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The Curious Monkey Goes To ...

Taiwan.

The Curious Monkey is the start of a new series of blog posts to mark my round-the-world venture. The journey begins in Taiwan, a subtropical island a mere 160 kilometers from the coast of mainland China. The Taiwanese people are an amalgam of aboriginal tribes and ethnic Chinese who came in successive waves from Fujian province (Hoklo), the Hakka and those who fled the Communists in the 1940s.

The Taiwanese have also suffered colonization by the Dutch (17th century) and the Japanese (20th century). Depending on your politics, the Taiwanese might argue that mainland China is trying to do the same in the 21st century.

You can read about this first leg of the journey in Taiwanese Beauties. If you’re interested in hiking, check out my guest blog post for Expat Hikers on Mount Alishan national park. Talk about a Taiwanese beauty!

Next stop: The Curious Monkey Goes to Saigon ...

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