Gregory and the Chocolate Factory G. SHELLNUTT .......

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ISS. 4

VOL. 1

2010. 10

Steamy windows G. IMREH ..................2

Taipei Cinema Talk K. TAKAHASHI ......... 2

ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF ACADEMICA SINICA. Academia Sinica is keen to address the specific interests of our international colleagues. By establishing ASICC we hope to offer a dynamic environment and ensure a strong work/life balance.

ASICC times
they are the main purveyors of chocolates, it does not disappoint. I had a good laugh when I saw the Taiwan display because it shows eight authentic Taiwanese foods (e.g. xiao long bao, sausage, friend chicken cutlet, soup) all made from chocolate. The transition from the international displays to the main exhibition passes through the history of chocolate and its use by Meso-American peoples as a spicy bitter drink known as xocoatl (pronounced so-co-la-tle). The real fun begins in the main exhibition as there is a Great Wall of chocolate, a life sized terracotta warrior and numerous smaller ones, a wall of chocolate Buddha, Taipei 101 and some magnificent sculptures of cars, tea pots, tigers, footwear and a personal favorite, a violin with a broken string (continued on page 2). October 31st marks the festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an) or as we know it today, Hallowe’en. Hallowe’en is a modern incarnation of the Samhain festival which originated amongst Celtic peoples of Great Britain and Ireland many centuries ago. They believed that during the seasonal transition from the ‘lighter’ to the ‘darker’ part of the year that good and evil spirits could interact with the living. The term Hallowe’en comes from ‘all hallows-even (evening)’ which corresponds to the day before (Oct. 31st) All Saints Day in Christianity. The modern tradition of wearing a scary costume and carving Jack-O’-lantern (original turnips) comes from the old traditions to scare away evil spirits. Recommended movies for Hallowe’en include: Paranormal Activity (2007), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Exorcist (1973) and Dracula (1931).

Gregory and the Chocolate Factory
In elementary school I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl for a reading assignment. I had found memories of the book and I always wonder what it would be like to visit chocolate factory and see river of milk chocolate. So it was with great delight that I jumped at an opportunity to indulge in the pleasantries of life and visit The World Chocolate Wonderland exhibit on display at The National Taiwan Science Education Center this past weekend. The exhibit showcased all things chocolate in a playful and unique way. Located on the 7th floor, the display begins with a few wonderful chocolate molds of dinosaurs and Disney characters which then blends seamlessly into the international displays. Only a few countries are represented, including my personal favorite (Belgian chocolates), but, since

Taipei Cinema Talk
If you need action look no further than Bruce Willis, it seems like he is back again to save the world with his all out action packed ways in “Red”. Amazingly, some people, however old they get, take on the same character that they did when they were young. This time Willis is aided by Morgan Freeman, who seems to have taken a different type of character than he usually does. Of course you can never have an action movie without the ever crazy John Malkovich, with his usual “unusual role”! For people who want slower pace in life, there is “Eat Pray Love”, a move that features Julia Roberts. She plays a wife searcher for more to life. Liz Gilbert (Roberts) has everything a modern lady will wish a husband, a house and great career. Well after a divorce, she starts to take risks goes on her own feet to live life. Italy, India, Bali what is it she is looking for? Will she find it? Anyway, we all long for something in life, whether we get it or not depend on how much we are willing to put into it, but at the same time, going after it without looking at other things may derail you, so doing research in Academia Sinica is good, but have some free time to refresh yourself at the movies.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Nights are getting cooler, but the Japanese yen is still too strong, I am not sure which way the economy is going, well the same is true in the movie world, “Greed is Good” is back!!! Gekko is back in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, 23 years ago the original movie about the high life of fast money with shady deals was a hit, now its back in the recession time. This time Gekko, seems to be a changed man. What is his modus operandi this time?

Workshop on Baking
Place: Mrs. Evans’ place Date: Oct. 12, 2010 Time: 10:00am-11:30am PREVIOUS EVENTS 1. BOURBON TASTING Date: Aug. 27, 2010

Don’t forget there are many second run cinemas throughout Taipei which offer double features for low prices.

K. Takahashi, INSTITUTE OF ATOMIC & MOLECULAR SCIENCES

2. MOVIE APPRECIATION NIGHT Date: July 29, 2010 3. COFFEE HOUR Date: June 28, 2010

Steamy windows
As the weather gets colder, Taiwanese start to change what are they eating. The role of food and drinks changes from keeping people fresh and happy to keeping them warm and happy. One cure for the cloudy, rainy days is hot-pot dinner, or 火鍋. In hot-pots you have a nice soup-base and boil various items in the pot. The soup stays, while you fill up with what you cooked. Hot pot restaurants are found everywhere in Taipei and can be easily spotted by their steamed up windows. Chain restaurants like Cash City (the basic version of hot pot) or White Sugarcane (a bit more fancy, all-youcan-eat version) are common but there are many unique ones.

Just walk around Ximending or near Zhongxiao Fuxing station and you are bound to find one. The soups can vary a lot too: from the regular to the quite spicy ones (麻辣火鍋) - but that's not for the faint-hearted. Or, to cater for everyone, some pots are divided into two and you can try two kinds of soup in one meal. So, what can you put in the soup? Normally one would start with vegetables to give it a good taste: cabbage, spinach, lettuce, corn etc. Hotpot is good for Vegetarians. On the other hand, you can add sliced pork, beef or lamb, prawns, or almost any meat that cooks in a few minutes. Most places stock plenty of ice-cream to finish off. You see, no reason to be cold this Autum: go out and have a dinner! G. Imreh
INSTITUTE OF ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR SCIENCES

4. DRAGON BOAT RACE Date: June 16, 2010 5. SPORT NIGHT-NBA Finals Date: June 11, 2010-09-07 6. TUNG BLOSSOM PARK Date: May 15, 2010 7. PINGXI DAY TRIP Date: Apr. 18, 2010 8. POTLUCK PARTY Date: Feb. 19, 2010 9. HIKING - Shishou Hills Date: Jan. 30, 2010 10. ASICC Opening Dinner Date: Jan. 22, 2010 Photo Album:
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CHOCOLATE from page 1 I have the distinct feeling the exhibitors were attempting to benefit from the recent Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie because there were elf and nymph-like creatures guiding me from the beginning to end. Although the exhibit is aiming for children, kids of all ages can appreciate the artisanry and creativity of the pieces on display. The exhibit runs until October 10, 2010. J.G. Shellnutt INSTITUTE OF EARTH SCIENCES

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