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A publication of the Community Services Center


Vol. 17 | 03

NOV 2016

Center Auction Red Room’s 7th Anniversary Festival of Lights – Deepavali Taiwan SPCA Taiwan Adventure Outings Matt King HaoHaus Gallery

CONTENTS November 2016 volume 17 issue 3


From the Editors Center Auction Center Gallery November 2016 Activities Highlights CSC Business Classified

Publisher Editor Co-editor Advertising Manager Magazine Email Tel Fax Community Services Center Editorial Panel Printed by

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Community Services Center, Taipei Suzan Babcock Richard Saunders Naomi Kaly coteditor@communitycenter.org.tw

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Siew Kang, Fred Voigtmann Farn Mei Printing Co., Ltd. 1F, No. 102, Hou Kang Street, Shilin District, Taipei Tel: 02-2882-6748 Fax: 02-2882-6749 E-mail: farn.mei@msa.hinet.net

Centered on Taipei is a publication of the Community Services Center, 25, Lane 290, Zhongshan N. Rd., Sec. 6, Tianmu, Taipei, Taiwan Tel: 02-2836-8134 fax: 02-2835-2530 e-mail: coteditor@communitycenter.org.tw Correspondence may be sent to the editor at coteditor@ communitycenter.org.tw. Freelance writers, photographers and illustrators are welcome to contact the editor to discuss editorial and graphic assignments. Your talent will find a home with us!


Mayumi Hu TAS TES Seven Years Strong: Red Room’s 7th Anniversary Festival of Lights – Deepavali Taiwan SPCA: Protecting the Rights of Taiwan’s Animals


After Happily Ever After

Arts & design

Matt King Taipei’s Crowning Month of Design Community and the Contemporary Arts Patrick Lee – A Man of Many Artistic Talents


Taiwan Adventure Outings Off the Beaten Track: Jade Mountain (Yushan)

fAshion & beAuty How to Style Your Scarf

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“Happy Thanksgiving” • Child-centered American Curriculum • Qualified & Experienced Teachers • Engaging Outdoor Play Spaces • Low Student/Teacher Ratios • International Community Environment • Fun Afternoon Classes for Young Children

• Pre-Two-Year-Old Tigger’s Playgroup • Half/Full-day option for 2’s & 3’s • 2/3/5 days a week option for 2’s • Full-day Pre-K & Kindergarten • Mandarin Playgroups for all ages • Grade School Language & Literacy

Located in & adjacent to the TAIPEI AMERICAN SCHOOL CAMPUS We’d love to introduce you to our diverse and incredibly special community of learners! Please call to arrange a visitation.

Taipei Youth Program Association

Taipei Youth Program Association

TYPA Main Office: 2873-1815 www.typa.org.tw





Bai Win invites you to our new exhibition: Carvings, carvings and more carvings! Bai Win’s vast collection of carvings of all kinds from around Asia will be showcased this October.






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Sunset from Eastern taiwan by Ryan Hevern For more information, please go to our website at www.communitycenter.org.tw

From the eDitors


Please send email submissions, comments, and feedback to coteditor@communitycenter.org.tw.

Dear Readers,

Suzan Babcock Editor

Richard Saunders Co-editor

Naomi Kaly Advertising Manager

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naomi@communitycenter. org.tw

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WRitiNG AND PHOtOGRAPHy CONtRiButORS Sue Babcock Shennica David Chiefglammy St. John Dunn HaoHaus Gallery Nomita Kavra Gupta Ryan Hevern Cerita Hsu Beki Hunt Julie Hu Tony C. Hu Eva Inman Anthony Ives Kaity Kao

Naomi Kaly Matt King Patrick Lee Shan Lee The Red Room Joseph Reilly Richard Saunders Rosemary Susa Taiwan SPCA TAO TAS, TES Lara Toews World Design Capital Taipei Whitney Zahar

Pick COT up at: Uptown: Community Services Center, No. 25, Lane 290, Sec. 6, Zhongshan North Rd. Sprout – No. 33, Sec. 7, Zhongshan North Rd. George Pai’s Beauty – No. 14, Tienmu East Rd. Downtown: Grandma Nitti’s Kitchen – 8, Lane 93, Shida Rd. Ooh Cha Cha – 207, Sec.2, Nanchang Rd. NakedFood – 22-1, Lane 160, Sec.1, Xingsheng South Rd. Samyama (Art) Co., Ltd. – 2F, No. 1, Lane 119, Sec.1, Daan Rd.

COMMuNity SERViCES CENtER the Community Services Center (CSC) is a non-profit foundation. CSC provides outreach and early intervention through counseling, cross-cultural education and life skills programs to meet the needs of the international community in taipei. CSC offers the opportunity to learn, volunteer, teach and meet others. Check out our website www.communitycenter.org.tw and drop by the Center to chat with us about our programs. you can also email us at csc@communitycenter.org.tw.

Last month, the Community Services Center held its 21st Annual Auction Fundraiser. Friends, patrons, sponsors, members of the local and international community gathered at the Grand Hyatt Taipei to celebrate and show their continuing support of the Center. Two well-deserved Center Community Service awards were given out that evening; the “Individual Community Leadership Award” to Ms. Mayumi Hu and the “Community Corporate Service Award” was accepted by Mr. Mike Brennand, on behalf of Camp Taiwan. The Center would like to thank all the volunteers that have donated countless hours over the last several months, on the day and evening of the Center’s Annual Auction to ensure its success. The November’s Activity Highlights feature two sessions on Furoshiki, the ancient Japanese art of fabric wrapping. Mayuki Boice has carefully selected a wide range of fabrics for her attendees to choose from and use. This class is perfect for learning how to wrap and give that ‘perfect’ gift to someone special, especially for the upcoming holidays. Taipei continues to be a haven for art lovers. Be sure to check out at Lili’s in Tianmu, Patrick Lee and Maudie Brown’s joint art exhibition, which runs throughout this month and next. Read about the Red Room’s 7th anniversary celebrations, Matt King’s passion for pottery and sculpture and more, in this issue of Centered on Taipei (COT). Remember that the Center is here for you, and there is always someone to have an interesting chat with over a cup of steaming coffee or tea.

Sue and Richard Accountant Activities Coordinator Assistant Activities Coordinator Coffee Mornings Coordinator Cross-cultural trainer Communications Events Coordinator Mandarin Chinese teacher Systems Manager

Monica Cheng Rosemary Susa


Miyuki Boice, Daniel Chan, Carly Geidl, John Imbrogulio, Fiona Mackelworth, John McQuade, Monica Pellizzaro, Gloria Peng, Emmy Shih

Undine Urbach John Imbrogulio Anne Jacquet Raleigh Holmes Shan Lee Gloria Gwo Sara Riggsby


Adam McMillan

Office Manager

Grace Ting



I-wen Chan, Katherine Chang, Hui-shiang Chao, Jung Chin, Chiao-Feng Chung, Cerita Hsu, Carol Lee, Miranda Lin, Emilie Ma, Kuang-Shan Wan

Bai Win Antiques European Chamber of Commerce Grand Hyatt Taipei

Premier Sponsors

Concordia Consulting ICRT San Fu Global

Counseling Admin.

Joanne Chua

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Community Services Center 2016 Auction Images: st. John Dunn

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Thank you to all of our 2016 Auction Donors! Activate Basketball Training American Club in China (ACC) Ambassador Hotel AM Daily Arlo Chou Photo Studio Asian Tigers Mobility Australian Trade Office Baires Argentinian Ice Cream BaiWin Collection Bayshore Pacific Hospitality Ltd. Beitou Museum Bespoke Cellar Pte. Ltd. Distell International Brass Monkey B.N. Ko British Office Bunny Pacheco Camp Taiwan Cherry Hill Antiques Coree Carver Corning Display Technologies Taiwan Crafted Beer Co. Dao-Sheng Chinese Weapons & Museum David Reid DEA Villas Dirk Diestel DiVino Domaine Wine Cellars Eddy's Cantina Eiger Law Elan Collection Co. Ltd. Elite Dog Hotel Embassy of the Republic of Haiti Emily Quah (of Emily's Cakes and Cookery Workshops) Fan Family Fares Academy for Fighting Arts Faye Angevine

Grand Hyatt, Taipei Granola House Hualien Outdoors ICRT Radio Ikea Taiwan Ivy's Kitchen Jenny's Pilates Academy Julia & Louis Ruggiere Justine O'Neil Photography KP Kitchen Taiwan Kristi Thornbury Leah Ruggiere LeBoudoir Lemongrass House Lily’s Collection Li-q School Lisa West L’Oreal Taiwan Ltd. Lutetia Mark Pygott MW at markpygott.com Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. Nancy Wallace National Basketball Association (NBA) Netherlands Trade and Investment Office New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office Office of the President R.O.C. Panos Agelopoulus Patrick Lee Paul Frank Hot Dogs Pretty Nails Pernod-Ricard Q Britannia Hair Dressing Studio Rachel Tsai of Movement + Nutrition by Rachel Raleigh Holmes Ralph's Massage Place

