Monday, December 23, 2013
From all-night caroling to unsuspected mistletoe kissing, Christmas festivities with friends and family are often considered the best time of the year. If you live in Taiwan throughout the holiday season, however, you might feel like you are heading for the saddest time of the year as the streets don't have many Christmas decorations, the sky is completely overcast and there is no hope to ever experience a white Christmas here.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Civil servants definitely have the right to complain about their working conditions, but they should keep their complaints to themselves unless they are of public interest.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Lucifer Chu (朱學恒), a self-fashioned “god of the nerds,” recently organized an online vote on the “Top Ten Bad Guys” in Taiwan, attracting more than 840,000 viewers to his website., 1 Comment
Friday, December 20, 2013
Kao Cheng-li (高振利), the beleaguered chairman of Tatung Changchi Foodstuff Co. (大統長基食品), on Monday was sentenced to 16 years in prison and hit with stiff fines of NT$1.85 billion on charges of fraud and violations of the Act Governing Food Sanitation.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
After the coming Chinese New Year, Minister Wang Yu-chi of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) will step on mainland Chinese soil and meet with Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the mainland's State Council. Representatives from the governments of both sides of the strait will thus meet in an official capacity instead of through the semi-official Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
On Dec. 1, the Black Panther High School Baseball Tournament (黑豹旗全國高中棒球大賽) made its debut at Taipei's Tianmu Baseball Stadium. Featuring hundreds of players from 51 high school teams across the country, the tournament, which will last over a month, is expected to serve as a platform for Taiwanese youth to work toward fulfilling their baseball dreams.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
An old Chinese saying goes: “Good iron shouldn't be used to make nails and good (young) men won't become soldiers.” That explains why the writers of the Constitution had to include Article 18, which reads: “The people shall have the duty of performing military service in accordance with law” in order to secure enough young men for the armed forces. It authorizes the government to conscript able-bodied youths as soldiers.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Ho ho ho! It's that time of year again when children around the world start thinking about writing their letter to Santa Claus and wondering when Rudolph and Santa will land at their home with all their gifts. If you haven't sent your letter yet, we would remind you that it is always a good idea to write a Christmas wish list that will make Santa and his elves smile — they have been busy with Christmas preparations over the past few weeks — and maybe even lead to some amazing Christmas gifts., 2 Comments
Sunday, December 15, 2013
The latest pollution scandal involving Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has come as a shock to the nation not because pollution by factories is anything new in Taiwan, but because ASE is such a big company.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Time Magazine announced on Dec. 11 that it picked Pope Francis as the Person of the Year for 2013. Not bad for a man who is less than a year into his job.