Discover Taipei – Support Local Farmers and Taiwan Pineapples


Carrie Kellenberger Discover Taipei magazine 2007



[Updated from 2007 to Feb 2021]

I never thought this cover photo would come in handy, but the timing is perfect. I was on the cover of Discover Taipei magazine (July/August 2007) and was the unofficial Pineapple Queen of Taipei! Hope this made you smile. 

Many thanks to my dear friend YF who remembers this image and reminded me about it last night just as President Tsai-Ing Wen was  reminding the public that it is our national duty to support pineapple farmers in Taiwan.

This week, the main news in Taiwan shifted its focus to local pineapple farmers in Taiwan after learning that China will ban all pineapple imports from Taiwan starting March 1st, 2021. This is another bullying tactic aimed at Taiwan just on the cusp of pineapple season as farmers Pingtung, Kaohsiung, and Tainan are readying 10% their pineapple crops for export.

China is Taiwan’s biggest consumer of Taiwan’s pineapples. In 2020, 41,661 tons of Taiwan pineapples were exported to China with a value of NT$1.5 billion. The official reason for the ban is ‘harmful organisms in the fruit’, which could ‘pose a threat to China’s agriculture and environment’. 

There is no doubt that this is another attempt by China to punish Taiwan for its democratic choices. 

Sounds like Beijing simply can’t handle our sweet pineapples from Taiwan!

#台灣鳳梨 #FreedomPineapple

News links for further information: 

Focus Taiwan: Local officials lament China’s halt of Taiwan pineapple imports

Taipei Times: PRC bans import of Taiwan pineapples

About Discover Taipei magazine:

Taipei City Government is pushing Taipei forward into the 21st century. Since September 1997, the Department of Information and Tourism has published an English quarterly magazine—”TAIPEI.” The magazine’s goal is to furnish foreign residents and visitors worldwide with complete information about Taipei City. “TAIPEI”s contents highlight Taipei’s history, culture, customs, artistic events, daily goings-on, as well as her relationships with other cities.

Taipei City Government, Department of Information and Tourism

Cover model: Carrie Kellenberger. Cover photo by by Joanna Rees

The link to the original magazine is here if you’d like to read it in full:

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

9 thoughts on “Discover Taipei – Support Local Farmers and Taiwan Pineapples

    MJ Klein

    (August 23, 2007 - 10:42 pm)

    Carrie, is it ok to say that I know you?

    good going 🙂 great shot. you look very nice.

    Farfallina -a roam to Rome

    (August 24, 2007 - 11:15 am)

    Wow! You look sweet and gorgeous!! 🙂



    (August 24, 2007 - 3:20 pm)

    Congrats… 🙂


    (August 24, 2007 - 3:39 pm)


    You look stunning! Moreover, you are as beautiful on the inside as out!


    (August 24, 2007 - 5:14 pm)

    That’s hot, said in the Paris Hilton way!


    (August 25, 2007 - 4:20 am)

    Yeah Carrie!!!


    (August 25, 2007 - 11:37 am)

    That’s beautiful:)

    C.P. D.Morley

    (July 24, 2013 - 3:35 am)

    Too cool! Best wishes

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