Taiwan’s success story as a young democracy and economic power in spite of its tumultuous modern history; its cultural richness and extraordinary natural beauty, all go largely unnoticed in the Western world. This is Kyoto Journal’s case for Taiwan, The Beautiful Island—for its greater inclusion on the global stage as a place to follow, visit, invest in, and, perhaps above all, to be moved and inspired by. Put together by some 30 collaborators based in Taiwan and elsewhere, complete with stunning photography and illustration. Guest edited with an introduction by KJ’sdirector, Lucinda “Ping” Cowing.
VOICES FROM TAIWAN – outstanding Taiwanese individuals looking to share Taiwan’s incredible story with the rest of the world:
Profile of Taiwan’s first Digital Minister, Audrey Tang, translated by Quentin Brand and Vic Li; Quyen Tran interviews Chieh-Ting Yeh of English-language outlet Ketagalan Media; The Misanthrope Society: Sophia Siyea Wu discovers Taipei’s outlet for one’s darkest emotions—complete with excellent cocktails; Artqpie: fostering Asia’s zine culture; The story of Annuo Liu, the daughter of a Kuomintang soldier exiled to Taiwan in 1949, as told by Helen Zia in her gripping new book, The Last Boat out of Shanghai; Editor-in-chief of Plain Law Movement, Po-Han Lee, on the realities of Taiwan’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling.
INSPIRED BY TAIWAN –visitors and long-time residents of Taiwan elucidate on how the country has transformed their perspectives or inspired their art:
Photographers Josh Ellis, Sean Lotman and TC Lin point their lenses at the island’s preserved Japanese colonial architecture, its vibrant street culture and natural wonders; Bill Stimson asks how Taiwan has successfully retained its networks of artisans and smaller markets in the face of rapid modernization; Brush-maker and calligraphic artist Elizabeth Schowachert speaks to Claire Liu about her unexpected collaborations in Taipei; In an excerpt from A Far Corner: Life and Art with the Open Circle Tribe, Scott Ezell joins an expedition with a group from the Bunun aboriginal tribe, whose ancestors were forcibly relocated from their mountain homes during the colonial era.