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Local governments celebrate the Year of the Rat with lanterns

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 21 January, 2020
By: Natalie Tso

Keelung’s tourism office is giving away 600 rat lanterns from Feb. 6 – Feb. 8 (photo: Keelung City Govt.)

Taiwan is getting ready to welcome in the Year of the Rat, and local government offices are contributing to the festivities by offering free paper rat lanterns to children.

The fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year is the Lantern Festival. To mark the occasion, the Keelung City Government is giving away rat lanterns that feature a festive flower pattern. People can go to Keelung Tourism Service Centers from February 6 to February 8 to get a free lantern. The city will give away a total of 600 lanterns – first come, first served!    [FULL  STORY]

Buoyed by big win, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen urges mainland China to review strained ties

  • Tsai says she won’t provoke Beijing but the recent elections on the island are a message for authorities across the Taiwan Strait
  • Re-elected president ‘needs to reflect public sentiment in policy with the mainland’

South China Morning Post
Date: 21 Jan, 2020
By: Lawrence Chung


Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen  does not plan to take a tougher stand against mainland China but hopes 

Beijing will reassess its tense relationship with Taipei after her election win earlier this month.

Tsai told cable television station Era News that she also needed to find a way to translate the public sentiment reflected in the election results into cross-strait policy.

“The [result] of the recent elections is a direct message for China and we hope it can give it thorough thought to see if it needs to adjust anything in its relations with Taiwan,” she said in the interview aired late on Monday night.

“And for the same reason, we also need to think carefully on … our cross-strait policy so that … the Taiwanese will can be conveyed [to Beijing] and … relations between the two sides can remain peaceful and stable.”    [FULL  STORY]

Splendid shadow art exhibited in S. Taiwan

Exhibition at Tainan's Chimei Museum features 15 artists from Europe, America, Taiwan, and beyond

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/01/21
By: Lyla Liu, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

The exhibition “Beyond The Shadows” has kicked off in Chimei Museum. (Taiwan News/Lyla Liu photo)

TAINAN (Taiwan News) — Chimei Museum has launched an exhibition titled “Beyond The Shadows” that features international artists’ installations and graphic artworks and will run until Jun. 2.

“Beyond The Shadows” (有影無影?影子魔幻展) exhibits 40 works from 15 international and Taiwanese artists. the museum revealed the highlight of the exhibition, a sculpture titled “Just Now Forever” (此刻永恆) by the Italian artist Fabrizio Corneli, on Jan 18 in nearby Tainan Metropolitan Park (台南都會公園).

The museum stated that Corneli has spent one year researching and creating the work, which has been described as “a poetic conversation with the sun.” Corneli explained that the words “Forever” and “Just now” are written vertically on the edge of the sculpture so that when the sun moves through the sky, the words will cast shadows on the wall from different angles.

In order to see the shadows clearly, the museum revealed that Feb. 21 at 10:38 a.m. and Oct. 21 at 2:16 p.m. will be the best chances to visit the work to see the forms of the words in their entirety. Generally speaking, the 21st day of every month is the perfect day to view them, said Chimei.
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Cult leader and members indicted for murder, abuse of followers

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/21/2020
By: Su Mu-chun and Ko Lin

A follower gets kicked in the chest by another member of the religious cult in this undated photo (Photo courtesy of Taichung prosecutors)

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Ten executive members of a Taiwan-based religious cult, called "Zhonghua Ri Xing Yi Shan (中華日行一善學會)," were indicted Tuesday for involvement in "organized crimes" and the use of physical violence against several members resulting in the death of one in China and the blinding of another in Taiwan.

Based on evidence collected by police during a raid of the cult's premises in central Taiwan, 61-year-old Lin Hsin-yue (林欣月), head of the cult, and nine members of her staff were charged with breaching the Organized Crime Prevention Act, as well as causing bodily harm and bodily injury leading to death, according to the indictment released by the Taichung District Prosecutors Office.

The case stems from March last year, when a Taiwanese woman surnamed Fang (方) was allegedly beaten to death by a cult member at the cult's place of practice in China's Guangxi Province in a form of "exorcism," when she accompanied the cult leader on a visit there, the office said.

In an attempt to evade an investigation by Chinese public security authorities, Lin fled to Taiwan and hid in a mountainous area of Nantou County in central Taiwan, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

Researchers find key to metastasis of solid cancers

PREDICTOR: Researchers said they have applied for patents in several nations, and hope the research would contribute to new cancer therapies and drugs

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 22, 2020
By: Wu Liang-yi  /  Staff reporter

After a decade of research, researchers have found a key to the metastasis of cancer, Academia

Jou Yuh-shan, left, a research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Biomedical Sciences, and postdoctoral researcher Lan Yao-tung release research results at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Wu Liang-yi, Taipei Times

Sinica said yesterday.

