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Well, that surely didn't take long. The top headline on a local Chinese daily really did jump off the page one day last week. Big characters, dark and heavy, like clouds before a massive thunderstorm.
Newly elected French president Francois Hollande provoked what media are terming “soul searching” throughout all Asia these recent days when he appointed Fleur Pellerin as minister of small and medium enterprises and the digital economy. The appointment had to have spoken to the people of France as well.
An upsetting news story these recent days about a pair of high school students who tormented homeless people in the Ximen area has particularly affected those of us who work with local youth.
According to proposed new laws, local drivers will soon face fines if they are caught using smart phones or hand-held computers behind the wheel.
Some of our university students from China are “exchange students,” and some “regular students.”
April Fool's Day 2012 has been history for nearly a month now. A news story that appeared in one of our local newspapers on April 1, however, still deserves comment.
Nothing puts what the Rice Krispies people once called snap, crackle and pop into a news story like old-fashioned illicit sex.
Celebrity business leader and Acer Group founder Stan Shih weighed in recently with a response to the concern of Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam about brain drain and laws that restrict the recruitment of foreign nationals in Taiwan. At the moment, less than 1 percent of Taiwan's workforce is foreign.
Having lived in Taiwan now for over 25 years, you'd have thought I had long ago become more than familiar with the ebb and flow of our local holidays.
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People First Party (PFP) Legislator Chang Show-foong threw a lit match into a barrel of gasoline in remarks at the legislature's Internal Administration Committee meeting last week on the subject of our so called “foreign brides.” Chang urged the government to offer financial compensation to women who find themselves “left over” because Taiwanese men prefer to marry women from other countries.
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