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About the 灣生 Wansei

taipei_manhole
TAIPEI. 被雨水. 臺北市. Have you noticed something special about this manhole cover? A small detail hinting at Taiwan’s colonial past… it’s adorned by Taipei’s Japanese coat of arms.

灣生 Wansei is the abbreviation for 臺灣出生, a term attributed to Taiwan-born Japanese, during Japanese ruling. At the end of World War II, Taiwan was handed over to the Republic of China, led by Chiang Kai-Sek’s KMT party. All of a sudden, a whole generation of Japanese who had known Taiwan as their only home, were sent back to Japan. A challenging transition for many of them, often estranged by, and victim of discrimination back in the motherland.

Not a lot has been written about this group of people, almost unheard of in Taiwan’s history, and I am fairly new to this subject as well, but here’s a nice article on the Wansei, and this documentary (in Chinese) from Formosa TV. Continue reading About the 灣生 Wansei

Crowdfunding splash

Kaohsiung Software Technology Park
From the Kaohsiung Main Library rooftop, looking towards the Kaohsiung Software Technology Park.

The Kaohsiung Software Technology Park 高雄軟體科技園區 is usually deserted during the week-end, but there’s a nice little secret park towards the water which makes for a pleasant walk on any given day of the week.

The Space of Thought Particles 思想粒子的空間 exposition can be found along the way, I had passed by it many times, and always kindly declined the invitation to go in, but recently, in the company of some curious-minded friends, I followed along and went in to check out what it was all about. Continue reading Crowdfunding splash

Follow the bookstores

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At Eslite Pier 2 誠品駁二.

Wednesday evening, at Eslite Pier 2 誠品駁二, coloring books are still on display… Should I get one for the four day long Dragon Boat Festival 端午節 week-end?

My attention drifts towards the impressionists coloring book, reviving nightmares of art class in middle school, and then locks in on the 1000 Dot-to-Dot book cover. Continue reading Follow the bookstores