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AIT head meets with Su, expresses concern about transitional justice

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-12-11

The top US official in charge of ties with Taiwan — American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)

AIT Chairman Moriarty meets President Tsai Ying-wen on Monday. (CNA)

Chairman James Moriarty — is on a one-week visit to Taiwan. AIT serves as the de facto US embassy in the absence of official diplomatic ties.

Moriarty made a trip to Taiwan’s legislature on Monday to meet with Legislature President Su Jia-chyuan and prominent lawmakers. Su later spoke about his meeting with the visiting US official.

“We spoke about domestic and global issues including Southeast Asia, and whether Taiwan can have more exchanges on US trade issues,” said Su.

Su said Moriarty also asked about how transitional justice would be carried out. The legislature passed an act on transitional justice last week. Moriarty expressed concern that related actions might lead to division in society and a response from China. He said he hoped Taiwan’s government would not take overly extreme measures.

REVIEW: ‘Parklife’ Shows Contemporary Art in a Cosy Setting

The News Lens
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Morley James Weston

Courtesy of Chien-chi Chang (張乾琦) via Chi-wen Gallery

This collection of mostly Taiwanese artists touches on subjects from food waste to psychedelics.

“Parklife,” the housewarming exhibition at the newly-relocated Chi-wen Art Gallery, is a diverse yet cozy collection of contemporary art with an emphasis on video and photography.

The exhibition is named for the relocation of the gallery from downtown Taipei to the a sleepy neighborhood in the suburb of Tianmu nestled between three city parks. As the effusive gallery founder Chi-Wen Huang (黃其玟) told The News Lens, “You have to step back and get away from the city if you want to really see it.”

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Chien-chi Chang’s (張乾琦) two related pieces: “The War that Never Was” and “You and the Atomic Bomb.”

The former is a video installation focusing on the artist’s mother’s life in the Taiwanese countryside contrasted with the shifting, violent geopolitics of the outside world. The artist’s mother describes the hardships of life in the countryside and her decades of washing clothes as armies goose-step around town squares and G.I.s slog through swamps. Taiwanese kids in hoodies stare at their smartphones as the Middle East explodes and walls fall. The piece is compelling for it’s focus on the mundanity of life in rural Taiwan — we all get caught up in political drama and fail to see the much more relevant universe full of people scrubbing socks and frying food.    [FULL  STORY]

Stroll trails in Taipei’s Zhuzihu area and visit relics of Ponlai Rice culture

A couple of trails in Zhuzihu have been renovated and connected by Taipei’s Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) to serve as a reminder of the local rice culture in the old days.  

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/11
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Most people know that Zhuzihu (竹子湖) ) is home to

A couple of trails in Zhuzihu (竹子湖) have been renovated and connected (photo courtesy of GEO)

Yangmingshan’s calla lilies, but few have any idea that the valley tucked between Taipei’s Mt. Tatun and Mt. Qixing was the earliest breeding base of Ponlai Rice (Japonica rice) when Taiwan was under Japanese colonial rule (1895 to 1945). A couple of trails in Zhuzihu have been renovated and connected by Taipei’s Geotechnical Engineering Office (GEO) to serve as a reminder of the local rice culture in the old days.

During the Japanese colonial period, a Japanese engineer found that the Zhuzihu area was very suitable for planting short-grained Japanese rice cultivars because the area was situated on high terrain, the temperatures were low and the water quality was good. Therefore, cultivation of rice began in the area as early as in the 1920s.  [FULL  STORY]

Executive Yuan proposes amendments to address air pollution

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Shih Hsiu-chuan

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) The government on Monday proposed amendments that it hopes

CNA file photo

can address Taiwan’s poor air quality and reduce the frequency with which red air quality alerts that signal severe air pollution occur.

Dubbed the “14+N” strategy because it involves 14 measures and maybe more in the future, the proposed amendments to the Air Pollution Control Act are aimed at cutting Air Quality Index red alerts from 997 times in 2015 to 698 times in 2018 and 499 times in 2019, the government said.

The major change to existing regulations would be to address pollution “at its sources,” Tsai Hung-teh (蔡鴻德), director-general of the Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control said at a press conference.

Transitional Justice: Minister, legislators clash over Chiangs

LEGACY: Transitional justice centers on unveiling wrongdoings, not celebrating achievements, a minister told KMT lawmakers demanding due credit to the Chiangs

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 12, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter

The examination of past authoritarian rule as part of the transitional justice program

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung, right, and Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun answer questions about the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice at a meeting of the legislature’s Education and Culture Committee in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

should be carried out without commemorating the achievements of former presidents Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) and Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國), because the examination is aimed at revealing state violence during their authoritarian rule, Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) said at a meeting of the legislature’s Education and Culture Committee yesterday.

Cheng was debating the legacy of the two former presidents with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers, who asked the Ministry of Culture (MOC) to give due credit to the former presidents while examining their human rights violations.

