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The ancient art making a comeback in Taiwan

Hsi-huang Chen is one of the few remaining traditional puppet masters left in Taiwan. For centuries glove puppetry, known as Budaixi, was one of the most popular forms of entertainment. It even survived a ban during Japanese colonial rule.But more recently, modern forms of entertainment – like TV and karaoke – have won people over.

88-year old Mr Chen and his troupe believe it’s time Budaixi made a comeback. They’re adding modern twists to their performances to bring puppetry to younger audiences.

Image: Hsi-Huang Chen with one of his puppets
Credit: BBC/Cindy Sui

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