Propaganda is a political tactic used everywhere in the world, both domestically and at times internationally. The truth is that propaganda, whether used to promote a certain politician or to besmirch the name and reputation of another, is always deployed to the advantage of an individual or an entire group of people.
Taiwan has a nuanced linguistic landscape that sees two major cross-currents: a privileged official lingo and the widely used Hokkien, a southern dialect of Chinese now also called Taiwanese. Academic, government, scientific and public institutions are dominated by Mandarin, but in daily life much of the population uses Hokkien.
As a consequence of their status as public figures, the daily lives, whether public or private, of politicians, businessmen and celebrities are constantly put under a microscope.
Dr. Yang Liyu, professor emeritus of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey suggested that President Ma Ying-jeou go to Beijing to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping before he steps down in May 2016.
2014/11/18, 2 Comments
The High School Basketball League (HBL, 高中籃球聯賽) just concluded its qualifying round matchup last week when 19 teams from around the country fought for eight spots that will give them a chance to compete with eight other top-seeded teams for the championship HBL title.
After waiting 13 years in vain for the United States to deliver on a promise to sell it diesel-powered submarines, Taiwan seems to be now seriously looking at possibly the only option left: building the vessels on its own.
Last week's 2014 Taipei International Travel Fair (Taipei ITF, 台北國際旅展) became the largest in history in terms of visitor volume with more than 320,000 visitors, making the annual travel expo a bigger, smarter and safer.
A public debate on TV among candidates for public office is a talk show where they try to outsmart one another to get more voter support, and of course, it can scarcely help determine the outcome of an election.
2014/11/13, 5 Comments
The local media is already calling it “The nightmare that came true.” According to South Korea's Yonhap news agency, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly announced the “conclusion” of “substantive negotiations” on free trade talks between their two nations on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Monday.
2014/11/12, 1 Comment
At this week's APEC leaders' meeting, former vice-president Vincent Siew has said that he will be forthright and determined in asking various countries to step up the pace of negotiations for bilateral trade deals, with an eye on the grand prize of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), covering 38 percent of the world's GDP, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which covers 29 percent of global GDP.