Pheww, did December just flew by?
For this last Taiwanvore Digest edition of the year, I thought I’d share some Taiwan-centric blogs I’ve enjoyed reading, a list to be tacked onto Taiwan Explorer’s 10 well designed Taiwan blogs (who kindly included me in it, haha). The list is non-exhaustive, but I have a blogroll in the works where I’ll share more of my favorite blogs. And as usual, I’ve done a recap of tweets that’ll speak for themselves.
I will still do a monthly round-up kind of thing next year, maybe in a different format, under a new name or a new schedule, I’m not sure yet, we shall see.
And with that, let me sign off, and prepare to go cross out one more item on my bucket list: Fireworks at Taipei 一零一! 🌟🎉🎆🎉💖🎊😘
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year 2015!
Bonne année et bonne santé à tous!
Cool blogs to follow.
Translating Taiwanese Literature. This is the reincarnation of Taiwanese Got Character which was featured in Taiwan Explorer’s list. I really like this blog because it totally speaks to the Chinese and Taiwanese learning geek in me. 😎
Another Far Country. Follow the year of a Swede exchange student in Hsinchu. Nice postcard-like posts and candid observations of university life and Taiwan in general. Fun to also learn bits of Swedish culture through her blog, like the Lucia celebration, which Taiwanese students appear to have embraced, fearless of wearing a crown with lit up candles (did no one warn them on the high flammability of hair?!).
Foreign Sanctuary. Taichung representing here, from a Canadian who has been in Taiwan before the place was cool and all. She’s currently writing a book about her up-until-now life in Taiwan. Too bad she’s in Taichung, otherwise she maybe could title the book “Taipei” and do it justice (I apologize to all Tao Lin’s fans out there for picking on him 😜).
And then, there’s the Fullbrighters clan. Every year brings in a new crop, and a few of them will open a dedicated blog to write about their experience. You can follow some of the current cohort here (interesting read on what a stay at a Taiwanese hospital is like), here, here, here and here. I don’t know if it is suggested to them to blog about their experience in Taiwan, but I always find it fun to read impressions from people who come to Taiwan with a blank slate about the place. They also give us a glimpse of American and Taiwanese diplomacy at work, although, as stated on all of their sites, their blogs do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program or U.S. Department of State.
Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut says they plan on opening a Taipei flagship location in June 2015 >> ht.ly/FWR9e—
Josh Horwitz (@horwitzjosh) December 16, 2014
Formosa Nation (@FormosaNation) December 30, 2014
Time Mapping Taiwan: Year by year changes in ownership and influence over 400 years youtube.com/watch?v=tMY8WV…—
(@michaelturton) December 08, 2014