Mt. Xiaozuzheng and Mt. Keelung

My last hiking trip in northern Taiwan (for now) brought us to Houtong. A small town near Rufang (the village famous for it’s numerous stray cats), outside of Jiufen. Jiufen is famous because it was a gold mining town during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. Now, Jiufen is centered around an overcrowded market street popular…

Ta Ta Taipei

August is traditionally my favorite time of year. That overwhelming feeling of summer freedom peaks, my birthDAY means I usually treat myself to a nice vacation, and even the most ginger of us get a tan. The worst part about August is that it ends. For most people the new year begins in January. But…

The Foreigner Bubble

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Asian-American literature. In every one that I have read so far they refer to foreigners as “ghosts” in Maxine Hong-Kingston’s “Warrior Woman” her mother often refers to America as ghost country, and refers to everyone who is not Chinese as a ghost (the postman ghost, the milkman ghost,…