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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Taipei graveyard may hold key to White Terror

By Trista di Genova / Originally published in The China Post [China Post no longer exists: broken link removed] Barely a stone’s throw from Taipei 101 and overlooking one of the more scenic views of the city, a small group of foreigners, one Taiwanese and I clamber up the side

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Taiwan’s Unsung Hero: A Tribute to Linda Arrigo

One of the most underappreciated intellectuals around, for decades Linda Gail Arrigo has stuck to her guns and stood up for human rights in Taiwan. She should be thanked for always being a truth-teller, and providing authorities with at times a much-needed cattleprod to their conscience [Note:Other publications have declined

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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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Judicial Reform to be debated @ Breakfast Club

Wild East news staff The Breakfast Club, a group founded by Professor Jerome Keating that invites scholars to speak and lead discussions on historical issues and current affairs, will be meeting Saturday, June 11, 10 am. Topic: From the Hsichih Trio to Judge Law Legislation The meeting is open to

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Enforce Article 35 of China’s Constitution, Abolish Censorship and Realize Citizens’ Right to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press

Written by Li Rui (李锐), Hu Jiwei (胡绩伟) and others Dated: October 01, 2010 Dear members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress: Article 35 of China’s Constitution as adopted in 1982 clearly states that: “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the

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'Formosa Betrayed' debuts in U.S. this weekend

Formosa Betrayed Official Website This weekend, February 26-28, a new movie about Taiwan will be coming to theaters. Formosa Betrayed is the first American film to ever deal with US-Taiwan relations and explore the issues of democracy, identity, and justice during the White Terror period in Taiwan. The movie was

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China Warns Web Media and Bloggers: Beijing is watching.

Bloggers will be monitored. The PRC has set up a team to ‘police’ the Internet. They will attempt to remove sensitive content, warn bloggers who ‘cross the line’ and block access to sites that don’t comply.

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Taiwan filmfest looks at world of sex workers

A group of sex workers stage a protest at the Ministry of the Interior Tuesday over the minister’s objection to decriminalizing prostitution. Displaying posters and shouting “Prostitutes and patrons are more noble than corrupt politicians,” 20 members of the Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters (COSWAS) gathered in front of

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