Orchid Island’s problem won’t just go away, needs monitoring by scientific community

Editorial / The Wild East Taipei Times‘ Dec. 2 editorial, “Living in a nuclear wasteland”, was an informative summary outlining the Tao people’s dilemma, praiseworthy in its attempt to put a spotlight on this issue in the run-up to January’s presidential elections. But this is not just an election-year issue.

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2-28 Massacres: Remembering the dark side of Taiwan’s history

Feb. 28, 1947. A confrontation occurs between agents of the Monopoly Bureau and a woman cigarette vendor; in their view she is illegally selling cigarettes, and they try to confiscate her life savings. Onlookers intervene on her behalf and one officer opens fire as they flee, killing one of the

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'Why Taiwan Matters': A Book Review

By Owain Mckimm, Special to The Wild East Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. Shelly Rigger Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (29 April 2011) ISBN: 978-1442204799 Pages 232 (Hardcover) Why Taiwan Matters is a strange title for a book. No one would write a book called Why America Matters, because

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THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF THE TAIWAN DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT: THE MAKING OF FORMOSA MAGAZINE, 1979

THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF THE TAIWAN DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT: THE MAKING OF FORMOSA MAGAZINE, 1979 by Linda Gail Arrigo original July 1981; revised March 1992 PREFACE This article was completed in July 1981, and is reproduced here slightly abridged but unaltered in substance. Written for a Taiwanese-American audience that idolized the

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FROM DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT TO BOURGEOIS DEMOCRACY: INTERNAL POLITICS OF TAIWAN’S DPP (1991)

by Linda Gail Arrigo (Originally published March 1992) INTRODUCTION Taiwan is awash with money. It has the highest foreign currency reserves in the world, per capita. Its GNP per capita is soaring and may soon surpass US$ 10,000; it is the Taiwan miracle, proof of the export industrialization strategy [1].

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Paradise Lost? Orchid Island’s Rocky History

If the Tao people of Taiwan’s Orchid Island can overcome some modern-day challenges while celebrating and sharing their rich heritage, the future looks bright for this amazing but remote haven

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Dutch Era in Taiwan to be discussed April 29 @ Alliance Francaise

By Wild East news staff A free AFT-sponsored seminar, “Conférence sur l’époque hollandaise à Taiwan: perspectives contemporaines“, will be held at the Alliance Francaise in Taipei on April 29, 7-9 pm, 2F, #107, Section 4, Roosevelt Rd. The speaker is Ann Heylen, Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan

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'LONG LIVE THE TAIWANESE PEOPLE’ (Requiem for 2-28 Victims)

The following is an excerpt from the recent anthology of poetry, “The War on Sleep” (2010), by Trista di Genova. The 228 Incident, also known as the 228 Massacre (Chinese: 二二八), was an anti-government uprising in Taiwan that began Feb. 27, 1947, and was violently suppressed by the Kuomintang (KMT)

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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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