COMING TO TAIWAN: The S. African perspective

By Marc Feltham / Wild East Comedy / Contributing writer It was 2001. I had reached the pits of despair and was seriously contemplating suicide. My previous life as a rock star was over, due to some ridiculously stupid life decisions and a penchant for chemical relief. I took a

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Why I’ve Never Been to China (& prefer Taiwan)

Wild East Editorial / By Trista di Genova When I’m ‘stateside’ in the U.S., people first — almost invariably — make the mistake of thinkin’ I’m talkin’ ’bout THAILAND. Guess it’s ’cause bein’ one of the world’s WORST in geography skills, we Yanks usually don’t know the difference between the

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US man’s suicide in Taiwan court should prompt re-think of drug sentencing

The Wild East / Editorial “I don’t want to live anymore,” Tyrel shouted, moments before he grabbed scissorblades from the magazine he’d smuggled into the courtroom and killed himself, jamming the blades into his neck. He didn’t make it to the hospital. Tyrel Martin Marhanka had just received a four-year

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Why I’m suing my Taiwanese landlady

The Wild East / Culture Shock Why am I suing my landlady? Out of principle, basically. She broke the law, and therefore needs to be taught a lesson so she doesn’t do it again. I reported my Taiwanese landlady, ‘Helen’ Lin, to the Tamsui police station a few months ago,

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Book-signing 6/29: ‘How to start a business in Taiwan’

Wild East / Culture Shock Have you considered starting your own business but is not really sure what should be the first step? Not sure if Taiwan is an entrepreneur-friendly environment? Want to know the key points for a Taiwan start-up? Want to meet others in the same situation? Then

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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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I got in a fight at the flower market

By Joe Gui / Culture Shock, at The Wild East I got in a fight last weekend at the Jianguo Flower Market in Taipei; well, I guess it was more of a scuffle. It was about 6:30am and I was cycling through the Jinguo Flower Market, the largest market of

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Cognitive dissonance and animal abuse: Get over it

By Hannah Hornsby / Special to The Wild East I care about animal rights. I have several furry rescued animal companions. I’m also vegan, so it’s pretty safe to say that I care about what happens to animals. Most times I surround myself with like-minded, hippie-esque, eco-friendly, herbivorous friends and

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7-Elevens in America: How do they measure up with Taiwan’s?

“So far in America, I’ve visited a 7-Eleven, a Circle K, and the AM-PM store. There is also a ‘QT’ store now, which is a novelty to this observer….” Trista di Genova, The Wild East / Comedy The 7-Eleven is a much revered institution in Taiwan. They literally live on

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How to Move to Taiwan

Trista di Genova (and NTU students), The Wild East The following article is an expansion on class discussion with National Taiwan University students. The topic was “What to tell your ABC cousin about moving to Taiwan.” What to bring: Bring your own, preferably laptop computer because the operating system is

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