View from a high vantage point over a modern city. Green plants can be seen in the very foreground, as if the viewer is standing in a park. In the middle ground rises a modern city center with many skyscrapers and a prominent high-rise tower. The sky shows an extremely dramatic cloud atmosphere between sun and darkness.

View over Taipei from Elephant Mountain


Voices from Taiwan

Taiwan has been under threat from China for years, as the People's Republic lays claim to the island. Taiwan, with its 23 million inhabitants, sees itself as an independent democracy.

In the media, Taiwan is often seen through the lens of the conflict with China. In this dossier we turn instead to the inner workings of Taiwanese society.

Above all, we let Taiwanese people have their say. Author Hsuan writes about nightlife in the capital Taipei. Politician and metal star Freddy Lim sends us his favourite songs. Photographer H.C. Kwok traces the crimes of Chinese dictator Chiang Kai-Shek in a photo essay.

Despite all the democratic progress, the writer Li Ang highlights a deep division in Taiwanese society: A division that is also evident in the fact that the country's two major people's parties, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DFP), are implacably opposed to each other.

In addition, the two renowned authors Wu Ming-Yi from Taipei and Yan Lianke from Beijing exchange letters at the invitation of KULTURAUSTAUSCH: discussing their lives as writers, their differences and Taiwanese-Chinese relations.

June 2023




“For a while, Taiwan was not only geographically remote from Germany, it was, in fact, a taboo. That is slowly changing”
Shieh Jhy-Wey
Taiwan’s diplomatic representative in Germany

Discover the printed issue

In addition to our country focus on Taiwan, our issue II+III/2023 contained other reports, interviews and news items from around the world: 

Will peace remain an eternal dream? Colombia’s rocky road to inner peace. Juan Álvarez reports from Bogotá 

Where old enemies meet again. On the divided Rwandan diaspora in Belgium. Charlotte Wirth reports from Brussels 

Literary campfire. Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo on the oral literary traditions of Southern Africa

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The picture shows the cover of the issue 2+3/2023 of Kulturaustausch. The cover photo shows young people at a party, a young woman looks into the camera, flashing a Victory signs.