Redpoint Brewing REJUVENATE Robert Bosch Taiwan Co. Rosemary Susa Royal Choice Limited Sarah Ruggiere Shan Lee & Anthony Ives Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel Taipei Space Concepts Ltd. Stephanie & Joe Welsh Sue Babcock Summer Berry International, Faddism Co. Superior Realty Co., Ltd. Swire Taipei Eye Clinic Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theater Museum Tamshui Qing-Dao Chinese Martial Arts Studio Tasa Meng Corporation Texas Roadhouse The PACK Sanctuary The Sherwood Taipei Therapeutic Riding Center of Taiwan Tom Rook Trade Council of Denmark Tsar & Tsai Law Firm Waterford Wedgwood Taiwan Wendel’s German Bakery & Bistro Whinos Whinos Too Willie's Deli Wonderland Nursery Goods Yeh! Cakes Yili Arts Zulu Nyala Group

And thank you to all who contributed to our Baskets! Cinzia Bibb Berta Liao Narbonne Brenda Lin Bunny Pacheco Candice Searle Cinzia Bibb Darby Sinclair Erin Donovan Fiona Mackelworth John Imbrogulio Julia Ruggiere Julie Waters Kitty & Jack Whiteford Lee Ming Yeh Lillian Yiin Melissa Harrington Lin Michelle Yeh Nicole Hudson Rebecca Kintzley Rosemary Susa Sarah Riggsby Shan Lee Sonia Urbom Stephanie Welsh

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text & Image: tony C. hu


he 2016 Community Services Center “Individual Community Leadership Award” was presented to Ms. Mayumi Hu during the Center’s annual auction fundraiser. Mayumi was recognized for her distinctive leadership, active participation, service, and generosity w i t h i n Ta i w a n ’ s i n t e r n a t i o n a l community. She has a passion to make this world a better one, one person (and sometimes one dog) at a time. She is sensitive, moved by the challenges that Taiwan’s society faces, and strong enough to face them head-on, especially when it comes to helping people and to animal welfare. M ay u m i i s we l l-k n o w n i n t h e diplomatic and expatriate community for her active involvement in a wide ra n g e o f a c t i v i t i e s. S h e w a s t h e President of Taipei International Women’s Club (TIWC), where she used her influence to host numerous charity events to help people with physical and mental disabilities, disadvantaged children, handicapped students, and orphans. She continues to use her influence at TIWC to help people. Mayumi is a staunch supporter of the Community Services Center. In addition to staying active in her native Brazilian community, Mayumi has also assisted Gambian students in Taiwan to raise money to help their fellow students at home. Now a naturalized American citizen, each year Mayumi takes pride in


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donating her time and decorative items to help the Rotary Club of Taipei and Taipei American Club celebrate July 4th. Continuing on the theme of helping people, after seeing the importance of public speaking for young men and women pursuing a successful career, Mayumi chartered a Toastmasters club and became its first President. During the past seven years, numerous young people have benefitted from the training at the SKAL Taipei To a s t m a s t e r’s C l u b. M ay u m i d i d not stop there. Now, she sponsors five other Toastmaster’s clubs and volunteers her time with many other clubs as an evaluator at meetings, or as a judge at speech competitions. The government of the Republic o f C h i n a reco gn i zed M ayu mi’s contribution to Taiwan very early. In 2008, Mayumi was presented with the Peace Ambassador award by then Vice President Annette Lu. Mayumi is also well-known for her involvement and advocacy regarding the plight of abandoned and stray street dogs. Currently, the fate of captured dogs is to be taken to one of the many overcrowded dog pounds, w h e re (i f n o t a d o p t e d) t h e y a re euthanized. As Chairperson of Taiwan Happy Tail Visual Art for Adoption Facilitation Association, a volunteer organization which encourages canine education and the fostering and adoption (including overseas) of rescue dogs, Mayumi’s commitment inspires others to follow.

Two years ago, Mayumi saw a dying old schnauzer named Mabel in a vet’s office. Because of Mabel’s tumors and reduced appetite, the vet gave her less than two weeks to live. Mayumi decided to take Mabel home to give her a peaceful place to live out the rest of her life. Well, with Mayumi’s love and care, Mabel gained new strength for living. Mabel lived for another eighteen months before she passed away. Instead of dying in a cage, Mabel was a happy lady, and played well with Mayumi’s two other dogs for a yearand-a-half. With boundless love for people and animals, we are proud to select Mayumi Hu as the recipient of this year’s Individual Community Leadership Award.

Tony was born in Taiwan. His family immigrated to the U.S. in 1971. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 2004, he became the Senior Director for China/Taiwan/ Mongolia Affairs in the Office of the Secretar y of Defense, Pentagon. In 2007, Tony was assigned to serve in the American Institute in Taiwan. In 2011, he left government service and joined a private US company in Taipei.

Community | TAS

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how do we prepare our students to develop the necessary skills, mindsets, and networks to succeed in the future workplace and make an impact on the world? according to alison maitland, coauthor of the book Future Work: Changing Organizational Culture for the New World of Work, the future workplace will require that people adapt to high levels of change. they will need to be "self-disciplined and organized. they must be self-directed and accountable." This year, from September 15th through 17th, Taipei American School (TAS) held the second annual NOVA competition, a three-day event that inspires students to create effective a n d i n n o vat i ve s o l u t i o n s to re a l world problems. This year’s theme was learning, and a total of 106 TAS students, fourteen upper school and nine middle school teams, identified problems or opportunities related to learning, and developed prototypes for solutions. On the first evening, NOVA teams received helpful feedback a n d p ra c t i c e d t h e i r p ro fe s s i o n a l communication skills at a Networking Evening with TAS alumni, parents, staff, and other business people. Despite a typhoon closing the school on the day of the Expo Fair and final judging,

the teams were still able to pitch their ideas through an online system quickly set up by the NOVA student leaders. In addition, Best Delegate, the leading Model United Nations consultancy, provided workshops on how to develop a new NGO or social enterprise for interested students. Seed capital and other prizes were awarded to the following winning Upper School NOVA teams: • Music for Bandipur, winner of this year's NOVA Social Impact Track, strives to teach music to children in a rural, isolated village in Nepal through an online Skype mentorship program. • Scriba, winner of this year's NOVA High Tech Track, aims to help students and teachers more easily revisit what was discussed in class and in group meetings through the

use of a new voice to word doc transcription technology that can recognize individual speakers. • AvoTo!, winner of this year's NOVA General Track, hopes to aid students in creating a better high school academic path, based on their individual interests, by providing enhanced information about classes via the web and presentations. All students came away winners. Through the process of identifying a real problem or opportunity, developing a prototype for a solution, and creating a persuasive pitch, each student had a unique chance to learn and develop essential real-world problem solving skills; a growth mindset and grit; effective strategies for innovating and creating lasting change; and a professional network.

Morning book club

Evening book club

Between the World and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Meeting on Nov 20th, from 10:30 am, at Subway (442 Zhongshan North Road, Section 6, 1F)

the tiger: a true story of Vengeance and survival by John Vaillant Meeting on November 24th

Contact us for further details: mcelroy22000@yahoo.com (morning), ljtoews@hotmail.com (evening).

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taipei European School to Hold 23rd christmas Bazaar TexT & image: TeS


he Taipei European School (TES) is gathering for its biggest fundraiser of the year – the TES Christmas Bazaar 2016 – on Saturday 26th November from 10 am to 4 pm at the Primary Campus (EPC). This is the 23rd year that we are celebrating this amazing event and we can guarantee that it will be entertaining for the whole family! Twenty-three years ago the bazaar started as a small gettogether in a local backyard, decorated with a Christmas tree, balloons, candy canes and all the goodies associated with Christmas, and with the scent of cinnamon and freshly-baked cakes. Dads would BBQ while the kids were playing and the mothers shared traditions passed down for generations. This wonderful experience has continued till this day within the TES community. This unique event is a rare opportunity in Taipei to experience European culture at its best. Through the Christmas Bazaar preparations, parents and friends of TES come together with the hope of making a Christmas dream come true. Sharing in each other's traditions from all around the world makes the spirit of Christmas come to life in Taipei. Creating an event like this requires tireless hours, painstaking details, and great dedication.

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PAtRiciA KoRtmAnn P a t r i c i a’s j e w e l r y d e s i g n s h a v e g a i n e d international recognition and acclaim. Her work features one-of-a-kind signature pieces in gold, silver and precious gems of the highest quality. Lovely gifts for a special person.


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During the Bazaar you can shop at the enchanting Christmas Market, seek out the loveliest hand crafted Christmas treasures, feast on international food and bid on artwork inspired by the entwined cultures of Taiwan and the heritage of Europe. Immerse yourself in the flavors and fragrances of a truly European Christmas. Enjoy an enriching program of Christmas entertainment: the soothing sounds of ancient carols, the joy of meeting Santa Claus, sing-along with your best-loved Christmas jingles and jive to the sounds of a live jazz band. This wonderful celebration of European Christmas tradition has attracted more than five thousand visitors annually over the last few years, making it a hugely popular event. The flavors and fragrances of a European Christmas are intertwined with Taiwanese hospitality to make a truly memorable celebration. Hope to see you and your family there! Taipei European School Christmas Bazaar 2016 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, 26th November 727, Wenlin Road, Shilin District, Taipei (02) 8145-9007 Ext. 1000

A percentage of all proceeds of items sold at the Gallery will go to the Center. Please remember that by displaying your items or shopping at the Gallery, you will be helping the Center to continue to provide valuable services to the international community.

