What Your Parents Used Before Tinder: The Taiwan Love Boat

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Before the Internet, smartphones and Tinder, how did people hook up in the dark ages? The answer is the Taiwan Love Boat. Despite the fetching nickname, there was no love-making on boats, but there was a cultural enrichment program, with classes in Mandarin language study, martial arts and brush painting.  Originally conceived as a study tour in the 60s to cultivate cultural exchange between Taiwanese and Chinese students, the tour gradually came to be known as the Taiwan Love Boat because of how easy it was for participants to find romance whilst on tour.

Ethnically Taiwanese and Chinese students from Canada, America, Europe, South America and beyond all joined in when the Taiwan Love Boat became an underground legend for epic romances. Close to fifty years later, an UCLA participant is now running a start-up campaign to document this piece of interesting history. You can click here to check it out. Long live the Taiwan Love Boat!

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