The Yun Men Tsui Ti block of flats near Taiwan?s east coast has been left leaning at a dangerous angle after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday night. At least four people were killed and more than 170 remain unaccounted for in the areaContinue reading...
The Taiwanese city of Hualien has been struck by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, killing at least two people. Guests are reportedly still trapped inside the Marshal hotel, which has partially collapsed and is leaning at a sharp angleTwo people confirmed dead in 6.4-magnitude Taiwan earthquake
More than 100 have been injured and guests are believed trapped inside a partially collapsed hotel
A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan has struck the eastern city of Hualien, killing at least two people and injuring more than 100.
The Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the Marshal hotel in Hualien had caved in and people were believed to be trapped inside.
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Hotel chain is ordered to shut down its website for week after customer survey lists regions including Hong Kong and Macau as separate countries
The Marriott International hotel chain has apologised and condemned ?separatists? in China after the Beijing government shut down its website over an online questionnaire that suggested some Chinese regions were separate countries.
China?s Cyberspace Administration, the internet watchdog, said the hotelier had ?seriously violated national laws and hurt the feelings of the Chinese people? after a customer survey listed Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as separate countries. The regulator ordered Marriott?s website and booking applications to close for a week.
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Judges uphold Taiwanese divorcee?s contracts with her two sons requiring them to reimburse her for their upbringing and education
Taiwan?s top court has ordered a dentist to pay his mother around £554,000 as reimbursement for the money she spent raising and educating him.
The supreme court upheld a previous ruling that the 41-year-old, identified by his family name, Chu, should honour a contract he signed with his mother 20 years ago promising to repay her.Continue reading...
A professor in Taiwan claims to have witnessed the longest ever visible rainbow, clocking in at nearly nine hours, and plans to submit it for a world record'A gift from the sky': record-breaking nine-hour rainbow appears in Taiwan Continue reading...
Chou Kun-hsuan of Chinese Culture University claims phenomenon beats six-hour rainbow seen in Sheffield in 1994
A professor in Taiwan claims to have witnessed the longest ever visible rainbow, clocking in at nearly nine hours, and plans to submit it for a world record.
The rainbow lasted for eight hours and 58 minutes in the mountains around the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, according to Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor at the Chinese Culture University.
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Border force raids uncover exploited workers from Solomon Islands and PNG on farms in Queensland and Western Australia
A ?recidivist? Perth couple who ran a cleaning company have been fined more than half a million dollars for the ?deliberate?, ?repeated?, and ?systematic? exploitation of Taiwanese workers, while raids by the Australian Border Force have uncovered exploited workers from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea on farms in Queensland and Western Australia.
Further evidence of the systematic exploitation of foreign workers across Australia follows a report last month from two universities that found one-third of backpackers, and a quarter of international students in Australia were being routinely ripped off by employers paying half the minimum wage.
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Outcry over five-year sentence handed to Taiwanese human rights defender who was secretly arrested while visiting China in March
A court in China has sentenced a Taiwanese democracy activist to five years in prison on subversion charges in a case that has strained relations between Beijing and Taipei.
Lee Ming-cheh sat silently as a judge read the sentence, accusing him of disseminating articles, books and videos critical of China?s Communist system in an attempt to foment a ?western colour revolution?.
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The singer is reported to have been refused a visa ? but she?s far from the first western star to be denied entry to the country
Name: Katy Perry
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Event is first since Taiwan ruled in favour of gay marriage but some activists are frustrated by slow progress of legalisation
A sea of rainbow flags and glitzy costumes filled downtown Taipei as tens of thousands marched in Asia?s largest gay pride parade, the first since Taiwan?s top court ruled in favour of gay marriage.
The island looks set to become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage after the constitutional court said in May that laws preventing same-sex unions violated the guarantee of freedom of marriage. It gave the government two years to implement the decision.Continue reading...
The genre is often taken to mean English gloom ? but a robust hybrid version, taking in everything from local folklore to classic cinema, is flourishing among the art-school introverts of Shanghai, Tokyo and Taiwan
Perched at the edge of Shanghai?s Kaixuan Road, between Tianshan Park?s leafy calm and the imposing weight of the elevated West Yan?an Road metro station, sits Yuyintang Livehouse, a mainstay of the city?s underground music scene. Signposted by the electric glow of a polar bear holding a guitar, this indie music destination ? in a city short on such venues ? recently hosted the fourth East Asia Shoegaze festival.
Organised by Lulu, guitarist of the Shanghai shoegaze quartet Forsaken Autumn, and Japan-based Luuv Label, this year?s lineup featured an eclectic range of new and known bands from the region, including rising stars RUBUR, Japanese shoegaze royalty Cruyff in the Bedroom and the diffuse Taiwanese dream-pop outfit U.TA.
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Chinese students react with great emotion if they feel China is being criticised. There?s concern that this erodes freedom of speech on Australian campuses
The recently released Chinese student?s recording of the argument he has with his teacher about using the word ?Taiwan? illustrates how issues of sovereignty and territoriality can be very emotional for Chinese students.
In the video, the Chinese student says, in a calm voice: ?You have to consider all the students ? Chinese students are one third of this classroom. You make us feel uncomfortable.? He goes on to argue, ?You have to show your respect.? The discussion becomes somewhat unclear, but it sounds like the student then says, ?It really makes us feel terrible.? His next comment sounds like he is getting frustrated and upset: ?Why do you always keep saying that? ?Taiwan!? As if it is a separate country.?
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We want to hear from readers living in the region about what life is like around the time of North Korean nuclear tests and missile launches
Tensions in the Korean peninsula have reached new heights, with Seoul expecting further missile launches after a sixth North Korean nuclear test was confirmed on Sunday.
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Students from New Taipei City collected samples from urban rivers, creeks and ports which they then froze in moulds and preserved in resin. ?We hope when more people see this they can change their lifestyles,? said one of the groupContinue reading...