The desire for conquest during the Age of Exploration drove European countries to explore unknown lands. The discovery of Formosa, now known as Taiwan, led to the colonization of the island and governance under countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, and Japan.
Under the influence of foreign cultures, Taiwanese culture underwent comprehensive changes. Food was particularly affected. New eating habits and ingredients were absorbed by the people. Food is incorporated into traditional cultural values and ways of life. In cultural exchange and interaction, food not only serves as a source of sustenance but also as an important cultural and social symbol.
This year, TAIWANfest is debuting TAIDOG: Taiwanese-style hot dogs. Catch these familiar flavours of three-cup chicken, fried pork belly, jahjan instant noodles, and Keelung’s famous “nutritious” sandwich. Taiwan and Canada are both societies that embrace cultural exchange and interaction, striving to build a diverse and open social environment together. Be sure to grab a bite of this cultural fusion!
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TAIWANfest Vancouver is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered here, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples of this land while we engage in meaningful conversations of culture and reconciliation.