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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • KMT mayoral candidate plans Japan, S. Korea visit

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Sean Lien (連勝文), the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT's) candidate for the year-end Taipei mayoral election, plans to visit Japan and South Korea in late May to inspect municipal administration and meet Taiwanese expatriate groups in the two countries, a spokeswoman for Lien said yesterday.
  • Ma, Su to meet, talk about Nuke 4 today

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - President Ma Ying-jeou will meet Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) this morning to talk about the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, the Presidential Office said yesterday.
  • Ex-President Lee clarifies critical stance on power plant

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Former President Lee Teng-hui said on Facebook yesterday that the media had taken his remarks on Taiwan's nuclear policy out of context, stressing that he opposes firing up the uranium-fueled Fourth Nuclear Power Plant.
  • Greenback closes at NT$30.306

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The U.S. dollar fell against the Taiwan dollar Thursday, shedding NT$0.02 to close at NT$30.306 as traders were encouraged by the strength of the South Korean won to raise their holdings in Taiwan's currency, dealers said.
  • Ma has no right to intervene in nuke issue: Lin

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) yesterday said that President Ma Ying-jeou should not intervene in the nuclear power controversy since the issue does not fall into the categories of national defense or foreign affairs.
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    Global Voices » Taiwan (ROC)

  • Call to Stop Construction to Protect the Leopard Cats in Taiwan

    I-fan Lin
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A small leopard cat. Photo is taken by the Wildlife First Aid Station and reprinted by leopardcatgo. Leopard cat is listed as a vulnerable species [zh] in Taiwan. Since the big cats live in the forests and jungles in both plains and in hilly areas and their home range is very broad, their habitats in Taiwan are easily disturbed by new construction projects. The Taiwanese environmental evaluation committee had temporally rejected the request from the Miaoli Government to develop an alternative road in Miaoli across the habitat of leopard cats on April 16 2014 after a round of protests and…
  • How Technology and Citizen Media Shaped Taiwan's Sunflower Movement

    I-fan Lin
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    “Let the morning sun lit up democracy. A new day will come.” A T-shirt from the March 30 protest. Photo by Facebook user Wayne Huang. CC BY-NC 2.0 Throughout the three-week occupation of Taiwan's legislative building by protesters angry over a secretly negotiated trade deal with China, citizen media played an important role in keeping the public informed. Members of the Sunflower Movement set up a number of websites dedicated to the protest and the Cross-Strait Service and Trade Agreement (CSSTA), whose passage by the legislature in mid-March without a…
  • Would Confucius Support the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan?

    I-fan Lin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Opinions are divided in Taiwan following the end of #CongressOccupied protests against a secretly negotiated trade deal with China. Members of the movement left the country's legislature on April 10, 2014 after occupying the building for more than three weeks. Protesters conceded after the speaker of the Legislative Yuan, as the Taiwanese Congress is called, promised to pass legislation monitoring future agreements proposed by the executive branch before deliberating on the current Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Some had worried the deal would make Taiwan vulnerable to…
  • Residents Rescue Two Baby Otters in Taiwan

    I-fan Lin
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    Eurasian otter. Photo by Flickr user David Cook. CC BY-NC 2.0 Two baby otters apparently abandoned by their mother after construction work destroyed their nest were rescued by residents on the island of Kinmen off Taiwan.  Based on information [zh] provided by Kinmen National Park, the two baby Eurasian otters were discovered April 1, 2014. The larger otter weighs 530 grams (a little over a pound), and the other 480 grams. Park experts estimated that the pair were about two weeks old. The otters were transferred to Taipei, and are now being cared for at the Taipei Zoo. On the…
  • #CongressOccupied Protesters Reject Taiwanese President's Proposed Solution

    I-fan Lin
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Protesters occupying Taiwan's legislature rejected a proposal put forward by President Ma Ying-jeou and his cabinet on April 3 that would “monitor” future trade agreements with China.  Members of the #CongressOccupied movement called the plan “empty, insincere and deceptive” as it gives neither room for citizen participation nor power to the Legislative Yuan to participate in the negotiation process or amend the agreement – in other words, negotiations on such agreements will remain in a “black box”. Protesters had listed a…
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Taxes and our fading economy

