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VIDEO: President Tsai registers candidacy for presidential race

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 20 November
By: Paula Chao

President Tsai Ing-wen and her running mate William Lai have formally registered their candidacy for

President Tsai Ing-wen and former Premier William Lai

next year’s presidential election.

On Tuesday, the two went to the Central Election Commission to file their paperwork to run.

At the Central Election Commission Tuesday, President Tsai Ing-wen was met with cheers. She said her reelection bid is particularly significant because of Chinese efforts to crack down on Hong Kong protesters and meddle in Taiwan’s elections.

Tsai said, “Our entering the presidential race is aimed at demonstrating two important values. Taiwan is a democracy and political parties can compete freely. There are protections of human rights [in Taiwan]. Most importantly, people have the freedom to elect their own president and vice president.”      [FULL  STORY]

Romantic Route 3: Rediscover Hakka Culture at Beipu, Taiwan

Explore Taiwan’s Hakka culture through the ongoing Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival. First stop: Beipu.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/11/20
By: Syrena Lin

Beipu (北埔), the Hakka capital of northern Taiwan, is a small village in the Hsinchu county and home to around 10,000 people, mostly of Hakka origin.

Traditionally, Beipu is known for its well-preserved Hakka culture with local flavors. When we think of Beipu, things like Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea, Lei Cha (擂茶), dried persimmons, and cold springs come to mind, but Beipu offers more than that.

Most people in Taiwan may have stopped by Beipu during their road trips, but the ongoing Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival (浪漫台三線藝術季) will revitalize their impressions of this small town. As one of the destinations featured by the festival, Beipu is showcasing contemporary art exhibitions with the theme “The Upcoming Past" throughout its old street and countryside areas.

What is “Romantic Route 3” about?

The festival aims to encourage travelers to explore a Hakka city on their own as if they’re on a scavenger hunt. They won’t be spending time in museum buildings, but will rather discover artworks in narrow alleys, by a temple, or out in a rice field.    [FULL  STORY]

Mysterious radar ship spotted off coast of S. Taiwan

Strange Taiwanese ship could be prototype for new phased array radar system to detect Chinese missiles

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/20
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Kao Hsiung LCC-1. (Photo from Mobile01)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Photos have recently surfaced apparently showing a naval vessel prowling the waters off the coast of southern Taiwan with a massive newly mounted radar tower on top, leading to speculation among netizens that it could be a new domestically produced radar ship.

Recently, several photos have circulated online that show the amphibious landing ship Kao Hsiung (LCC-1) with a large, octagonal radar tower protruding from its deck as well as a vertical launch system.

According to a UDN report, the Kao Hsiung, which is a part of Taiwan's 151st Fleet, was decommissioned from its role as an amphibious tank landing ship and handed over to the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) to carry out various system tests.

Some netizens have recently posted photos and discussed the changes made to the vessel on the popular online forum Mobile01. F. S. Mei (梅復興), director of the U.S.-based Taiwan Security Analysis Center, wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday (Nov. 19) that the photos indicate the vessel has been outfitted with phased array radar.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese cyclist recounts ‘horrifying’ arrest, detention in China

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/20
By: Joseph Yeh

Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) Taiwanese cyclist Tsao Yao-wen (曹耀文) said Tuesday he will never visit China again, after his "horrifying experience" of being arrested, interrogated and held in custody there for four days on suspicion of espionage, during a cycling tour from China to Mongolia earlier this year.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Tsao said he was arrested by Chinese soldiers on May 31 at the border between Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of northern China, on suspicion that he was spying for Taiwan.

Tsao said the soldiers, from what he vaguely recalled as the "3XX Brigade's 12th Battalion," later took him to a nearby military camp, where all of his identification and travel documents were confiscated, and he was photographed and questioned.

His interrogators asked him to list every school he had attended and give the dates, from kindergarten to university, and to name his teachers at all levels, Tsao said.    [FULL  STORY]

Environmentalists oppose revival of Matsu project

ECOLOGICAL DAMAGE? The project in Penghu’s Dacang Island was scrapped in 2015 as it had bypassed an EIA and public hearings — problems that it has yet to address

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 21, 2019
By: Liu Yu-ching and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Penghu County Commissioner Lai Feng-wei’s (賴峰偉) plans to revive a Matsu statue project that

The abandoned Dacang Island Matsu statue project site is pictured on Tuesday in Penghu County yesterday.
Photo: Liu Yu-ching, Taipei Times

was halted in 2015 have drawn the ire of an environmentalist group for “causing a rift among Penghu residents.”

Lai recently announced five possible locations for the statue and called on residents to “rally together” behind the project, which was originally planned to be the centerpiece of a tourist attraction on Dacang Island (大倉島).

The Dacang site was picked in 2011 by then-Pingtung County commissioner Wang Chien-fa (王乾發), who envisioned a 66m bronze statue of Matsu, but the project was scrapped in 2015 after it was found the planners had bypassed an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and public hearings, and that it could damage Penghu’s ecosystem.

