English Service host John Van Trieste is curious. There’s nothing about Taiwan’s many cultures that he doesn’t want to know more about. Join him every week as he gets to the bottom of yet another question. What will he be curious about this time?
If COVID has you feeling cooped up and bored, Taiwan's museums may be able to help. Though they remain shuttered, these museums haven't stopped working. They're digitizing materials, uploading 3D scans of their prized artifacts, and even using the sorts of cameras Google Street View uses to create virtual walkthrough tours. In many cases, these online exhibits include full English translations, allowing people from across the world to see the best Taiwan's museums have to offer on demand. You don't even have to buy a ticket. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to explore what these museums have to offer us as we wait for COVID-19 to end. Today, I'm starting with what's probably the most prestigious and popular of Taiwan's museums, the National Palace Museum, home to countless treasures of the imperial Chinese court carted off from Beijing late in the 1940’s, as the government fled Chinese communists and relocated to Taipei. Joining us today for an overview of what you can expect if you visit the museum’s website is the museum’s Mr. Li, in charge of these online exhibits....more