I remember reading a while back when some distinguished international architects came to Taipei they studied the buildings here and made, unsurprisingly, a slate of non-offensive remarks. What was interesting to me about the whole thing was how one wondered about what is really the soul of Taipei and Taipei life.
There are a lot of things that hint at it. There is presently mass hysteria from SARS, the normal state of social chaos and confusion as evidenced in traffic, subway travel, etc, the obsession with appearance. So what do you think? What lies at the heart of Taipei life? How would you describe the soul of Taipei? Is there one? I am sure there is, but sometimes I wonder if it is more like a veneer copying other cultures than anything original.