Time for Taiwan

The A Mei Tea House in Jiufen—a three-storey restaurant done with an exterior of darkened wood fringed with red, bulbous lanterns on the building’s façade—is a sight to behold in its own regard. The pleasure is increased for fans of the Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki who will immediately identify the building’s uncanny similarity with … Read more

Seed to Shelf

A look inside one of the world’s largest agriculture companies It’s almost half the world’s pepper. It’s a sizable chunk of the world’s coffee and almonds, their cashews and dehydrated onions. But if you’re not an industry insider, the name Olam International (www.olamgroup.com) isn’t likely to ring a bell. “We’re probably one of the biggest … Read more

Bee The Change

In Dalat, a small bee garden hopes to increase the bee population through community collaboration There’s buckwheat. There’s squash. There’s a composting area. But there’s one thing curiously missing from Dalat’s Bee Garden: bees. “We don’t keep bees, but build a habitat that is naturally friendly for bees and other endangered insects,” explained Leonie Hapunkt, an organizer with … Read more

Anatomy of a Class

In District 2, nude-figure sketch classes drawing attention When Hoang Dang Khoa looked at the naked woman in front of him on a Sunday afternoon, he didn’t see a body. “I see shadow and planes. It’s confusing,” he said, searching for the right words to describe how a live person looks to an artist. “But … Read more