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A Prawny Tale

How did Taiwan Become a Haven for Recreational Prawn-Fishing?

Prawn fishing is a popular pastime among distraction-hungry urbanites in Taiwan. Have you ever wondered how prawn fishing evolved into a leisure activity?

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Former Vice Superintendent of NTU Hospital

Taiwan’s Hospitals Seeking Revenue Outside of Healthcare to Make Up for Losses under NHI

While Taiwan is admired for its universal health insurance coverage, medical centers find it difficult to remain profitable, so they seek revenue elsewhere, using food courts, convenience stores and parking lots to balance the fiscal gaps from insufficient NHI reimbursements.

Five Keys to Penetrating the Facebook Echo Chamber

In a polarized world where Internet flame wars break out in an instant and reports of “fake news” permeate the media, people retreat to places where they feel safe and respected, leading to echo chambers where only similar views - some quite extreme - are prevalent. How can we burst these bubbles and bring people closer together?

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Breaking Tourism Boundaries

How Tainan Attracts Japanese

For many overseas visitors to Taiwan, Tainan is not at the top of their list of destinations. But in this commentary, travel agency owner Yu Chih-wei explains why his experience in promoting Tainan has given him hope for Taiwan’s tourism sector.

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Promoting Tourism in Taiwan

Being Friendly is Not Enough

Taiwan has all the resources and attractions to make it a top tourism destination. Yet beyond the famous friendliness of its people, it has to look beyond the interests of the few and honor its heritage while serving the public and national interest.

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Reflexive Taiwan Series

Taiwan: A Nation 'Half Empty' or 'Half Full'?

What is nice about Taiwan that 'fills the half'? What is yet to be done to top up the other half? With his living experience of over two decades in Taiwan, this foreigner columnist gives a different perspective to Taiwan's society.

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Mobile Game Travel Frog

The Meaning of Travel Frog—To Like Yourself Better

Harvest its lawn. Fill its backpack. Watch it take off for a journey and bring you souvenirs back. You might not be unfamiliar with the little frog, but you might have never thought about how come it could become such a surprise hit.

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The Aging Society

One Needs Not A Big Living Space For Later Years

The lonely journey of aging—married or not, with children or not, you will have to face it. By the time are left on your own, or with only your spouse, that is when your big house might turn into a nightmare.

Taiwan Shouldn’t Feel Inadequate Compared to China

If we look at China honestly, we can understand why it is backward; its glitziness should not trigger any feelings of inadequacy. Everyone has their own difficulties, and their own strengths and advantages. That is just the way it is.

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Former Vice Superintendent of NTU Hospital

Go Get a Lung Screening Immediately, Even If You Don’t Smoke!

Lung cancer is commonly associated with heavy smoking. However, non-smokers in Taiwan would be ill-advised to think they are not at risk as they are more likely to develop lung cancer than heavy smokers in the West. Air pollution, incense use and unsafe cooking methods are believed to be among the culprits.

Can Taiwan Transition to Electric Scooters?

Nearly as many motorcycles and scooters are registered in Taiwan as there are people. Despite their tremendous convenience and low cost, scooters clog both the atmosphere and city sidewalks, diminishing quality of life for everyone. Can the advantages of electric scooters and emerging shared motorcycle services convince enough consumers to complete Taiwan’s transition to electric vehicles by 2030?

Please, Separate ISIS from Islam

"Muslims must do everything they can to break away from misogynist, maniacal, maddening practices that are dressed up like Islamic," said the winner of 2015 Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants.

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Lin Hsiu-tzu:

Don’t Tell the Japanese to Visit Jiufen Anymore!

Repeat visitors from Japan are interested in delving deeper into Taiwan’s culture and geography than can be experienced on typical guided tours.

Migrant Workers Should Get the Day-Off

Dwitta Vita is the winner of 2015 Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants. He points out that there are still a relatively significant amount of migrant workers who don’t get regular day-offs. It is urgent that they’re able to rest like decent workers.

What is Experimental about Experimental Education?

Taiwan’s legislature is currently reviewing three laws pertaining to experimental education. Tim Chen, father of three home-schooled children and a longtime activist for non-traditional avenues to education, cautions that the label “experimental” alone does not make schooling different.

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The Unknown Brains Behind The Brands

Who Puts the Performance in Performance Sportswear?

Taiwan deserves to be known to consumers globally for its leadership in functionally advanced and eco-friendly textiles. However, Taiwan suppliers remain content to stay behind the scenes, so long as brands such as Nike and Adidas continue to bring big orders. What disadvantageous position does such a mindset leave Taiwan over the long term?

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Mark Stocker

Taiwan Must Market Itself as a Global Steward of Green

A concerted effort by the government and private enterprises to market Taiwan's green achievements abroad would not only benefit the nation's image, it would also create more business opportunities for Taiwan's brands, products and services.

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Mark Stocker

An Opportunity to Turn Taiwan into the Cannes of Asia

Taiwan’s five golden Awards have the potential to establish Taiwan as the arbiter of huaren creative arts, not only bringing economic advantage but also bolstering Taiwan’s national identity.

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Letters to the Editor: A Letter to the Future President of Taiwan

Dwiita Vita: Our Aspirations as Indonesian Migrant Workers

As a migrant worker from Indonesia, Dwiita Vita tries to gather opinions from Indonesia fellow workers at the informal(caretaker) and formal (manufacturer) sector. What are their aspirations?