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    From the link below...The Taipei Times wrote up a short piece on potential changes to the property tax laws to "curb property speculation"...Taipei Deputy Mayor Chang Chin-oh (張金鶚) yesterday met with Minister of Finance Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) to discuss the high housing prices, after Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) vowed to reduce the home price to income ratio in the Greater Taipei area from 15.01:1 to 10:1 in two years.“Under the cooperation established between the central and local governments, we are confident that the average cost of a housing unit [in the region] could…
  • Paper on Parade: Tourism as a territorial strategy: the case of China and Taiwan

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    A roadside vendor in Miaoli looks to capture some tourist dollars.Time for another installment of this blog's regularly irregular Paper on Parade. Ian Rowen, the anthropologist sociologist geographer who was inside the Legislative Yuan during the Sunflower Movement occupation of that body, has written a very interesting article for the Annals of Tourism Research entitled Tourism as a territorial strategy: the case of China and Taiwan (Annals of Tourism Research. Volume 46, May 2014, Pages 62–74)(he's put it online)(link to publication).Rowen opens the paper in fine anthropological style,…
  • Catch Up Links Fest

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Wrecks rest on the east coast.Apologies for the lack of posts. Just too damned busy. Have a huge list of stuff I want to post on.... but first to catch up.Well, the great wave of anti-sunflower movement propaganda begins. The government claimed today that all FTA talks with other countries have been shelved over the student occupation of the LY (China Post)...All free trade negotiations with Taiwan planned for this year have been shelved by “other countries” because of unrest over the services pact with China, Economics Minister Chang Chia-juch (張家祝) said Monday, though he refused…
  • Riding the Tawu/Longxi Industry Road

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
    The evening we stayed in Tawu we ran into this amazing man, TX Wong, from Hong Kong. Tex was walking around Taiwan, a 30 day tour, 30-40 kms a day. He was two weeks in and expected to take another two weeks. This was his second trip. I am hoping to interview him in early May about his experiences.Busy as heck this week, and then took three days off to go cycling. So that explains the lack of posts...A lovely weekend on the east coast as my friend Michael Cannon and I headed out to explore the Tawu-Longxi industry road. Two days of fun in the sun, with plenty of beer, great scenery, and even a…
  • Mayor Hau And Taipei City Government blow emergency funds on pro-annexation propaganda

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    In case you thought that display of 1600 pandas in front of the CKS Memorial/Democracy Square wasn't about politics, it was all about annexation propaganda. The Taipei government created the revolting propaganda set of stickers for LINE above back in Feb. They show a Formosan Black Bear and a panda cavorting together:The local government’s Department of Information and Tourism squandered taxpayers’ “life savings” after it used money from the city’s emergency secondary reserve fund, which is earmarked for emergency relief, to release a set of eight LINE stickers featuring panda cub…
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    David on Formosa

  • Taiwanese community in Melbourne shows support for Sunflower Movement

    David Reid
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:55 pm
    About 500 members of the Taiwanese community rallied outside the State Library in Melbourne yesterday. The rally was part of a worldwide action with other events taking place in major cities of Australia, Europe, Asia and North America to show solidarity with Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement. At the same time as the event in Melbourne a crowd estimated at 350,000 was turning out in Taipei. This represented a massive show of public support for the student-led Sunflower Movement which has occupied the Legislative Yuan in Taipei since 18 March. The movement’s key aim is to ensure that…
  • Taiwan-based writer pens debut sci-fi novel

    David Reid
    8 Dec 2013 | 2:05 am
    I came across some information about a new sci-fi novel via a post on Facebook by Naimei Iemian who created the cover art for the book. I was intrigued by the the synopsis of this novel set in a futuristic mega-city called Ntshona. Curious to find out more I got in touch with the author Matthew Robinson and asked him a few questions. Matthew first came to Taiwan in 2011 planning a three month stopover on the way to Japan. “Soon after arriving, I realised Taiwan was more than I had imagined, so I extended my stay to six months, then went to Japan for three, then returned to Taiwan for…
  • Homophobia must be condemned

    David Reid
    20 Sep 2013 | 2:41 pm
    I had a short letter published in the Taipei Times today. The letter was written in response to a group of so-called religious leaders in Taiwan campaigning against same-sex marriage. The Taipei Times have also made the issue the subject of its editorial today. I would also like to remind people of the positive example set by Ven. Chao-hwei (釋昭慧) who hosted a wedding for a lesbian couple at Hongshi Buddhist College last year. That is a true example of religious leadership. I was disturbed to read of some Taiwanese religious leaders speaking out against same-sex marriage (“Same-sex…
  • DFAT documents on human rights in Taiwan

