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Puyuma singer wins Album of the Year at 28th Golden Melodies

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-25

Indigenous Taiwanese singer Sangpuy Katatepan from the Puyuma tribe, won the biggest award at the

Sangpuy (center) celebrates with his team after his album “Yaangad”, inspired by his Puyuma Tribe roots, won Album of the Year at the Golden Melody Awards on Saturday night. (CNA photo)

28th Golden Melodies on Sunday night. Known for singing the traditional songs of his tribe, Sangpuy’s album “Yaangad” picked up Album of the Year at what’s known as Taiwan’s version of the Grammys, defeating 23 other albums across many different languages.

Sangpuy also won the awards for Best Vocalist–Aboriginal Language and Best Vocal Recording Album.

Meanwhile, veteran rock band Mayday picked up the Best Album in Mandarin and Best Lyricist for “History of Tomorrow.”

Newcomer No Party For Cao Dong, won Best Musical Group, Best New Artist and Song of the Year with their debut album “The Servile.”
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Taiwanese Music on the World Stage: Mia Yen and Taiwanese Waves

‘I have always believed in the power of music. Music crosses boundaries, even cultural and personal boundaries. I want to prove to the world that Taiwan produces some of the world’s most outstanding musicians and bands.’

The News Lens
Date: 2017/06/25
By: By Chieh-Ting Yeh, Ketagalan Media

In the world of international politics, nations have ignored Taiwan and pretended it does not exist for a

Photo Credit: Taiwanese Wave Facebook

long time.

If you look up recent news about Taiwan, you will see the country’s most recent diplomatic setback — Panama, a nation that has maintained official ties with the Republic of China for decades, finally made the decision to recognize Beijing as the legitimate government of China as most of the rest of the world has done. Taiwan was not invited to join the World Health Assembly in Geneva this year — nevermind the fact that Taiwan has only ever been invited to attend as an observer. Even students with a Taiwanese passport were turned away from attending the public gallery at the UN Human Rights office in Geneva.

But Taiwanese people, who created a resilient civil society and that have infused tremendous amounts of creative energy into the arts, is pushing “Taiwan” the brand into places far away from the marble halls of politics. People and stories that represent Brand Taiwan now show up in gourmet magazines, startup communities worldwide, and beginning last year, Taiwan’s contemporary music played at the largest open air music event in New York: Summer Stage in Central Park.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese legislator to introduce bill requiring HIV-positive people to reveal condition to EMRs

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/25
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan)–A Taiwanese legislator said on Sunday that she will introduce legislation intended to require HIV-positive people to reveal their AIDS condition to emergency medical responders after a recent incident in eastern Taiwan caused a scare.

There were recent news reports about a fire department emergency medical technician in Hualien whose wound allegedly came into contact with the blood of a patient the EMT was attending to. The technician later learned from the hospital treating the patient that the patient is HIV positive. The technician subsequently suffered from great panic and anxiety and reportedly spent more than NT$20,000 on treatment as prevention for HIV.

People First Party (PFP) Legislator Chen Yi-chieh (陳怡潔) said she will introduce a bill intended to make revelation of HIV-infected people’s AIDS condition to emergency medical responders (EMRs) mandatory to protect the welfare of EMRs. At the same time, the bill is also intended to require that EMRs cannot refuse to attend to the patients upon knowing about their AIDS condition, she added.
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Taiwan offers assistance to China after Sichuan landslide

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Lu Hsin-hui and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) The Presidential Office on Sunday conveyed condolences to China over a deadly

Photo courtesy of China News Service

landslide in Sichuan Province and offered Taiwan’s assistance, if necessary.

The message of sympathy and concern was conveyed to China via Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council and Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said.

Taiwan also said it was willing to provide any assistance that would help reduce the damage and loss caused by the disaster, according to Huang.

Chinese state media reported Sunday that 15 bodies had been found, while 118 people remained missing after a hillside collapsed in the farming village of Xinmo in Sichuan’s Mao County, burying more than 60 houses.    [FULL  STORY]

Thousands rally over mining extension

ASIA CEMENT CONTROVERSY:It respected others’ opinions, the firm said, and its present mining operation in Hualien County is not inside Taroko National Park

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 26, 2017
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Thousands of protesters yesterday marched from the Executive Yuan to the Presidential Office Building

Protesters form the outline of Taiwan during a march in Taipei yesterday against the extension of Asia Cement’s mining rights in Hualien County. Photo courtesy of Citizens of the Earth, Taiwan

in Taipei to back demands that the government terminate a controversial extension of Asia Cement Corp’s (亞泥) mining rights in Hualien County’s Sincheng Township (新城).

