Taking my first visit to the East of Taiwan, I encountered breathtaking scenery and rich tribal traditions fighting for survival in the modern world.
In Taidong I met members of the Bunun tribe, the elder members of which passionately stick to their traditions and dress but worry that the younger generation will not sustain the tribal culture.
A hospitable lady who welcomed us to the Bunun get-together joked that I would steal her soul if I photographed her. In reality though, today the indigenous people of Taiwan are tech-savvy and globalised. Unfortunately, it is this ‘progress’ or at least globalisation that may threaten to eventually kill off tribal traditions completely.
The East coast of Taiwan looks out to the Pacific Ocean.
The scenery here can be stunning and it is comparatively untouched compared to the overdeveloped West. However, this remaining natural beauty is disappearing fast.
It is being rapidly replaced by ugly factories and concrete high-rise eyesores. Fingers crossed that a sustainable solution can be found before it’s too late.