[quote=“Yellow Cartman”]A Young Taipei Finds Its Groove
[quote=“By ANDREW YANG”]A DECADE ago in Taipei, finding a decent cup of coffee would have proved a challenge. Now, there are all-night dance clubs and boutique hotels, MTV Taiwan and espresso bars. Change is a constant in the city, the capital of Taiwan, which has been transformed significantly along with its cosmopolitan counterparts Hong Kong and Singapore. As a whole generation emerges - nearly a quarter of the electorate of Taiwan is under 30 - the culture is as much about playing hard as working hard.
So for you long-time Taipei denizens… what do you think? He’s got it right or he’s just waxing poetic because he needed to justify his job [/quote]
A decade ago: 1995. I was here for half of 1990, spent a month here in 1991, and lived here continuously from 1992 to 1996.
A decent cup of coffee? You could always find coffee here. You just had to pay through the nose for it (as you do now). Then, like now, you can find a cheap yet decent cup of coffe at McDonald’s.
Espresso bars? You must be kidding. There was one around the corner from where I worked in 1990. Viciously expensive, though.
All night dance clubs? We certainly had many of those in 1990, and though some have gone out of business, some have moved and new ones have cropped up, all-night dance clubs have been part of the Taipei scene for the last 15 years at least. Spent all night in Spin in 1994. Kiss was big back in the early 1990s; don’t know about now. Haven’t kept up.
Boutique hotels? Remeber HTVs? As long as I’ve been in Taiwan there have been boutique hotels here.
We had MTV Hong Kong back then, but it was cancelled in 1995 or 1996 due to some dispute with China. That was the birth of Channel [V] - the [V] logo was designed to look like a smooth transition from the Big M logo of MTV.
Or is he talking about MTV clubs - where you rent a private room and watch a movie? Those were everywhere in 1990; they still exist now but are not common.
Playing hard? Sorry, the culture for under 30s is apparently about studying hard and working hard, just as it always has been.
There have been changes - I’d say that there are just more of what he describes than less.