In 2018, Institute of Biomedical Sciences research fellow Jou Yuh-shan (周玉山) and postdoctoral researcher Lan Yao-tung (藍耀東), among others, discovered that the gene paraspeckle component 1 (PSPC1) is associated with cancer metastasis, the institute said.

Now they have gained a deeper understanding of the connection, it said, adding that they believe the abnormal expression of PSPC1 could turn proteins in cells “from heroes to villains,” and cause a series of carcinogenic effects, including cancer cell metastasis.

PSPC1 can control the passage of proteins between the nucleus and cytoplasm, Jou said.
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VIDEO: Rat calisthenics for the Year of the Rat!

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 20 January, 2020
By: Natalie Tso

Rat calisthenics!

The Lunar New Year is coming up and that means…a lot of feasting. Physical therapist Dr. Jian Wen-ren has come up with rat-themed calisthenics to help people shake off any extra pounds the holiday.

Instead of just stuffing your face and lying around during the Lunar New Year holidays… You can do some Rat Calisthenics! Curl your hands to your chest and then…  jump like this!  The holidays are so noisy! Doing this will trim your waist!

Make the Chinese character for “an”, which means safety! This move means protection!

Then glide over your body from top to bottom.

Be agile like a rat! This move is like a deep squat.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s battered KMT ‘needs higher profile in United States’

  • Opposition party considers reopening office in Washington after heavy electoral losses to DPP
  • US favour a factor among the island’s Beijing-wary voters

South China Morning Post
Date: 20 Jan, 2020
By: Lawrence Chung

Fresh from a landslide electoral defeat , Taiwan’s main opposition party is considering opening an office in the US to keep in closer contact with Washington.

Better ties with the American administration could help the Kuomintang (KMT) counter some of the electoral sway that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gained from its support in Washington, observers said.

The KMT is looking to rebuild after heavy losses in legislative and presidential elections  on the self-ruled island earlier this month.

One of the main issues in the campaign was relations with Beijing, with voters wary of the KMT’s mainland China-friendly policies.    [FULL  STORY]

MAC criticizes Beijing for unrealistic policy toward Taiwan

China reiterated its 'peaceful unification' and 'one country, two systems' proposals in annual meeting

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/01/20
By:  Taiwan News, Staff Writer


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has restated the country’s firm opposition to the proposed “one country, two systems” model while criticizing Beijing for not being able to recognize the reality of cross-strait relations.

Via a statement on Sunday (Jan. 19), MAC, the top government body handling cross-strait affairs, said Taiwan had rejected the “one country, two systems” formula, first proposed by China’s leader Xi Jinping in his 2019 New Year’s address. Beijing should not unilaterally impose its own will on Taiwan, said MAC, calling on Chinese authorities to reflect on their policy toward Taiwan which it said had long been “out of touch with reality.”

Taiwan is a sovereign state that has never been part of the People’s Republic of China, said MAC. Taiwan has expressed “the greatest goodwill” regarding maintaining the cross-strait status quo, said MAC, adding it will not make further concessions in the face of Beijing’s attempt to undermine Taiwan’s sovereignty.    [FULL  STORY]

Day-trip ideas for the Lunar New Year holiday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 01/20/2020
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Photo courtesy of the Tourism Bureau

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) The Tourism Bureau has recommended several day trips to explore Taiwan's nature and culture across during the seven-day Lunar New Year holiday from Jan. 23 to 29.

In northeastern Taiwan, people can visit the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area, which covers 102.5 kilometers of coastline in New Taipei and Yilan, the bureau said.

People can head to the Zhuangwei Dune Visitor Center, which features Yilan's natural sand-dune landscapes and an architectural space designed by renowned architect Huang Sheng-yuan (黃聲遠).

Another option is the Waiao Service Area, where people can park and relax or explore the nearby beach known for surfing and paragliding.    [FULL  STORY]

Firefighters contain blaze in forested Taichung area

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 21, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

A forest fire on Sunday broke out in the mountainous area of Lishan (梨山) in Taichung, destroying

Firefighters put out fires yesterday in the Lishan forest area in Taichung.
Photo courtesy of Dongshih Forest District Office

three hectares of forest, the Dongshih Forest District Office said.

While the fire was contained at 4pm yesterday, it was still being put out as of press time last night, the office said.

The office said that after its Lishan work station received a report of the fire at 8am, 12 firefighters were sent to the affected Chiayang (佳陽) forest area and a request was made for aerial support.

The firefighters on the ground battled because the steep cliffs in the area limited access to water supplies, the office said.    [FULL  STORY]