March 8 was International Women's Day, making it a perfect opportunity to praise women for the hard work they do and to reflect on ways to improve gender equality in Taiwan in the future. The international event has been observed since the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies in the industrialized world.
The crisis in Ukraine, just like those in Egypt or Syria, does not seem to have much bearing on Taiwan. But Russia's military intervention and Crimea's planned self-determination vote have set us to wonder about implications for Taiwan.
People say no news is good news. But in an age when a minor starlet's tweet celebrating her discovery of NT$200 in her jacket pocket can make the news, there is no such thing as no news. The public can only hope for the second best thing and sometimes that is boring news.
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said yesterday that a meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou and the leader of mainland China would fall under the category of “cross-strait” affairs as opposed to “international” or “domestic” affairs.
Trong Chai, a Democratic Progressive Party legislative who died in January, is known better as Chai Gong-tou (蔡公投) or Referendum Chai, because he had advocated a referendum to create a Republic of Taiwan. He found an heir in Tsay Ting-kuei, a retired National Taiwan University professor who founded the Taiwan Referendum Alliance (公投護台灣聯盟). Literally translated, the TRA is the Alliance for Safeguarding Taiwan by Referendum.
2014/3/6, 1 Comment
Taiwan has always been one of the world's baseball powerhouses.
The number of rentals of Taipei's bike-sharing scheme surged 10 times last year compared with 2012, according to the city's Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. The YouBike system has now grown to 136 rental stations, with 4,545 bikes available for hire scattered around the city, up from 11 stations and 500 bikes for rent in 2009.
With the recent conclusion of the Sochi Olympics, people have probably gotten over the various supposed signs that Sochi was not ready for the event. It is all well and good now that a missing floor in a hotel, stray dogs, workers sleeping in rooms and a general state of unkemptness have been overcome. There is one anecdote that deserves closer scrutiny, however.
Forget about all the alleged intrigue behind the latest Cabinet reshuffle. Let's turn our focus to how much the new government line-up can deliver on President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Jiang Yi-huah's promises.
2014/3/2, 1 Comment
Unlike in the United States, Taiwan's TV news channels pay very little attention to local college basketball unless it is something scandalous. Last Thursday, almost all local TV news channels reported on a University Basketball Association (UBA) matchup. It was, of course, not because a player had scored 50 points or had a triple-double, but because of a scandalous bench-clearing brawl.