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Sunday, June 22, 2014
The upcoming exhibition in Japan of some of Taiwan's most treasured collections of antiques would have been a perfect example of cultural exchange if not for a row over the name of the Taipei-based museum that owns the items.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
It happens during so many World Cups to so many soccer fans in this part of the world. While keen on following the matches, the punishing hours of tournaments that are often several time zones away have forced many Asian viewers to skip live broadcasts. Unable or unwilling to give up precious sleep to get real-time action, they wait half a day to get their fix by watching recorded matches.
Friday, June 20, 2014
It should be stated early on in this article that discrimination is an inclination as old as history and borne from ignorance. Humans naturally gravitate toward living in groups, and their first instinct is to survive by fitting in: eating the same, acting the same and dressing the same as the alpha males and females in your little circle. Those who fall short of this societal camouflage are marked and isolated.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Chinese officials recently made the comment that Taiwan's fate, that is, to be independent or to ultimately reunify with mainland China, should be decided by people living on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
William Lai, mayor of Tainan, was asked in Shanghai early last week why his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wants independence for Taiwan. He answered that the Taiwan independence movement had started much, much earlier than 1986, when his party was founded, and that the future of Taiwan should be determined by its people.
Monday, June 16, 2014
The words of Fan Liqing, the mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman, have caused quite a stir in Taiwan over the past week. In response to Tainan Mayor William Lai's declaration that “Taiwan's future must be decided jointly by the 23 million people of Taiwan,” the mainland's TAO responded with, “Any issue that involves Chinese sovereignty and China's territorial completeness must be decided by, including Taiwanese compatriots, the entire populace of China.”
Some people say that living a life with regrets is in a sense not really living.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Many political figures and commentators believe that better understanding and communication between Taipei and Beijing are essential to easing cross-strait tensions and avoiding miscalculations. But China's latest reiteration of its firm opposition to the Taiwan independence cause has shown that something more may be needed.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
By the time you read this, the four-year wait will finally be over for tens of millions of soccer fans worldwide with the 2014 World Cup kicking off to great fanfare in Brazil.
Friday, June 13, 2014
The notion that Taiwan independence is something that has yet to be declared is somewhat misguided. When it comes down to it, Taiwan independence, as it is used in everyday speech and writing, is generally about changing the name of this country from the Republic of China to the Republic of Taiwan. That of course hasn't happened, nor is it likely to happen in the near future.
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