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Pacific high pressure system brings clouds, afternoon showers

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-25

The weather in Taiwan this week will range between sunny and cloudy as the island comes under the influence of a Pacific high pressure system. The Central Weather Bureau said Sunday that brief afternoon thundershowers will develop this coming week, mostly in areas north of central Taiwan, as well as northeastern and eastern Taiwan and mountainous areas.

The daytime temperatures will be in the 30s Celsius throughout Taiwan between Sunday and July 1. Forecasters say that the highs in some areas could reach the mid-to-upper 30s on Sunday and Monday.

Southeastern Taiwan could also see foehn winds – those are dry and warm down-slope winds that the bureau is forecasting for between Sunday and Tuesday. Forecasters are advising people to be aware of high temperatures brought by the winds.    [FULL  STORY]

FILM REVIEW: ‘By The Time It Gets Dark’

Dao Khanong/ดาวคะนอง (By the Time It Gets Dark). Electric Eel Films, 2016. Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong. In Thai. 105 minutes.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Andrew Alan Johnson

Anocha “Mai” Suwichakornpong’s “By the Time it Gets Dark” is not a typical narrative. One might place it into the category of avant-garde Thai film in the vein of Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, but Anocha’s sensibilities are not quite Apichatpong’s. Rather than descend into Apichatpong’s surreal Isan dreamscapes, Anocha’s camera is more modern art.

Repetition – like those meerkats – is central theme of “By the Time it Gets Dark” — we repeat the same conversations (but with different characters in slightly different relationships), the same relationships repeat (a bland-looking film star, walking with his new lover, meets his ex arm-in-arm with a man who looks oddly similar). History repeats, Anocha tells us, and we are caught in it. As one of her characters, a former Thammasat student activist from the 1970s, says, we are not heroes of history, but rather those who have simply survived it. History washes over us in its cycles, and we simply ride it out until we can no longer.

Watching “Dark” is hypnotic. Part of this is Anocha’s loving attention to texture: be it the swirl of grey hair on the back of a nun’s head, or the rough wood of a rural house’s walls, part of the viewing involves getting lost in these rich details. But as we lose ourselves in these details, like a mushroom trip, once Anocha’s camera begins to reveal how these patterns repeat, one sees fractal-like repetition everywhere: a cloud of bubbles presents endless mirrored surfaces, a loaf of bread shows lines and lines of identically-shaped slices, the young woman (now a janitor) empties toilet stall after mirrored toilet stall.    [FULL  STORY]

Environmental groups protest against mining rights extension

Protesters demand revocation of the extension to a controversial mine and revision of the current mining law.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Angered by the 20-year mining rights extension awarded by the Taiwanese government to Asia Cement Corporation (ACC,亞泥) in Taroko National Park in Hualien, environmental groups took to the streets to protest against the government in front of the Executive Yuan, reports said Sunday afternoon.

Environmental groups said that there were about 5,000 people on site. Protesters set smoke bombs on the street, mimicking the smoke produced by explosions in the mine.

Far Eastern Groups (遠東集團), which owns ACC, has been mining in Taroko for four decades without permission of local residents and an environmental impact assessment (EIA), said Tsai Chung-yueh (蔡中岳), consultant at the Citizens of the Earth (地球公民基金會), adding that an extension of another 20 years of the mining rights is unacceptable.

The environmental groups are demanding that the extension be revoked and the current mining law revised.    [FULL  STORY]

More than 300 cases of heat injury reported in June: ministry

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Chang Ming-hsuan, Tyson Lu and Kuo Chung-han

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) With the arrival of summer in Taiwan, hundreds of people have been suffering heat-related illnesses, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Sunday.

Since the start of June, 318 cases of heat-related illness have been reported across the country, with 80 of them occurring between June 22 and 24, according to statistics from the ministry.

Temperatures have been soaring in Taiwan in recent days, reaching as high as 38.2 degrees Celsius shortly after noon Saturday in Dawu Township in Taitung County, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data showed.

The high temperature was attributed to Foehn winds, a type of dry, warm, down-slope wind that occurs in Dawu, which is on the eastern side of the Central Mountain Range.    [FULL  STORY]

National Chengchi University to hold off on anthem decision until September

PAST GLORIES?The anthem’s lyrics have been criticized by teachers and students who question how they fit with the trend toward transitional justice

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 26, 2017
By: Wu Po-hsuan and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

An announcement on Friday by a National Chengchi University (NCCU) committee that changes to the school’s unpopular politically charged anthem would need to wait until September drew fire from student protesters.

The school was founded in 1927 in Nanjing as the then-Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Central School of Party Affairs to train party cadres, which is still reflected in its anthem lyrics. Protesters said that incoming students would refuse to sing the anthem until the lyrics have been changed.

