Taiwan Rapper’s American Visa Canceled

Taiwan rapper Doggie G (aka Dwagie), was disappointed to find his American visa canceled shortly before he was due to perform at a music festival in Texas. After an interview yesterday at the USA’s defacto embassy, the American Institute in Taiwan, Tseng Kuan-jung (曾冠榕) said he will definitely miss his favorite Texan music festival this year. The popular Taiwanese rapper held a visa valid until September 2017, but it was suddenly canceled without warning. AIT officials today told him they

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Legislator Calls for Maori Exchanges

[Picture: Liberty Times Network] Democratic Progressive Party legislator Chen Ying today requested the Ministry of Health and Welfare help establish a project group to make a record of Maori medicinal herbs. Chen said there should be more exchanges on health with the New Zealand indigenous people. Chen told the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee that the ancestors of the Maori people had migrated to New Zealand more than 700 years ago from a place called Waikiki, and that Waikiki

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Bungee Jumpers Banned

Local police and representatives of Nantou County Government showed up at a suspension bridge in Xinyi Township this morning to stop a bungee jumping event slated for today February 19. The authorities were informed by members of the public that bungee jumps from the bridge were planned for February 19 and March 5. However, the organizers had not obtained permission from the county government or relevant authorities. The Dongpu Suspension Bridge is the longest and highest in Taiwan, with a

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Taipei Railway Workshop to be Redeveloped as Railway Museum

The Culture Bureau and Ministry of Transport signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday to jointly develop a railway heritage museum in the old Taipei Railway Workshop complex. The Taipei Railway Workshop is a large facility built in 1935 during Taiwan’s Japanese colonial era. It has remained unused since it closed down in 2012. Buildings and yards occupy a 16.82 hectare site on Civic Boulevard in Xinyi District. The workshop was declared a national historic site in 2015. Buildings on the

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Beijing Gives the Hush Order on Scholar’s Funeral

Picture from a Communist Chinese website. Chinese Communist Party officials quashed plans for a grand farewell for late scholar Zhou You-guang, in his hometown of Changzhou Saturday, January 21, 2017. The 111 year-old scholar, known as “the father of pinyin” passed away January 14, just one day after his eleventy-first birthday. Beijing let Changzhou know who’s boss by insisting that only family members and friends could attend his funeral, and no outsiders or media were allowed. It was a quiet

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Taiwan White Terror Period Featured in New Video Game

A new video game set during Taiwan’s martial law era went live on Steam January 13 and has received “overwhelmingly positive” reviews on the game platform in the few days since release. “Detention” is a 2D horror genre game developed by Taiwan’s Taipei-based game studio Red Candle Games. It features horror elements from Buddhist and Taoist religions, as well as Taiwanese folk superstitions. Called “Back to School” in the Chinese language version, the game is set on an isolated school

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High School Invokes Nazi Imagery for Fun: A Blight on the Education System

An article on China Times said it was another example of the failure of Taiwan’s education system when it comes to teaching history. Students at a private high school in Hsinchu County decided to celebrate Christmas by dressing up as Nazi SS officers while waving Nazi flags and holding up Swastika banners. The Presidential Palace ordered the school to issue an apology. The school issued the apology, and said that the students were only representing “a historical character set” (perhaps

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Continuous Rain Causes Rockfalls and Traffic Hazards

Three days of continuous rain has resulted in rockfalls, road-blockages, and a spate of traffic accidents in Taiwan, Wednesday, November 23. On Provincial Highway 9(the Su-hua Highway), a 55 year-old woman was seriously injured in a traffic accident at around 10:00am. The woman was riding as a passenger on a scooter when it collided with a semi-trailer at the 116km mark. A series of rockfalls saw the road temporary blocked in several locations, as road crews rushed to clear debris.

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Museum Removes Politically Controversial Jackie Chan Gift

Workers began removing a set of 12 heads representing the animals of the Chinese zodiac, at the National Palace Museum Southern Branch, this morning, November 14. The figureheads were a gift from entertainer Jackie Chan, and are replicas of a set of figureheads looted by French and British forces from the Chinese imperial Old Summer Palace in 1860. But many in Taiwan, including members of government, consider the gift to be a form of Trojan Horse. NPM authorities first announced

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Human Remains Found in Archeology Dig May be European

[Picture: United Daily News] Spanish and Taiwanese archaeologists excavating a site on Heping Island in Keelung City unearthed 4 sets of human remains, including a complete skeleton, Monday, November 8. Spanish archaeologist ELENA SERRANO said the method of burial suggests the skeleton may be European. The body was laid on its back with hands folded over the chest. The feet are to the east, and head to the west. Europeans buried people this way so the person could rise facing

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Canadian Man Found Dead in Taipei Hotel

A 46 year-old Canadian man was found dead in a hotel in Wanhua District at around 9:00pm, November 8, 2016. Firefighters who responded to a report found the man in bed with his head covered with a plastic bag. A suicide note was found beside the body. Investigators said that when the body was found, rigor mortis had already set in. The man had been staying at the hotel, which is located on Xining South Rd, since sometime last month.

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