Category Archives: Culture

Centered on Taipei magazine: blog of the month

I am proud to announce That Taiwanxifu has been featured as blog of the month in the April 2014 edition of Centered on Taipei magazine. I positively blushed when I read the lovely description of the Taiwanxifu blog written by … Continue reading

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Hot Springs Etiquette: Centered on Taipei magazine

The December/January edition of Centered on Taipei magazine is out.  And I am especially chuffed about my Ask Taiwanxifu article on pages 12 and 13 that has been included in this edition.  Firstly, because I have a big, warm soft … Continue reading

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Sweet potato scones

I started writing this blogpost sitting in the Sofun Presbyterian Church in Shoufeng, southern Hualian. And the reason for my visit — baking scones.  Well, at least in part.

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Building a bridge between cultures: all you have to do is believe

Three years ago I set out on a lofty ambition of realising my life purpose as being a bridge between Chinese (especially Taiwanese) and Western cultures.  Kind of like a character out of Victorian-style Willow Pattern china, I wanted to be someone who … Continue reading

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Why is spending money on zuo yuezi confronting?

I am passionate about promoting the benefits of the Chinese postpartum retreat (zuo yuezi) for new mothers. Yet I have noticed that my enthusiasm is not always shared by ‘Western’ mothers. In fact, I am finding that this is a … Continue reading

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Salvation Army Bazaar fundraiser — 22 June 2013

I am almost too scared to share this secret with you because it is so good.  I will be up early next Saturday to clamour into the doors as they open and take advantage of the bargains to be had.  What … Continue reading

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Dragon Boat festival and zongzi

Today, 12 June 2013, is the Dragon Boat Festival in Taiwan. It is a time when people flock to the riverside to watch dragon boat races, or maybe even partake in a company sponsored event. It is also an excuse to … Continue reading

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On My Taiwanese Mother-in-Law

One of the weirdest things about being a Taiwanxifu is that the first thing people always ask about is your mother-in-law. No-one ever asks me about my husband. Or at least, not very many people.

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Taiwanxifu on Radio Taiwan International

I was honored recently to be interviewed on Radio Taiwan International on their Feast Meets West program. I had so much fun chatting with Andrew and Ellen about how I became a Taiwanxifu, why I started blogging and the benefits of … Continue reading

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Supertrampstars Elaine and Vicky

I started blogging to help bridge my own Australian/Western culture and Taiwanese culture.  Many people I have met, including close friends and family, know nothing about Taiwan: they either think it is ‘Thailand’, or else that it is a dangerous war … Continue reading

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