Reflecting the political atmosphere in China at the time of the school’s founding, the lyrics play on themes such as revolution, shared party membership and the Three Principles of the People espoused by Republic of China founder Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙).

The lyrics have in past years frequently become the subject of discussion among teachers and students who question how they fit into the nation’s trend toward transitional justice.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan News Encyclopedia: The Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-24

The 2017 Taipei-Shanghai Twin City Forum is scheduled to open on July 2nd in Shanghai. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je Ko and his Shanghai counterpart Ying Yong are expected to attend the opening ceremony.

This year’s forum will be the first official exchange between Taiwan and China since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May. More importantly, the timing is somewhat sensitive because relations between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait have taken a turn for the worse following a string of incidents in recent months. They include China’s detention of a Taiwanese NGO worker, Taiwan’s exclusion from this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), and Panama’s decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said friendly gestures should help break stalemate. An independent, Ko is affiliated with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but he also makes no secret of his interest in and vast knowledge of Chinese culture and history. Ko’s conciliatory approach towards China, however, has made him enemy for some DPP members.    [FULL  STORY]

Foxconn tycoon donates to Taiwan documentary maker’s parents

Parents left in debt after Chi Po-lin’s June 10 helicopter crash

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

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘) and his entourage

A Chi Po-lin exhibition opened in Taipei Saturday. (By Central News Agency)

donated NT$30 million (US$987,000) to the parents of award-winning documentary maker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林), who died in a helicopter crash on June 10.

His movie “Beyond Beauty – Taiwan from Above” (看見台灣) won numerous awards and fixed the public’s attention on both the beauty of the island and on damage by pollution. Chi died along with the pilot and an assistant as they were working on a sequel.

On the day a commemorative exhibition opened in Taipei Saturday, reports said that Gou, his wife and senior executives at Foxconn, better known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (鴻海精密工業) inside Taiwan, personally visited Chi’s family and made the unconditional donation.

Rumors Chou Hsi-wei to be KMT secretary-general

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 25, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman-elect Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) is reportedly considering asking former Taipei County commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) to be the party’s secretary-general, adding variables to the staffing at KMT headquarters and next year’s New Taipei City mayoral election.

With Wu preparing to assume chairmanship of the KMT on Aug. 20, a rumor this week emerged that he is considering naming Chou as the party’s secretary-general because he favors New Taipei City Deputy Mayor Hou Yo-yi (侯友宜) over Chou to run for New Taipei City mayor next year.

Chou has hinted that he would campaign for New Taipei City mayor, but Hou is said to be the candidate backed by the KMT to “succeed” New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) when his term expires next year.

If true, it would mean that Chou is unlikely to be nominated the KMT’s New Taipei City mayoral candidate and that former presidential office secretary-general Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權), a KMT secretary-general hopeful, would not be appointed by Wu.    [FULL  STORY]

Tainan’s mayor reaffirms his pro-independence stance

The China Post
Date: June 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德), who recently described himself as being “pro-

Photo courtesy of Tainan City Government

China,” said Thursday that his pro-Taiwan independence stance remains unchanged.

Earlier this month, the pro-independence mayor surprised the public when he said he is “pro-China as much as he loves Taiwan.”

The matter aroused great interest among the Taiwanese expatriate community in the United States during Lai’s current visit there.

Asked about the matter by a member of the audience after giving a speech in Los Angeles on Thursday, Lai said “pro-China, love Taiwan” means reaching out the hand of friendship to China, with Taiwan as the center, in the hope of enhancing mutual understanding and reconciliation and facilitating the peaceful development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei mayor: Immigrants benefit from learning Taiwanese

Radio Taiwan Internartional
Date: 2017-06-23

Taipei’s mayor, Ko Wen-je, has touted the benefits for new immigrants to Taiwan of learning the local

Ko: Immigrants benefit from learning Taiwanese

language. Ko was speaking Friday as he spoke with new citizens who have been taking classes in the Minnan variant of Hokkien, also known as Hoklo or, simply, Taiwanese.

Ko said Taipei now has hundreds of classes aimed at helping new Taiwanese citizens settle in the country. He said there are now 500,000 naturalized citizens in the country, some 350,000 of them based in Taipei. Over 90% of these are mainland Chinese spouses of Taiwanese partners, with others coming from countries in Southeast Asia.

While Mandarin Chinese is the official language in Taiwan, Taiwanese is widely spoken colloquially and especially outside of the capital Taipei. Ko said learning Taiwanese has a number of benefits for new arrivals seeking to assimilate.    [FULL  STORY]