December 2014 Update

After being released from the hospital Su Beng hosted a gathering at his home on December 21st for the dongzhi (冬至) festival which marks the winter solstice.

On the first day of winter it is traditional to make and eat tang yuan (湯圓) or sweet rice dumplings in Taiwan. You can see some of these round, pink and white sweet, glutinous rice balls in the photo above.

Below are photos of tang yuan in the making.

 Photo courtesy of: Mattel Hsu

Photo courtesy of: Mattel Hsu

Some of the kids made fun, creative variations on the traditional tang yuan.

 Photo courtesy of: Mattel Hsu

Photo courtesy of: Mattel Hsu

The tang yuan are prepared as a warm, sweet dessert soup. Yum! I miss tang yuan.

Looks like it was fun, joyous occasion!

 Photo courtesy of: 曾惠蘭

Photo courtesy of: 曾惠蘭

 Photo courtesy of: 林幸蓉

Photo courtesy of: 林幸蓉

On Christmas Day, December 25th, Su Beng had a "face to face meeting" at Chiao Tung University (交通大學) in Hsinchu (新竹) where he talked about the history of Taiwan and signed copies of his book THE TAIWANESE PEOPLE'S 400 YEARS OF HISTORY (台灣人四百年史).