Taiwan citizenship: Give it away now!

The Wild East / Editorial The Taiwan media is notorious for being lame and vacuous, heavily relying on lightweight ‘coverage’ of food stories and the like, since restaurant ‘tributes’ are an important cash cow for them.  Chinese New Year ‘reporting’ is especially pathetic. One TV station (must have been TVBS!) replayed the same exact

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The Tainan Earthquake: who is to blame?

It’s a little over 12 hours since a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the southern area of Taiwan and wreaked destruction on the City of Tainan: the oldest city in Taiwan. It’s a relatively short time for those of us observing from afar, even just a few miles away, where buildings

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‘Ridin’ with the wind’: A jazz singer is born in Taiwan

  The Wild East recently caught up with American comedy writer, artist and now singer/musician Trista di Genova, who is following her bliss in Taiwan  after performing her debut  ‘Riding with the Wind’ at Chez Maurice in Tamsui on Christmas Eve.  She calls on other would-be artists to ‘carry a guitar

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Pro China Party Ousted: Taiwan Votes for Democratic Peoples’ Party

As expected, the long awaited election for a new president and legislature has seen a resounding defeat for the pro-Chinese-reunification party. After many years of a lame-duck presidency, and a parliament marked by corruption scandals and in-fighting among the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party, the people of Taiwan have decided its

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Winter Solstice – What the “Christmas Season” Really Asks of You

Rebecca Kehl – December 31, 2015 I lived in Taiwan about ten years ago for 2 and a half years, so I must have seen at least 2 Christmases then, but somehow I can’t recall them. I don’t remember Christmas cards or gift giving or receiving between students or friends and I,

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Why Xmas sucks, and what I’m doing about it

The Wild East / Comedy I’ve always enjoyed being in Asia for Christmas because they really don’t give a rat’s ass about it. For this very reason, we are able to have such niceties as Chinese restaurants to eat Christmas dinner in the West, for those who are too lazy

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The Revenge of the Recyclables

By Rebecca Kehl – Dec 2015 In this article, a mystery will be revealed before your very eyes… It is the 2-fold challenge of curing modern man’s addiction to plastic. I shall reveal the mystery now, at the beginning, to save you all the suspense. The answer is: Completely adapting to a life of reuseables (the

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Balladeer Scott Cook back in Taiwan – briefly

Hey there friends,   It’s about time you had a word from me.  I’m writing you from a hotel room in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city, where I’ll be playing later this evening, mid-way through a two-week round-the-island tour.  I’ve just come down from three days spent alone motorbiking through the

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