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Intimate TV report about a single woman in Taipei

More and more Taiwanese are marrying late, or not at all. Well-educated singles in their 30s are quite common. Some have even given up on looking for their significant other. A declining birthrate is one result of this trend.

Der Tempel des "Alten Mannes unter dem Mond" in Taipeh

A place of hope for many singles: The shrine of the matchmaker god in Taipei

Why is that so? Most media reports focus on Taiwanese women. These are some of the reasons usually cited: (mehr …)

Do you have experience in the vehicle industry?

An Austrian company contacted me. They are hiring in Tainan, because they are moving their production from Thailand to Taiwan.

Belassi Taiwan

The company is called (mehr …)

12 questions, 12 answers, 1 video

Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou has not been talking to the foreign press in English since he felt being misquoted by AP a few years ago. In order to give non-Chinese-speakers an impression of what a press conference with Ma is like, I recorded today’s event with the English simultaneous interpretation. Just watch the video below.

Ma Ying-jeou press conference

When I received the invitation, it read: (mehr …)

One of the world’s most celebrated directors explores Taiwan’s great outdoors

„Silence“ brings Martin Scorsese to Taiwan, as well as actors Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, but what’s the film really about? Read what director Scorsese himself has to say!

A Taiwanese contractor was killed today on the set of Martin Scorsese’s film „Silence“ when scaffolding collapsed. A tragic accident that, hopefully, is not an omen of things to come.

After all, Scorsese’s „Silence“, starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, is one of the biggest Hollywood productions to be shot mostly in Taiwan since Steve McQueen was in Tamsui 50 years ago, filming „The Sand Pebbles“.

Martin Scorsese

Scorsese probably picked Taiwan as the location for the filming because if was recommended to him (mehr …)

Careful when sending Taiwan news via Mailchimp!

(Update December 16: I got a reaction! See below.)

So there I was, hitting the „Send Now“ button to deliver the latest edition of my German Taiwan newsletter via Mailchimp. In case you don’t know, Mailchimp is a great tool for managing mailing lists. It has worked really well for me.

Except that this time, my mail didn’t go through to my subscribers.


Instead, I got this message from the „Mailchimp Compliance Team“: (mehr …)

Taiwan’s president and the Chinese heritage

Taiwan’s president Ma often stresses that Taiwanese are ethnic Chinese, even though this cannot be said of all citizens. With his latest quote on the subject, he might cause new controversy.

Ma Ying-jeou recently gave an interview to several reporters working for foreign media. During this interview, he is quoted as having said:

All our efforts in Taiwan have aimed at showing ethnic Chinese societies around the world that the imported concept of democracy can take root, germinate, and grow into a big tree on purely ethnic Chinese soil.

This quote appears identically in at least two reports:

This could either mean that Ma answered in English and was quoted verbatim, but that is unlikely since he refrains from giving English interviews ever since feeling misquoted by AP a few years ago. Or it could mean that he answered in Chinese and both journalists quoted from the official English translation which is usually provided by the Presidential Office staff who record all interviews.

Tsou Aborigine Taiwan

Taiwanese? Definitely! Ethnical Chinese? No.

Who do you call Chinese?

It probably goes without saying that President Ma calling Taiwan’s society „purely ethnic Chinese soil“ has the potential to be highly controversial. (mehr …)

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