Links 9 March 2009

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10 March is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising. See below for details of Tibet related events in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

News: Refugees still waiting for asylum law. Chinese spouses protest against ID discrimination. Legislators seek to amend Nationality Act to clamp down on politicians holding dual citizenship or permanent residency. Kaohsiung to tax polluters. Saisiat people seeking autonomy. Activists plan to make trouble in the Senkaku Islands (hat tip to Brian). Taiwan workers try to deal with costs of unpaid leave.

Lee Teng-hui says ECFA no silver bullet. Jonathan Adams in the Global Post on the debate over ECFA. Liu Shih-chung says Ma needs to do more negotiating.

Tibet events: On 10 March there is march for Tibet starting at 11:00am at Central Park in Kaohsiung and an evening rally at Freedom Square (自由廣場) in Taipei. Tibet documentaries screening at the Kaohsiung Film Archive from 10-14 March 2009. There is also an Images of Tibet exhibition at Kaohsiung City Hall from 10-13 March. There is a Free Tibet rally on 14 March in Taipei. It begins at SOGO (Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT) at 1:00pm and then there is a march to Taipei 101.

Events: The Tour de Taiwan is racing through Chiayi (Monday), Taichung (Tuesday), Changhua (Wednesday), Hsinchu (Thursday) and Taipei County (Friday) this week. The final stage is a criterium around Taipei City Hall on the morning of Saturday 14 March. You can get the race results at www.cyclingnews.com. Taipei Cycle is on at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Centre from 17-20 March.

Update: Thai band Blue Sky featuring MJ Klein on guitar are playing the Bitan Music Fest on Sunday 15 March between 15:00 and 17:00.

Amnesty International Taipei English speaking group meets at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11 March. On Sunday 15 March there is an anti-gambling rally to protest against the proposed casino on Penghu. It starts at 1:00pm at Freedom Square in Taipei.

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6 thoughts on “Links 9 March 2009

  1. Thanks for the info on the Tibet demonstrations. I keep trying to attend those and keep missing them because it’s hard to find out when they are (same for a lot of DPP rallies).

  2. Jenna,

    Here is the schedule for Tuesday night at Freedom Square. I didn’t have the exact time before.

    19:30-19:35- Opening ceremony by Mr. Lin Jiafan, Chairperson of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights
    19:35-19:45 Street theater
    19:45-19:55 Mr. Da Wan, Chairperson of the Dalai Lama Foundation, will summarize the 50 years since the uprising
    19:55-20:00 a silent tribute
    20:00-20:10 Ms. Zhou Meili, chairperson of “Friends of Tibet” will tell the story of 50 warriors.
    20:10-20:20 Expressing support for Tibet
    20:20-20:40 Speeches by three distinguished guests
    20:40-20:50 singing the Tibetan national anthem, shouting slogans
    20:50~ holding a vigil in commemoration of those who were killed or hurt in Tibet

  3. Hi David, wondering if you had any thoughts on language schools in Taiwan. Would you consider posting on it? I’ve heard good things about ICLP for both year long and summer Chinese programs, but wanted to know about other schools in Taiwan before taking the plunge. Did see that you were at Shida before, but thought you might know what the “word on the street” is.

  4. Mark,

    ICLP’s program is intensive and expensive! If you are really serious about learning to speak Mandarin then it is probably the best choice. Other schools are probably much of a muchness. It probably depends on finding a good teacher more than anything else.

    If other readers have information or opinions maybe they can share them here.

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