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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Lawyer Billy Chen speaks at Breakfast Club

The Wild East / Peace & Justice Taiwan’s media have turned from the Zane Dean case to Lin Yi-shih, and now the Philippine Row. What makes this poignant and ironic is (for those who remember) a number of years ago, a Taiwanese gangster was sentenced to jail; he complained of

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Detained Briton’s family ‘praying for leniency’

The Wild East Thursday morning began with a court hearing at Taipei District Court for ‘David’, a Briton who’s been in a detention center near Taipei for 3 months during the investigation of another expatriate who fled Taiwan August 11. ‘David’ — Chris Churcher — appeared pale but said afterwards

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Is there such a thing as ‘rehab’ in Taiwan? Short answer: No.

The Wild East / Society In Taiwan, the authorities don’t really grasp the concept of a ‘rehabilitation centre’ or what ‘rehab’ is supposed to do, for that matter – to rehabilitate, help people detoxify and get off drink and drugs. In North America, on the other hand, going to rehab

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Expat Chat: On being a Western wife, part 2 of 2

What it’s like being a Taiwan xifu – daughter-in-law…? Curious about other foreign women’s experience of marrying Taiwanese, I interviewed Serina from Australia, who shares her many cultural experiences as a Taiwan daughter-in-law on her blog, http://www.taiwanxifu.com/. Read Part 1 here Serina wrote : “I met and married my husband

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Expat Chat: On being a Western Wife: Part 1 of 2

When I told people that I’d married a “PingDong Man”, a huge smile would break out on their face and almost invariably they’d exclaim, ‘Ah, Taiwan xifu!” What’s a Taiwan xifu? I wondered. It means “Taiwan daughter-in-law”. But it has another, very positive connotation — of total acceptance in this

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Camping out by the light of the full moon

When: Friday, December 9, 2011 at 8:00pm until Monday, December 12, 2011 at 11:00pm Where: Puli, Nantou County, Central Taiwan 埔里, 台灣 Taiwan Rainbow Family is going camping in the mountains of Puli at Huisun Forest Park on the full moon / lunar eclipse weekend of December 9-12, 2011. All

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The Perfect Weekend in Taipei for you.

By Trista di Genova, The Wild East / A friend asked my plans for this weekend, and at first I replied, “Not much.” But then I checked my schedule and realized: this is the potentially the perfect weekend, for everyone, not only to catch up on their socializing and networking,

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Potluck in DaAn Park – Rain or Shine

By Taipei Potluck & Music Circle – 大安公園共享音樂餐會 WHEN: Sunday, November 6 · 3:00pm – 10:00pm, Taipei, Taiwan Location: Da An Park – 大安森林公園 Walk north from the Heping / Jian Guo Road Corner edge of the park, to the second pavillion. Call if you can’t find it, but please

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EXPAT CHAT: Studying Medicine in Taiwan

Kee Koon Ng, Malaysia, medical student at Taipei Medical University, age 27 I was in the States, finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Then I decided to come to Taiwan. The decision to enter medical school here was a long process! The thing is I realized I really like

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