    David Reid
    15 Mar 2013 | 7:23 pm
    Last year I submitted a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) via the website Right to Know. The purpose of the request was to find out about Australian government’s attitude toward and monitoring of human rights issues in Taiwan. In particular the request focused on information regarding the detention and trial of former president Chen Shui-bian and other officials from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on corruption related charges. After several months the documents have been released by DFAT. There were a total…
  • My letter to the Taipei Times about Chen Shui-bian

    David Reid
    6 Mar 2013 | 12:11 pm
    My letter urging the government of Taiwan to grant medical parole was published in the Taipei Times today. I have been concerned about the treatment of Chen Shui-bian for some time. The recent reports issued by the Control Yuan and international group of human rights experts* highlight that the government has treated Chen poorly and must redress the situation. The text of my letter is below. Please also read this excellent polemic on the disgraceful state of Taiwan’s justice system published in the Taipei Times a couple of days ago. For many months now, I have been closely following…
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  • Phoenix Goes to the Beach

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Photos by MJ Klein We took Phoenix to the beach here in Taiwan, for the first time. We had bought her some new toys for playing with sand, and we wanted to show her how to use them.  Once we filled up the wheelbarrow and showed her how to dig in the sand, she started enjoying herself. To be honest, we were appalled at the condition of the beach.  It was littered with cigarette butts (what is it about smokers that makes them think their butts are not trash to be disposed of properly?), glass and other garbage.  In fact, it was difficult for us to find a place clean enough for her to play.
  • Some New Phoenix Photos

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Photos by MJ Klein Sorry for the light posting of late.  There is a lot going on that I can’t tell you about just yet, but there are some good things in the works that will be coming up soon.  In the meantime, I’d like to share some recent photos of Phoenix, who is growing up so fast!  Enjoy! Phoenix with an aunt and uncle. With Hui-chen’s father. We got Phoenix a little backpack that has a leash on it, because she tends to run away and it’s not safe just to get her do that.  The backpack looks like a clownfish and it’s so cute! Her hair is getting a little…
  • Craig Ferguson’s Travel Photography Essentials

    13 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    Our friend Craig Ferguson has released a new eBook.  From his website: Travel Photography Essentials is an eBook designed to get you up and running with travel photography. From beginner level right through to enthusiast this 98 page book was created in response to many requests for such a resource. Within the pages are sections covering basic settings, composition and techniques as well as advice regarding pre-departure preparations. The bulk of the eBook though is taken up with subject oriented advice. Covering a range of common travel photography scenarios including people, landscapes and…
  • My Friend Mr. Sun

    16 Jan 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Long-time readers of this blog know that I occasionally go to Taoyuan to hang out with my friends Mr. Lee and Mr. Sun, aka Lee and Paul.  Unfortunately, Mr. Lee passed away several years ago.  Wednesday night I got a call from Paul’s wife, which has never happened before.  My worst fears were realized: Mr. Sun passed away a few days ago, from liver failure.  We had a lot of good times in the past, and like Mr. Lee, he will be missed.  Goodbye my friend. Related Posts :My Friend Mr. LeePhoto by MJ Klein In this blog you will find articles about Lee (and also Paul), friends of mine…
  • Camping in Nantou, Part Two

    15 Jan 2014 | 7:25 am
    Geotagged Photos by MJ Klein, including DUTCH OVEN COOKING PHOTOS! I left you in the last installment with a shot of this fire pit, and after talking with the campground owner I decided to build a fire in this pit and cook here.  When I rolled down the window as the owner approached our van, he froze and gave me the “foreigner stare” until I spoke Chinese to him.  He said that no Westerner has ever been to this campsite before.  Can’t say that anymore! I took the rear seat row out of our VW Caddy, and it served us well when camping.  I also want to mention out that the…
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • A Trio of Photos from the Ten Drum Culture Village

    Todd Alperovitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Footpath X Marks the Spot Ants For information about the Ten Drum Culture Village [十鼓文化村] – Check out their official website.
  • March Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Cave Paintings I wasn’t very active on Instagram or this blog during the month of March and I won’t bore you with the details. Here is a small collection of pictures from Caotun Township, Nantou City, and Jhongsing Village. Frogger Seating for Two Mikes Child of the Atom The Red Gate Nathan Gets a Haircut Josie’s Turn
  • 2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival

