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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Getting Back on their Feet: Taiwan’s Tourism Industry in Face of Pandemic

Taiwan has had strict border controls ever since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, which led to travel restrictions making overseas travel almost impossible. The tourism industry was one of the first industries to face the devastating impact of the pandemic. According to statistics released by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, more than 168 travel agencies had been shut down in 2020 and 2021, and over 10 thousand employees were laid off.

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Have You “Taobao” today? New Choice of Shopping: Creative Bazaars

Creative bazaars are now all the rage in Taiwan. According to a survey conducted by Bazaar.com, there are currently 527 bazaars in Taiwan. In addition to the traditional cultural parks and department stores where people can shop, there are also various bazaars in business districts, luring people to “taobao,” which means finding precious treasure by yourself in Chinese.

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Book Doctor: Endowing Century-Old Books with New Life

As the saying goes, “Books are like treasure banks storing wisdom that is passed down from generation to generation. Not only can books break through the constrains of time and space, they can also allow people to acquire wisdom from them and learn about their culture.” However, books may be worn out as time goes by; fortunately, there is a group of people guarding these historical artifacts: the book doctors.

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Changes of Taiwanese Dining Habit: Food Delivery Platform

According to the statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), food service in Taiwan rose sharply from 2015 to 2019, totaling approximately NT$158 billion with its growth increasing more than 25%. However, it’s a whole new chapter for food delivery platforms in Taiwan which have surged in the COVID pandemic. In fact, countries worldwide have changed their way of managing the restaurants. And Taiwan is not an exception.

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The Breath of Gods

In Taiwan’s temple culture, incense sticks and joss paper are mostly used as a medium to pray to the gods, but the gas emitted could be a hidden danger to the environment. Thus, in 2009, the Environmental Protection Administration encouraged major temples to reduce incense and joss paper burning, as well as firecracker setting in hope of reducing air pollution and protecting people’s health.

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