Sunday, August 24, 2014
Almost nine in 10 foreign students would be willing to work or recommend study in Taiwan to fellow students according to recent research by the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET, 財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會). The survey, which collected information from a total of 1,602 participants, also suggested that only 5.88 percent of them would recommend other people to learn Mandarin in mainland China, stressing that traditional Chinese characters are better than simplified ones.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
If television and social media networks are any indication, this island has been in a frenzy over a Taiwanese actor who was arrested for smoking marijuana in mainland China. Relatively speaking, it really isn't that serious.
Political observers in Taiwan may have thought it yet another piece of evidence of the Ma administration's instability and low morale when Chang Hsien-yao was sacked this week from the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), but it has since developed into one of the most intriguing episodes in the history of Taiwanese politics.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Taiwanese media had a field day after news broke of local actor Ko Chen-tung's (柯震東) arrest in Beijing for doing marijuana. Even before the mainland state broadcaster CCTV video released video footage of Ko's tearful public apology, apparently taken by the Chinese authorities, Taiwanese TV stations had already been filling the news with vivid descriptions of Ko's fall from grace.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Two scores of protestors marched on the de facto Japanese embassy in Taipei last Thursday to demand an official apology and compensation from Japan for Taiwanese women forced into sexual slavery during World War II.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The Executive Yuan last Saturday morning announced that Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Principal Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), who doubles as Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) vice chairman and secretary-general, has resigned for personal reasons.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
It is that time of the year, as August winds down, that students are winding down their summer vacations and preparing for the next school year, or entry into a brand new stage of their lives. Yet front pages in the past week have told of the “special exam” being repudiated by New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu. The lateness of the results, forcing students to cram for the all-important exam until the very end of their vacation, has been widely blasted as hurting the well-being of pupils.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Taipei wouldn't admit it, but any friendly interaction between its only diplomatic ally in Europe — namely the Vatican — and Beijing would raise an alarm. The latest act of politeness shown by Pope Francis to China has again sparked speculation over possible changes in the relationships between the three sides — Taipei, Beijing and the Vatican.
Animal rights activists Tuesday called for an end to sacrificial pig-raising at a dozen temples in Taiwan, denouncing the ritual killing of force-fed animals during Ghost Month,
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Ma Ying-jeou administration recently enjoyed a rare moment of vindication. In an editorial entitled “Taiwan Leaves Itself Behind” published on Aug. 4, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) argued that the consequences of Taiwan's “resisting freer trade and economic reform are becoming clear.”