REjuvEnAtE EssEncE The Rejuvenate Essence Spray (50ml bottle) is freshly made w i t h N a t u r e’s i n t e l l i g e n c e, pure bio-photon water, earth, m i n e r a l s , o r c h i d /e l e m e n t / gemstone essences, pure essential oils, pure Himalayan r o s e s a l t a n d l o v e, o n s i t e a t R e j u v e n a t e Ta i p e i . T h e Essence Spray bottle is stylishly decorated with beautiful orchids and colorful paintings by the founder of Rejuvenate, Ms. Gabriele Seewald. This is a perfect gift for someone special.


After Happily Ever After TexT: CeriTa Hsu


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arriage is far from the fairytale ending where the prince and princess live happily ever after. We face different challenges from ourselves, our partners, our families, and from the environment. In the midst of these difficulties, we may wonder: what’s going wrong? We may be tempted to blame the other person, or ourselves, or maybe even Fate. Some couples may decide to end the relationship due to their “irreconcilable differences.” However, according to John Gottman, one of the most prestigious researchers in marriage, about 69% of the conflict is irresolvable, even in a happy marriage. So it is not the differences that break the couple. It’s how you approach those differences. We may spend a lot of time planning our wedding, but do we spend more time on nurturing our marriage? Or do we naïvely believe that if we find “the one,” things will automatically go smoothly? If things are not working now, we may think it must be because we are not suitable for each other. This isn’t to discount the importance of compatibility, but instead to invite you to think about what your belief in marriage is. Do you still believe in the vow you made at your wedding, when you promised that you would love and cherish your partner, no matter what happened? If you don't believe in that at the beginning, it's worth asking yourself, why am I getting married? Why are you willing to bring the commitment to another level? And what exactly are you committing to? Some people may blame their marital problems on wounds from their family of origin. They or their partners may believe that unless you “fix” the problem from your original family, you cannot have a happy marriage. The truth is, there is no “perfect” family. We do need to be aware of how our original family affected us, but we can also be healed through a trusting and intimate relationship. Marriage is like our second chance to know ourselves and grow out of our past pain. But you do need to work on nurturing this safe space for yourself, to take some risk and to make yourself vulnerable. Only then, through this bonding, can you be healed. However, you will not feel safe to expose your deepest feelings in the marriage all the time, especially when you are fighting. Dr. Weijen Huang, a Clinical Psychologist from Northwestern University, integrated different research to identify four relationship killers: 1. I nva l i d at i o n/C r i t i c i s m/C o nte m p t: I nva l i d at i o n i s discounting the partner’s opinion or being dismissive. Criticism is different from a complaint. A complaint targets the incident, while criticism targets the person. A complaint might sound like, “Why did you leave the dirty dishes in the sink?” while criticism would be, “You are such a lazy person. You never do anything to help around the house.” Contempt is to belittle or insult the partner, using verbal or non-verbal language to put oneself higher than

their partner. A typical example is rolling one’s eyes. 2. Escalation/Defensiveness: When being attacked, trying to deny fault and blame others. Even if the person acknowledges their fault, they blame others for causing them to make mistakes. When we are attacked, we all tend to respond negatively. The difference is that a happy couple responds with equal intensity. The unhappy couple escalates the fight and makes the negative emotions stronger. 3. Negative Interpretation/Negative Sentiment Override: Tending to interpret neutral information as negative. No matter what their partner does, they see nothing but negative. Negative Sentiment Override is dismissing the positive moments in the relationship because of overwhelming negative feeling during conflicts. 4. Withdrawing/Stone-Walling: When a couple stops fighting, one person retreats from interaction, stops responding, and acts coldly, as if they’ve built a thick wall around them so they won’t get hurt anymore. Of course we all fight in marriage. It’s possible that even happy couples have these four negative traits in their marriage. The difference is that once a happy couple notices the presence of them, they will try to work together to eliminate them as soon as possible. Because of deeper trust and connection, it is easier for them to acknowledge their own accountability in the dynamic, instead of blaming the other person. They are thinking: “What can we do together to make it better?” The unhappy couple is usually fixated on trying to change the other person into what they want, and they get stuck in the cycle of blaming and defending. They may think: “You need to do this so our marriage can be better.” The truth is, the more we try to change our partners, the more defensive our partners become. When we are able to change ourselves instead of relying on others to change, we also take back a lot of control and no longer feel like victims anymore. It not only frees us but also our partner from the gridlock. Then we have more room to try to work through the difficulties together as a real team. References: The Gottman Institute: https://www.gottman.com/about/ research/couples/ Huang, Weijen. (2008) Journey to Intimacy. Colorado Springs, CO: Focus on the Family

Cerita is a counselor at the Center. Her professional interests are relationship issues and emotional disturbance.

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Seven years Strong:

Red Room’s 7th Anniversary

TexT:WhiTney Zahar , red room ediTor images: red room


even years ago, an intimate ga t h e r i n g o f a h u n d r e d friends met in the Aveda Learning Kitchen, carrying bottles of wine and something to add to a steaming pot of “stone soup” on the stove. That space filled with joyful hearts, respectful and open listening, and beautiful contributions of art and spoken word. From that close, livingroom salon atmosphere, Red Room has grown to something so much more than any involved then could have imagined. Since September 2015, Red Room nestled into its new venue at the o l d Ta i wa n A i r Fo rc e B a s e (TA F). Every day is a labor of love as Red Room volunteers and patrons come together to clean the space, put up art installations and exhibits, make repairs, restore old furniture, fix the plumbing, and plan and dream about what’s to come. Even the restrooms receive the same loving care, with sprigs of greenery and decorative stencils on the walls. Red lanterns hang from the stairway and up to the threshold of the Red Room, lighting the way and lending a cozy atmosphere. When I first entered through the gates of TAF and into what is known as the Red Room International Village, I didn’t know what to expect. I’m still very much 14

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a Red Room newbie. My first exposure to Red Room was at the 5th Anniversary celebration. I brought my son to enjoy the Stage Time and Juice programs for children, so he could see kids his age embrace their love for performing, art and diverse cultures. At that event, I saw for the first time my son’s interest in photography, as he grabbed my camera and started taking pictures of what he saw. I, myself, have been taken under the wing of the Stage Time and Juice Coordinators, the amazing talent at Red Room Radio Redux (R4), and the rest of the staff at Red Room. I haven’t missed an event since. The 6th Anniversary celebration was a spark, lighting the way to show how big Red Room has grown, and will continue to grow. It was a Renaissance festival, with a fair-like atmosphere. Rows of tents were pitched outside, where Red Room merchandise rubbed elbows with beautiful Taiwanese aboriginal crafts and goods. Artists, from painters and portrait sketch artists to a slow-poke tattoo artist, interacted with festival-goers. There was even an opportunity to get your hair cut! A truck drove in, popped out an extraordinary stage, and various musical acts performed up there amid flashing, colorful lights. I n s i d e t h e fo r m e r l i b ra r y (Re d

Room’s new nest) activity flourished. Kids danced and played. Visitors and veteran Red Roomers explored the new environment. The All’s Well Theatre Company performed various excerpts from original plays, beautifully raw without costumes or props, and with minimal blocking. With one year at TAF Innovation Base under Red Room’s belt, what’s coming up nex t for the 7th Anniversar y? Plans consist of presenting artwork and photography from Red Room’s history. There are also plans for largescale presentations of Stage Time and Juice for kids and families and Stage Time and Wine, Red Room’s signature program. According to Red Room Curator Manav Mehta, brother of Red Room co-founder Ayesha Mehta, he personally feels “that bringing the


global perspective is pertinent.” He plans to invite storytellers, poets, musicians, dancers, and other speakers to share in uniting the Red Room audience with acknowledging tough topics in our world today, and “use this information to unify all in our midst and re-invite a sense of belonging to a global community of people.” He believes that Red Room has always had the purpose “to cultivate an active, engaging and thriving community of creatives to make the world a better place.”

Come out on November 19th to the TAF Innovation Base and see what Red Room has in store as they move forward. Visit the website at redroomtaipei.com for updates and more information. Whitney Zahar is originally from the U.S. and has called Taiwan home for six years. She is a mother, a writer, a teacher, and an active member of the Red Room community and Taipei Writers Group.

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Festival of Lights – deepavali text: normIta KaVra gupta Images: WeB Images


s D e e p ava l i a p p ro a c h e s, thoughts of my traditional roots, love of my friends and family, brightly lit-up and decorated homes, and festivities fill my days. Deepavali is the most important and biggest festival celebrated across India. Deepavali translates to wali (festival) of deep (lamps). It is also known as Diwali in many parts of the world. Apart from India, it is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Diwali follows the nine-day auspicious period of Navratri and Dussera. Therefore, the festivities start almost a month before Diwali eve, as Goddess Durga is praised with a lot of festivities and prayers during Navratri. A large population also observes a nine-day fast during this period. The tenth day is celebrated as Dussera, the day Goddess Durga killed the powerful demon Mahishasur after a fight that lasted ten days. Dussera is also the day that Lord Rama received wisdom from Goddess Durga and killed the demon king Ravana in Lanka. It is celebrated with a lot of fanfare across India by burning effigies of Ravana and his demon brothers in some parts, by fairs in others, while yet other areas have dramas and plays depicting the story of the Ramayana.


