Predicting who will be Taiwan’s new president

POLITICS / The Wild East Tomorrow is a big day for the people of Taiwan. There is no such thing as a ‘vote from abroad’ here, so all 23 million people, if they want to vote, must travel to their hometown. This makes it difficult for some to vote, particularly

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Chinese Python Swallowing the Taiwan Frog

OPINION / By Linda Arrigo (permission to republish; originally here) The New York Times editorial, “To Save Our Economy, Ditch Taiwan”, has raised my hackles – I always warned Taiwanese independence advocates that the US would sell them out, and here it is literal. I have not been following the

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Thanks for making The Wild East ‘most social blog’ in 2011!

Voting is closed for Taiwanderful’s Best Blog in Taiwan 2011! Thanks to all of you who voted us Best Blog two times before. : -) You went to this link and made it a tradition. We particularly enjoy Richard Saunders’ Off The Beaten Track travel blog, and Steven Crooks’ site

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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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Obama's 50th Birthday Mixer Aug. 4th @ Carnegie's

Come meet some kindred spirits and cool compatriots at this birthday party! Democrats Abroad Taiwan will be hosting a birthday party to celebrate President Obama’s 50th on the mezzanine at Carnegie’s from 7-9pm Thursday Aug. 4th. The event is open to all, and there is no cover charge, although donations

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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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‘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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You're missing Earthfest right now!

The Wild East News Staff Where: Kunlun herb gardens, Taoyuan 崑崙藥用植物園(我們的派對避難所) 桃園縣龍潭鄉高平村一鄰八-二號 *交通資訊|Map: http://www.earthfest.tw/map.htm Join us on a 40-hour rollercoaster ride, custom fitted with a huge 30,000 watt sound system, under the stars amongst the jungles of Taiwan, with amazing decor and art installations, lasers, fire dancers and other visual

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The ‘Hole’ Story: Part 2

The ‘Hole’ Story: My Two Months of Hell in the Taipei Detention Center By ‘M’ Read Part One here. So there I was in Sanxia… It was Christmas Eve, December 24th. We arrived there around 8 pm. There was a crew of police officers in different uniforms, more serious, cold

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My ‘Hole’ Story: Two Months of Hell in Taipei Detention Center

Dear ‘M’, Do you have some time to write about your experience of spending 2 months in the Taipei Detention Center? We’d like to publish this on The Wild East, as it really concerns a lot of people, especially foreigners in Taiwan. Hi. Yes, sure, no biggie. I myself am

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