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Taiwan’s reaction to Liu Xiaobo winning the Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Committee has awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Taiwan‘s Central News Agency (中央社) reports that Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia (劉霞), said in response to the news that she hopes Liu can be released from prison soon, but [...]

Taiwan’s English-language media gets more digital

This week saw two significant changes to Taiwan‘s English-language newspapers. The first was the announcement by the Taiwan News on Tuesday that it would cease publishing a print edition and only be available online. The paper, established in 1949 as the China News, changed its name to Taiwan News after it was purchased by the [...]

Politics and social media in Taiwan

With local elections approaching the campaign is not just being run on the streets but also in cyberspace. The screen shot from the DPP website above shows the party’s candidates for mayor or county commissioner in the end of year local government elections. Beneath each candidate’s photo there are icons linking to Plurk, Facebook, blogs, [...]

Dalai Lama arrives in Taiwan

The Dalai Lama arrived in Taiwan on a China Airlines flight from Delhi late last night. He was welcomed by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu before taking a specially chartered high speed train to Kaohsiung. Given the short time frame between the Dalai Lama’s invitation and his arrival in Taiwan it is not surprising there have [...]

Typhoon Morakot flooding update

Following on from my post yesterday here is some more information about the damage caused by flooding from Typhoon Morakot (颱風莫拉克). The Taiwan HSR website says trains are operating every half hour between Taipei and Zuoying today. Taiwan Railways website says there are no trains operating between Xinying and Shanhua in Tainan County. A transfer [...]

Typhoon Morakot hits southern Taiwan hard

Typhoon Morakot (颱風莫拉克) hit Taiwan on Friday and Saturday bringing torrential rains that caused serious flooding in the south of Taiwan. It rained throughout most of the day in Taipei on Friday and there were some strong gusts of wind, but no serious damage in the north. Media outlets in Taiwan have been reporting the [...]

Links across the blogosphere

As announced last week I am no longer posting weekly links. I want to suggest some other ways readers can follow the latest postings in the Taiwan blogosphere. It was great to see The Daily Bubble Tea posting some links to fill the gap. I am an author at Global Voices Online and regularly post [...]