Dihua street (迪化街) abuzz every Chinese New Year

Via pristine.net The name “Dihua” was given in 1947 by the Republic of China government, in reference to the city of Dihua (now called Ürümqi) in Xinjiang, and effectively joins a string of older streets in this area of Taipei existing prior to the Chinese Civil War. Locals living in

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Taipei launches free public Wi-Fi

NICE MOVE, TAIPEI! Taipei City Government has completed step one of its plan to introduce free public Wi-Fi across the city with the service currently being available in public areas such as libraries, MRT stations and hospitals. Eventually, the plan is to cover all areas, from streets to residential areas.

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Sunday Potluck in DaAn Park: A Fine Tradition

For over a year now, on the first Sunday of every month in DaAn Park (3-6+pm) the Taipei Potluck & Music Circle (大安公園共享音樂餐會) has gathered for vegetarian potlucks and music/drum circles.

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A Friend to Us All: On the Loss of Mark Bennett

Trista di Genova, The Wild East It happened in the early hours of Saturday, Jan. 22. Many may have missed the short piece published in the Taipei Times, detailing that: “A 32-year-old British man was hit and killed by a taxi in Taipei City early on Saturday morning. Taipei police

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A Night At The Brothel

By Trista di Genova Wild East Rooftop Correspondent “Do you have places like this in America?” the Madame asked me, in Chinese since her English is rocky. I doubt it – we don’t have KTVs in the States, I told her. I haven’t visited the cathouses in America, and only

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Deep Purple to Rock Taipei

Tickets are selling fast for the Deep Purple concert May 10, 2010 at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

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Artists ‘Beat the Flood’, Raising Half A Million

by Trista di Genova The Wild East A charity art auction held at the Lili Gallery in Tienmu on Sept. 5, raising a remarkable half million NT dollars (about US$16,000) for victims of Typhoon Morakot. Nineteen artists, both expatriate and Taiwanese, participated in the event, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Rise of The Bushiban in Taiwan

This piece, originally titled, “The English Language Business: a brief perspective”, is the first in a series called “Low on the Hai”, a chatty lowdown on the other side of the Strait by British novelist Jonathan Chandler, who is currently based in Shanghai.

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Taking over Bliss: Interview with Travis Bannert

annert, 29, is from Edmonton, Canada. He came to Taiwan two years ago, “to get away, see Asia, similar to the situation of a lot of people here,” he says. In Canada, he was an investment banker, and “didn’t want to push paper anymore,” and managed promotion for a nightclub. In Taiwan, he taught English in Taipei County for a year. Three months ago, he and a friend took over the lease for Bliss, a popular pub and live music venue in Taipei.

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ROC, Aussie ties ‘dynamic,’ says rep

Alice Cawte heads up the Australian Commerce and Industry Office (ACIO). She studied History at university before joining the Australian Public Service. She has worked in Beijing and Noumea (New Caledonia) and, of course, Canberra. She first came to Taiwan in 1991 to study Chinese.

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