The curious ‘bookstore’ around the corner

July 24, 2017 § Leave a comment

There’s a unusual storefront tucked in the alleys of Da’an district. At first glance, it looks like a bookstore, with the large floor-to-ceiling windows and piles of books. If you stop to take a good look, it more closely resembles a deserted storage room with endless mounds of books that extend deep into the space. I have never seen anyone enter or leave during the few times I’ve walked past it.

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Love Note #22: Celebrating the Diversity of Taiwan’s Streetscapes

July 21, 2017 § Leave a comment

Love this! Written by my old coworker William 🙂

Taipei Love Notes

To those of us living in Taiwan, the streetscapes don’t usually attract too much of our attention. Simply because, to us, it is already a deeply embedded part of our everyday lives.

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While discussion about the look of Taiwan’s cities and streets have been around for quite some time, the level of engagement was never as intense as in the past few days, when the cover photo of the Japanese magazine Brutus’s special edition on Taiwan triggered a fierce debate about Taiwan’s streetscapes.

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To be honest, I can’t stop feeling a bit frustrated by those who try to criticize every aspect of Taiwan’s streetscape like it is the ugliest thing they’ve ever seen. For anyone who has spent enough time in Taiwan, it is not hard to figure out the repetitive pattern of Taiwan’s streetscape: dangling wires, protruding store signs and lines of scooters parked right by the sidewalk. Even…

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