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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Man of the People: Taipei’s Quirky new Mayor

The Taipei Mayoral election is always an intense contest between Taiwan’s two main political parties, the Chinese Nationalist KMT, and the Democratic Progress Party (DPP). The seat is considered a stepping stone to the Presidency. Former Presidents Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian, and incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, all served as Taipei

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‘Sunflower’ kids to pack up and go home

Trista di Genova The Wild East, politics Taipei, April 9 — Claiming in an April 7 press statement in the legislature they had made significant progress in achieving their goals, the student leaders Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) announced the so-called Sunflower Movement and its supporters would end

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Students to end occupation of Taiwan legislature Thursday

Photos and text via Ian Rowen April 7, Taipei — Chen Wei-Ting announces that the Sunflower Movement has achieved significant progress in the pursuit of its goals. The world has heard the news. Students are already forming a new organization to hold legislators to their promises to the people. The

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‘The Tiger Awakens’: An observer’s view of the Sunflower Movement

Trista di Genova / Politics & Commentary March 30, 2014 I don’t read the newspapers or watch TV, since I lost my job in the media. Now I prefer to just show up and ask questions, and listen to what people say. On the way to Taipei, now, and to

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Gangsters counter-protest student-occupied legislature

Via NTU (National Taiwan University) E News Forum A counter-protest against the students occupying the Legislative Yuan has been taking place this afternoon, with supporters of CSSTA claiming that student leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting should be arrested for the illegal occupation of the legislature. Although rainy weather early

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Exclusive photos: Students occupying Taiwan’s legislature

by Dave Johnson / The Wild East / Politics Editor’s note: The following photographs were taken by Dave Johnson on the evening when Taiwanese students occupied and took control of the legislature in Taipei over the issue of a Trade Pact with China, which many view as ‘selling out’ to

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Letters from a tense Thailand

By Kevin MacCash (listen to his music here) Jan 23. Phuket is like Detroit. A city they built for a population that isn’t coming anymore. A faded beauty. Since the protests started the people are coming less and less and since they declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and

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Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim tackling some tough questions

By Trista di Genova / The Wild East, political beat The Breakfast Club really outdid itself this time, inviting DPP Legislator Hsiao Bi-Khim (蕭美琴) to speak at its monthly gathering on July 27. Hsiao discussed the life and work of Taiwan legislators and addressed major issues facing the foreign community,

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Corruption of secretary-general undermines entire Ma administration: opposition

By Tsuei Hsiao-hu / The Wild East / Politics Tuesday, 3 July, 2012 With his face covered by a gauze mask, an expressionless Lin Yi-shih (林益世) was spirited by cover of night into the back seat of an unmarked police vehicle among a crowd of outraged onlookers. Members of the

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