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Diwali is celebrated after twenty days from Dussera, to mark Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife, Sita and brother, Lakshamana. The three braved a fourteen-year exile in the forests and a war with one of the most powerful kings of their times, Ravana. As with most Indian festivals, Diwali arrives on a different date every year, somewhere in the months of October a n d N o ve m b e r, a s i t fo l l o w s t h e Hindu lunar calendar. For children, it means buying all types of small and big firecrackers, having an unlimited supply of homemade and store-bought sweets for over a week, new clothes, presents and school holidays. Adults in most households engage in the biggest annual cleanliness drive. It is very important to have every nook and cranny spick and span before Diwali eve, as that’s when Goddess Laxmi, the one who bestows prosperity, comes to bless our homes. A typical shopping list for Diwali may include new clothes and ornaments for idols at home, incense, lotus flower and betel leaves for the prayer, new idols of Goddess Laxmi and Ganesh, earthen lamps, colors and flowers for making rangoli, snacks to serve, and ingredients for making sweets, among other items. Some families have the

tradition of sharing their prosperity with the less privileged, so we buy boxes of sweets that are distributed with some gifts or money to all the people who work around us – the maid, cook, watchmen, garbage collection people, driver etc. Some families also donate to charities. The day of Diwali starts with the usual excitement of a festival, when everyone prepares for the activities of the evening. A last inspection of the lights draping the home since Dhanteras (two days earlier) is done. The earthen lamps are soaked and dried, so that they light well with mustard oil in the evening. This was usually my responsibility, and one that I took very seriously. The wicks for lamps are made using raw cotton. Silver coins and sometimes gold coins are cleaned to be used for prayer. Finishing touches are given to the sweets and other treats, and mother would never allow us near them, lest we sample some before the prayer. I was also the rangoli girl in my family and loved laying flower petals in patterns in our veranda, which I would finish off with some lamps later. In the evening, everyone dresses in their finery and prepares for the prayer first. An auspicious time for the prayer is calculated by the priests, and


can be checked either with the local temple, or on the Internet (thanks to modern technology). Sweets and food are offered to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha after the prayer, and lamps are lit for the Gods to bless them. Later these lamps are placed along the length and width of the home to spread blessings in each corner of the house. Traditionally, earthen lamps are used for prayer. However, these days decorative candles and wax lamps are also used. Doors and entrances are lined with earthen lamps and left open at night to welcome Goddess Laxmi. Children also seek blessings from elders in the family and receive presents. The fun begins after this. All children are out in the open to enjoy firecrackers. The common areas are abuzz with sounds and sights of magic pots, ground spinners and crackers going off randomly, while

someone is busy firing rockets into the sky. I, for one, never got close to noisy firecrackers and was always happy watching everyone from a distance with my sparklers. The night sky lit up with all kinds of fireworks and I always enjoyed my time watching the fireworks fill the sky from my terrace. The adults met up with neighbours and friends and shared sweets. Diwali dinner is always an elaborate affair with curries such as malai kofta (cottage cheese balls in creamy tomato gravy), chana masala (chickpeas in tomato onion gravy), or paneer makhni (cottage cheese cubes in buttery gravy) with boondi raita (savoury yogurt preparation) a n d p o o r i. M y m o t h e r’s s t u f fe d dahi bhallas (dry fruit-stuffed lentil d u m p l i n g s s o a ke d i n yo g u r t a n d Indian sauces) were synonymous with

Diwali treats for me as well as some of our neighbours. So, most Diwali nights would have me fill up on dahi bhallas and jump straight to dessert – gulab jamun, still warm and fresh. I usually enjoyed the curries the next day with more gulab jamun or my favourite balushahi (similar to glazed doughnuts, but flaky). After dinner, at bedtime, I could still hear the distant noise of firecrackers as I drifted off to sleep, hoping that Goddess Laxmi would visit us. In Taipei, the Indian community c e l e b r a t e s D i w a l i w i t h p r a y e r s, gatherings and celebrations, where children can enjoy lighting firecrackers and traditional treats.

Nomita Kavra Gupta is an instructional designer and digital content manager who has a special relationship with all things food. She is a full-time mom of two and spends a lot of time baking and learning about different cuisines.

NOVEMBER Activity HigHligHts

Japanese Furoshiki Workshop: An Elegant and Ecological Way to Wrap and Carry Anything! Tuesdays, November 8 & 15 12:30pm - 2:00pm; $2000 Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth originally used in ancient times. By employing techniques similar to origami, the art of furoshiki is an elegant and ecologically friendly way to wrap gifts, carry groceries or almost anything. In this two-session c l a s s, M i y u k i B o i c e w i l l teach you all the basics. Cost of fabric and a genuine Japanese furoshiki included. Cell-Food for the Skin: Making Your Own Skincare Products Using Nature's Finest Ingredients Friday, November 11 10:00am - 12noon; $1500 (NEW PRICE!!)

Join the Center for an introductory skin care class to discover some of nature’s best ingredients and remedies to nourish your skin and learn how they can be used and applied. Using easily obtainable ingredients, Gabi Seewald w i l l g u i d e y o u t o m a ke your own personalized skin rejuvenation essence made from natural and healing ingredients. Includes your take-home essence (50ml spray bottle).

The Origin and Evolution of Written Chinese, or “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Chinese Characters but Didn't Know Who to Ask!” Friday, November 11 12:30pm - 2:00pm; $500 Do Chinese characters fascinate you? Have you ever wondered how the language really works? Then join Anne

Jacquet for this informative and enlightening class about the origin and evolution of Chinese characters. In this class, Anne will answer some of the most frequently a s ke d q u e st i o n s a b o u t Chinese characters. Whether you have studied Chinese language for years or have only progressed to “Ni Hao,” this course will help you to better understand both the language and culture of Taiwan.

Ft. San Domingo and Tamsui Old Street NEW DATE: Wednesday, November 16 9:00am - 1:30pm; $600 This walking tour with Jennifer Tong starts at the Tam su i MRT stati o n a n d takes you by city bus up to Ft. San Domingo. Originally established by the Spanish in 1629, the fort was taken over

by the Dutch in 1642 and was rebuilt into the stone structure that remains today. Afterwards, Jennifer will walk us back through Tamsui to explore the area and visit the town’s lovely old street where you will find shops, restaurants and a variety of street stalls. Hiking Gueizikeng Monday, November 21 9:30am - 12:30pm; $500 This walk, led by Richard Saunders, explores the area around Gueizikeng, a nature park in the hills just above the hot springs area of Beitou. After exploring the nature park, we will climb up into the hills to enjoy the fine views over Beitou, Taipei, and beyond. On the way down we will make a short detour into a scenic little gorge to see the temple hidden inside.

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Matt King A little while back I heard about the potter and ceramic artist Matt King. We got together to talk about his artist’s experience in Taiwan and Taipei. text: st. John Dunn

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How did you get into pottery and ceramics? When I was fifteen, a friend’s older brother borrowed a pottery wheel from our high school for the summer and we both got to try it out. My friend convinced me to sign up for a ceramics class in high school with him the next school year. I did, but then his mother made him take a math credit instead! That ceramics credit that I took was the beginning of my journey in the ceramic arts field. This starting point of Matt’s journey was about twenty years ago and around seven thousand miles away from where we are now talking in Taipei. I’m keen to find out a little more about his journey, his art, how he got here, and where he plans to go. I know already that he received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a Master of Arts from Minnesota State


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University in Mankato. After that he spent some time in Okinawa, where he joined in the J.E.T. Program teaching English before he came to Taiwan. How did you continue your pottery art in Okinawa? The art teacher in the high school I worked at let me borrow a potter’s wheel to take home to work with in my small apartment in the corner of my kitchen. I would work at the school, and with a former marine up in the north part of the island who had built an anagama wood kiln. You mentioned a wood kiln and a potter’s wheel. How do these tools help you to create pottery? T h e p o t t e r’s w h e e l i s a p r e t t y standard tool used by most ceramic artists to turn out the pottery that we are all familiar with in an efficient

manner. Cups, plates, bowls, and more. Though I started my career in ceramics working from the wheel, I have a balance of handmade off-thewheel pieces as well as wheel-thrown work. Wood kilns are a form of kiln that uses wood as a source of fuel to get the work up to a high temperature, around 1,290°C. The wood ash deposits onto the work to create varied effects on its surface. The whole process takes about a week to load and fire, and about a week to cool, and is labor-intensive. A team of people take shifts stoking the fire. I enjoy this community aspect of ceramics. So how did you get to Taiwan? While living in Japan I took a trip to visit a friend who was my roommate in Mankato for five years. He was studying at Tainan National University of the Arts. I really liked what I saw in Tainan. There was an opening in their Master’s program; I applied and was accepted. The next year I returned to study for my Master of Fine Arts degree. What were your overall impressions of the University and Tainan? I really enjoyed the isolated environment where the university was located, [but in a way] also didn’t like it. It allowed me to focus on my studies, but at the same time it was frustrating to not have much variety in my dayto-day schedule. The campus was beautiful and it was a small community. I was one of the two full-time American students in a school of about 1,700. Needless to say, people knew who I was even if I didn’t know them. So I felt at times I didn’t have the certain sense of anonymity that I’d enjoyed at my university in Minnesota. The program was excellent and my professor worked hard to bring in exchange students and visiting artists each semester. I felt I got

