— By Chiayi Lin and Li Hsun Tsai, Commonwealth Magazine Taiwan’s COVID-19 generation, entering the employment market amid a severe pandemic, has not become a lost generation – instead, they are getting one step ahead. Rather than giving up on their dreams, they are pursuing them with pragmatism and flexibility. Zhu Rui-xiang, a recent Master…

Taiwan acacia is traditionally used as firewood, but Taiwan’s king of carton packaging, Caho Chen, and a team of innovative young people have developed methods to turn this neglected endemic hardwood into pricey bathtubs, customized guitars, and novel whiskey barrels. How did they transform this once-cheap commodity into a sought-after luxury material? By Kuo-chen Lu…

The Michelin Guide Taiwan ventured outside of Taipei for the first time in 2020 and explored Taichung. Four restaurants earned Michelin stars – JL Studio, Fleur de Sel, Forchetta, and Oretachi No Nikuya – and the choices revealed the stark differences between the Taipei and Taichung culinary scenes. By Sunny Wu, CommonWealth Magazine Founded in…

Formosa Plastics founder Wang Yung-ching failed at building a car business, but his failure laid the groundwork for the country’s successful Tesla supply chain. What are Taiwan’s advantages in the electric vehicle age? The global automotive industry is experiencing a paradigm shift, sending Tesla’s stock price soaring and big Taiwanese manufacturers scrambling to expand their…