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Letter from the Editor (Autumn 2010) – Avi

Welcome to the second issue, in which we raise the bar.
GuanXi aims to set a standard for well written bits; to provide something of interest for everyone, and to make each article one you will enjoy taking the time to read. In this continuing effort to keep on keepin’ on, our contributors have stepped up and smacked it out of the park.

In this episode, a journey of conscience – from Mormon missionary to secular humanist. You’ve seen the starched white shirts and black pants peddling bicycles – the Elders working the intersections, desperately seeking tithers. Some of us have even taken the time to…chat…with the very polite Latter Day Saints. David Drake arrived a missionary and left a philosopher. The story of his theological liberation is both fascinating and inspiring.

Every English language magazine ever published on this island offered someone holding forth on what it’s like to be an expat in Taiwan. But, of course, you already know exactly what’s that like.
GuanXi shifts perspective with Mike “Banyan Tree” Leznoff: What’s it like to go back home? What will you miss? What will you regret? Find out what may lie in wait for you somewhere down the road.
In the same vein, GuanXi’s Poet Laureate, Amanda Fiore, has put her Formosan hindsight into verse. We always knew Amanda had a poet’s heart – it turns out she swings a poet’s pen, too.

Our resident culture maven, Kate Nicholson, returns with the first in a series profiling the artists of Stock 20 studios. You will meet three artists in this issue, with more to come in future issues.

Is the next Banksy skulking around Taichung in the middle of the night with cans of spray paint? See for yourself – urban art and graffiti get some attention in a photo-essay from Ben Camp.

Chef Nick Alvarez is back with a fashionable idea about pomelos, as well as a recipe, from his perch atop Hotel ONE.

Our cover art comes courtesy of conspiracy theorist and satirical cartoonist Christian Lecours, who will neither confirm nor deny being present on the grassy knoll…but it’s interesting to note that his students greet him by saying, “Back…and to the left!” You can check out more of his work at www.illuminatirex.com.

GuanXi Number Two. We hope you enjoy it and, as always, we invite you to get involved.
It’s your GuanXi.

Gan bei!

在本次季刊裡,由摩門傳教士到脫離教會的人道主義者的一篇旅程中,你或許曾見過那些穿著白襯杉、黑長褲及騎著單車的人,在大街上試圖要跟路人話家常,或許在我們當中就曾有人跟這群有禮貌的摩門傳教士交談過。David Drake剛來台時是一名傳教士,但離台時卻成了一位哲學家!他解放神學的故事真是精彩且鼓舞人心。
關係雜誌也曾嘗試轉變報導焦點,請Mike Leznoff(榕樹)寫了一篇文章,是關於回到自己的家鄉後會有何感觸的情感抒發主題?您會懷念什麼呢?或者是什麼事曾經讓您後悔?嗯~~努力發掘未來已經在生命河的某處等待您邂逅的那樣值得珍藏的某物吧!
同樣地,關係雜誌的首席詩人 Amanda Fiore 早已將她對台灣的許多情感轉化成了一首一首動人的詩篇。我們一直知道Amanda擁有一顆詩人的心,殊不知原來她也有雙詩人的手。
而我們的社區文化行動家Kate Nicholson帶來一系列的報導中,在第一篇就撰寫了有關20號倉庫藝廊創作家的概況簡介。在本期季刊裡,您則將認識三位藝術家,而在未來我們還會陸續介紹更多身懷絕技的藝術家。
接著登場的是關於Banksy在三更半夜拿著噴漆隱身在台中巿區,努力創作著『看見自己』,他的城巿藝術與塗鴨創作在民眾所拍攝的生活照裡引起了極大注意,這是一些由Ben Camp所撰寫的散文。
大主廚Nick Alvarez從台中亞緻大飯店帶著關於柚子的創意料理及食譜回來。我們的封面藝術則持續邀請陰謀論者與諷刺漫畫家Christian Lecours來為


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