arts an outstanding education for a fraction of the cost of institutions back home. As for Tainan itself, I felt lucky to be a part of such a local community. It was great to witness small town Taiwanese culture. The local festivals and the daily pace of life is something to admire there. I don’t think people experience the same side of Taiwan if they live in Taipei during their entire time here. In June of 2014, Matt finished his Master of Fine Arts program in Tainan and moved up to Taipei. He got into the mainstream flow of city life that a city like Taipei has to offer. At this time, pottery got nudged a little to the side as new friends, social, and work opportunities settled more in the center, though he still continued to make and fire work with a group of expat ceramic artists. About three-and-a-half months ago he got into a motorcycle accident and broke his hip. He was forced to take a break from teaching English and from teaching as a sub at Taipei American School. It got him thinking, “I went to school to study art for ten years and now I'm teaching English. There's nothing wrong with teaching English. I enjoyed it, but I want to go back to my true passion - ceramics.” Since then, he has worked to build a website and is working to navigate the process of getting a business set up in Taiwan. He now has new work to show and to sell, and he has got back to his earthy foundations. I can see you are deeply passionate about pottery and sculpture. How does it move you? To me, there is something primal about the process of working with clay. It is almost as if there is something in me as a basic human that connects with the material. Fire was the first

technology we utilized, and gave birth to a second form of technology simply by accident – fired clay around the fire pit. Early humans then set to work using this type of mud to create things they can use - pottery. I find it interesting that even though ceramics was one of the first things humans used to improve daily life, we are still using it in modern tech today to improve our lives. Also, I like to joke and say that my brother and I used to like to play with mud and, micheviously enough, fire when we were kids. Now I get to do it for a living, so I guess that little boy found something he loves doing, and continues to do it today. Te l l m e a b o u t y o u r c r e a t i v e experience. When we talk about art, there are many things we can talk about. There are formal qualities of art. For example, the elements and principles - line, shape, color, balance, texture and so on. But then there is stuff that can’t be verbalized… there’s this… for example, when you look at a painting and there is a feeling there that’s not anything that can be described or put into words - the intangible. I feel that an artist should create art in a similar fashion to that in which they view art. I like the act of walking around a museum or gallery to search out a visceral reaction to artworks. In such a fashion, I hope to create works that can grab the attention of the viewer. I focus on aesthetics while creating. For me to express my personal experience when creating art – what I go through, to turn a phrase is “very centering”. In pottery, there is this process called “centering the clay,” where you take the clay and press it into the center of the wheel. When you do this you have to prevent the clay

from wriggling around. You have to do this carefully, with full concentration and control - if you don’t, you’ll never get the clay to work with you. When you are making a pot there is a lot of repetition in the process, so it is its own type of meditation - almost like a mantra. Just like a mantra, it centers me. There’s this beat. There’s this rhythm that you get into. It’s one of those things that seem very calming. It teaches me patience as well. When it comes to making ceramic work, we talk about having a dialogue with clay. When you have a dialogue with clay you are telling it to do something, for example, “I want you to be in this shape.” The clay will sometimes tell you, “Well I can’t do that. You’ll have to do something different because this is not working.” And so on. Having this dialogue is something that helps me to find myself and helps me learn more and more about myself and the work I want to create. What do sculpture and other ar t forms have to offer the world? Art has many things to offer the world. It provides a channel for the artist to be expressive in many ways. It offers respite and contemplation for those viewing it. It also has the ability to bring about social change. Art is a social medium. We communicate through it and with it. It allows us to speak on things we cannot put into words, as well as things that are difficult to discuss with each other. It is a deep part of our collective psyche manifested in physical form. There is a quote that I like from the movie Midnight in Paris that sums up what art can offer. The character Gertrude Stein states, “We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist’s job is not

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arts another culture helps us to look at ourselves from another vantage point and take inventory on what defines ourselves personally. I feel that once you start to view yourself differently it extends into your making. Artworks are in essence an extension of the artist’s being. If you have difficulty expressing who you are, then it hinders your ability to be honest in your own artistic expressions.

to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote to the emptiness of existence.� How has Taiwan influenced your art? Taiwan has been influential in the ways I view what I create. My professor in Tainan helped me to see things from different angles. I think many people in the US who are born there have difficulty defining our own culture. Since the country is built upon many cultures, to identify a singular unified cultural tradition is difficult. Those who are second, third, fourth generation etc, are slightly severed from our cultural heritage. Taiwan is steeped in traditions that span centuries. Living amongst

Where do you think this journey with art will take you next? I would eventually want to partner up with friends and other artists here to open up a larger studio to give lessons, rent studio space, use a gallery, hold workshops, offer artist residencies. I feel that there are many foreigners here who need an outlet to be expressive, but in Taiwan the ability to get access to a space is limited upon first arrival. I think there is an opportunity for us to get together to create a support structure, and to grow the community of expat artists. Like I have said, art is a social medium and it is up to us to work together to build something greater than ourselves. I hope to create art, but

also to create a legacy in which those who come after me will continue to build upon a community of support and creation. Is there anything else you would like to say about pottery and ceramic art? I couldn't ask for a better profession to pursue. It's taken me to places I wanted to go and it's taken me to places that I didn't know I wanted to go. It's difficult, but at the same time, I want to be able to look forward to my mornings and going into my studio instead of looking forward to my weekends. For more information visit www.crownceramics.net

St. John Dunn currently teaches adult conversation classes at Soochow University. When he is not teaching, he is capturing those special moments as a wedding and portrait photographer. Take a look at his work: www.photobella.tw

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Gold Standard Design An intelligent frying pan, launderette combined with a café and jewelry packaging inspired by the game of poker are among the Golden Pin Design Award 2016 Design Mark recipients. text: eVa Inman


o t o n l y i s Ta i wa n h o m e to a vibrant community of designers and design firms, both local and from abroad, it has both the experience and the geographic positioning to connect designers working in the world’s Chinese-speaking regions. It is fitting then that the more than threedecades-old Golden Pin Design Award, the only design award in the world that celebrates design created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities, is based out of the Taiwan Design Center in Taipei. Three awards actually sit under the Golden Pin banner, each focusing on a different sector of the design community and a variety of design disciplines. The Golden Pin Design Award seeks international entries of design products and projects currently on the market; the Golden Pin Concept Design Award seeks international concept design entries; and the Young Pin Design Award promotes work by tertiary design students in Taiwan. In Septemb er, after a series o f grueling judging rounds held in China and Taiwan, two of the three awards – the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award – announced their Design Mark recipients for 2016, all of whom are in the running to take home a coveted Best Design

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trophy, and in the case of the Golden Pin Concept Design Award, a share of NT$300,000 in prize money. “You can really see the efforts of participants, as this year’s entries demonstrated an understanding of the importance of finding the balance b e t we e n t h e m a r ket a n d h u a re n cultural values. In particular, spatial design entries have greatly improved, showing a balance between huaren culture elements and mainstream spatial aesthetics,” noted Shikuan Chen, Compal design director, educator, Icsid board member, and Jury Chair of the Secondary Selection judging round in Taipei. Of the record-breaking 3,005 entries received by the Golden Pin Design Award this year, just 457 entries from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, England, and Switzerland took home a 2016 Design Mark. Contemporary ideas of refined living dominated entries from Hong Kong. For TUVE, a boutique hotel located east of Victoria Park, Design Systems Ltd. used natural and common materials such as concrete, galvanized steel, brass, oak, and wired glass to create a surprisingly sophisticated yet relaxing space for visitors. When homegrown jewelry brand Chow Tai Fook wanted to reach out to a younger market, Noiseless

Design Limited drew inspiration from the card game poker to create a visual aesthetic that plays into the new generation’s mix-and-match approach to fashion. Malaysian entries typically put a twist on what could be considered traditional huaren culture, such as in Dot Creative Design’s “iPack”, which a d d ed an el em ent o f p l ay to th e celebratory Chinese red envelope. Among entries from Macau was a plethora of thoughtfully designed posters for cultural events, including advertising by Untitled Lab for a tenth anniversary exhibition held by Centro De Estudos Permanentes Pos-Laboral and by Bilioteca Pública de Macau for the Macau Library Week 2016. From China came a proliferation of unusual or highly specialized smartliving products, including “Yourpet Smart Bowl” by inDare Design Strategy

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design Limited, which allows pet-parents to regulate their fur baby’s food intake via their smartphones, and “Intelligent Frying Pan” by Hangzhou Hotdesign Co. Ltd., which uses an app and bluetooth technology to teach users how to cook better, faster, and smarter. It was clear that designers in Taiwan think carefully about the passions and needs of those living in their own community: leading local homewares brand JIA Inc.’s “Four Seasons Glass Set”, designed by astute independent Taiwanese designer Pili Wu, portrays a glass bowl set as a Chinese ink painting for the table; new packaging for the nostalgically named soy sauce brand Grandpa Sauce incorporates traditional sisal rope to instill a sense of the past; and commuter bike “Pick-Up Sliders” adapts European practicality for life in bustling Taiwanese cities. Groundbreaking concepts both large and small in scale abounded in the Spatial Design category. HEX-SYS by China-based firm OPEN Architecture is a reconfigurable and reusable building

system that attempts to address the problems created by the country’s decades-old building frenzy. At the other end of the scale, Formo Design Studio in Taiwan combines a launderette with a sleek coffee shop, ensuring laundry doers can wile away the hours in style and comfort; the facility is aptly named “Travelled 9000 km.” From eleven countries, 3,380 entries were received into the Golden Pin Concept Design Award contest in 2016, with entrants being asked to consider philosophies, ideologies, principles, or areas of thought attributable to huaren culture or lifestyles in their submitted concepts, as well as the Chinese concept of zhongguan (中 觀). The majority of this year’s 45 Design Mark recipients came from Taiwan and China, with just one entry


