Month: September 2017

CRACKDOWNS ON SHADY ESTABLISHMENTS OFFER FREE ADVERTISING!

Red Brick Daily The human voyeuristic urge is strong, and when news cameras show cops hauling sexily clad “hostesses” from naughty KTVs, massage parlors and other — usually gangster-controlled —  entertainment centers, TV viewers are taking notes. Reports of late indicate the crackdown on Taipei places run by the United Bamboo Gang (竹聯幫), Taiwan’s largest Triad, are actually giving the KTVs a boost … as new customers are enticed by the parades of attractive ladies shown during the raids. Prostitution in Taiwan is illegal (mostly, other than grandfathered laws) but many KTVs offer high-priced escorts to entertain guests, and some of these women then...

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INDONESIAN-CHINESE REFUGEES WANT CITIZENSHIP

Red Brick Daily Some two million Chinese troops and others escaping Mao’s victory in the last Chinese civil war eventually settled in Taiwan after the KMT’s defeat in 1949. Large numbers of Chinese Nationalist soldiers and others also fled south, ending up in Burma, north Thailand and other spots along China’s Asian borders. Many of these people and their descendants have mostly been granted citizenship rights as ROC nationals … and over the years, even Tibetian refugees had a chance to claim residency as citizens of the Republic of China, which now consists of Taiwan and serval outlying islands. But...

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HIGHER INSURANCE FOR CONVICTED DRUNK DRIVERS IN 2018

Red Brick Daily It seems like a fair idea: those convicted of drunk driving must pay more for insurance. The Central News Agency has more: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201709260031.aspx “Starting in March 2018, motorists convicted of drunk driving will be required to pay a higher punitive premium for Compulsory Automobile Liability Insurance … The punitive premium will be raised to NT$3,600 (US$119) per violation, up from the current NT$2,100 … There is no limit to the number of times violators can be charged with a punitive premium. [The penalty will be added to the] regular premium, which is currently NT$1,866 annually for men and...

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KAOHSIUNG NANNY HAS A TASTE FOR BREAST MILK

Red Brick Daily The word “Kaohsiung” has been popping in Google alerts of late, but for less-than-ideal reasons. News organizations across the globe have reported on the strange case of a nanny in Kaohsiung who was busted and — reportedly fired — for “finishing” the bottle of her employer’s breast milk after feeding the baby. The Taiwan News offered this summary: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3255742 “One day, during her ‘yuezi’” (month of confinement after giving birth,) Lin saw the nanny carrying an empty milk bottle to the kitchen. Out of curiosity, Lin asked ‘where’s the milk?’ and it was then that she realized the...

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FOREIGN VISITORS WARNED ABOUT PINGTUNG RIVER HIKING

Red Brick Daily There are some stunning rivers and ‘water holes’ in the mountainous areas of Pingtung and northeast Kaohsiung, but villagers near Sandimen are warning visitors, especially foreigners who may be less familiar with Taiwan’s mountains, to refrain from hiking in areas too far off the beaten track without a guide. On September 24th, 2017 at the Ocean God’s Pool (屏東縣三地門鄉-海神宮) in Sandimen, locals said a group of three, reportedly Belgian nationals, hiked up the river to explore areas such as those shown in the link below, but at least one suffered a serious accident and was rescued … but...

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