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Made in Taiwan – The Band (interview)

Today I am sharing with you something different! There has always been K-Pop and J-Pop, but… come on guys, it’s old story now, time to move forward and… how about T-Pop?

I discovered last summer a French Band called Made In Taiwan, and I found it funny that T-Pop actually could spread as far as France! Getting to know the band, I realized though that it is actually not related to Taiwan musically or culturally, but anyway it is an interesting discovery, and a band to follow for sure! Read on for the summary of the interview with Manu, who created the band…

 

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Incense, Prayers and Music: Chinese New Year at the Mazu Temple in Fengyuan (video)

The Matsu Temple is the oldest and arguably most important in Fengyuan, next to Taichung. Some parts date back to more than 300 years ago, as I was reminded several time during my time there! Many people go there on Chinese New Year’s Eve to pray for luck and success for the New Year, and also go to the attending Night Market enjoy some delicacies – Oyster Omelet! – or buy lottery.

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The River

One night, I went down to the river. I don’t know, maybe it was the huge moon rising in the night, maybe it was the typhoon that was about to swallow Taiwan. The air was warm, comfortable. Friday night. It felt good.

The DadaoCheng Pier

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Vietnamese Factory Workers living in Taiwan

Luzhou is some kind of magical, out of time place. But this time, we wandered on the edge of the city, and discovered another side of Taiwan, one that is less brilliant. We met some factory workers working in rather poor conditions for car manufacturer sub-contractors. Here is how it works.

The Vietnamese Workers-Luzhou

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Lala Mountain

As we were heading to Lala Shan, I realized I didn’t know what was Lala Shan at all. I thought it was a touristic place like many other I had seen, with an old street, slightly old-fashion, full of more-or-less modern shops selling more-or-less appealing goods. I thought this was the kind of place where you spend a Sunday afternoon.
But as we made our two hours and a half way through the road, 60 km of laces going always deeper in the Taoyuan county’s mountain, it became evident that this was not specifically the kind of place I was thinking about.

Lala Mountain

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C’est ça Monga!

Wanhua is an old, messy district of Taipei and I tried to transcript its atmosphere for this photo session on a Friday night: slow shooting speed and immediate, simple compositions!
Anyway, out of all this mess I could feel once more the poetry of this wild place.

Wanhua-33

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Into the night

I have been busy lately, and it is the first time since… a long time that I could take pictures in Taipei last night. It was great, and here is the video. Each time I feel it is so good to be here!

The Bakers

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