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from Singapore making it through the award’s demanding selection criteria. Many designers entering works into this year’s competition seem concerned with the preservation of Chinese or local heritage. From Taiwan, “The King of Taiwan”, “The Lights of Taiwan”, and “Good Old Time” map local landmarks – in this case traditional carved stone lions, vintage street lights, and decades-old grocery stores – and present them in a useful guide for visitors and residents alike to explore. Others examined the social circumstances affecting people living in communities in the Greater China region. A poster series called “Angry Ink” by Taiwanese designers Jia-Zhe Pan and Cheng-Hsin Chen provides an outlet for pent-up stress by encouraging people to punch, hit, or hammer the paper, while another series called “Out of the Common” addresses the concerns felt by China’s news stand owners, who are overlooked casualties of the rapid decline in print media readership. Some Design Mark recipient works appear to be grounded in a certain place, be it an ancient historical site or a contemporary city. The shape o f “G a t h e r Ro u n d” – ra t t a n a n d bamboo lampshades by Taiwanese

designer Chih-hsuan Chou – is inspired by ancient Fujian tulou residential structures, while a spatial design entry by Chinese designers Chen-hua Yu and Jia-he Zhou transforms a Neolithic jade factory in Tonglu County, Hangzhou, into a preservation-conscious tourist destination. A tea set called “Love in Bloom” is inspired by the native orchids that are grown and celebrated throughout Taiwan’s oldest city, Tainan. Design Mark recipients from both the Golden Pin Design Award and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award get a chance to be named Finalists and are in the running for a Best Design trophy, awarded in a grand evening ceremony held in Taipei on December 1st. A public exhibition of Design Mark recipient products and projects opens on the same day at the Taiwan Design Museum in Taipei’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

If you want to learn more about the Golden Pin award group, or if you want to enter in 2017, head to the official website (www.goldenpin. org.tw) or follow on Facebook (www. facebook.com/goldenpinD esign / www.facebook.com/goldenpinconcept) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/ goldenpindesign).


Community and the Contemporary Arts text: sue BaBCoCK Images: haohaus gallery, naomI Kaly


a i p e i’s e c l e c t i c a p p r o a c h t o presenting contemporary art makes it a city worth watching. For gallery goers, Taipei is a treasure trove of spaces run by artists that have taken up residence in reclaimed abandoned historic sites, factories or run-down buildings, turning them into avant-garde galleries or community artist villages. Additional emerging-artist spaces can frequently be found in many of Taipei’s older area neighborhoods like in the Zhongzheng District, quietly tucked away inside bookshops, furniture display rooms, fashion boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops or underground malls.

A nEiGhboRhood tREAsuRE HaoHaus is a gallery of contemporary art, whose focus is to show emerging, mid-level and established artists from Taiwan and around the globe, who work in the various media of painting, sculpture, photography and installation art. Located on Chongqing South Road (known as “Book Road” back in the 60s and 70s), the HaoHaus Gallery occupies 700 square feet on the second floor of its 1915 Japanese Colonial-era building. The building’s exterior is a distinctive blend of Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical architectural styles with its four exterior columns, proportioned rows of three façade windows, and peaked arch. In 2014, under the guidance of Cathy Ting, Project Director of TC Planning and M a n a ge m e nt, t h e b u i l d i n g’s i nte r i o r underwent a massive preservation effort. Today, visitors can see the restored and cleaned granolithic floor, narrow hallways, open wells and the HaoHaus art gallery. However, there has been one new minimal touch, added to the hundred-year-old building’s exterior: a frosted glass curtain. W h e n t h e ga l l e r y i s f i l l e d w i t h l i g ht during the evening, this curtain acts as a

Suzan Babcock is a long-time resident of Taiwan. During her stay here, she has managed fo u r s u c c e s s f u l c a r e e r s i n education, c ross-cultural relations and counseling, although being a mother has been her favorite.

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shimmering beacon, beckoning those who see it from the outside to enter and enjoy the gallery’s exhibitions. The culTure of arT and educaTion The HaoHaus Gallery was created more than forty years ago by Mr. Glory R.J. Yeh. Mr. Yeh’s strong sense of commitment to the arts and to the education of young people in Taiwan has provided an unprecedented number of opportunities for thousands of individuals. As a visionary, he sees art as a natural way to educate, inspire and motivate young artists and creative individuals to reach their dreams, while being able to share their work free of charge with the public. The HaoHaus vision for the promotion and inclusion of contemporary art into the daily lives of Taiwanese people is an ambitious one. Making contemporary art available to everyone requires a plan, and HaoHaus has several, beginning with Taipei. The Taipei haohaus gallery I n A u g u st 2016, N a o m i Ka l y, a n Israeli/American New Media artist based in Taiwan, sent out invitations to her friends and Centered on Taipei colleagues, to attend the opening of the Taipei HaoHaus Gallery’s exhibition, “into the body field: The Connection of Asian and European Contemporary Arts.” N a o m i, o n e o f t h e e l eve n l o ca l


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and international artists selected to participate in the exhibition, was overjoyed to see us. She shared with us the thought process behind her unique artwork and invited us to interact with her visual and sonic installations. Then she graciously began introducing associates connected with the HaoHaus Gallery to us. Among them was Huang Meng-Chin, the Gallery’s curator. Meng-Chin (Derrick to his international friends) has an impressive list of accomplishments and successes for someone his age. Born in Chiayi in 1978, Huang attended and graduated from the National Taiwan University of the Arts with a Masters in Fine Arts, and is now attending the National Taiwan Normal University for doctoral program study in Fine Arts. He has been invited to participate in the Fulbright Institute of International Education, the Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Cultural Affairs Department of the New Taipei City Government and the Ministry of Culture of the R.O.C. Derrick was also nominated for the 9th Taishin Arts Award in the Visual Arts category, and the Istanbul International Digital Arts Festival, in addition to several international and local solo exhibitions. new media and Technology Since the gallery in Taipei is an important HaoHaus vision step, Huang Meng-Chin is enthusiastic, while acutely conscious of his responsibility as the gallery’s curator. He explained that the gallery’s August 2016 “into the body field” exhibition presented “new media” and technology to the public.

Each exhibit illustrates the artists’ views on images, our senses and how they influence people’s daily lives. When asked how to best explain the exhibition’s new media installations, he replied that they presented an interactive visual experience to t h e v i e w e r. “N e w m e d i a,” H u a n g commented is “another language” that enhances how we think. For example, his interactive video “Body Landscape” installation gradually shows the subtle body differences through the passing of time by use of a lyrical narrative. The interplay of media transforms body images, allowing i m a ge s, t i m e, a n d t h e m ove m e nt of sound to construct a simulated situation. This is directed by space arrangement and the placement of multiple screens. His work brings attention to the viewers’ sensor y perceptions and thoughts about how the body relates to its inner space. “I want to show people what new media can offer,” he says. Huang Meng-Chin continues, “It is more than an expression of lines and colors, it is a brave step forward where traditional boundaries are overcome and where dreams can be visualized.” Combining traditional and digital tools, Naomi Kaly’s series of installations explores the deconstruction a n d re co n st ru cti o n o f t ra d i t i o n al co nve nt i o n s re l ate d to l a n g u a ge. Incorporating different languages into each piece, her work aims to foster new forms of communication, meant to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps. “In conversion, laid out on a wood table between two stools facing each other, an artist book invites pairs of visitors to share a tactile and intimate writing-like reading experience of a bilingual poem that I wrote, meant to bridge linguistic and cultural gaps. A small mirror bisects two lines of backwards text in Hebrew (right to left) and English (left to right). Using ‘nondigital’ scanning, both participants decipher the text simultaneously; one slides the mirror, the other one follows. Mediated by a two-way mirror, the two languages converge and offer an ephemeral window into each other’s worlds,” explains Naomi. Upcoming exhibitions may be viewed at the HaoHaus website: www.haohaus. com


Patrick lee – A Man of Many Artistic Talents text: shennICa DaVID


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s I made my way up the stairs at Lili’s towards the exhibition hall, I captured the faint but distinct voice of the renowned artist. His words, though inaudible, seemed to emit a joyful feeling. His voice became more perceptible, and his once-scattered words gradually turned into fathomable sentences with each step I took. I was excited and somewhat nervous to once again put a face to the name, having met him briefly before. Finally at the top, I saw him, and we instinctively stretched forth our hands to greet each other. I attempted to engage in a conversation with him beyond the usual salutations, but somehow his presence became the backdrop to the portraits that were plastered all over the walls. I was instantaneously transported into the dynamic mind of Patrick Lee. Within minutes, I was exposed to art, sports, history, pop culture and social commentary. Each piece was loud and vibrant, although not so much in color (for the most part Patrick paints in shades of black, white and grey which create a classical finish) but in the messages that they portrayed. Although Patrick likes to keep his work “simple,” his pieces are often symbolic and thought-provoking. In this collection of art, Lee incorporated elements of German expressionism in his use of deliberate lines, shadows and distorted shapes and figures to tell his story. His use of silkscreen technique blended with some brush work further enhanced the overall effect, adding rich and dramatic yet realistic elements to the portraits.

