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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Amid Taiwan's tepid economic recovery, stagnating growth in wages and rising costs of housing and goods prices, the Ministry of Finance yesterday announced that it would spare the public the details of Taiwan's widening wealth disparity, as the gap between the incomes of the top and bottom five percentile of the wealthiest and poorest households in 2012 is anticipated to expand beyond the one-hundredth-fold benchmark.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
King Charles III, a new comedy drama about the future of the English monarchy, is running at the Almeida Theatre in London until May 31. The stage play takes the form of a Shakespearean history play and uses it to imagine the difficult early days after Prince Charles finally becomes king. Charles wants to reassert the role of the monarchy with disastrous results. There's talk of his abdication in favor of his son William.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Public sentiments in Taiwan and Hong Kong have recently been boiling in anti-China localism.
Monday, April 28, 2014
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) traded barbs in a meeting Friday over the fate of the country's Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
President Ma Ying-jeou and opposition leader Su Tseng-chang had a farcical quarrel broadcast live on TV yesterday over the controversial Fourth Nuclear Power Plant project.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
A fairly young democracy with press freedom of roughly the same level of maturity, Taiwan has good reason to be proud of the separation of its three powers and its sharp-witted fourth estate, the media.
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Friday, April 25, 2014
While the Sunflower Movement has its Taiwan-specific causes — most prominently the anxiety over mainland Chinese influence — the protest and the public discontent it represents are the manifestations of a more global trend of income inequality.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
It has seemed like professional baseball in Taiwan is enjoying a rosier outlook since the local Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) announced this January that MP & Silva, an international media rights company, won the rights to broadcast league games for the next six years with a landmark NT$2.1 billion deal.
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.
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.
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