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China Airlines Joins SkyTeam

Taiwan’s flag-carrier and largest airline, China Airlines 中華航空公司, becomes the 15th member of the global airline alliance, SkyTeam 天合聯盟, today at a ceremony held in Taipei 臺北, Taiwan. Founded in 1959, China Airlines is based out of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport 臺灣桃園國際機場 (TPE), formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport 中正國際機場. China Airlines’ passenger fleet consists of Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-300, Boeing B737-800, and Boeing B747-400. It also operates 19 freighter Boeing B747-400F as China Airlines Cargo. Currently China Airlines flies to 99 destinations (including cargo) in 29 countries and territories in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and Taiwan. Continue reading “China Airlines Joins SkyTeam”

2012 Taiwan Presidential Election

Update (1/14/2012): the incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou of KMT has announced his victory of winning the Presidential Election. DPP Presidential Candidate Tsai Ing-wen has conceded her defeat and resigned as Chairperson of DPP. Ballot counting has finished, please view here for the election results for both the Presidential Election and the Legislative Election (available in English and also by cites and counties).

Also read: Ma Ying-jeou Wins Second Term as President of Taiwan

The 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election of Taiwan 中華民國總統副總統選舉 is happening on Saturday, January 14, 2012, together with the Legislative Election 立法委員選舉 to elect the 8th Legislative Yuan (voting takes place between 8 am and 4 pm, Taiwan Time, all election results are expected to be available around 10 pm). The 13th-term President and Vice President would be the fifth direct presidential election of the ROC (Taiwan).

According to the Central Election Commission 中央選舉委員會 (an 18-minute introduction video on elections in Taiwan is available on the English site), there are 18,086,455 eligible voters for the 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election, and a 80% voter turnout can be expected. A total of 14,806 voting stations are available this year. (There were 17,321,622 eligible voters for the 2008 Presidential and Vice Presidential Election, with an estimated voter turnout of 76.3%.)

Click the links to see PDF versions of Election Bulletins 選舉公報 for Presidential and Vice Presidential Election 總統副總統選舉, At-Large and Oversea Compatriot Legislator Election 全國不分區及僑居國外國民立法委員 (18,090,295 eligible voters),  Plain 平地 (171,548 eligible voters) and High Mountain 高山 (183,398 eligible voters) Aboriginal Legislator Election 原住民立法委員選舉, and Regional Constituent Legislator Election 區域立法委員選舉 (17,625,632 eligible voters; one bulletin for each special municipality, city and county), issued by the Central Election Commission.

The two major political parties in Taiwan, Kuomintang (KMT) 中國國民黨 and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 民主進步黨 have both recommended their candidates for President and Vice President. 6 other pairs of candidates applied for candidateship by joint signature from electors, but only the pair of candidates from the People First Party (PFP) 親民黨 has reached the required number of signatures needed. Below you can find the three pairs of candidates, in order of random drawing from the Central Election Commission. Continue reading “2012 Taiwan Presidential Election”

賽德克‧巴萊 Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, non-Japanese living on the island were forced to lose their cultures and ways of living and work for the Japanese. Among those are the Seediq 賽德克族, a Taiwanese aboriginal people living in central and eastern part of the island. Men have to haul lumber off the mountains and are kept off the traditional hunting-grounds, while women have to do housework for Japanese policemen instead of tending their traditional weaving. Above all, they were forbidden from tattooing their faces, a process that is considered essential for one to become Seediq Bale, or true humans, in the Seediq belief system. Continue reading “賽德克‧巴萊 Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale”

Time for Taiwan – My Beautiful Island

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau 中華民國觀光局 has released its first promotional short film, titled “Time for Taiwan – My Beautiful Island 暢遊臺灣就是現在-我的美麗之島.” Backpackers, retired couple, young ladies, and a family tours Taiwan to see its beauty. In its nature, culture, and people, especially the people, the beauty is everywhere. We cannot tell you what you will find, but in Taiwan, you will always find something. It’s Time for Taiwan.

Sharing Taiwan with the World

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