By Sonia Su.

With a population of about 2,700,000 residents, Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan and a major international port. Located in the southern region with a tropical monsoon climate, the city saw its first earnest settlements from the Dutch around the 17th century. Starting in the 1980s, Kaohsiung has been working to reinvent its global image as an Asian metropolis, investing heavily in cultural and artistic development.

  • The Pandemic in Kaohsiung


    Being just 81 miles off the coast of China and expected to have the second highest number of cases, Taiwan has been praised by government and business leaders, media, and observers around the world for its relatively successful prevention and control efforts.

  • Tourism and Urban Branding

    Tourism and Urban Branding in Kaohsiung

    Following Western European countries, Taiwan has been facing dual crises of industry migration and de-industrialization. Kaohsiung has had to adapt to the effects on its economy from a production-heavy to a services-dominated one.

  • Waste

    Waste in Kaohsiung

    How has Kaohsiung transformed its waste management and recycling systems? What does the circular economy mean for the country?

  • Food

    Markets in Kaohsiung

    In what ways has the arrival of supermarkets and hypermarkets influenced Kaohsiung? (i.e., the consumption habits of Kaohsiung residents and traditional “wet” markets”) What explains the survival of traditional markets?

  • Resources

    Kaohsiung Resources

    Bibliography and further reading for the city of Kaohsiung.