Hong Kong vs Taiwan: Comparing lives in two different places

Having lived in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, here I'll recount some of the differences between the two places. Accompanied by comics from Taiwanese artist Jie Jie. 1. Air Quality. Hong Kong citizens have gotten used to the higher-than-average level of PM 2.5, and even when the AQI number rises, they continue on their day …

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Typhoon Nesat and Haitang: Highlighting another storm that we cannot weather

My friends detail to me the way the typhoon has hit Taiwan - sudden, fast, and vicious. I remember experiencing super Typhoon Meranti barreling into Taiwan last year, bringing destruction and torrential rains with it. The winds shook our apartment building, the numerous glass windows creaking under the vicious hand of the wind. Towels were …

The South China Sea Dispute: Why it’s so important

Since 1947 when the ROC (Taiwan) published the first map claiming territory in almost the entire South China Sea, a dispute has been raging on between China, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Brunei.  On July 2, 2017, the USS Stethem warship sailed within 12 miles into the "territorial limits" of Triton Island, claiming it …

Is Taiwan a part of China? The importance of names, and the biggest backer

The question "Is Taiwan a part of China?" is one that has been asked by many, myself included. Politically, this seems correct - as the ROC, Taiwan indeed is a part of China. However, after living in both places, I have found that the two cultures are the same, yet drastically different at the same …