With the project suspended, the completed bronze statue has remained at a warehouse in Changhua County’s Dacun Village (大村).    [FULL  STORY]

VIDEO: Premier Su diagnosed with temporary facial palsy due to overwork

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 19 November, 2019
By: Paula Chao

Premier Su Tseng Chang has been diagnosed with temporary facial palsy due to a viral infection

Premier Su Tseng-chang (CNA file photo)

triggered by overwork. Su took Monday off. He is planning to curtail his work schedule in the coming days.

As the legislative and presidential elections are heating up, the premier has been busy campaigning for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and for his daughter as well, who is running for legislator.

At a campaign rally for his daughter Saturday, Premier Su Tseng-chang looked a bit odd. The left side of his face was distorted, which is a symptom of temporary facial palsy.

Neurologist Lien Li-ming says facial palsy is caused by a viral infection due to a lack of enough rest.

Tom Lin Shu-yu Searches for History and Humanity at ‘The Garden of Evening Mists’

2019 Golden Horse Awards

The News Lens
Date: 2019/11/19

Photo Credit: Toh Jin Xuan / The News Lens

Underground Film

I still believe movies are shot at 24 frames per second, and I'm willing to live in this romantic lie while using my words to give more people a bit of joy between lies and reality. 

Last year, Taiwanese director Fu Yue’s (傅榆) documentary Our Youth in Taiwan won the 55th Golden Horse Award for Best Documentary. In her acceptance speech, Fu said, “I hope that one day, our country can be treated as an independent entity.” Her comment, along with many political factors, has led to China’s boycotting of the 2019 Golden Horse Awards.

The absence of Chinese films, however, highlighted the vibrancy of Southeast Asian films, granting even more possibilities for the development of Sinophone cinema.

To recount Malaysian-born filmmakers who earned their reputation in Taiwan, we can think of directors like Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), Lau kek-huat (廖克發), and Tan Seng Kiat (陳勝吉). Their works have incorporated Malaysian and Taiwanese elements, breaking boundaries and creating something unique in itself.

But among the Golden Horse contestants this year, a Taiwanese director did something out of the norm — he filmed a Malaysian story in Malaysia instead. We’re talking about writer-director Tom Lin Shu-yu (林書宇) and his latest film The Garden of Evening Mists.    [FULL  STORY]

Germany to hold public hearings for Taiwan recognition petition

German officials re-affirm ‘One China policy' but say government open to cultural, economic partnerships with Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/19
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

German Bundestag will hold public hearings for Taiwan recognition petition. (Wikimedia photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The German Bundestag said Tuesday (Nov. 19) that public hearings for the petition calling on the German government to establish diplomatic relations with Taiwan will be held on Dec. 9 but that the country is unlikely to modify its policies towards the island nation.

In September, the petition, titled "Foreign Policy – Establishment of Diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan)," was made public for people to add their signatures. The petition accumulated more than 53,000 signatures in less than a month, obliging the German Bundestag to discuss the proposed diplomatic partnership.

Michael Kreuzberg, the German citizen who started the petition, met with Shieh Jhy-wey (謝志偉), Taiwan's representative to Germany, in November and said that he despises communism and anything that undermines human rights. Kreuzberg told Shieh that he wanted people in Germany to understand Taiwan and see how inhumane the Chinese government is towards its opposition.

Christofer Burger, spokesperson for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a press conference that the country has insisted on the "one China policy" since becoming diplomatic allies with China in 1972. Burger re-affirmed that Germany will not change its relationship with Taiwan, according to CNA,    [FULL  STORY]

Control Yuan wants corrective steps over undocumented migrant babies

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/19
By: Gu Chuan and Emerson Lim

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) The Control Yuan on Tuesday approved a measure requiring the Executive

Pixabay photo for illustrative purposes only

Yuan, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) and Ministry of Labor to take steps to correct flaws that have resulted in nearly 500 babies born to migrant workers since 2007 being undocumented.

A total of 496 unregistered children born to migrant workers were reported to the NIA between January 2007 and June 2019, Control Yuan member Wang Yu-ling (王幼玲) said in a press conference.

The number accounts for more than 5 percent of the 9,381 babies born in Taiwan to foreign parents in the same period, she said, adding that the real situation could be far more serious, considering that some pregnant migrants give birth outside hospital, so that the government does not know about it.

"It is difficult to get an accurate number," Wang said.    [FULL  STORY]

Student projects to stop fake news win awards

MORE TRANSPARENCY:‘ HeyFans’ software uses big data to classify user accounts as “fans” or “haters,” making the decision to follow or block them easier

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 20, 2019
By: Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Two software programs designed and written by Chung Yuan Christian University students to combat

Photo courtesy of Chung Yuan Christian University via CNA

the spread of fake news have won InnoServe Awards.

Students in the department of information management developed the program as a senior project, professor Chin Chih-yu (金志聿) said.

One project titled “Keyboard Moderator” was a collaboration between students and renowned big data companies, and implemented on Professional Technology Temple (PTT), the largest electronic bulletin board system in Taiwan, Chin said.

The project designed a Web crawler to trawl through messages posted on PTT boards and compare them with a language and behavioral analyses database, Chin said.