‘Sunflower’ kids to pack up and go home

Trista di Genova The Wild East, politics Taipei, April 9 — Claiming in an April 7 press statement in the legislature they had made significant progress in achieving their goals, the student leaders Chen Wei-ting (陳為廷) and Lin Fei-fan (林飛帆) announced the so-called Sunflower Movement and its supporters would end

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Students to end occupation of Taiwan legislature Thursday

Photos and text via Ian Rowen April 7, Taipei — Chen Wei-Ting announces that the Sunflower Movement has achieved significant progress in the pursuit of its goals. The world has heard the news. Students are already forming a new organization to hold legislators to their promises to the people. The

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‘The Tiger Awakens’: An observer’s view of the Sunflower Movement

Trista di Genova / Politics & Commentary March 30, 2014 I don’t read the newspapers or watch TV, since I lost my job in the media. Now I prefer to just show up and ask questions, and listen to what people say. On the way to Taipei, now, and to

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A photo-filmic essay of the Sunflower Movement

Part One: The Approach by Trista di Genova / The Wild East Sunday morning, March 30, 2014. I was watching television in the Pingtung countryside at the loagong‘s. I saw how the streets around the legislature were filled with what turned out to be 500,000 people. The Laogong was visibly

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Gangsters counter-protest student-occupied legislature

Via NTU (National Taiwan University) E News Forum A counter-protest against the students occupying the Legislative Yuan has been taking place this afternoon, with supporters of CSSTA claiming that student leaders Lin Fei-fan and Chen Wei-ting should be arrested for the illegal occupation of the legislature. Although rainy weather early

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Exclusive photos: Students occupying Taiwan’s legislature

by Dave Johnson / The Wild East / Politics Editor’s note: The following photographs were taken by Dave Johnson on the evening when Taiwanese students occupied and took control of the legislature in Taipei over the issue of a Trade Pact with China, which many view as ‘selling out’ to

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Lessons for Taiwan: The HIV/AIDS pandemic

by Joseph Limoli Deyama MD – Harmony Home Volunteer The largest and most important meeting on AIDS in Asia, the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), was held August 9-13, 2009 on beautiful Bali Island, Indonesia. Harmony Home was well represented, with 12 volunteers and

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Letters from a tense Thailand

By Kevin MacCash (listen to his music here) Jan 23. Phuket is like Detroit. A city they built for a population that isn’t coming anymore. A faded beauty. Since the protests started the people are coming less and less and since they declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and

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Taiwan EPA’s ‘smoking gun’: bogus air standards

The Wild East / editorial Real-time Taiwan air-quality readings here Who controls the past controls the future, and who controls the present controls the past. The same also applies to current air pollution standards in Taiwan. A fuss should be made about the obscenely high “acceptable limit for particulates —

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Protest held at Taipei City Council against ShiDa closures

The following call for support is from the owner of ‘Out of India’ restaurant in ShiDa. Read more: “Who Killed ShiDa?” SAVE SHIDA NIGHT MARKET! SAVE THE MOST COLORFUL PART OF TAIWAN’S CULTURE! PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS, TOO! I am the only remaining foreigner in Taiwan who is fighting for the

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