Last week I had the opportunity to visit the small Taisugar Mall south of Tainan city by the airport. Culture shock! Muzak!. Shops in which consumers could purchase things they don’t need at prices they can’t afford with money they’ve borrowed — just like home!


The mall is in a strip of auto dealers and gas stations.


The mall’s anchor tenant is the massive Taisugar Volume Retailer in the basement.


I quickly moved to counteract the effects of culture shock by visiting a local temple.