From Google Crisis Response:
On March 11 at 2:46pm JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, and triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured or missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.
Emergency voicemail message board
171 + 1 + phone number to leave a message
171 + 2 + phone number to listen to a message
Phone numbers to consult about missing persons: (Japanese language)
Fukushima: 0120-510-186 / 090-8424-4207 / 090-8424-4208
Link above also contains person finder/message board. Continue reading “日本の人々、頑張って!! Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan – Ways You Can Help!! 日本遭逢強震與海嘯，請多多捐助!!”
The most convenient way to get to Taiwan is by plane. Most international flights arrive and depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE, in Taoyuan, but usually labeled as Taipei by airlines). Currently there are five other airports operating regular international flights in Taiwan, to destinations in Asia: Taipei International Airport (TSA, in downtown Taipei, also known as Songshan Airport), Taichung Airport (RMQ), Tainan Airport (TNN), Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH), and Hualien Airport (HUN). Continue reading “Visit Taiwan”
If you go to a movie theater in Taiwan, most likely you will be able to watch a lot of movies that you can watch in the US. However, if you go to a movie theater in the US, most likely you will not be able to watch movies that are made in Taiwan. Not that this is surprising, because there really isn’t that many movies that are made in Taiwan, and managed to attract enough people in Taiwan to watch them. However, this is changing. It can be observed that more and more people in Taiwan associate themselves with Taiwan and calling themselves Taiwanese (many people still identified themselves as Chinese about two decades ago). Films that are made based on culture in Taiwan, and just in general are made in Taiwan by Taiwanese directors have been storming the box office on the island. Here are a few of those films. (For more Taiwanese films, visit 台灣電影網Taiwan Cinema.) Continue reading “Taiwanese Movies”
In the year 2000, the Tourism Bureau of the ROC (Taiwan) 中華民國觀光局 launched its global campaign aimed to attract more international visitor to Taiwan. The campaign involved the logo with “TAIWAN” written in calligraphy and a Taiwan-shape seal with the slogan “Taiwan, Touch Your Heart“. The campaign was quite successful, with more than 5 million people visiting Taiwan last year.
On February 11, 2011, the Tourism Bureau launches its newest global campaign. Following the theme of “heart”, the new campaign involves the logo with a heart full of different possibilities to explore in Taiwan and the slogan “Taiwan – The Heart of Asia 亞洲心、台灣情“. The two logos share the same idea that tourism in Taiwan begins with the heart.
A place mixed with traditions and modernity, Taiwan is one place in Asia you cannot miss!
Following her victory as the 2010 LPGA Rolex Player of the Year last December, Yani Tseng 曾雅妮 has taken over the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf after shooting a final-round 68 to win the Australian Ladies Masters by four strokes on February 13, 2011.
Tseng, 22, claimed the world No. 1 ranking from Korean Jiyai Shin. As the youngest woman to claim No. 1 ranking since 2006, Tseng is winner of three majors – the 2009 LPGA Championship, the Kraft Nabisco, and British Open in 2010. She said her goal at the start of the year was to be ranked the best player in the world. She advanced from No. 5 to No. 2 with the Australian Open win and completed the journey at Royal Pines. The trick now, she says, is staying there. “It is so soon,” said Tseng. “I wasn’t expecting it as quickly as this. I still have another 10 months to go. I just need to be very patient and keep working hard.” She described the win as a dream come true. We are extremely proud of Tseng and wish her continuous success in her future career!
Yani Tseng was the front-runner for Rolex Player of the Year honors entering the week, but she had to watch nervously as Cristie Kerr and Na Yeon Choi both made efforts to steal the award from her hands late today.
-LPGA Official Website
Yani Tseng 曾雅妮, 21, is the youngest player in Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) history to win three career major championships. Rank number 4 as of November 29, 2010 in the Official Rolex Rankings, Tseng has won the LPGA Championship in 2008, Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2010, and Women’s British Open also in 2010. Born in Taoyuan County, Taiwan, Tseng started her professional career at the age of 17, but has been competing internationally since the age of 13 (2002). The highlight of her amateur career was when she defeated Michelle Wie in the final of the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. In 2008 she won as the LPGA Rookie of the Year. In the 2010 LPGA Championship, even though Tseng only placed 21st after the final, her success earlier this year earned her enough points, 6 points higher than American player Cristie Kerr, to win her the player of the year in the final rankings. We congratulate Tseng’s success and wish her the best in her future career!