Saturday, December 7, 2013
One of the perils of contemporary democracies is how members of the public from the same nations regard a debate as a “war of words.” Instead, in the sense of the word as a regulated discussion of a chosen topic between two matched sides, debate should be valued first and foremost as an endeavor to communicate, not merely as a means to defeat people who happen to not to agree on an issue.
Friday, December 6, 2013
As exports decline and the local IT sector loses its edge in innovation, Taiwan now stands at a crossroads. The island's next steps in its economic development plan will determine the country's future.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This year marked the 70th anniversary of the Cairo Declaration, the outcome of a meeting attended by Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Chiang Kai-shek. The communique declared that the Empire of Japan should restore control of Taiwan and other territories to the Republic of China upon its surrender., 4 Comments
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
To most newcomers, Taipei is an ugly city compared to its Western counterparts, like Paris, London or New York, due mostly to the island's high humidity and temperatures, which wear down building exteriors much faster than in temperate climates.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Ker Chien-ming, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative caucus whip for 17 years, was convicted more than four years ago by the Taipei District Court on charges of breach of trust while serving as general manager of Formosa TV, which had yet to go on the air.
Monday, December 2, 2013
With the American holiday of Thanksgiving past us, we are heading rapidly into the more global celebration of Christmas. Even our subtropical island has been enveloped by a cold front that sends us to the warmth of our fleece jackets, scarves and overcoats as we beseech our loved ones for their presence.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The 11th Super Basketball League (SBL, 超級籃球聯賽) season kicked off in the central city of Taichung on Nov. 16, with seven teams gearing up for fierce competition for the championship title of Taiwan's premier hoop league.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Conservatives in Taiwan seem to be facing a series of “perverted” and “twisted” changes in morality; people are openly rooting for the passage of a same-sex marriage law, and just last week news hit the island that the Canada-based “cheating” website AshleyMadison.com will be launched in Taiwan by the end of this month., 1 Comment
Friday, November 29, 2013
Is Beijing's latest move in the East China Sea merely a bluffing game? Or is it ready to shoot down any “unidentified” planes flying over its freshly established air defense identification zone (ADIZ)?
Thursday, November 28, 2013
In the British sci-fi comedy film “The World's End,” we see a middle-aged man who refuses to face the compromises and complicity of adulthood, choosing to dwell in his years as a teenager when he was handsome and popular. His motto is that people should be free.