It’s all about Taipei!
Many Taiwanese netizens are ridiculing a campaign video of Sean Lien (連勝文) meeting a group of foreigners over lunch. Lien is the KMT’s Taipei City mayoral candidate. Me, I am not sure what to make of that video. So I invited two fictitious friends over for a discussion.
A friendly debate
Mr. Blue: So I just saw that video of Sean Lien’s lunch talk with foreigners.
Mr. Green: The one everybody is making fun of right now? That currently has 158 likes and 3019 dislikes on YouTube?
Yeah, I don’t think that’s really fair. (mehr…)
Plane crash in Magong (Taiwan), dozens dead
This is bad. Most people in Taiwan were happy that typhoon Matmo gave them a day off today and spent the day at home, watching strong winds and rain through the windows. Now in the evening comes the shocking news that around 7 p.m. a passenger plane crashed in Magong (Makung), capital of Taiwan’s Penghu islands (Pescadores), while attempting an emergency landing.
Photo shows nearby of the airport in Taiwan’s Penghu County where a TransAsia Airways plane caught fire; 51 died pic.twitter.com/nvZWKQuMGY
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) July 23, 2014
It’s not clear yet which part the weather conditions played, but right now it’s hard to think of different reasons. (mehr…)
Ingenious motorbike for wheelchair users
As you know, scooters are Taiwan’s most important and most popular means of transportation. Why should wheelchair users be excluded?
At the Chiayi High Speed Rail station, I recently came across this vehicle:
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Isn’t this great? They basically took a scooter, sawed it in half and (mehr…)
You haven’t seen a Taiwan calendar like this
Okay, I know it’s already March, but you probably still want to take a look at this very special 2014 photo calendar: Foreign students in Taiwan dressed up and had some really nice photos taken.
I recently met some of the people behind this project at an event at Ming Chuan University in Shilin.
Their calendar could be a nice present for your Taiwanese or non-Taiwanese friends!
It features 12 gorgeous glossy photos that (mehr…)
Schlagwörter: Interview, Leben in Taiwan, Taiwan-Filme
Let’s talk about Taiwan on YouTube
If you are interested in Taiwan and spent any time on YouTube recently, you probably noticed some very popular videos in which foreigners share their opinions about Taiwan, for example “Taiwanese Girls Are Not Easy” or “Taiwan’s Unreasonable Working Conditions”.
These videos are not only massively successful, they also offer perspectives on a lot of interesting questions. So who is the person behind this new voice in Taiwan’s social media sphere? I decided to find out and ask him why he is doing it.
Although this guy is the face of many of Stop Kiddin’ Studio’s most viewed videos, he is not the director.
Responsible for the videos is 30-year-old Johnny Chiang, a Taipei native who recently (mehr…)
Schlagwörter: Feuerwerk, Taipei 101
Watch the videos & vote for the best Taipei 101 New Year’s Eve fireworks display
Every year, Taipei stages on of the world’s most spectacular fireworks displays at the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper. This iconic tower has become a symbol for Taiwan.
Now it’s up to you to decide in which year Taipei put on the most spectacular fireworks show! In this video, you can compare the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Taipei 101 fireworks.
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Taiwan: Snapshots of Democracy in Action
Democracy makes all the difference between Taiwan and China. Taiwanese are not afraid to speak out, hit the streets and make their voices heard. Reporting from Taipei, I have been lucky enough to witness and capture many key moments. These are my snapshots of democracy in action.
Watch my Taiwan fireworks videos
English posts you might want to have a look at:
- Why Taipei doesn’t get a second forest park, but just another giant mall
- New highway to spoil Taiwan’s East Rift Valley?
- Why is there international criticism of the executions in Taiwan?
- Cheap labor, no rights: Taiwan’s 2nd class foreigners