Earth Chicken City

Source: Roads & Kingdoms

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TOUCHE, Taiwan—

It’s late October but still balmy enough to have the car windows cracked open a good few inches, and the high-pitched song of the cicadas whirring madly in the dense brush comes drifting in on the breeze. There isn’t enough room in the car, so one of my cousins zips ahead on his scooter, bobbing in and out of our headlights. The nasal whine of the scooter and the earthy-smelling dampness of the evening air are exactly what I remember from when I was growing up in Taiwan, though it’s been nearly two decades since I moved away.


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