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Taiwan's annual Dajia Matsu pilgrimage begins

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 2021 Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession got underway without a hitch on Friday (April 9) in the central city of Taichung. Every year Matsu, the patron goddess of sea...

Starting ceremony of Taiwan’s Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage to be broadcast in 11 languages

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The starting ceremony of the Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession, the largest religious activity in Taiwan, will be broadcast in 11 languages for the first time this year. ...

Photo of the Day: Super Mario map of Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An illustrated map of Taiwan inspired by the popular video game Super Mario World has gone viral in Taiwan. On Thursday (March 4), Peruvian illustrator Miguel Alfaro, 2...

Discovery's reality-heavy streaming service launches in Jan.

Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focused service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV, TLC and its other networks. It lau...

New Taiwan kids show searches for stars of the future

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A new Taiwan children’s reality TV show, “Action! Kids,” is looking for the nation’s new, up-and-coming film directors and video makers. Fifth- ...

Divers in Taiwan set Guinness World Record for ocean cleanup

A group of 591 divers in Taiwan set a Guinness World Record for participating in an ocean cleanup activity held off the coast of Keelung City on Saturday. Organized by the Discovery Channel in coll...

TV viewership climbing with people stuck at home by virus

NEW YORK (AP) — A fixture on television, actress Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” is doing the same thing as millions of other people during the widespread coronavirus shutdown. She's ...

Survivor of boat disaster: 'Sleeping to swimming' in minutes

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A survivor of a Alaska crab boat sinking that left five fellow fishermen missing said the crew went from “sleeping to swimming" in minutes as rough seas and ice threatened to sin...

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five crew members missing after a crab fishing vessel sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of ...

One who learned to communicate with nature — Ahronglong Sakinu of Taiwan's Paiwan tribe

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In the latest episode of the I-Fun Learning website's Celebrity Interviews, renowned Paiwan Taiwanese writer Ahronglong Sakinu (撒可努) was invited to talk about his inte...

Upcoming events in Taipei: August 16-30

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Apart from the many exhibitions, festivals, and performances introduced last week (most are still ongoing), there is also an array of one-day events coming up in the secon...

TV personality Jesse James offers reward for return of dog

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Reality TV star Jesse James is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of one of his beloved dogs. James in an Instagram post says the 6-year-old French bulldog ...

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Vescovo says he didn't set out to break James Cameron's record of reaching the deepest point on Earth. But that's what he did last month as he went 10,928 meters down into the C...

Hearing held on Oregon crab boat sinking that killed 3

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The captain of a crabbing vessel that sank in high waves, killing him and two other fishermen, had methamphetamine and alcohol in his system, according to testimony Monday at the...

Matsu pilgrimages spotlight Taiwan’s rich religious traditions

Every spring, throngs of worshippers parade through cities and counties across Taiwan alongside palanquins bearing statues of Mazu, goddess of the sea. These pilgrimages are among the most anticipated...