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Martha Sorren is a freelance writer for Bustle, Refinery 29 and Insider. She has written a few articles about the lifestyle in Taiwan including McDonald’s in Taiwan as well the recently published 7-11 in Taiwan. Last year her article on the subway in Taiwan attracted quite a lot of attention. She compares the metro system in Taiwan with the one in New York City, a city she once had lived for 7 years. Apart from punctuality, she likes the cleanliness and the safety of the metro. By safety, she refers to both, her personal safety and the safety of the metro system. When comparing 7-11 convenience stores to the ones in the US, she points out that a 7-11 in Taiwan functions more than just a convenience store we know. So how unique are they? Let’s hear from Martha Sorren herself who joined us on the phone all the way from California, USA.
Taiwan Fact Check Center works closely with other fact-checking organizations in the world to curb disinformation. Summer Chen Hui-min, Editor in chief of Taiwan Fact Check Center (TFC) cited a few examples in the interview where information is shared between fact checkers. She said some of the fake news targeted at Taiwan does not only have Chinese but also English translation to make it appear more international but some of these false reports were obvious because they were written in simplified Chinese using phrases popular in China and are not used in Taiwan. (For your information, the language in China and Taiwan is basically the same except that Taiwan uses traditional Chinese writing and China uses simplified and also some phrases and expressions might be different just like in the US, Australia and the UK.)
IFCN (International Fact-checking Network-Poynter) launched a chatbot on WhatsApp on May 4 and the public may use the platform to fact check information you have seen or heard. The system will allow you to navigate through translated work of more than 80 fact-checking organizations in the world including articles from Taiwan Fact Check Center. Since the major outbreak of COVID-19 in January 2020, more than 5,000 hoaxes have been debunked by professional fact-checkers all over the world. To use the chatbot, please save the number +1 (727) 2912606 as a contact on WhatsApp messenger and text it “hi” through WhatsApp.
Dr.Chen Mu-kuan (陳穆寬院長), Superintendent of Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH) said his hospital has taken measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) including patient flow, setting up check points, checking patients’ travel history, allocation of beds for pneumonia patients apart from 36 negative-pressure isolation beds and buffer area in emergency department. Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH), located in central Taiwan, was founded in 1896 by a British missionary and it is the only medical center in Changhua area in central Taiwan.Changhua Christian Hospital (CCH) published the first journal on COVID-19 released in February, by New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals and it was the first article on COVID-19 from a Taiwan hospital, regarding a locally transmitted case.
The relations between Washington and Beijing seem to have improved after President Trump got on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This can be seen from the way President Trump dropped the term “Chinese virus” in early April, according to Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a distinguished chair professor of political science department at Chinese Culture University. But still President Trump signed into law the Taipei Act (Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative Act) of 2019 a move which, of course, angered Beijing. In April, a number of Chinese military fighter jets and transport planes operated near Taiwan and a local newspaper reported that USS Barry (DDG-52), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer was seen off the coast of Taiwan and Prof.Chen it is clear the Chinese wanted to warn Taiwan and the US, on the other side, hoped to convey the message to China not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exert itself in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea.