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Published on February 5, 2008

Chinese New Year means it’s time to visit family, so we went down to my ancestral hometown of Quanzhou for a few days of slightly warmer weather and fish cooked 100 different ways. First stop, a giant monument to the man who liberated Taiwan from the Dutch. Who knew the Dutch had foot in Taiwan 300 years ago? Apparently, everyone in the town of Quanzhou. Legend and DNA has it that most people in Taiwan are from the Fujian province, which makes sense since they face each other. Anyway, this statue is visible from the city below and is massive. The pictures aren’t quite doing it justice size-wise.

The artist Cai Guo Qiang is originally from Quanzhou and his artwork adorns the entryway to the Quanzhou/Taiwan History Museum. This massive piece alternates from text to a tree and no doubt signifies the shared roots of the people of Taiwan and those in the Mainland. In fact, the entire museum was devoted to emphasizing the sameness between the two regions.

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