Thursday, February 12, 2009
Via Apple Daily
With the news that former Taipei Deputy Mayor King Pu-Tsung, taking the position of CEO of Next Media's TV station, the DPP wondered "whether this is another version of party/government and military intervening with media."
Next Media Group Chairman Jimmy Lai said that he welcomes the doubts as well as monitoring by other people if he does something wrong people may make criticisms. "In the end, you have to watch what we do, I don't change my position for any single person," said Lai, "Starting a television for Ma Ying-jeou? Do you think he is my Dad?"
Jimmy Lai though has a history of changing his political alliances when it serves his purpose---maybe he is just a businessman? Maybe he is attempting to curry favor with the KMT?
In 2000 and 2004 Lai supported DPP Chen Shui-bian, then switched his political allegiance to KMT when the winds switched---so he may in fact, despite what he otherwise said, switch his positions for a person?
What kind of man is Lai? This man has been accused of peddling in child porn with the Easy Finder photos of 14 year old Li Rain in a wet t-shirt and surreptitiously taking photos of Chung Gillian, changing her clothes during a concert in Malaysia.
Lai has been wanting to build a media empire in Taiwan and since 2003 he has launched Taiwanese editions of Next Magazine and Apple Daily---both publications have drawn criticisms from the National Communications Commission and the public for their graphic images.
More here Next Media Picks Close Aide to Ma Ying-jeou
Related: Jimmy Lai to launch news channel
HK Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai to launch TV station in Taiwan
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Cambridge University on Monday and claimed that the argument that a big power is to seek hegemony doesn't apply to China.
"Seeking hegemony goes against Chinese cultural tradition as well as the will of the Chinese people, " Wen said adding, "that China's development does not harm or threaten anyone."
More here from China.org
Cartoon courtesy of Cox & Forkum
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A little girl hugs a giant panda at the entrance to the Tuan Tuan & Yuan Yuan Panda exhibit at Taipei Zoo on Monday during the opening of the panda exhibit. A young girl touches a giant panda as her father wearing a panda hat waiting at the entrance to the panda exhibit.
Thousand of visitors seen the two pandas for the first time on Monday during the start of Chinese Lunar New Year
More here from Taipei Times---Crowds Pack Zoo on Panda's
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Helly Kitty is the latest addition at Hau Sheng Hospital Maternity Ward providing comfort to anxious mothers and guests. On Tuesday, a nurse in the new Hello Kitty Ward, shows a mother
her new born.
A giant Hello Kitty is dressed in a pink doctors uniform greets visitors in the lobby, while colorful murals are found in the recovery rooms, nursery and elevator doors.
More here from Yahoo News
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday was my Birthday and my good friend Lan sent me this along with the following, I appreciated her kindness and thoughtfulness so much, I wanted to share it with others.
Your as unique as you are a great friend. Thank you for being in my life and supporting me. You've helped me to understand and encourage patience. I'm grateful for who and how we can be for each other.
Many warm Wishes !
Your lucky to be born close to Chinese New Years, it shows how special you are and the transition your life means.
You are the jade stone that stays strong and still through any mold, shape and structure. You are unique and ever appreciated. Not for the mold and shape but for the beauty that you reveal.
Happy Birthday !
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The catastrophic Sichuan Earthquake killed more than 80,000 people on the 12 May---in November, I wrote here that more
than 19,000 students lives were lost when the magnitude 8.0
Subsequent to the earthquake, investigations revealed that shoddy construction played a significant part in the massive loss of life, dozens of initiatives were undertaken hoping to build stronger buildings to prevent a future tragedy.
One of the most elegant and poignant design projects led by prominent Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban together with a team
of Chinese and Japanese students, are erecting temporary but resilient school buildings.
Shortly after the devastating earthquake, Ban arrived in Sichuan to propose the idea to the local government, once approval came, Ban assembled a group of people to get the project underway.
More here from Zhu Tao Blog
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Dad I miss you so much! I am still doing my best to call for
help for you and the many other Practitioners in China.
Someone mentioned to me recently, "Xiaodan, if your Dad
knew what you were doing at the moment, he would be really proud."
I speak often about your story to others to awaken their kindness and conscience but who would know how many hardships that I have to overcome throughout the entire course of my journey ? I hope you are free, that is one of my three wishes on my last birthday.
More here Help to Free my Dad
China announced on Monday that it was cracking down on major websites including search engines Google and Baidu, claiming that its because they spread pornography and other material that may corrupt young peoples minds.
PRC has in the past attempted to clamp the lid down on the Internet but leaks keep springing up. Reporters Without Borders, have described PRC as the "enemy of the Internet" because of its censorship policies.
On the 21 December, I wrote here that Chinese authorities have started to block access to the New York Times, while it is one of the most politically liberal if not the most liberal newspaper in the USA it is hardly a pornographic publication.
Free speech is essential in the pursuit of learning, every idea or thought is not an avenue of incitement, censorship only results in the pursuit of finding cracks in the Great Firewall of China.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Via Parker, Waichman & Alonso, LLP
Tainted Honey is the latest healthcare concern from PRC, during the last 10 years a contagious bacterial epidemic infected bee larvae in hundreds of thousands of bee hives resulting in the majority of the honey production to be cut by two thirds.
While Chinese bee keepers could have destroyed the infected hives, they instead applied a dangerous, extremely toxic banned antibiotic.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration says that tainted honey is high on its watch list.
China has been known to launder honey through third countries to avoid U.S. import fees and tariffs and some of the honey from China has been mislabeled from Russia or from countries that have small bee populations.
Only a small fraction of the honey imported to the U.S. is inspected and the United States has not legally defined honey, posing challenges for enforcement agents working to keep tainted honey out of the country.
Related: Yesterday I wrote here Chinese Authorities detain parents of Children sickened by tainted milk.
Friday, January 2, 2009
KMT on Thursday echos PRC President Hu Jintao call to end hostilities, understand one another for each others mutual benefit---Translation: Reunification with China
Music to the ears of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, who promised PRC last Summer, that if elected he would pursue a
One China Policy "stipulated in a set of institution of understanding between China & USA." What that actually
means is anyone's guess?
Good Bye freedom & democracy in Taiwan, its been good knowing you.