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Quyen Tran


Location icon Australia

I write to connect readers to local spaces, cultures and people. I sometimes write to agitate discussion on societal and personal matters that people should and could relate to.

In between covering stories and copywriting for various media entities, I also manage my own website, G'day Taiwan.


People, Society and Culture

Louder Voices for Women

International Women's Day feature calling for support for all women, no matter their background.

Ketagalan Media
Lessons from the World to Democratic Taiwan - Ketagalan Media

While everywhere else looks to Taiwan as a shining beacon of a thriving democratic nation in Asia, Taiwan is having trouble keeping itself that way. Fears that toxic nationalism and anti-democratic forces under radical right-wing movements are gaining traction in democracies throughout the globe, following conservative notions observed in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and now possibly Taiwan.

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The Most Advanced Police State in Xinjiang: Interview with Megha Rajagopalan - Ketagalan Media

Megha Rajagopalan stood on the podium at last week's Oslo Freedom Forum and asked the audience a simple question, "Does the rest of the world care enough to act on this?" She was referring to the crackdown on millions of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang, the area in Central Asia currently controlled by China as a frontier "autonomous region."

Ketagalan Media
Human Rights and Technology: Oslo Freedom Forum in Taiwan - Ketagalan Media

Looking fresh and at ease despite the long journey from San Francisco into Taipei, Alex Gladstein is in town to champion for the Oslo Freedom Forum, an international conference series focused on promoting and protecting human rights around the world. Established by the nonpartisan not-for-profit the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) in 2009, the flagship event is held annually in Oslo.

Ahead of his Time: Teenage Shutterbug Garri Tadlip

Deepblu's youngest beta tester, Garri 'Iggy' Tadlip, is also an aspiring underwater photographer - and a good one at that. Deepblu interviews the inspiring young man behind the lens. DeepbluOriginal,interview,uwphotography,article

100 Anecdotes
Corn on the Corner

100 Anecdotes - Taiwan's real stories of real people in 100 words or less.

Travel, Food and Lifestyle

Insider Guides | Study in Australia
Melbourne's Best Outdoor Adventure Spots | Insider Guides

Melbourne isn't just about urban culture and a great food scene; the city also boasts an array of places offering thrill and excitement. From abseiling to ziplining, here's our guide to the best outdoor adventure spots in and around Melbourne.

Ketagalan Media
Legitimate Pasta, Middle of Nowhere, Taiwan - Ketagalan Media

Giovanni and Coco Filippini greeted me with an ice-cold bottle of San Pellegrino bubbly water as I sat in their kitchen. Still dripping with hot sweat, I could already tell it was worthwhile taking a trip in the unforgiving heat for another visit to the island's most underrated Italian restaurant.

Travel in Taiwan (No.84 2017 11/12 )
A Fun-Filled Summer Holiday

Adventure traveller and writer, Quyen, climbs green mountains and dives into the blue to discover what treasures the islands off eastern Taiwan has to offer.

Travel in Taiwan (No.80 2017 03/04 )
A Gem in Southeastern Taiwan

Windy cliff roads after sunset, wild hot springs, and a certain delectable local produce consumes the writer and her friends on this roadtrip through the mountainous regions of Southeastern Taiwan.

Travel in Taiwan (No.79 2017 01/02 )
Soaring Above the Big Blue Sea

What's it like to parasail in Taiwan's northern coast? Adventure writer, Quyen, takes on to the skies for this exciting article.

Travel in Taiwan (No.78 2016 11/12 )
New Trends for an Old Staple

A young restaurant in Taipei is on a mission to revive Taiwan's rice culture...

G'day Taiwan
Taiwan's Abandoned: The Thirteen Levels

This abandoned copper smelter looks like an archaic fortress, derelict to collapse atop its own hill. Exploring the Remains of the Thirteen Levels is exhilarating, but dangerous.

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