    Todd Alperovitz
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    A couple months ago our family visited the 2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival []. One thing that separated this year’s festival with previous years was an emphasis on health and environmental issues. A few prominent sculptures warned on the dangers of nuclear power, deforestation, marine pollution and food safety. Beware of the Octopus In Nuclear We Trust News of tainted food products makes headlines on a semi-regular basis in Taiwan: A New Year Greeting wishing prosperity [Gōngxǐ fācái (恭禧發財)] If you look closely at the picture below you may notice the dolphin is crying…
  • Not Our Usual Playground – Night and Day

    Todd Alperovitz
    1 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Despite our complaining about how unsuitable our town was to hold the 2014 Taiwan Lantern Festival, that didn’t stop us from visiting several times. This post is a compilation of photographs taken at the Jhongsing Village Children’s Park during our visit with our son one evening and a visit with both of our children a few days later. Now, the day shots: I think that just about does it for my Lantern Festival-related posts. Taichung City will host the 2015 Taiwan Lantern Festival.
  • February Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    1 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    Ukelele Dreams  Here’s a small collection of pictures posted to Instagram during the shortest month of the year. Locales include Caotun Townhip, Jhongsing Village, Tainan City, and Puli Township. Plastic Cup Lanterns Ten Drum Retire Your Television The View From the Office Window Out to Dry Fresh Coat of Orange The Paper Church The Eyes Have It What’s your favorite and least favorite of the batch?
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    Andre in Taiwan

  • Please vote for Olivia!

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    We've entered Olivia into Kinder Chocolate's contest where the winner gets to be on the packaging label.Please help vote for Olivia!Go to www.kinder.com.tw/m/vote.php and search for "olivia" then follow instructions shown in the photo above.THANK YOU!
  • GO KART!

    18 Feb 2013 | 11:12 pm
    Took my nieces & nephew to Taroko to do race some go karts.....Ready to race some go karts! Or maybe rob a bank??!!SabrinaJoshuaVeronicaOlivia & Ethan cheering them on. They were too small to go in the karts.Afterwards we took them to the nearby arcade for more games including miniature bowling.All round a fun day for all the kids.
  • Dongshi Forest Park

    13 Jan 2013 | 9:01 pm
    http://tsfa.emmm.tw/http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/pda/m1.aspx?sNo=0002112&id=694Google Maps:View Larger MapGPS Coordinates: +24° 17' 6.93", +120° 52' 3.83"
  • Halloween 2012

    27 Dec 2012 | 11:55 pm
    Round 1...Round 2...
  • Longteng Broken Bridge

    14 Nov 2012 | 11:31 pm
    A little info about the broken bridge (龍騰斷橋)..... http://www.guide.taiwan-adventures.com/2011/longteng-broken-bridgeThe quiet town of Sanyi becomes a bit of a tourist hot spot on weekends, especially during the Tong flower blooming season. This bridge that collapsed during an earthquake in 1935 is one of the focal points for the area.The railway line that the bridge served was moved and has been a hiking trail since its closure. However, attempts to get the line running again seem to be gathering steam and in the summer of 2010 a trial run took place from Shenxing station to…
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    Fili's World | A different look at Asia, China & Taiwan

  • HK Temple Run Day : Wong Tai Sin, Chi Lin & 10000 Buddhas

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    I took a Chinese visitor to Hong Kong to see some of the local temple culture on a temple run day. We started at the quiet and beautiful  Nan Lian gardens and Chu Lin Nunnery near Diamond Hill, continues to the hectic Wong Tai Sin and then made our way to the 10000 Buddhas near Sha Tin. It was an amazing day with terrific weather – sunny and clear blue skies. If you’re visiting HK and love temples, I think this would be the perfect day for you.   Previous posts on those temples: Nan Lian Garden, Chi Lin Nunnery Veggie Food and Hollywood Plaza Touring Hong Kong – Sik…
  • Northern Peng Chau Island Hike : Hong Kong

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Long ago I visited Peng Chau for the first time, one of Hong Kong’s small island with a laid back fishermen village feel to it. Though it’s a really small island, that fist time, I only explored the southern part of the island, hiking up to the mountain top to get some wonderful views of the area. This year I returned to Peng Chau to hike the northern part of the island. It’s very quiet, almost no people around, and the views overlooking Lantau and Discovery Bay are terrific.       Shall we take a walk around the island?   Local fishermen life……
  • New York City : Trip summary

