Month: August 2017

CHECK OUT KAOHSIUNG’S MAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Red Brick Daily It’s been three years since the Kaohsiung Main Public Library opened its eco-friendly doors. But with the area surrounding the building undergoing construction, it was easy to miss in the haze of cranes and steel frames. But the Cianjhen District (前鎮) Kaohsiung Main Public Library is now getting its close-up, with reports noting its ‘column-suspension” design, which is the first in the world. More: http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/sijpkes/arch-struct-2008/11-suspended.pdf The Taiwan News reports: “The balconies from the third to eighth floors on the building’s west and south sides have 5m-wide lawns, while an atrium on the sixth floor features a garden with several fully grown...

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YOU’RE FIRED! -VILLAGERS TOSS OUT CHIEF IN FIRST USE OF NEW LAW

Red Brick Daily We could be over-exaggerating the importance of this … but maybe not. (The election paper with vote tally, via CNA) On Saturday, August 26, 2017, a village way out in the foothills of Pingtung County, became the first-ever to depose of their local publically-elected official by using the new “one fourth” law. Just 310 voters showed up for the recall vote … out of 1,033 eligible local voters … and just 277 voted to remove the village leader. The Taiwan News explains how this was legal: “A total of 310 citizens in Shou Yuan Village, Nanzhou Township of Pingtung County cast...

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NOT BAD, CHIAYI! — SMALL SOUTHERN CITY ISSUES PROGRESS REPORT

Red Brick Daily According to Taiwan Today, the mayor of Chiayi, Twu Shiing-jer, a physician and former Minister of Health, has helped lead his city to victories in six major areas. (Photo shows the ‘high heel’ church in Chiayi (2016.) The design is said to be a tribute to those who helped conquer the scourge of blackfoot disease in coastal areas in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan counties in the 1950s) http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=11&post=119483 To summarize, the city has improved by: Getting a grip on endemic flooding. Air pollution: “By reducing the number of old motorbikes and scooters on the road, Chiayi made...

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IT’S GHOST MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HERE ARE THE DO’S AND DONT’S!

Red Brick Daily As a public service, the RBD editorial staff would like to offer this guide, mostly taken from the Taiwan News, of what you shall and shall not do during ghost month … unless you foolishly don’t believe in ghosts or something … in which case; you’re on your own, dude. Good Luck For all the normal folks out there, here’s a not exhaustive, but decent rundown (with gratuitous commentary) on how to avoid offending the hungry spirits from August 22 to September 19, 2017: Don’t repair your house because the ghosts are apparently looking to mess up things...

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TAIWAN’S LONGEST TOURIST BRIDGE COMING TO CHIAYI

Red Brick Daily Afraid of heights? Then stay away from Chiayi county come September 2017. The Taiwan News reports: “The Taiping suspension bridge (太平雲梯), will be open to visitors in the southwestern county of Chiayi on September 23, according to media reports.  Situated at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, the bridge is 281 meters long and offers views of the Jianan Plain, the Taiwan Strait, the Meishan township where the bridge is located, and the surrounding hills. ‘The ticket prices are initially set at NT$100 for adults, NT$80 for students and people taking shuttle buses, NT$50 for children and people over 65...

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