Category: Culture

What is Tomb Sweeping Day?
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What is Tomb Sweeping Day?

Tomb Sweeping Day is an annual holiday in Taiwan and most of Asian culture. It usually falls around the fourth day of the fourth month in the lunar calendar. Although the actual date is fixed, many people will choose a time that is convenient for their whole family to gather to celebrate. This year, 2017, the...

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Losing My History – Expat Issues

I’m a storyteller. Sharing funny moments from my life with family and friends is part of my identity. So when we moved overseas to Taiwan, something unexpected happened. In the course of a 13 hour plane ride, I became a nobody. It was as if my life, my stories, my history suddenly became a burner cell...

Central Taichung History & Culture Tour
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Central Taichung History & Culture Tour

Are you interested in the history and culture of Taichung City? Do you like exploring? Come join us for a walking tour of the old downtown and learn some Taichung history and culture while having fun. Here are some of the places we’ll explore: The First & Second Markets – the First Market will be closed...

A Clash of Cultures
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A Clash of Cultures

by Todd Blackhurst Following up with the results from the 2nd Annual Taichung Expat Survey, although no surprise, one of the most important and difficult issues that expats face living in Taiwan is communication. After looking at the survey results carefully, what became even more interesting is that 63% have studied Mandarin, but still have...

Expat Survival Course
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Expat Survival Course

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST – I’m planning the next date now.  If you are interested, but didn’t get a chance to sign up for our last course, please send me a message so I can put you on the list for the next one. LINE ID: toddblackhurst What? Come join us for a fun evening learning...

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We Are Different…Education

By Todd Blackhurst One of the things that is both intriguing and disturbing about another culture is the differences. Some people find that experiencing life from a different point of view is at first exciting or interesting, but then after a while, maybe irritating, even to the point of total frustration. Western Cultures have a...

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What is Ghost Month?

By Todd Blackhurst This year, the annual celebration of Ghost Month in Taiwan will begin on September 5th. Ghost Month or Gui Yue in Pinyin is celebrated during the 7th lunar month of the year, specifically during the first 15 days, although the entire month is designated as Ghost Month. What is Ghost Month? Although there...

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