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SATMA (South African Traditional Music Achievement) Awards recently visited Taiwan and Jayson Faber, CEO of SATMA said they brought two groups of performers to Taiwan this time, Thee Acapella and 6 individual artists. Ms. Sibongile Mabasa deputy representative of the South African Liaison Office in Taipei said her office hopes to promote more cultural exchanges in the future adding that there will be exchanges between museums in Taiwan and South Africa.
SATMA (South African Traditional Music Achievement) Awards brought award-winning performers to Taiwan. They are top artists from South Africa, says the CEO of SATMA, Jayson Faber. SATMA was founded in 2005 and launched in 2006 with the purpose to bring different races and ethnic groups together to preserve the cultural heritage of South Africa.They have performed in various countries in the world and this time they were in Taiwan to promote cultural exchanges between Taiwan and South Africa.
One of the best sellers on the Amazon “Israeli Business Culture” was launched in Taiwan in traditional Chinese version in early August. The author, Osnat Lauman said it took her 3 years to complete the book and she interviewed 350 people from different parts of the world who have done business with the Israelis. Osnat Lauman is also the founder of OLM Consulting and she uses the word ISRAELI™ as an acronym to depict the general profile of Israeli’s business characteristics. (Informal, Straight-forward, Risk-taking, Ambitious, Entrepreneurial, Loud, Improvisational)
Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je founded Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) in early August and sparked more speculations that Ko Wen-je will announce his bid for the presidential election in Taiwan. Ko Wen-je said the party will offer Taiwanese voters options other than pan-blue KMT and pan-green DPP. Some analysts also said that Terry Guo, founder of Foxconn and former Legislative Speaker, Wang Jin-pyng might join forces with Ko Wen-je. With only five months away from the presidential election scheduled to be held on January 11, 2020, will President Tsai turn the tables faced with China’s hostility and other domestic issues? The ruling DPP suffered a major setback in 9-1 elections in November 2011 and Han Kuo-yu, KMT’s presidential candidate, rose to a political star when he won the Kaohsiung mayoral election. Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University will share with us his views on the current political situation in Taiwan.
Demonstrations against the Hong Kong anti-extradition law occurred in March and have continued until today as Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam refused to withdraw the bill, but rather, she said she suspended the law in June and added that the law is “dead” in July. Protests have continued and peaceful demonstrations have intensified and escalated into confrontations with the police. Many fear that if the bill is passed, it would allow local authorities to detain and extradite those who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have agreements with including China and Taiwan.