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Artistic Weekend at the Jersey City Mural Festival

After more than a year without in-person events, which meant numerous cancelled art events, Jersey City hosted its first major outdoor art festival. The Jersey City Mural Festival introduced 50 new murals around the city on June 5-6, with most of them under the highway overpass to the Holland Tunnel. Jersey City already had plenty …

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Drinking Local at the Jersey City Brew Fest

“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same.” – Charles Bukowski I hadn’t been to a beer festival in many years, unless you count the poorly-organized Taipei beer festival that was crammed into a small outdoor space and attracted thousands, making it …

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Taiwanese Election Tanks

“I’ve had enough of reading things By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians All I want is the truth Just gimme some truth” -John Lennon, Just Gimme Some Truth I arrived in time for the political campaigns in Taiwan. There are campaign offices everywhere around the city and trucks driving around with loudspeakers telling people to vote …

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Protests and Police While Traveling

“And the riot squad they’re restless They need somewhere to go” – Bob Dylan, Desolation Row On this Monday morning I’m still catching up on the chaos in Hong Kong. The Occupy Central and pro-democracy movements came together on September 28, marching through the business districts in Central. The peaceful protest even attempted to leave …

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Taipei Protests, Part 3

On my way to find something new for dinner, I encountered yet another protest in Taipei. This is again related to the China-Taiwan cross-straits trade deal. If we count the anti-nuclear protest during my second week here, this would be the fourth the protest I’ve witnessed. Unlike the previous protests, this one seemed less organized, …

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