Chewing betel nut, or ‘buai’ … the Taiwanese way


Taiwanese Chewing Gum … a betel nut documentary in Taiwan. Video: Steven Domjancic

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

In Papua New Guinea, the psychoactive betel nut is gaining popularity.

Once reserved for sacred events, researchers estimate that almost half of Papua New Guineans chew betel nut, reports the BBC.

It is a heath problem due to rising cancer rates.

The chewing of betel nut, the seed of the Areca palm, is common across Asia and the Pacific.

In this video Taiwanese Chewing Gum, the multimillion dollar local culture is explored.

It is the second biggest local commodity to rice.

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