Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
The annual dragonboat race in Xindin an important holiday (one of five) in Taiwan. It dates back to the 3rd Century. Legend has it that a poet loyal to the king was falsely accused of treason so rather than living shamed in exile he decided to drown. The townspeople, who loved the poet, threw rice cakes to the river so the small fish wouldn't eat him and raced boat with dragons to scare the larger fish.
Posted June 17, 2011