Dear Cai Ying-wen 親愛的蔡英文總統: Much Love and Power to You 豐沛的愛與力量予妳

Power, power, power… 🙂 What is it, where does it come from, and what do we do with it? 力量、力量、力量…它究竟是甚麼,它從哪裡來,我們可以用力量做甚麼? When you think of power, what immediately comes to mind? Make a list of people who you think are powerful: 當你想到力量,你立刻浮現腦海的是什麼? 列出一份你認為有力量之人的名單: – – – Next, take a minute to

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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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Getting a DUI in Taiwan: Steep fines and some useful lessons

The Wild East staff A heads-up for all foreigners who love driving recklessly — Taiwan cops are finally getting savvy After a spate of recent high-profile cases involving deaths of innocents, Taiwan police are cracking down on drunk driving (or drink-driving if you prefer). This includes reining in foreigners under

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Conclusion: My Two Months of Hell in the Taipei Detention Center

CONCLUSION of The ‘Hole’ Story: My Two Months of Hell in the Taipei Detention Center By ‘M’ Read Parts one, two, three, or four. I was dreading the moment, saying goodbye to N–. I hate goodbyes and I always, always cry. I hate, hate, hate goodbyes. How could I say

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The ‘Hole’ Story: Part 4

The ‘Hole’ Story: My Two Months of Hell in the Taipei Detention Center By ‘M’ Read Parts One or Two or Three. Everybody cried sometimes, even the strongest ones, even the ones that giggled and joked a lot. Everybody felt the pressure of the time, and boredom, missing their freedom

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Taiwan’s Court Reforms a Matter for Everyone

By Jerome F. Keating Ph.D. Many of you had hoped to attend the presentation by Feng-jeng Lin, Executive Director of the Judicial Reform Foundation last week. The Judge Act Bill that his foundation had sponsored and supported did pass in the Legislative Yuan this past week, though not with all

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The ‘Hole’ Story: Part 3

The ‘Hole’ Story: My Two Months of Hell in the Taipei Detention Center By ‘M’ Read Parts One or two. I am a very stubborn person. I made myself a promise I would not let all that chaos break me and make me go nuts, no matter how long I

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Judicial Reform to be debated @ Breakfast Club

Wild East news staff The Breakfast Club, a group founded by Professor Jerome Keating that invites scholars to speak and lead discussions on historical issues and current affairs, will be meeting Saturday, June 11, 10 am. Topic: From the Hsichih Trio to Judge Law Legislation The meeting is open to

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Worst-case scenario: Court rules guilty in Scotsman’s trial

By Trista di Genova, The Wild East Tuesday at 4 pm, the judge at Taipei District courthouse read out the verdict in less than five minutes, and the group filed out of the courtoom. Two family members of the deceased motorcyclist left first, and then the half-dozen or more Zain

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Coffee with an immigration cop

By Trista di Genova, The Wild East I met my immigration police friend, Eric, at a café today for an informative chat. It’s always nice to run by him questions regarding all the tricky situations foreigners get into in Taiwan. He’s always been so helpful in this regard, even meeting

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