Of The Warm, The Generous, and The Neighborly

It was a scalding and busy Saturday for me, full of sleep-deficient-related headaches while nailing the major portion of the errands I set out to do for the day. After, I went out for a cooling walk to get a lemon-passionfruit drink with my reusable mug at the Coco Tea street shop.  I

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Bon Jovi Woos His Chinese Audience with a Taiwanese Love Song

It has generated great publicity for Bon Jovi’s upcoming Asian tour, and a fierce debate between Chinese speakers on both sides of the strait. At the time of writing, the song has enjoyed more than 1.2 million views, 11,462 likes, and over one thousand comments on youtube. One point of

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‘Idle-Free Taipei’ Wants YOU to Promote Clean Air in Taipei

Wild East news staff Idle-Free Taipei (台北不怠速)[Edit: 2015/1/15 link no longer works] is holding a Clean Air promotional campaign on Saturday, July 2, 12:00-2:00 p.m, to educate the public on the facts of idling vs. not idling, and are asking volunteers to meet at Roosevelt/Keelung Rd. intersection to help with

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Democrats Abroad elect new Taiwan leadership

From DA Taiwan DEMOCRATS ABROAD: TAIWAN ELECTION MEETING at CARNEGIE’S TAIPEI DA Taiwan’s annual election meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Carnegie’s in Taipei. Come meet fellow Democrats and vote for the new 2011-2013 boards of Directors and Supervisors — the

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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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TED Event: 'Hearts And Minds', changed to 9 April

Wild East news staff TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18

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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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Last hearing to determine Scotsman’s fate in hit-and-run trial

By Trista di Genova, The Wild East Media are invited to attend the last hearing in the trial of Zain Dean, on Feb. 18th, 2011, 10am in Room 10 at the Taipei District Courthouse on BoAi Rd. Dean is a Scotsman accused in a hit-and-run accident and death of a

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Taiwan Is Celebrating 100 Years of What?

Originally published in the Taipei Times, “Not all 100 years warrant revelry”, Jan. 8, 2011, with permission to reprint here. Photo by Trista di Genova By Jerome Keating This year has been designated a centennial year for Taiwan, but as the nation gears up for celebrations, Taiwanese need to examine

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Death and Dying in Taiwan

A foreigner explains the traditions, beliefs and practices involved in coordinating funeral arrangements for his Taiwanese wife’s family Story and photo by Trista di Genova, The Wild East Shawn DeVries has been sporting beardly growth these days; not because it’s winter, or because it’s fashionable – in Taiwan it definitely

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