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11 October, 2020
Story Wear X Chinese Calligraphy

Ms.Kuanpai Chen 陳冠百 (or known as Kuan Chen), the founder of Story Wear, a zero-waste fashion brand in Taiwan said COVID-19 has caused a great impact on fashion industry especially fast fashion. She said the public should also seriously think about the concept of zero waste fashion. The pandemic has not affected her company that much as what they provide is custom-made clothing which they create one piece that comes in one size, each for men and women. Currently Kuan Chen said she works with a renowned Taiwanese artist Zhang Liquan who paints and writes in calligraphy. So this time, you can see Chinese calligraphy in the zero-waste clothing which aims to promote love and peace.

04 October, 2020
Taipei-Washington closer relations worry Beijing

There have been growing tensions between Beijing-Washington relations especially after the COVID-19 pandemic started to sweep the US. Over the last two years, escalation of tension has been seen between Washington and Beijing in the trade war starting from currency manipulation to intellectual property theft. Other disputes center on economic and human rights issues. The passage of the National Security Law in Hong Kong this year exacerbates the problems between the two countries. And now Taiwan’s issue has made the situation worse. China has for long regarded Taiwan as a renegade province and has tried to block Taiwan’s efforts to play a role in the international arena. The closer relations between Taipei and Washington have angered Beijing, from the visit of the US health secretary, Alex Azar, Keith Krach, under Secretary of State for economic growth, energy and the environment to the sale of US 18 torpedoes and to the recertification of air defense missiles worth US $620 million arms. Beijing has also flexed its military muscle by staging military drills and sending Chinese jet fighters through the median line of the Taiwan Strait to show its determination to “protect its sovereignty”. Let’s find out more with Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a professor emeritus of Tamkang University at the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations.

27 September, 2020
Prof.Edward Chen: Taiwan and US might sign a trade agreement

The US has shown more support for Taiwan recently especially after the Taiwan Travel Act was signed into law by US President Trump in March 2018. This can be seen by the visit of US Health Secretary, Alex Azar, in August, the highest level US official to ever visit Taiwan then since Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979. In mid-September, another high ranking US official, Keith Krach, under Secretary of State for economic growth, energy and the environment visited Taiwan. Taiwan will expand imports of US beef and pork products in January 2021 and the move will pave the way for US trade deal in the future, according to Prof.Edward I-hsin Chen, a professor emeritus of Tamkang University at the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations adding that both sides might sign an FTA-like agreement. Taiwan in the future might enjoy lower tariffs on US products.

20 September, 2020
Christina Liang and “Eternal Journey”

Christina Liang Chi-Hui, a golden melody award winner, recently released an album called Eternal Journey, a mix of Eastern and Western music. She started her music life with the piano at the age of 6 and later learned electronic organ at the age of 11. She studied traditional Chinese music in Taiwan specializing in erhu music between 1990-1993. She went on to pursue her education in music in the US in 1999 and obtained a BA in piano performance from Cal State Fullerton. She later obtained in MM in film scoring from North Carolina School of the Arts and has scored more than 10 feature films and documentaries since 2008. In 2009, Christina Liang and her band Vita Eterna released their first album Beyond Boundaries which received 4 nominations and won 2 awards from Golden Melody Awards, awards to recognize achievements of musicians in Taiwan.

13 September, 2020
Taiwan homeschool education

Tim Chen, Chief Organizer of Taiwan Homeschool and founder of Taiwan Homeschool Advocates said home education is a way of learning outside established school institutions adding that Taiwan has been quite successful in the area of home school education as compared to other countries and areas such as China and Hong Kong where home education is banned and in Japan, it is not recognized by the government. In Taiwan, because of the passage of the law, the rights of home school-educated children are legally protected and they have access to school facilities such as clubs, swimming pools, etc. And if the children are between 15 and 18, they can receive a subsidy of around USD$ 2,000 per year from the government. Homeschooling has been legalized in Taiwan since June 1999. Thanks to home school education advocates such as Tim Chen who said he had to attend a lot of meetings, public hearings, write articles in the newspapers, produce documentaries, etc.

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