Friday, May 29, 2009

Back in time: 2007

My output in terms of words has been pretty good in recent months. In terms of published articles, less so - simply because I've been devoted my time and energy to the guidebook. So, to keep this blog moving, here's a selection from my work back in 2007.

At the invitation of Wild At Heart Legal Defense Association, a Taipei-based environmental group, I visited Youcinggu, a ravine in Yunlin County that's being inundated for a reservoir project. The trip resulted in two articles- this one for the China Post and a longer, much more detailed piece for Taiwan Business Topics. To find out what's been happening with the Hushan Dam project, visit this blog.

For the China Post I also wrote about a forest reserve that's just down the road from where I live, a recreational farm, a haunted house, and Taiwan's greenest building. I wrote about that building - and another sustainable library from the same team of architects - for the government-backed website.

The now-defunct Taiwan Journal ran a two-part report of mine on Taiwan's translation industry, here and here. For the Taiwan Review I wrote about international interest in the academic field of Taiwan Studies.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

In the heart of a harbor city (Travel In Taiwan)

You're coming to Kaohsiung for the eighth edition of the World Games, the international multi-sport extravaganza that kicks off July 16 and lasts 11 days. But your favorite sports won't be played every day, and you've heard enough about Taiwan's second-largest metropolis to want to have a good look around. Now that you've bought your tickets and booked your hotel, you're wondering this: How best to use the time between events?

This article can be read online. Go to the magazine's website, then type my name into the search function. A list of the articles I've done for them since 2005 then comes up.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Big city lessons in traditional lifestyles (China Post)

Taichung is one of Taiwan's biggest and most modern cities. Just recently, its citizens celebrated the announcement that work will start soon on a mass rapid transit system. It also has, in the Tai­chung Folklore Park, one of the most interesting collections of antiques and traditional items anywhere on the island. Visitors spend most of their time in the Folk Artifacts Exhibit Room in the basement of the building at the back of the park... 
The rest of this article is here. The park will also feature in my forthcoming
Taiwan: The Bradt Travel Guide.