Taiwan Lantern Festival Celebrations Marred by Gang Violence

Fights broke out in between gangs attending Lantern Festival processions in at least two Taiwan cities last night, and the violence continued tonight in Taidong (Taitung). The Lantern Festival is traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the Chinese New Year. While the traditional Chinese celebration focuses on pretty lanterns, strolling with the family to view the lanterns, and eating sweet snacks like tung-yuan, on the ‘renegade island’ of Taiwan, native Taiwanese celebrate with fireworks,

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University Student Missing on Mount Jade

A 21 year old man is missing in snowy conditions after slipping and falling while attempting to reach the peak of Taiwan’s highest mountain, Mt Jade ( 玉山; Yù Shān). Search and rescue teams have been scouring the area in snowy and foggy conditions but have yet to find any trace of the man. The student of National Taiwan Sport University set out to climb the summit Friday morning February 19 with a group of friends. National Park authorities advised

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Destructive Earthquake Strikes Taiwan’s South

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake centered in Kaohsiung County awoke residents a few minutes before 4AM this morning February 6, 2016. Three people have died and 160 hospitalized at the time of writing, with the number expected to rise as rescue workers penetrate collapsed buildings. Authorities are still working to assess the extent of the damage as the President heads to Tainan, which appears to have taken the brunt of the damage. Several residential buildings housing hundreds of families have collapsed.

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