Category Archives: Nature

Eleven Hours in Maokong: A Respite from the Conurbation

Simon Thomas Photography by Alexander Synaptic As cities morph into ever-more-consuming nuclei of culture and […]

A Disappearing National Treasure: The Extinction of the Formosan Black Bear

Black Bear Taiwan Formosan Art

The Formosan black bear (Ursus Thibetanus Formosansus) – Taiwan’s largest predator and land animal – is endemic to Taiwan and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The “Moon bear,” aptly named after its distinctive white crescent marking on its chest, has sat majestically atop Taiwan’s ecosystem throughout the ages. But in recent years, its reign has been usurped by the encroachment of modern man, who has continuously illegally poached the bears, severely exploited them, and driven them from their natural habitat. Hence, these bears have been pushed to near extinction.

The Slow Food Movement

cacao pods Vietnam Marou chocolate

MADE SLOWLY, WITH CARE: CHECK OUT SOME OF THE WORLD’S NEWEST AND FINEST FOOD PRODUCTS AND […]

Yosifu: The True Voice of Taiwan

aboriginal artists youth project art

Yosifu is a man who smiles warmly and frequently, and glows with an easy confidence. […]

Taiwan’s Famous Tea Regions: A Brief Exploration of Tradition, Terroir and Taste

The story of good tea has it all: biodiversity, cultural diversity, health, livelihoods, agriculture, trade, […]

An Obsessive Quest for the Elusive Chi 氣

Beyond Connoisseurship In the eyes of the sophisticated Taiwanese tea drinkers – if not tea […]

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