Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Political pundits are making suggestions that former President Chen Shui-bian be pardoned to soften the deepening antagonism of the Democratic Progressive Party against President Ma Ying-jeou's Kuomintang in the aftermath of the devastating Sunflower student movement., 2 Comments
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Father Brendan O'Connell, who founded an institute for developmentally impaired children and worked in Taiwan for over fifty years and wanted to apply for R.O.C. citizenship, received a make-do R.O.C. I.D. constructed by an admirer last week. Despite thanking the man for his goodwill, O'Connell stated 'I don't want this fake thing, I want the real one!” The episode was shown on Formosa TV.
Monday, April 21, 2014
When a game is over and the score is official, the referee will typically blow a whistle and announce the winner. Last night, Sean Lien (連勝文), the son of former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰), won the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) primary to emerge as the party's candidate for the mayoral election in Taipei in November. So, let's blow the whistle., 1 Comment
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Imagine if only five voters go to the polls to elect Taiwan's president in a four-ticket race. One of the presidential tickets gets two votes, and one each for the rest. The candidate who receives two votes becomes president.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
“If professor Tsay (political activist Tsay Ting-kuei) doesn't get his (parade permit) back, you really have to be careful. You will lead to the demise of the Ma administration; you will cause your own assassination. I'm not threatening you. I'm describing the facts,” student activist Hung Chung-yen (洪崇晏) told Zhongzheng First Precinct chief Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧) during a demonstration outside of the precinct office on April 11., 1 Comment
Friday, April 18, 2014
There have been cynical assessments that business will go on as usual in Taiwanese politics post-Sunflower Movement. The reshuffling of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership on Monday quickly discredited such views.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Japan's Chiushingura (忠臣藏) is probably the world's longest running audiovisual entertainment series., 1 Comment
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A lot of noise was made in December after China sent its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, on a jaunt through the South China Sea. The deployment, termed a “training exercise” by the mainland government, caused great concern in Taiwan and Japan, coming shortly after Beijing's controversial expansion of its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) to include islands administered by Japan and claimed by China., 3 Comments
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
How should we judge the major lines of attack against students who protested for 24 days inside the Legislative Yuan? First, are these students champions or detractors of democracy? And second, regarding the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Pact, what should one make of criticism that the students don't realize the necessity of going through China as a door for greater regional integration?
Monday, April 14, 2014
A group of around 1,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the Zhongzheng First Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department on Friday night, protesting the department chief's decision to drive the remaining protesters out of the Legislative Yuan compound earlier that day., 8 Comments