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Arts eventually majored in accounting, his passion for art was deeply imbedded, and today he celebrates a successful ca re e r w i t h n o s i g n s o f sto p p i n g anytime soon.


Acrylic on Canvas, 180x160cm, by Patrick Lee


homE is whERE thE ARt is Like every artist, Patrick takes pride in every one of his pieces, each of which holds significant meaning in his life as they tell the story of a world seen through eyes. His wish for each of his pieces is that they end up in a place where they are appreciated as much as he appreciates them. “Home is where the art is, and art is where the heart is.� For Lee, it is important for artists to put their feelings into their work so that this feeling can then be transferred onto those who see their paintings. The passion that is placed into each of his pieces can certainly be clearly observed by those who have the privilege of viewing his work.

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ARt in tiAnmu EXhibition These pieces were on display at t h e n o w a n n u a l “A r t i n T i a n m u� Exhibition, hosted by Lee. This year, he collaborated with South African artist Maudie Brown. Brown contributed two very strong pieces to the exhibition which highlighted some of the injustices to our environment and to humanity as a whole. The event saw a gathering of friends, family, artists and patrons who all came together not only to indulge in fine wine and cheese and to catch up on the recent happenings in the art arena in Taiwan and throughout the region, but most importantly to celebrate Patrick Lee’s work, his present and future successes. Dr. Woody Xun, Assistant Dean of the Renaissance Research Institute, Renmin University of China, addressed the gathering with many praises for Lee and his contribution to art in Taiwan and,


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by extension, Asia. Xun spoke at length about the progress of the art industry throughout the region and the great contribution that Lee has made in this regard. fRom humbLE bEGinninGs Though he is a decorated artist in many arenas (and rightly so), Patrick Lee is a humble and selfless individual. Coming from very humble beginnings, Lee understands the value of hard work and does not take for granted the opportunity he has been given. He doesn’t view himself as anyone spectacular, only as a normal person doing what he loves. “I don’t view myself as an artist or different to normal people; everyone is equal�, he says. The artist, who has been painting since he was ten years old, recalls drawing on the floor with dirt as a child because his family was unable to afford to send him to art school. Although he

Shennica David is a senior student at Ming Chuan University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is from the Caribbean Island of St.Vincent and the Grenadines as has been living in Taiwan for the last three years. She enjoys writing and photography, as well as meeting new people and unraveling their stories.


taiwan sPCA: Protecting the Rights of Taiwan’s Animals text: BeKI hunt


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n t h e w e s t, t h e n a m e S P C A i s synonymous with animal protection and is very well known amongst both private citizens and government agencies in working to protect animals. The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in the United Kingdom has nearly twohu n d red years o f an i mal wel fare experience under its belt, followed by the ASPCA (American SPCA) and SPCA Hong Kong, with 150 and one hundred years respectively. With animal protection being respected more and more every day, SPCAs are

active around the world, promoting the humane treatment of animals. Due to the different animal welfare concerns around the world, SPCA organizations operate independently of each other and have their own governing policies, financial reports, boards of directors, and organizational goals. The Taiwan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Taiwan SPCA) was founded in 2009, and registered as a legal NGO shortly after, in December of 2010. Taiwan SPCA's five main pillars of focus are:

1) Animal Cruelty Investigations 2) Animal Welfare Education 3) Animal Re-homing 4) Campaigns and Lobbying 5) Research The Taiwan SPCA inspectorate is the busiest, yet most understaffed department, investigating over seven hundred animal cruelty and neglect cases in 2015. Taiwan SPCA inspectors work closely with government animal protection agencies and private citizens who report cruelty, to help all animals who are being kept in neglectful or abusive situations. Inspectors follow the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare when investigating cruelty and neglect, and always maintain a high level of professionalism. In Taiwan, it is still quite common to see animals being kept long-term in cages or on chains, and even though this currently isn’t illegal, the inspectors spend a lot of time educating animal owners and persuading them to change the way they keep their animals. In certain cases, and when necessary, Taiwan SPCA inspectors will remove an animal from a stressful situation and rehome him or her into a loving and safe environment.

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At the end of 2015, the Taiwan SPCA inspectorate and the Taipei Animal Pro tect io n O ffi ce u n covered an d busted the largest illegal dog breeding facility (aka puppy mill) in Taiwan history, with a whopping 350 smallbreed dogs found on site. The whole Taiwan SPCA team worked tirelessly for three months to ensure all the dogs were adopted out to loving families, and by the end of January 2016 had concluded the largest adoption event ever put on by an NGO in Taiwan. A huge accomplishment for Taiwan SPCA and an epic step forward for animal protection in Taiwan. AnimAL RE-hominG The Taiwan SPCA currently does not operate a shelter, and therefore does not rescue and re-home animals on a large scale. All of the society’s adoptable animals stay either in foster care (which helps nervous animals adjust to family life) or at one of two centrally located SPCA adoption centers in Taipei, while waiting to be adopted. The majority of the animals put up for adoption by the Taiwan SPCA suffered cruelty or neglect. Taiwan SPCA also helps private shelter owners (commonly known in Taiwan as 愛心 媽媽/爸爸 “kindhearted mums and dads ”) adopt out their rescued animals. Two of Taiwan SPCA’s long-term residents awaiting adoption are an adorable mother and daughter duo named Ami and CaiCai. Mother cat CaiCai was brought to the society’s vet partner in early 2014, injured and pregnant. After giving birth to two kittens at the vet, Taiwan SPSCA took over care of the cats and started l o o ki n g fo r h o m e s fo r t h e t h re e. C a i C a i’s f i rst k i tte n wa s a d o pte d out quite quickly to a loving family.


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Sadly, due to CaiCai’s very shy nature (because of her time living as a stray) s h e’s n o t ex t re m e l y affe c t i o n ate and hasn't been the best adoption candidate. However, when CaiCai is with her daughter, Ami, she comes out of her shell. The duo has been with Taiwan SPCA for more than two years now, and they are still waiting for a family to adopt them together. The society’s adoption department is currently in the process of planning to expand its new office, to include temporary holding spaces where animals taken from urgent investigations can be kept temporarily before going into foster care. cAmPAiGns And LobbYinG To change the status quo in terms of animal protection issues here, Taiwan SPCA reaches out to the public via its numerous public awareness campaigns, as well as working closely with city councilors and legislators to amend current animal protection laws. B e C r u e l t y-F r e e (B C F) i s a n international campaign started by Humane Society International (HSI), with the goal of ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. The Taiwan BCF campaign was launched in the spring of 2014 and is a partnership between the Taiwan SPCA and HSI. After two years of hard work, the bill to ban cosmetics animal testing has now passed the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee, and is now awaiting a parliamentary vote. The Taiwan SPCA also won the 2014 Lush Prize for Public Awareness for its BCF campaign. EducAtion T h e Ta i w a n S P C A ' s h u m a n e education events and animal welfare

curriculum reach out to both adults and children alike. Through working with schools by holding seminars and educational speeches about various animal protection topics, the Taiwan SPCA teaches children to have respect and empathy for animals starting from a young age. Studies have shown that when children respect animals they also respect all life and develop a kindness and compassion towards others as well. Taiwan SPCA gives talks around Taiwan, educating everyone from k i n d e rga r te n k i d s to h i g h s c h o o l s t u d e n t s, s p e c i a l i ze d u n i v e rs i t y classes to pet store industry workers, presenting international animal welfare sy m p o s i u m s to s m a l l co m m u n i t y outreach events. REsEARch dEPARtmEnt Taiwan SPCA’s research department focuses on specific animal welfare topics, collecting important data and information to better understand the root and cause of animal welfare problems and conflicts, allowing us to focus on the right objectives and to alleviate these problems through a change of legislation, law enforcement, education, or resolving human conflicts. The Taiwan SPCA has only been active in Taiwan for seven years, but is already a leader in the animal welfare movement. To learn more about the society and its crucial work in Taiwan, please visit its website at www.spca. org.tw or the Taiwan SPCA Facebook and Instagram pages.

Beki Hunt is the Co-Founder (and former D eput y Director) of the Taiwan SPCA and lived, worked and studied in Taipei for 12 years. She has recently repatriated to Canada with her two Taiwanese cats, Little Bear (BB) and Ella.


