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Friday, June 27, 2014
After being in office for over 100 days, Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) recently shared his ideas on how to improve the nation's unreasonably high-priced housing market in urban areas. He also presented ideas on how to raise funds for national parks.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Last Friday, the Japanese government presented a report on their review of the 1993 Kono statement on the history of their military's sex slaves, euphemistically called comfort women. In the statement, Yohei Kono, the then-Cabinet secretary, acknowledged that women in Taiwan,
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
In response to the recent controversy between the National Palace Museum and Tokyo National Museum, several Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers blasted the administration, saying that its actions were putting Taiwan-Japan ties in jeopardy. The accusations of these lawmakers reveal a very peculiar train of thought in what is hopefully representative of only a small portion of the pan-green camp.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
As the 2014 World Cup kicked off flamboyantly in Brazil last week, the monthlong international soccer tournament, which happens only once every four years, again attracted the attention of fans worldwide.
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Kaohsiung City Government recently fined a local hospital for screening a gay patient for HIV without his consent in violation of existing regulations. According to the HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan,
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The upcoming exhibition in Japan of some of Taiwan's most treasured collections of antiques would have been a perfect example of cultural exchange if not for a row over the name of the Taipei-based museum that owns the items.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
It happens during so many World Cups to so many soccer fans in this part of the world. While keen on following the matches, the punishing hours of tournaments that are often several time zones away have forced many Asian viewers to skip live broadcasts. Unable or unwilling to give up precious sleep to get real-time action, they wait half a day to get their fix by watching recorded matches.
Friday, June 20, 2014
It should be stated early on in this article that discrimination is an inclination as old as history and borne from ignorance. Humans naturally gravitate toward living in groups, and their first instinct is to survive by fitting in: eating the same, acting the same and dressing the same as the alpha males and females in your little circle. Those who fall short of this societal camouflage are marked and isolated.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Chinese officials recently made the comment that Taiwan's fate, that is, to be independent or to ultimately reunify with mainland China, should be decided by people living on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
William Lai, mayor of Tainan, was asked in Shanghai early last week why his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wants independence for Taiwan. He answered that the Taiwan independence movement had started much, much earlier than 1986, when his party was founded, and that the future of Taiwan should be determined by its people.
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