Surfers flock to Taiwan, an island nation that fears the sea

Surfers flock to Taiwan, an island nation that fears the sea

taiwan
Taiwan. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

Surfing is still new to Taiwan, an island of 23 million off the east coast of China. Fewer than 100 people make a living out of surfing.

A high rate of drowning deaths has helped create nationwide trepidation but analysts say the aversion to water has cultural and political roots going back to the island’s tempestuous relationship with China…

Jonathan Spangler, from the Asia Pacific Policy Research Association in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei says: “In the education system here it’s taught that swimming in the ocean is dangerous, don’t go swimming.”

Dr Francis Hu, head of political science at Tunghai university, Taichung, explains that for decades, post-second world war Taiwan had also restricted access to the coastline for security reasons.

Taiwan’s previous Kuomintang government feared invasion by the mainland communist regime and also invoked martial law on the island until 1987, during which the coastline was a high-security zone…

Read Full Article, The Guardian UK (11-25-2016)

Coastal Care

Related Posts

Coastal flooding set to get more frequent, threatening coastal life and global GDP

Coastal flooding set to get more frequent, threatening coastal life and global GDP

China’s Three Gorges Dam is one of the largest ever created. Was it worth it?

China’s Three Gorges Dam is one of the largest ever created. Was it worth it?

Researchers make major, concerning microplastics discovery

Researchers make major, concerning microplastics discovery

Reef sharks are in major decline worldwide

Reef sharks are in major decline worldwide

SAF Video

Beach of the Month

Photo of the Month

Plastic Pollution

Sand Wars – United Nations-GEA

Sand Mining Detrimental Effects

The World’s Beaches

Coastal Care Junior

NASA – Fly along with NASA’s fleet of Earth science missions and observe Earth from a global perspective in an immersive, 3-D environment.