Friday, January 17, 2014
A fresh trickle of water is usually welcomed in regions used to only sludge and muddiness — the story behind National Taiwan University physician Ko Wen-je's (柯文哲) escalating wave of popularity after announcing his bid to run for Taipei City mayor.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Politicians love gobbledygook, the purpose being to keep people in the dark. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has held a series of meetings it calls the Huashan Forum to come up with a new China policy, but the net result is nothing but a “China Policy Memoir,” gibberish whose purpose nobody understands, although Beijing understands it doesn't want to “freeze” the Taiwan independence clause of its charter., 1 Comment
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. (FETC) has been the most talked-about company in Taiwan recently, and it was not about something that the company hoped for. Since the new highway toll system was launched on Dec. 30, 2013, the eTag electronic toll collection system has become the main method of payment for drivers using highways.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Chai Trong-rong (蔡同榮), the longtime stalwart of the Democratic Progressive Party's hard-line wing, passed away due to heart failure on Saturday. He had been immobilized by a stroke since Dec. 18.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The recent decision of France's highest administrative court to uphold the ban on the new show of the stand-up comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala was rightly hailed as a “victory” by the French government and media., 1 Comment
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Two recent developments in Taiwan's arts scene have left us wondering whether we are steering our creativity toward the right direction. One is the display of the Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the other is a sum of US$5 million in donations from a U.S. foundation for Cloud Gate, which is undeniably the leading dance troupe in Taiwan.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
What will education for the next generation be like?
Friday, January 10, 2014
Compare the following two late public figures and try to determine which one was the better man: The first one had a history of adultery and constant absence from his family. One of his estranged sons later died from AIDS. His ex-wife, partly destroyed by his career, was known to have led a gang of thugs that would kidnap and terrorize even her supposed comrades. Even before his death, his family was already arguing over his inheritance.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
To be, or not to be, that is a question for Shakespeare's Hamlet. For President Ma Ying-jeou, the question is to go or not to go to Beijing. Ma is procrastinating over whether he should go to Beijing to attend as the leader of the Special Customs Territories of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu in the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) informal summit in the fall of this year.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In his New Year's Day speech, President Ma Ying-jeou announced that economic growth will once again be the primary goal of the administration in the second year of his second term.