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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How to Make Learning Chinese Impossible: Taiwan's Got It Down

By Trista di Genova, The Wild East Hapless Chinese learners agree: the Taiwan-only useless system of ‘Bopomofo’ ought to be immediately phased out, and the agreed-upon phonetic system of Hanyu pinyin used to teach Chinese if Taiwan wants competency and credibility as a Mandarin-language training center. The first time I

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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 Architecture: A Festival of Junk

How and why the island’s modern-day architecture evolved into such a sad state — an aesthetically offensive living museum of bile-inspiring monstrosities By Trista di Genova The Wild East A few years ago, when producer Will Tiao and his crew were scouting locations for the film ‘Formosa Betrayed’, they discovered

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Chiang Kai-shek's kidnapper a hero in Hsinchu village

By Barry Martinson For The Wild East Magazine A museum featuring Chang Hsueh-liang, Chiang Kai-shek’s kidnapper, has become the star attraction of Chingchuan, Hsinchu County for the past few years. Chang Hsueh-liang was brought to Chingchuan as a political prisoner when the Kuomintang army (KMT, Chinese Nationalists) fled to Taiwan

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'Woodstock' takes Taipei… 40 years on

By Dan Bloom Special to The Wild East TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Despite how the U.S. was transformed by the 1969 Woodstock musical festival in upstate New York, Taiwanese filmgoers are only now able to see what the fuss was all about. In those days, Taiwan was still under martial law.

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