The Tale Of The Terrifying Taiwanese Tiger Mum

Praised as the Taiwanese version of “Black Mirror” I had great expectations towards the Netflix series “On Children” (你的孩子不是你的孩子). I wasn’t disappointed. The five episodes show a gloomy image of a society which uses the latest technical achievements to exercise cruel control on its children, vividly depicting dystopical science fiction scenarios that get you into…

Pick Me Up! – A Taiwanese Ghost Story

I belong to these lucky persons who find a lot of stuff on the streets. Money, wearable clothes, a cute key chain and even a living gold fish – just to name a few items I have picked up during one of my strolls. I don’t do that anymore, or at least only very carefully,…

To Read Or Not To Read ‘Incensed’ By Ed Lin

The question about “to read or not to read” Ed Lin’s novel ‘Incensed’ turned into the question “to write or not to write” about it after I had finally read it. After all, it is the sequel to ‘Ghostmonth’, which I already enthusiastically recommended reading before. Sequels always run the risk of not being able…

Taipei Streetart Tour (2)

Looking for streetart is like treasure hunting: The journey is the reward. Every time I head out for exploring new streetart, the treasure I find is often not only a beautiful mural or wall painting, but the whole area around. A perfect example for this is Treasure Hill (寶藏巖 baozang yan) near Gongguan in South…

Days By The Sea

I have always loved the sea. In South West Germany, where I grew up, the nearest seaside is more than eight hours train ride away. Maybe that is why I have a thing for islands. No matter Great Britain, Japan or Taiwan, I feel good knowing that the ocean is not far away and nothing…

On The Trail Of Jimmy’s Art

A train running above your head in the air, flying deers, a witch on her broom in the metro and a giraffe looking out of a train station are some of the curious phenomena you will encounter when following Jimmy Liao’s art in Taiwan. As mentioned in a previous article, I really like the dreamworld…

Enjoying The Lights: Lantern Festival

When the moon is shining full and high in the sky for the first time in the new Lunar Year, many coulourful lanterns start lightning the streets of Taipei and other cities in Taiwan and China. The Lantern Festival 元宵節 (yuanxiaojie) marks the official ending of the Lunar New Year celebrations. This year we went…