Friday, September 4, 2015
As children of all grades return to school this week, they are once again reminded to readjust their attitudes and re-prime their brains as they march back into their classrooms. Toting heavy backpacks and burdening themselves with eight classes a day, not to mention cram schooling and other "extra curricular" activities bent on prolonging the academic discipline for the rest of their day, Taiwan's children are stuck in a purgatory of prescribed learning that remains largely unquestioned.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
A week has passed since the EasyCard Corp.'s decision to release the controversial "Angles and Demons" limited-edition card covers featuring Yui Hatano, providing overdue lessons ranging from morals to government personnel management and gender issues, not only for the Greater Taipei population, but also for Taiwanese society.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The military has been facing a series of public relations crises over the past several weeks due to two major incidents that have continued to mar the image of the nation's Armed Forces.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Politicians love to make issues out of non-issues. One case in point is a visit Lien Chan, honorary chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), is paying to Beijing where he will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who doubles as general-secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and watch with him a military parade at Tiananmen Square to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan on Sept. 3.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The military has drawn criticism with its latest announcement that it will continue to draft able-bodied males into the Armed Forces as a result of difficulties implementing the volunteer system.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
This is a paradoxical moment for sex in Taipei. In a city where women pose half-clothed to sell cars at shows and betel nuts on the street, the Taipei EasyCard Corp. (悠遊卡) was able to inflame the public by printing new limited-edition smartcard sleeves featuring Yui Hatano, a Japanese actress in the adult film industry.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The "Black Monday" of China's Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index has sent shockwaves throughout global markets. But the plunge of over 30 percent of share prices in two months at China's main exchange is the least of Beijing's problems.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
"(Cross Strait relations) won't be smooth sailing all the way from now on." Those were the stern words Chen Deming (陳德銘), president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), delivered at the talk between cross-strait top negotiators in Fuzhou, Fujian yesterday, an occasion usually marked by optimistic comments of "cross-strait brotherhood" from the both sides.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Based on the most discussed issues in the national news last week -- whether printed, broadcast or online -- one could be forgiven for thinking that a former president's awareness of national identity or a certain rich wife's tour of an Apache hanger were the most important issues in the nation., 1 Comment
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ideologically speaking, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je may belong to the so-called deep-green, pro-independence fundamentalist camp, but his ideology seems to have seldom gotten in the way of his pragmatism, which was on display in his just concluded trip to China.