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Friday, September 5, 2014
On Sunday, the citizens of Hong Kong had a taste of a direct election. A number of those who voted felt cheated.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
People celebrate anniversaries. Birth anniversaries are celebrated. So are wedding anniversaries. But few like to mark a divorce anniversary, for after all, people don't want to celebrate divorce. In this value-confused society of ours, however, some people commemorated an uncalled-for anniversary.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Street vendors cried foul at Taipei's Xing Tian Temple (行天宮) on Aug. 26 after visitors were asked to simply put their hands together in prayer instead of burning incense or offering food.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Yesterday's announcement of the framework of reforms for the “direct election” of Hong Kong's chief executive in 2017 disappointed a large portion of Hong Kongers. For many, it was another severe blow to the prospects for democracy to flourish in the city.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Before having wanderlust and a yearning for adventures became something to aspire to, the common goal of many Taiwanese people was to achieve stability. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Beijing is expected to soon decide how Hong Kong is going to elect its next leader amid growing calls from activists for a truly democratic election process. China is likely to promise universal suffrage in 2017, but the candidates will have to be vetted by a nominating committee. Is that really democracy?
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Abenomics is having trouble. The popular economic policies implemented since 2012 by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have begun to lose their attraction to investors and the general public. Opinion surveys in Japan last month showed that Abe's approval ratings have dropped below 50 percent for the first time since he was re-elected in 2012. In a survey by a Japanese newspaper, more people disapproved of Abenomics than approved of them.
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Friday, August 29, 2014
A pre-sporting event involving a flyover by military jets, hotly anticipated by local sports fans, is finally about to happen. Taiwan's military announced Tuesday a collaboration with a local professional baseball team that will make the flyover possible.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
On Aug. 12 the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) announced its decision to place two ailing insurance carriers, namely Global Life Insurance Co. (國寶人壽) and Singfor Life Insurance Co. (幸福人壽) under government receivership, a NT$50-billion injection that shows the government is willing to avoid problems in the financial sector.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
In the thousands of years of its history, Chinese religion and culture have evolved and integrated to become what they are today: a tradition that is part of the daily life of a typical Chinese individual.
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