KMT Legislator Apollo Chen (陳學聖) asked Cheng and Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) to name three achievements of the two presidents, but both refused to do so, saying that enough of their achievements have been taught through state education.

“Examining the truth is not about comparing their achievements with wrongdoings, but to discover the truth about persecution,” Cheng said.    [FULL  STORY]

Legislature might not deal with air pollution this session: lawmaker

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-12-10

A lawmaker from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has a majority in Taiwan’s legislature, says there may not be enough time in the current legislative session to deal with air pollution. The current session concludes at the end of the year.

Poor air quality earlier this month prompted Premier William Lai to call for new policies to deal with air pollution. He will broach the topic in a Cabinet-legislative coordination meeting on Monday. A proposed measure would involve giving local governments NT$560 million (nearly US$19 million) to improve air quality. That money would come from a fund created by an air pollution fee levied on purchases of oil.    [FULL  STORY]

First ‘space out’ competition held in Taiwan to promote stress-free lifestyle

Contestants had to stare into space for hours without using smartphones

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/11
By:  Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The International version of “space out” competition was held on

Sunday (Dec. 10) in Taipei with the aim of encouraging young people to practice a stress-free lifestyle, reported CNA.

The “space out” contest was invented in 2012 by South Korean visual artist Woops Yang to highlight how much people overwork their brains and how much they stand to gain by taking a break.

It is the first international version of the competition and in Taiwan was held at the Eslite Spectrum Songyan Store in the Taipei Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. According to the rules, contestants had to stare into blankly for long hours without talking, sleeping, laughing or using smartphones.

Before the event began, Yang told contestants a very important tip that they should not worry about what others might be thinking during the 80-minute competition.

Northeasterly winds to send mercury down in northern Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Lin Chia-nan

CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) Temperatures in northern Taiwan are forecast to fall slightly on Monday as seasonal northeasterly winds strengthen, before a continental cold air mass arrives at the weekend, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Daytime highs in the north will drop to 18 degrees Celsius on Monday, compared with about 22 degrees the previous day, according to CWB forecaster Li Meng-hsuan (李孟軒).

Meanwhile, the mercury in central and southern Taiwan will be little changed, with highs hovering between 22-26 degrees and lows falling to 16 degrees, a nearly 10 degree difference between day and night, Li said.

From Tuesday to Thursday, northern areas can expect rain with increased moisture in the air.    [FULL  STORY]

Aboriginal campaigners plant lilies on 291st day of protest against land policy

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 11, 2017
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

Amis singer Panai Kusui and other campaigners yesterday planted sprouts of Taiwanese

A man surveys a collection of painted stones at the 228 Memorial Park in Taipei yesterday, where protesters have been camping out in an extended protest over the government’s handling of the return of traditional Aboriginal territory. The stone in the foreground reads “return home” in Chinese.  Photo: CNA

indigenous lilies at the 228 Memorial Park in Taipei to mark International Human Rights Day and the 291st day of their campout for the return of traditional Aboriginal territory.

To protest the government’s regulations over Aboriginal lands, Panai, Bunun singer Nabu Husungan Istanda and other Aborigines have been camping outside the Presidential Office Building for 291 days.

The Council of Indigenous Peoples on Feb. 14 announced guidelines on the delineation of traditional Aboriginal territories that would restrict the application of the “traditional area” label to government-owned land, explicitly excluding private land.

The exclusion has sparked heated debate, with campaigners saying that much Aboriginal territory has been privatized and the exclusion would deprive Aborigines of the right to be part of the development of traditional land that was seized and privatized by the Japanese colonial and the Republic of China governments.

The protesters first camped on Taipei’s Ketagalan Boulevard directly in front of the office, but after being driven away by police in June, they moved the camp to the nearby National Taiwan University Hospital MRT station, which borders the 228 Memorial Park.

To mark yesterday’s commemoration, the groups invited members of the public to help plant lilies.    [FULL  STORY]

President Tsai’s Transitional Justice Act Opens Old Wounds and New

The Transitional Justice Act aims to correct injustices of the martial law period but a partisan structure and narrow focus that ignores indigenous land rights may undermine its popularity and efficacy.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/12/10
By: TNL Staff

Taiwan’s efforts to promote transitional justice took a solid step forward this week but will

Photo Credit: Fred Hsu CC By SA 3.0

likely fall short of ambitious aims to achieve national reconciliation amid accusations of exclusivity and partisanship.

The Dec. 5 passage of the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice (促進轉型正義條例) (TJA) was framed by President Tsai Ying-wen (蔡英文) as landmark legislation that will enable Taiwan to make peace with a tumultuous past and turn its gaze forward once and for all.

According to a statement by the Executive Yuan, the Cabinet of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, the Act will establish a committee “responsible for declassifying political documents, removing symbols from Taiwan’s authoritarian era, redressing judicial injustices and restoring historical truths” in a bid to “fulfill expectations for achieving transitional justice, reconciliation and unity.”    [FULL  STORY]