Ketagalan Media is thrilled to announce our new weekly series: Taiwan Uniquely.

Each week, we tell you just three things from Taiwan. It’s a quick and unique way to connect with the society and culture of this quirky and cozy little spot in Asia, featuring our News Director William Yang with a showcase of his project Taipei Love Notes.

Stay tuned as we update the look and feel of our series!

Soft Power Ambassadors

  • President Tsai Ing-wen appointed seven “ambassadors-at-large” this week, putting actual faces to Taiwan’s soft power diplomacy. The ambassadors include NTU professor Fan Yun (on women’s empowerment), Olympic medalist Chi Cheng (on sports), and Hung-Tze Jan (on digital matters). Panama, one of Taiwan’s longest allies, broke formal relations in Beijing’s favor in May. Will President Tsai rely more on people to people exchanges to keep Taiwan globally relevant?

Bring Your Own Bags

  • On Thursday, big box retailers RT-Mart, Carrefour, and Far Eastern A.Mart in Taiwan announced plans to gradually stop providing plastic bags, starting July. This signals the next phase of Taipei’s green initiative, and can potentially help Taiwan become a regional example in Asia. In the meantime, Plastico can turn your plastic bags into cool stuff.

Taipei Love Notes

  • Somehow, Taipei seems to have a certain magical power that keeps us here. Yes, life can be quite frustrating with a stagnant economy and rising costs of living. But life can’t always be this miserable in a city that still possesses a great deal of potential. This is why I started Taipei Love Notes–to fight disillusion and to rediscover how we first fell in love. Check out the latest post and see how you can share your love note with us!

 

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William Yang

William is a freelance writer and photographer based in Taiwan, with a passion for human rights and storytelling. He holds a Master of Journalism degree from Temple University, and has extensive experiences interning at global NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Mercy Corps.