind the “Lonely Economy”?

The term “Lonely economy” implies that people can relieve their loneliness through on-line services, such as dating apps and live streams. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior, the number of Taiwanese who live alone was nearly 3.05 million in 2020, which accounts for over 34% of the total number of households in Taiwan. This indicated that Taiwan has gradually entered the era of “single society”, with many people living on their own, such as divorcees, single parents, and affluent yuppies. The single society has in fact made many people aware of the huge business opportunities behind “loneliness” or the lack of human connections. Is a lonely economy an antidote to modern peoples’ loneliness, or an addictive drug that cannot actually satisfy their psychological needs?

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Tours for Fallen Angels in Taiwan

Traveling for a holiday, sightseeing, and immersing oneself in nature is always an enriching and refreshing experience. However, traveling can present many challenges. For people with disabilities, it can present more hurdles than the ones able-bodied people typically experience. The reality is that the infrastructure and transit systems in most countries are not designed to meet the needs of people with limited mobility, which presents various challenges and can make it difficult to explore new places.

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Ink and Iron: Body as a Canvas

“If it’s alright to equate tattoos with villains, why not equate an intellectual with a scumbag?” Ciao-Ben Ruan, nicknamed Iron Daddy, questioned. He has tattoos all over his body, even his scalp. As a sociatal leader with nearly 200,000 followers on Facebook, Ruan could be regarded as a public figure. He seemed not surprised that Taiwanese people generally associate tattoos with gangsters, delinquents and people with negative images.

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