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COT Summer 2023

Dear Readers,

I’m excited to introduce myself as the new editor of Centered on Taiwan (COT). I have been a resident of this community for many years, and am passionate about building community. I am committed to providing a platform for a diverse range of voices and stories about the people, places, and events that make this community special.

Sue Babcock, the previous editor, has, for many years, nurtured a publication that is cherished by many in our community. It is an honour to be entrusted with the role of editor and I am grateful to Sue and to the Center for giving me an opportunity to continue her valuable work with the magazine.

This summer issue is our first transition to a truly dynamic digital platform, which will allow you to read and share anytime, anywhere. Sharing is easy and simply a click away. Also starting from this edition, COT has changed its name to Centered on Taiwan. Over the years, we have transitioned to a magazine that truly reflects our communities around the island, not just in Taipei.

June marks the beginning of summer and the Dragon Boat Festival (June 22-24, 2023). Traditions like eating zongzi (粽子), Chinese sticky rice dumplings, hanging calamus and wormwood on doors to ward off evil, and wearing perfumed sachets to keep the mosquitoes and germs of summer away are a few of my favourites.

We hope you will enjoy this new platform which has been made possible through the support of the Center and the COT team. As a non-profit organisation, we offer COT free for all, supported by those who can. I am looking forward to working with all of you to create a magazine that is informative, engaging, and inspiring.

COT publishes 10 editions in full magazine format online with only 4 printed editions (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring) each year. If you want to send us suggestions please email me at COT Editor

Wishing you a happy summer and Happy Dragon Boat Festival!

~Roma

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