Month: April 2017

“NEW TAIWANESE” NUMBERS GROW … A TREND THAT’S SET TO CONTINUE

Red Brick Daily Welcome, Vietnamese-Taiwanese! — People from that nation made up the biggest group of new citizens in 2016. Check out these links on immigration: Say hello to the new Taiwanese   Nearly 70 percent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics released Saturday” also: “The MOI pointed out that the nationality law had been revised in December 2016 to encourage foreign high-level professionals to become naturalized citizens. Foreign high-level professionals can now become ROC citizens without having to give up their original citizenship, the MOI said.” http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/04/23/496046/Say-hello.htm On...

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“HEAVY” SENTENCE FOR DRUNK DRIVER WHO COST POLICE OFFICER A LEG … GUESS HOW LONG THE JAIL TERM IS?

Red Brick Daily THREE YEARS AND TWO MONTHS … “[A New Taipei woman was sentenced] for drunk driving causing a police officer on duty to have his right leg amputated … doctors had to amputate the police officer’s lower right leg and said injuries to his left knee and ankle could be permanent.” And it gets better – She wasn’t even supposed to be driving! And you’ll never guess why: “The court said Chen Yi-en (陳以恩), whose driving license had been revoked in 2014 for drunk driving, repeated the offense at 6:00 a.m. on July 16, 2016 — this...

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TWO DOWN, ONE TO GO — CHINA POST QUITS PRINT EDITION

Red Brick Daily If you’ve lived here long enough, you might remember the days when the ONLY English newspaper that was readily available across Taiwan was the China Post. But, following the lead of the Taiwan News, the Post will cease its print version and go all digital on May 15th, 2017. This leaves the Taipei Times (owned by the massive Liberty Times group) as the last printed English newspaper in Taiwan. Any thoughts? Sad? Happy? Not concerned? Tell us on FB. Here’s some coverage on the topic: After 65 years, The China Post to go paperless on May 15 “The daily,...

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COUPLE’S FARE-BEATING SCHEME BACKFIRES

Red Brick Daily You’ve probably thought of it … “If I buy a ticket to Tainan and then get someone in Taipei to meet me at the station and give me a ticket from like BanChiao to Taipei, I’ll only pay like NT$100!” No? Never thought of such an elaborate plot to beat paying about US$100 for a round trip HSR ticket?  Well, one couple did … and they got away with it –until they didn’t. Check out the link below for details on the failed scam:   Duo to pay NT$130,000 for fare dodging on high-speed rail “After arriving...

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TAIWAN BANS DOG AND CAT MEAT IN ASIA FIRST

Red Brick Daily Some (a small minority) in Taiwan believe eating dog in the winter helps improve circulation or other bogus ideas … as for cats, we’re not quite sure why anyone would want to eat a cat, but we have heard people call them “mini-tigers” or other similar tiger-related terms … so maybe they have all the health benefits of tigers, just on a smaller scale!  🙂 In any case, you could now end up in jail for 2 years if you chow down on fido or fluffy — after a new law banning the consumption of such meat came...

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