Shih Yuan

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畢業於台北市立建安國小。現為文字工匠,知識的勞動者。

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2016/02/27 | Shih Yuan

School Officials Threaten To Ban College Students From Campus For Posting Flyers On Chiang Kai-shek Statue

An university student group called for transitional justice regarding the 228 Incident by posting flyers all over a Chiang Kai-shek statue on campus. School officials tore down the posters and threatened to ban the students from campus.

2016/02/02 | Shih Yuan

Wealthy Chinese Making UK Middle-class Unable to Afford Boarding School

Chinese students with wealthy backgrounds have caused the tuitions of the boarding schools (student ages ranging from 7 to 18) in the UK to rise dramatically, pricing out middle-class British families, which are no longer able to afford the skyrocketed fees.

2016/01/16 | Shih Yuan

Taiwan Canada Tax Agreement Signed

The deal expects to avoid double taxation and promote bilateral investments in the future while protecting the rights and interests of overseas Taiwanese in Canada starting from January 1, 2017.

2016/01/14 | Shih Yuan

Taiwanese K-pop Star Accused of Being Pro-Independent and Banned from Performing in China

South Korean media think that the controversy regarding the R.O.C. flag is sensitive between Taiwan and China. Maeil Business News Korea says, China, opposing Taiwan regarding politics, is more sensitive to Chou’s controversy because Taiwan’s presidential election is coming up. It is reported that JYP might face severe loss because China is the biggest market of K-pop.

2016/01/13 | Shih Yuan

Amendments to Taiwan's Copyright Act; Playing CDs in Public might be Charged

Taiwan’s Copyright Act has not been overhauled since 1998. This year, the government is going to revamp the act and will call a public hearing in the coming days to catch up with the digital era.

2016/01/07 | Shih Yuan

French Apprentice of Taiwan Legendary Traditional Puppeteer Holds An Exhibition in Taiwan

Legendary Taiwanese traditional puppeteer Li Tian-lu’s apprentice, Jean-Luc Penso, is holding an exhibition called “The Origin of Puppetry” at the Puppetry Art Center of Taipei, presenting many puppets and historical relics from France in hopes of helping the Taiwanese learn how the traditional art has been spread overseas.

2016/01/06 | Shih Yuan

Charging for Scooter Parking in Taipei City Raises Controversy

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je indicates that the government will not administer the policy to all the scooter parking spaces in the city in the next two years. Ko says that if scooters are a cheaper and more convenient mean of transportation, no one would want to take public transportation, so it is necessary to improve the efficiency of public transportation before dealing with the problems of motorcycles.

2016/01/05 | Shih Yuan

Recent Language Learning Study Overthrows Right-Brain Dominant Myth

People used to think the right brain operates learning Chinese exclusively. However, a recent research points out that it may be a myth.

2016/01/03 | Shih Yuan

Government Promoting Pre-Booking Taxis to Challenge Uber Taiwan

According to the new taxi regulations drafted by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, pre-booking taxis will soon be allowed. The color of these taxis also does not have to be yellow, and they can charge more than normal taxis.

2015/12/23 | Shih Yuan

2015 Noble Prize Laureate Says What University You Graduate From Isn't That Important

Kajita Takaaki says that his special quality is that he is very optimistic. Although Saitama University, from which he graduated, is not a top university in Japan, he still encourages the students that they can still conduct good research as long as they can find their own interests.

2015/12/16 | Shih Yuan

Nobel Prize Laurate Suggests Taiwan to Levy Carbon Tax and Eliminate Nuclear Power

Lee Yuan-tseh says that Taiwan hasn't done much for carbon reduction, and levying carbon tax would be a feasible method. He believes in five years, the cost of solar power will be cheaper than coal or nuclear power.

2015/12/02 | Shih Yuan

How Severe Is the Haze in Beijing? Artist Makes A Brick Out of the Dust

This artist who calls himself, "Peanut Brother," said on his Weibo account that he started planning this project since 2013. He wanted to use a vacuum cleaner to collect the dust in the air of Beijing in 100 days, and then use the dust he collected to make a brick. This brick will ultimately be used as construction material and, "disappear among the millions of bricks. Just like dust," said Peanut Brother.

2015/12/01 | Shih Yuan

Five More Countries To Offer Taiwan Visa-Free or Visa-on-Arrival Access

Following countries, including Kazakhstan, that have given Taiwan visa-free or visa-on-arrival access starting in October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that five more countries have been added to Taiwan's list of visa-friendly countries.

2015/11/26 | Shih Yuan

Minister of Education says National Health Insurance should be Provided for Mainland Chinese Students

The Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa says from an education point of view, all students coming from outside of Taiwan should be treated the same. Health insurance is provided for overseas Chinese students and foreign students in Taiwan, but not for those from Mainland China, which has led to some disputes on campus.

2015/11/21 | Shih Yuan

Taiwan's Competitiveness Ranks High, But 85.6% People Still Rather Work Abroad?

91% of interviewees that have worked abroad say their salary was higher than their last job in Taiwan. In general, jobs overseas offer salaries that are 30% higher than what they can get in Taiwan. This shows a huge gap in salary standards inside and outside of Taiwan.

2015/11/19 | Shih Yuan

Uber Suspension in Taiwan Cancelled; MOTC to Keep Appealing

The court thinks that the registered services of Uber include management consultancy, data processing service, electronic information supply service and third-party payment service, but doesn't include auto-transportation service. The Directorate General of Highways suspending Uber is beyond the regulation of the Highway Act, so the court cancelled the suspension. Yet, the case can still be appealed.

2015/11/11 | Shih Yuan

China to Implement Self-Examination System on Online Music Starting in 2016

The Chinese Ministry of Culture won’t censor online music, but will offer guidance for the companies regarding personnel training on self-examination. They will also perform random inspections on the implementation of the self-examination process. The new regulation also requires companies to establish blacklists to strengthen market inspection and a credible management system.

2015/11/05 | Shih Yuan

Taiwan Will Complete Preparation for TPP by November 2016

Director-General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade Jenni Yang says after the full text of the TPP was released, the government will compare the text with existing regulations in Taiwan. They will explain the gaps the government should deal with, assess TPP’s impact and provide each ministry with advice for amending laws.