First time in 106 years, Boston has elected an Asian American as the City Council President. Taiwanese American Michelle Wu takes up the position in Boston and joins a growing list of Taiwanese Americans who are taking a role in the US government.
Among the foreign students surveyed, most consider staying in Taiwan for future plans and a large number agree they enjoy freedom of speech here. Yet less than half of the Chinese students surveyed think there is a democratic system in Taiwan.
Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Hsia Li-yan says that this hotline is the concrete result from the meeting between the cross-strait leaders. He hopes that through this hotline, the communication between Taipei and Beijing can become smoother in terms of emergencies and other important issues.
Ko says, each of his policies makes his supporting rate drop, such as charging off-street parking fee, canceling the rule of using YouBike for free during the first 30 minutes and canceling gift money for the elderly on a traditional holiday that celebrates the spirit of respecting the elderly. Ko says he will not lose the courage to do what he should do even if it will make his supporting rate decline.