A hundred years ago, Taiwan was a Japanese colony with an ascendant gold-mining industry. When the Japanese colonial government established a Gold Mining Bureau, it divided the mining region in northern Taiwan into a western section, today’s Jiufen, and an eastern section, today’s Jinguashi. Both are now part of Ruifang District in New Taipei City….

Basketball is one of the island’s best-loved sports, but unsustainable business models and training schedules have kept it from being as successful in Taiwan as baseball. In April, the New York Times published an article by veteran sportswriter Marc Stein entitled “Can the N.B.A. Learn from Taiwan’s Basketball Bubble?” The story discussed how Taiwan’s Super…