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2015/11/26 | Kenzo

Government Taking Measures to Preserve Critically Endangered Aboriginal Languages

There has been severe loss of aboriginal (indigenous) languages in the process of Taiwan’s social transition. According to an UNESCO report, there are five indigenous languages listed as critically endangered, nine as vulnerable and 16 at the brink of extinction.

2015/11/24 | Kenzo

Indigenous People Refused Entrance of Traditional Territory

Hanisazan has a special significance to the Bunun people. Their ancestors migrated south from Xinyi Township and the mountain was an important watershed where the tribe would gather.

2015/11/22 | Kenzo

Trade Talks: China-Imported Food Inspection to be Done Within 48 Hours?

Yang Jen-ni, director-general of the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) hopes to establish a computerized information exchange system that can be used to approve an import permit within 48 hours after receiving a clearance application. Legislator Lin Shu-fen criticizes the 48-hour clearance treatment is feeding Taiwanese people poison.

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.

2015/11/17 | Zou Chi

Chinese Marriage Migrants Request Equal Rights For Their Children's Education

If the children of Chinese marriage migrants are not issued a long-term residential permit before turning 20, they will need to stop their studies and leave Taiwan. Spokesperson of the New Immigrants Labor Rights Association says this not only torture for the children to be separated from their parents, but also a threat to cross-strait families.

2015/11/17 | Kenzo

Taipei's Airspace to be Liberated; Songshan Airport Will Relocate by 2020

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je believes that it’s impossible to terminate the airport now as it provides service to 6.1 million tourists annually, or 20 thousand tourists daily. So the ideal solution is to alter its service by transferring it to Taoyuan Airport. However, the scheduled time for the completion of the third and fourth terminals at Taoyuan Airport, as well as a third runway, will influence the relocation of Songshan Airport.

2015/11/17 | Yang

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amending the Law to Block Republic of Taiwan Stickers

The designer of the stickers said on Facebook that the stickers are not meant to change the cover of the passports; rather, they are "an artistic action opposing the Utopian 'Republic of China' system." He accused the amendments drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be unconstitutional.

2015/11/15 | Yuan

80,000 South Koreans Take to the Streets Asking Park to Step Down

The police say that this might be the largest street protest in Seoul in the last seven years. The last one had 100 thousand protestors going to the streets against the import of US beef for fear of mad cow disease in 2008.

2015/11/13 | Yang

Toxic Pesticides Detected in Six Taiwan Supermarket Chains

Director of the Toxicology department at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Yan Zong-hai points out that if a variety of pesticides are mixed and the pesticides residues exceed the norm, the toxicity will increase under the cocktail party effect.

2015/11/12 | Kenzo

Taiwanese Aborigines: We Are Not Descendants of the Yellow Emperor

Aboriginal groups said the Ma-Xi meeting was not sanctioned, so President Ma could not represent the Taiwanese people, or even Taiwanese aborigines, and declare that people on both sides of the strait are all part of the Chinese nation.

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.

2015/11/11 | Yuan

Myanmar Ranks First in 2015 Global Giving Index

The report also shows that the Burmese and the Thai people, who have 87% of adult donations, mostly believe in Theravada Buddhism, which has a long tradition of donating to Buddhist monks. Therefore donation is a common practice in their societies. However, the report also draws comparison between the generosity of the Burmese and their persecution against the Rohingya people, a minority Muslim group in Myanmar.

2015/11/09 | TNL 編輯

Taiwanese Flight Attendants Protest Against Labor Exploitation

According to the Aircraft Flight Operation Regulation (AOR), if the cabin crew spends an hour on in-flight rest, the flight duty period can be extended to 20 hours, and if they spend over three hours staying in a hotel after landing, the flight duty period can be automatically extended to 24 hours.

2015/11/09 | Zou Chi

Jiaming Lake National Trail Will Be Closed For Three Months Next Year

Jiaming Lake is a renowned alpine lake in Taiwan that has long been a tourist attraction. Central News Agency reports, the hikers swarming in have trampled the trail into a flat barren terrain, shaving the lakeside bald. A senior tour guide of the Bunan tribe, Yu Jia-ming, indicates that the “Hero’s Slope” ought to be hiked in zigzags, but people prefer to take a straight path and the same routes, which weakens the landscape and makes it easy for the rain to erode.