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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
People began to pay their annual visits to ancestral tombs a little earlier this year. The custom is for them to visit one week before and after Clear and Bright Day (清明節), which falls on April 5. They possibly hope to shun the terrible traffic congestion surrounding the holy day.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Many Taiwanese soccer fans have been calling the island nation a "soccer desert" because in a country known for its love of baseball, soccer takes a backseat.
Monday, March 23, 2015
The advent of smartphones has provided Taiwanese citizens, if not the entire world, with the convenience of hand-held sources of pleasure, whether it be e-books, the Internet or simply games. In Taiwan, the most popular distractions people tend to resort to when commuting are either online reads or smartphone games.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Tzu Chi Foundation earlier this week called off a controversial development project in Taipei after days of fierce wrangling between the charity group's supporters and critics. But the move has not really settled the dispute, with many questions still left unanswered.
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Friday, March 20, 2015
Civic groups marched outside the Legislative Yuan yesterday on the first anniversary of the beginning of the Sunflower Movement.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
It was a day to remember. One year ago today, the country watched with bated breath as a group of students forced its way past policemen and seized the Legislature; something that was unheard of, even unthinkable, in Taiwan.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democratic contender for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, was on the defensive even before she formally announced her candidacy over her use of a personal email account for official business during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Eric Chu, mayor of New Taipei, went overseas earlier this month for the first time since assuming office as chairman of the ruling Kuomintang. Call it a diplomatic sally, if you will. He visited Singapore to meet with Lee Kuan Yew, founding father of modern Singapore, and then attended a Taiwan-Hong Kong Forum meeting in Hong Kong, where he expressed his desire to visit China.
Monday, March 16, 2015
In an admittedly impolitely titled article this week titled "The danger with nuclear power lies in the a**hole," former national policy adviser Hao Ming-yi (郝明義) sought to realign the debate over Taiwan's nuclear future to a less focused on area. Hao's dramatic postulation raises an important point over the need to consider not just the "ingestion" of energy but equally the "excretion" of waste that invariably comes with energy utilization.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
The NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) mentality has been at work in a lot of public disputes in Taiwan, the latest being one over Taipei's plan to rent out city-owned apartments to young people who can't afford to buy their own property or rent at market levels.
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