Members of protest organizer Citizen of the Earth, Taiwan (CET) and others gathered in front of the Control Yuan shouting: “Abolish Asia Cement’s mining rights! Reform the mining sector!”

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Shu-fen (林淑芬) said Asia Cement did not obtain the consent of Aboriginal landowners before applying for the extension of its mining rights, which it should have done to conform to Article 21 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act (原住民基本法).

The Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Monday last week that its approval of the extension was not illegal, with Executive Yuan spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) saying the administration supports the ministry’s decision.    [FULL  STORY]

Golden Melody: Veterans, newcomers split top awards

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Music veterans and newcomers on Saturday split the top awards at the 28th

Taiwan band No Party For Cao Dong

Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s biggest music awards event.

Taiwanese singer Sangpuy Katatepan (桑布伊), known for performing the ancient tunes of his indigenous Puyuma tribe, grabbed the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, with his “Yaangad.”

He also won the awards for Best Vocalist–Aboriginal Language and Best Vocal Recording Album.

Veteran rock band Mayday (五月天), meanwhile, picked up the Best Album in Mandarin and Best Lyricist with its “History of Tomorrow.”    [FULL  STORY]

Tsai: Historical files key to transitional justice

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-24

President Tsai Ing-wen says that historical files are key in Taiwan’s path towards facing its difficult past.

President Tsai Ing-wen speaks Saturday at an academic conference at Academia Historica. (CNA)

Tsai was speaking at the opening of an academic conference Saturday. She said that transitional justice rests on truth, and that truth rests on historical files.

According to the UN, transitional justice is a society’s attempt to come to terms with its “large-scale past abuses”. In Taiwan, the term is generally used when talking about the violent 228 Incident of 1947 as well as its aftermath.

Tsai said that institutions like Academia Historica, where many government files are held, bear a great responsibility. She also said that she will continue pushing for government agencies to release and declassify more historic documents.    [FULL  STORY]

Unions protest ‘exploitative’ rules in Taipei

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 24, 2017
By Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter

Regulations allow exploitative overtime hours to be imposed on transportation workers, labor groups said

Protesters from several transportation unions yesterday perform a skit outside the Ministry of Transportation and Communications building in Taipei to protest against regulations that they say allow exploitative overtime hours to be imposed on transportation workers. Photo: Chien Jung-fong, Taipei Times

yesterday in a protest outside the Ministry of Transportation and Communications building in Taipei on the one-year anniversary of the China Airlines strike.

More than 100 members of several transportation unions shouted slogans and threw balloons filled with red water at the ministry’s doors to symbolize the “blood and sweat” they say ministry rules force them to give to their employers.

“Last year, we fought for the right to rest and we are still fighting today, because the government’s and China Airlines’ promises of reform have fallen through,” Taoyuan Flight Attendants’ Union director Lin Hsin-yi (林馨怡) said.

Union board director Chu Liang-chun (朱良駿) cited a decision by China Airlines to cut employees’ rest time between transoceanic flights, along with rumors that the Civil Aeronautics Administration is considering reducing the ratio of flight attendants to passengers.    [FULL  STORY]

This blog is a lifesaver for Taipei parents with a toddler

The China Post
Date: June 24, 2017
By: The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taking care of a little one is hard enough. Doing it in a foreign city, even an international

Screengrab from A Toddler in Taipei

one like Taipei, adds a load of other problems, from deciphering bus routes to finding some appropriate weekend fun.

But we have some good news: There’s a blog for that.

A Toddler in Taipei was started by expat mom Sarah to give English speakers ideas about where to go and what to do with their tot around the capital.

It’s a very resource-rich site. For starters, there are posts about individual points of interest, like details about a three-story play center near the Minquan West Road MRT station and advice on taking tots to some of the city’s famous night markets.

A post on the Raohe Street market had good tips like “Admire all the lanterns on display on the way from the metro to the temple” and “Climb to the top of Ciyou temple, and look at the colorful roof decorations.”go-karts and cafes).    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese woman causes international media frenzy due to young looks

Lure Hsu is the sister of Taiwanese actress Sharon Hsu

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/24
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese interior designer has suddenly become mentioned by media all over

Lure Hsu (from her Facebook page).

Europe because she looks like a student or even a teenager, even though she is 42.

Over the past week, reports about Lure Hsu (許路兒) emerged in various European media, from The Daily Mail in Great Britain to newspapers in Belgium and the Netherlands.

A frequent poster on Instagram and Facebook, Hsu’s fame was launched by her 35-year-old sister, actress Sharon Hsu (許維恩), who put a photo online for her 40th birthday which was interpreted as the photo of a teenager.

Since then, the elder Hsu has cultivated a following of 230,000 fans on Instagram and 340,000 on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.    [FULL  STORY]