Taiwan Adventure Outings

TexT: Zachary PainTer


images: TaO

any of us who have a l r e a d y m a d e Ta i w a n our home would agree that it’s the kind of place that naturally exudes exoticism. From the numerous indigenous languages peppered throughout the island’s tropical landscape to its scenic beaches and breathtaking mountain ranges, Asia’s hidden gem has certainly become less of a secret in recent years; in fact, it’s now one of the top destinations for travelers visiting Asia. But let’s be honest: most people only take the time to see Taiwan’s most prominent, noteworthy locations – places like Taipei’s Elephant Mountain, for instance, which offers one of the most picturesque views of the city, or Fulong Beach, with its spectacular arching footbridge and spacious spread of coast. Or what about Kenting and Kaohsiung in the south? The truth is, Taiwan is so replete with big cities and bustling night markets that both tourists and residents alike quickly fo rget a b o u t t h e i s l a n d’s r i c h e st commodity: the great outdoors. Upon noticing this, Taipei-based American expats Dustin Craft and

Ryan Hevern – who both share a mutual passion for travel and exploring Taiwan’s less-trodden terrain – felt it was their task to bring awareness to the general public about the island’s more adventurous options, so in November 2015, they created Taiwan Adventure Outings (TAO), an open-group Facebook page dedicated to organizing outdoor excursions for the community. Over several months, the TAO page gar n ered a decent fo l lowi ng a nd favorable reviews, which eventually led them to curate more detailed itineraries for specific groups of various sizes and interests. As more daring activities like river tracing, paragliding, snorkeling and rock climbing became available, Craft and Hevern’s weekends became devoted to guiding curious travelers through Taiwan’s Jurassic wilderness. Since then, Craft and Hevern have begun to take on bigger responsibilities,

w h i c h ra n g e f r o m a d o p t i n g a n d incorporating globally acknowledged e nv i ro n m e n ta l b e st p ra c t i c e s t o planning more involved excursions that require permits and certifications – like night hikes in Neihu, stand-up paddle boarding and camping in Jinshan, or braving the cliffside paths that constitute part of the Zhuilu Old Trail in Hualien. “We want to show how diverse Taiwan is, and that it’s more than just Taipei,” says Craft. “TAO’s purpose is to change the perception that people have of Taiwan with all of our various trips. Moreover, we are looking to spread awareness for the environment as well as ideas on how to keep Taiwan clean.” With this in mind, Craft and Hevern h ave b e g u n i m p l e m e nt i n g b e a c h cleanups throughout their busy seasonlong itineraries. “The beach cleanups are a way to make locals aware of not just the pollution being created

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within Taiwan, but to become aware of how to help, how to keep their country gorgeous, and to have a good time meeting new people while doing it,” says Hevern. “The environment has always been first and foremost to me. I think it’s important to keep the environment in mind at all times while traveling, whether that’s in a city or outdoors. We want to keep Taiwan beautiful in order to promote its culture, ecological diversity and history to travelers and locals.” As positive as it all sounds, not all their endeavors turn out as expected. O n o n e p a r t i c u l a r t r i p at S h a l u n Beach, just after Typhoon Malakas


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struck in September, they collected 36 hypodermic needles, hundreds of lighters, plastic utensils and glass objects of various sizes. “A few locals came to the beach,” says Hevern. “Families came, saw the garbage, and left; older men came to tell us there was no point, as there’d be more garbage tomorrow.” But the negative comments didn’t deter Craft and Hevern one bit. “All in all, it felt great to get out there and do our part to keep this country as beautiful as we can,” says Hevern. “Our hope is that Taiwan’s mindset becomes that of a more sustainable, environmentally friendly one, and we

know from the people we talk to that the future is bright.” “What TAO has achieved thus far is a good indicator of what’s in store: they will continue to facilitate the role ecotourism plays in Taiwan’s future by encouraging travelers and locals alike to embark on adventures that will remain with them forever. In this sense, the experience is key, TAO has learned how to imbue its members with the most rewarding and permanent of these by stirring the innate desire we all have to explore our world. TAO plans to launch its website sometime in November. Until then, they can also be found on Instagram via their handle, TAOtaiwan. Be sure to follow them for future updates and travels.

Zachary Painter is a freelance writer and enter tainment journalist residing in Taipei, Taiwan. He loves music and enjoys writing about it on pretentious online blogs. Catch him on Twitter @zacharypainter4



Jade mountain (yushan) text & Images: rICharD saunDers


t’s a goal of countless hikers, both local and foreign, to make it to the summit of Jade Mountain (Yushan, 玉山主峰, 3,952 meters). Beating Japan’s Mount Fuji to the title of Northeast Asia’s highest point by almost two hundred meters, while standing only 140 or so meters lower than the highest point in all of Eastern Asia (Malaysia’s Mount Kinabalu), it’s become just as popular as those two legendary mountains. The sheer beauty of Jade Mountain makes scaling it an intensely memorable experience, as well as a very rewarding one. The two-day trip to the top of the mountain and back is much more photogenic than the crowded, monotonous, and dull slog up the most popular route to the summit of Japan’s Mount Fuji, and it’s a considerably easier climb than the relentlessly steep granite sheets of Kinabalu. The usual route to the roof of Taiwan starts at Tatajia (塔塔加) on the New Central Crossisland Highway. After an initial short zigzag climb up the steep mountainside, the path is relatively gentle as it contours the grassy mountainside, giving stupendous views up the alpine valley and across to Yushan’s cliff-bound southern peaks opposite. After a little more uphill climbing, there’s an overnight in the comfortable new Paiyun (“cloud piercing”) Lodge, before the highlight of the walk: the slow but spectacular hike up the scree and rock to the summit (usually in the early hours of the following morning). So how difficult is Jade Mountain to climb? It’s been said that it’s one of the easiest big mountains in the world to climb, and it’s true! It’s also one of the most straightforward ascents among Taiwan’s 3,000-meter-plus mountains. Yushan is still nearly 4,000 meters high, and will never be a walk in the park, but most able-bodied people can reach the summit, as long as they do some advance preparation (lots of stair-climbing, and some day hikes with a full backpack) to get themselves ready. The main obstacle to climbing Yushan is not likely to be your fitness level, but rather getting the necessary permits to climb, which are notoriously hard to get these days. Getting that email notifying of a successful permit application is likely to be the toughest part of the preparations for the climb. For the best chance of getting permission, avoid the weekends, and apply via a well-established hiking group or company. You’ll end up paying more, of course, but you’ll also stand a much better chance of the getting the permit, and they’ll handle all the awkward bureaucracy for you. For more ideas on places to go and things to see in Taiwan, visit Off the Beaten Track at http://taiwandiscovery.wordpress.com/

richard saunders is a trained classical musician and writer who has lived in taipei since 1993. he has written several books (available at the Center and in bookshops around taipei), including yangmingshan: the guide (a complete guide to the national park on taipei’s doorstep), taipei escapes I and 2, which together detail sixty day trips and hikes within easy reach of taipei city, and the Islands of taiwan, a guide to taiwan’s offshore islands. his latest book, taiwan 101: essential hikes, sights and experiences around Ilha Formosa, is out now. www.communitycenter.org.tw NOVEMBER 2016


fAshion & beAuty

How To Style Your Scarf text: Zee DlamInI Images: stoCK Images & ChIeFglammy.Com


inter is one of the most stylish and fun seasons of the year; a time when you can fully utilize your closet by layering styles through the coldest months of the year. If last winter is anything to go by, it’s time to get your scarfs, coats and turtlenecks back to the front of your closet. Think of it as promoting your warmer clothes, and demoting a few that may no longer serve a purpose. Wearing striking and vibrant colors is also nothing to be afraid of in winter: dark and dull is not a standard color code for gloomy weather. One of the easiest ways to incorporate color into your winter wardrobe is by the use of a variety of bright but warm scarves. Here are a few stylish ideas for styling yours:

doubLE-sidEd twist Put two of your favorite scarves back to back. Loop once around your neck and turn the fabric so that you see both sides. This creates the illusion of a two-toned scarf, and it will keep you warm.

thE PREtzEL You’ve probably seen this one a few times. The best way to get a beautiful pretzel is to use a chunky scarf. Take the scarf and fold it in half, lengthwise. Fold it in half lengthwise again, but keep your hand in the loop that is created from the fold. With your hand in the loop, put the scarf around your neck. Next, take one of the two ends and pull it through the loop. Now, with the second loose end, wrap it over and under, through the loop in the opposite direction. Pull to tighten and you've got a chic look in seconds!

cozY And chic nEcK wRAP Take a long scarf and loop it twice around your neck. Tie the ends in a half knot and tuck them up under the scarf loops. This style is great for those who are not big fans of layering during winter, as it keeps you warm without having a lot of layers under your coat.

fAuX vEst Put the scarf over your shoulders so it hangs long and evenly on both sides. Grab your favorite belt and buckle it around your natural waist. Straighten out both sides and you'll have a cool vest look. This style is very slimming. If you want to create a more jacket-like look, leave the scarf as wide as possible.


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KnottEd shAwL This style will come in handy on a formal night out. Instead of just putting the scarf around your shoulders and letting it hang, how about putting a knot in the back? Put the scarf around your shoulders like a shawl, and make a half-knot in the back with the ends. Pull the ends tight and up high on your back. Pull the scarf fabric down to cover the ends. These styles are just a few chic ways to wear your scarves, and a fun way to add a bit of flair to your look. Getting a scarf style right is all about practice and patience, so you may find that you will wear a particular style for a little while before mastering it. Scarves are not only closet essentials for both men and women, but they are also the easiest chilly weather accessory to carry around. Their functionality and ability to crossover between workwear and casual wear makes them a hot item throughout the year. The best way to maximize your scarves is to purchase them in your most comfortable color scheme, in various types of fabric. This makes it easy for you to wear one anywhere and anytime.

Zee Dlamini is a digital PR strategist turned fashion stylist/fashion blogger, i n add i t i o n to b e i n g a f u l l - t i m e mommy with a zest for life and a lover of all things good.

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