Most foreigners that settle down in Taitung long-term have interesting reasons for staying here. However, the initial move down usually is a mix of fate, good luck and faith.
For instance, Federico Davicino, the founder of Cape Café and Taitung Sailing School, was a footloose backpacker that happened to stick around because of the beaches. Similarly, Kyle Barker, the owner of Spice Chasm, came to Taitung because of its intriguing biodiversity and lived out of his car for weeks while getting settled in.
The stories of adventurous spirits in Taitung all have one thing in common. They didn’t know at first that the east coast could be more than just scenic beauty. These bold individuals discovered that Taitung was a place that could incubate larger dreams and aspirations. They just had to find out for themselves because they’d never read of anyone doing it before.
This changed in August with the publication of the first issue of Hello Taitung. Managing Editor Cheryl Robbins, a 32-year resident of Taiwan, is curating Hello Taitung, the first magazine dedicated to foreigners living in the county. She has helped select Taitung’s best stories to give people around the world firsthand accounts of foreigners living in this inspiring county.
The first issue focused on four entrepreneurs. Their stories tell ones of innovation and creativity. Through their perseverance and open minds, they have carved a life for themselves in agriculture, recreation, cuisine and skin care. These stories show that a sustainable lifestyle in an amazing place is possible through a little ingenuity.
Moreover, the articles showcased how connected these residents now feel to the land and people of Taitung. The challenges and hardships of adjusting brought them closer to the warm people and friendly environment of eastern Taiwan. For this reason, these four entrepreneurs have all realized that Taitung is a place they can now call home.
Every six months a new issue of Hello Taitung will be published. Robins and the team at Hello Taitung hope that these stories will attract the next wave of inspiring foreigners to find out what’s possible in Taitung.
For an e-copy of the magazine please visit https://issuu.com/369702/docs/issue.