Taiwan re-elects Pres. Tsai Ing-wen — by another landslide!

Tsai’s entire career trajectory could be described as a ‘Rampage of Firsts’, shattering glass ceilings as she rose through the ranks of Taiwan society By Trista di Genova-CHANG, The Wild East magazine Foreign observers & Taiwanese alike view Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen as a BIG POSITIVE! That must be why

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WE STAND STRONG W/HONG KONG!

By Trista di Genova, Editorial Desk WE admire Hong Kongers’ courage in standing up against Bully China; and fondly reminisce about when Taiwan students peacefully colonized the Taiwan Legislature in the 2014 Sunflower Movement! 🙂 When Hong Kong people recently made a series of bold moves to protest a new

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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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Compared to U.S., Taiwan police are teddy bears

By Trista di Genova I can now say from personal experience how much I prefer and appreciate lovely Taiwan po-lice officers! I’ve always thought they are SO nice, like teddy bears even, espesh compared to our Robo-Cops in America! Today, whilst responding to an elementary misunderstanding regarding forwarding my tenant’s

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Pro China Party Ousted: Taiwan Votes for Democratic Peoples’ Party

As expected, the long awaited election for a new president and legislature has seen a resounding defeat for the pro-Chinese-reunification party. After many years of a lame-duck presidency, and a parliament marked by corruption scandals and in-fighting among the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party, the people of Taiwan have decided its

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Man of the People: Taipei’s Quirky new Mayor

The Taipei Mayoral election is always an intense contest between Taiwan’s two main political parties, the Chinese Nationalist KMT, and the Democratic Progress Party (DPP). The seat is considered a stepping stone to the Presidency. Former Presidents Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian, and incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, all served as Taipei

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‘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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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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