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Monday, March 17, 2014
Baseball drama “Kano” has already hit it out of the park at the box office, picking up NT$150 million in ticket sales to top the Taipei charts since it opened on Feb. 27. Named after the Japanese-language abbreviation for the Chiayi Agriculture and Forestry Public School, Taiwanese director Umin Boya's “Kano” depicts the exploits of the school's baseball team over 1931, when Taiwan was still occupied by Japan.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
You may call it “Sinophobia,” and its symptoms seem to be fully manifested in Taiwan's main opposition party.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The opposition's blockade of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement at the Legislative Yuan entered into a second day yesterday. After the first day of physical altercations and verbal taunts, lawmakers from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) got smart and cut the legislative session short with a procedural tactic.
Friday, March 14, 2014
A man steals out of the darkness and drops a paper bag at the door of the building, pressing a bell before he leaves. The sign above the doorway reads “Infant Safety Island,” and a thin wail arises from the flimsy bag.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
One of the few certainties in life is that it ends. We live until the day we don't.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The turmoil in Ukraine and the Russian military's occupation of Crimea has grabbed the attention of the international community. The crisis that occurred in faraway East Europe presents a lesson to all nations, one that even Taiwan can learn from. The parliament of Crimea decided recently that the peninsula would hold a referendum later this month so that residents can decide whether to break away and join Russia or to stay with Ukraine.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), met Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party who doubles as president of the People's Republic, in Beijing on Feb. 18 to exchange views on how to further improve the peaceful development of relations between Taiwan and China. Lien urged Xi to face squarely the reality of the Republic of China. It's the first time any leader of Taiwan mentioned the Republic of China in a CCP general secretary's face.
On Wednesday, a contestant in the South Korean reality TV show “Jjak” was found to have committed suicide, leaving a note saying that she “couldn't stop crying,” according to police. Subsequent media reports indicated that she had told relatives that she was under tremendous stress due to public exposure resulting from her appearance on the show.
Monday, March 10, 2014
March 8 was International Women's Day, making it a perfect opportunity to praise women for the hard work they do and to reflect on ways to improve gender equality in Taiwan in the future. The international event has been observed since the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies in the industrialized world.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The crisis in Ukraine, just like those in Egypt or Syria, does not seem to have much bearing on Taiwan. But Russia's military intervention and Crimea's planned self-determination vote have set us to wonder about implications for Taiwan.
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