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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2016/02/02 | 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.

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.

2015/08/31 | Shih Yuan

Seven National Holidays Cut Back in Taiwan Starting From 2016

With the amendment of the Labor Standards Act being carried out in 2016, weekly working hours will be reduced to 40 hours and the Ministry of Labor has decided to unify leave benefits. It will promote five-day weeks and cut the number of national holidays from 19 to 12 days.

2015/07/16 | Shih Yuan

Work Permit Application Procedure to be Simplified for Overseas Chinese Students

The Ministry of Labor believes overseas Chinese students who choose to stay and work in Taiwan have work-related knowledge, foreign language skills and other professional competence. They are also familiar with their own countries and the Taiwanese society, which complements Taiwanese college graduates.

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.

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.

2015/11/02 | Shih Yuan

Taoyuan Airport to Establish Runway Monitor System to Reinforce Aviation Safety

TIAC (Taoyuan International Airport Company) President David Fei says that the number of aircrafts landing and departing from the airport has grown 10% from 150 thousand to 200 thousand per year, and the increase in aircrafts has affected the erosion of the airstrips.

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.

2016/01/03 | 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.

2015/08/27 | Shih Yuan

Starting Salary of NT$22,700 for Substitute Military Service in 2016

The conscripts can negotiate with their bosses regarding salary after they finish their first year of the service period. The salary cannot be lower than the average monthly salary of rookies in the same industry or lower than NT$ 28,000 (approximately US$ 860).

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.

2015/10/02 | Shih Yuan

Students Take Off Uniform Skirts for Rights to Wear Shorts

The students shouted, "Equal rights to men and women, shorts are innocent," and "There is no PE class today, but I want to wear sportswear." Students at the scene immediately recorded the incident with their smartphones and uploaded the video clips to Facebook.

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.

2015/09/01 | Shih Yuan

Political Contributions in Taiwan; KMT Relying on Enterprises and DPP on Individuals

The KMT receives 80 percent of its political contributions from enterprises, which is around NT$ 130 million (approximately US$ 3.99 million). The DPP relies mostly on individual donations, which stand 73 percent, around NT$ 180 million (approximately US$ 5.53 million).

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.

2015/11/19 | 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.

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.