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    While based in the US, I went to New York City for Christmas and New Years to visit my sister who was doing an exchange to NYU and meeting my parents who flew in to NYC for a visit. We spent about 10 days in New York, with an AirBnB apartment in Brooklyn next to Prospect Park. It was cold, but with a wonderful Christmas spirit (tough we never celebrated), and I got to reunite with some dear old friends from long long ago who happened to live in NYC at the time. Rather than just visiting attractions, we focused our efforts on atmosphere, culture and just plain fun.   To start you off,…
  • Tallahassee to New Orleans : Trip Summary

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    While I was based in Tallahassee Florida I rented a car and made my way towards a conference (SPSP2013) taking place at New Orleans. It was a wonderful trip, New Orleans was absolutely fascinating with the crazy Mardi Gras traditions, and the road between Tallahassee and New Orleans offered plenty of wonderful beaches and attractions at Pensacola and Alabama.     To summarize that short trip, this was my route…     New Orleans Lots of historical plantations and houses all across the country-side… Longue Vue House & Gardens : New Orleans Destrehan Plantation…
  • Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park : San Francisco

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is a wonderful retreat right at the center of San Francisco. The park includes lots of attractions to enjoy, like the conservatory of flowers I mentioned before, and it even offers something for those like myself with an Asian heart – a little piece of Japanese heaven, the Japanese Tea Garden.       Here’s a bit about the gardens from their official website: The Japanese Tea Garden provides visitors from around the world with an opportunity to experience the natural beauty, tranquility and harmony of a Japanese-style garden in the…
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • Heavy Heart

    Mark Forman
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Heavy Heart is the name of the image but I feel light-hearted about updated theme here at this site. OK I’ll break down and say blog which has the most horrible onomatopoeic connotations. This location on the internet in any case. Thought the overhaul was long over due. I’ve been doing a lot of archive maintenance lately. Clearing out wasted drive space in some cases. It’s a good thing to increase the levels of self-editing. There are many things to be learned from looking through old photo archives-like “what was I thinking in this one” or “wow-I like what…
  • New Photo, New Thoughts

    Mark Forman
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Spy Vs. Spy: 2 It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  I’m fairly active on G+ and Flickr, but much less so on Facebook. I’ve decided to reserve making as attempt to express myself other than beyond what my photos say to the viewer(or don’t) for here. So we’ll consider this my online “house” so to speak and assume I have the right and privilege to rant or navel gaze,etc. here because it’s “my house!” I’ve talked about my eclectic nature in numerous posts. This is expressed through getting attached and even somewhat…
  • Finito

    Mark Forman
    8 Jan 2014 | 2:56 pm
    So we’re at the end of another year. Real or imaginary marker in the sands of time. I will not offer any resolutions for I feel none are needed or felt. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe I have things in my life that re perfect or don’t merit additional blood, sweat and tears to improve. I just don’t “feel” the resolution thing. I do know I’ll continue to try to be truer to my creative muse. I’m thankful that the composition aspect of photography is becoming more natural or 2nd nature for me if you will. I expect that to continue. There…
  • Friends

    Mark Forman
    19 Dec 2013 | 1:59 pm
    Today is one of my favorite days of the year. I get to attend local orphanage Christmas party. Interestingly, the first few times before going I got this wrongful notion on how I need to go and help cheer up these kids. In fact, they help cheer me up. Sure, these young people have their challenges cut out for them and I certainly feel for them. They have been very blessed with kind and hard working house parents and a very nice living environment that is like a little piece of the country in the heart of the city. So it is a good thing for me to realize that these kids are to be loved but not…
  • All for One!

    Mark Forman
    19 Nov 2013 | 2:21 pm
    I don’t often go to the nearby Cultural Folk Park for getting photos. I have always liked it. A little less now after recent major renovation(stripping away a lot of good old structure to add a lot of not so nice modern structure. Mainly to facilitate huge underground parking. They also added a couple of restaurants inside which means that certain areas formerly open to walk through are now under lock and key. That being said-there are still some very attractive structures and grounds. Here in the photo you can see some folks practicing a form of taichi using swords. It is nice to see…
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