Month: July 2017

NEW NT$1O COIN MAY FEATURE KAOHSIUNG WOMAN WHO FED THE POOR

Red Brick Daily Former President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) is a controversial figure, to say the least, and for many years, many have hoped to see money in Taiwan discontinue featuring his using his once-ubiquitous visage. They might …MIGHT … get their wish after a move to replace C.K.S. with a local, late hero to the working poor of Kaohsiung hit a threshold. The Taipei Times and Taiwan News report: “A petition to replace Republic of China founder Sun Yat-sen’s (孫中山) image on the NT$10 coin with that of philanthropist Chuang Chu Yu-nu (莊朱玉女) has collected more than 5,000 online signatures...

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FLOOD BASIN PARKS — A KAOHSIUNG SOLUTION

Red Brick Daily You may have noticed a few new parks cropping up around K-Town. Over the last decade or so, the city has embarked on a flood prevention scheme that uses basins with outflow tunnels as parks. New “flood parks” recently opened in Gushan, Fongshan, and Gangshan. KHH doesn’t see that much rain, but when it rains, it pours…like tropical downPOURS. With these additional anti-flooding catchments in place, we could soon not have to worry much about flooding anywhere in the major downtown or heavily populated areas of Kaohsiung. Outer districts are still affected, however, and the city...

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KENTING IS A MESS AND LOSING MONEY … WHAT SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT?

Red Brick Daily Kenting used to be THE BOMB … decent beaches, not-too-expensive accommodation options, a fun night market with elevated, but not sky-high prices. Well, all that has changed over the past 10 years and after tourists from China starting coming in droves, locals opened new shops, jacked up prices and — according to some — got greedy. The rug has been pulled out from under Kenting, however, as China seems to have unofficially blacklisted southern Taiwan. Tourists from China still arrive, but the drop has been shocking. Now, with the fast money all dried up, Kenting has too...

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IS THE END OF ‘BO-PO-MO-FO’ NIGH?

Red Brick Daily The Culture Ministry, with the apparent support of the Tsai administration, is thinking about some big changes. The Taiwan News reports: “Throughout the seven public meetings of the National Language Act, notable suggested amendments to the current language policy included: Phasing out the Bopomofo phonetic system of Chinese characters and instead using systems with the Latin alphabet Amending the errors in the “Taiwan Southern Min Common Use Dictionary,” published by the Ministry of Education Avoiding the label Mandarin Chinese (華語) and instead using Guoyu (國語) as the National Language of Taiwan Adding a standardized Taiwanese Sign Language as an official...

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