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Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights On the Line
2017-02-26
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Public hearing TAPCPR (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Rainbow zebra-crossing (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Fighting for marriage equality rights Victoria Hsu(left) Chih-Chieh Chien (right) (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Candle light vigil for marriage equality in Taipei (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)
  • Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    Interview with Victoria Hsu Hsiu-wen, president of Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights

    March for marriage equality with more than 3,000 participants (photo courtesy of TAPCPR)

The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) was founded in 2009 to promote the expansion of civil rights for same sex couples including the rights to inherit and to adopt a child. The president of TAPCR, Victoria Hsu said they sent to the legislature the draft amendment to the Civil Code which incorporated the issue of same sex marriage in 2013 and passed its first reading. The bill failed to pass the second and third readings by late 2015 and it was automatically invalidated.

 

In 2016, DPP legislator proposed amendments to the Civil Code by adding the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. But according to Victoria Hsu, Article 971-1 or known as 971-bis is the most controversial as it applies to gay and heterosexual couples, but not to the intersex, transgender people and the third gender.

 

Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) will share with us her views on same sex marriage. Victoria Hsu is a lawyer and a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan’s Cabinet).

Interview with India’s representative, Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan

Interview with India’s representative, Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan

Interview with India’s representative, Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan

2017-06-25 01:00:00

Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan, the Director General of India-Taipei Association (the Indian representative office in Taiwan) said the relations between Taiwan and India have been growing. Currently there are around 3,000 Indian nationals living in Taiwan and among them, 1,000 are students pursuing higher education. The number of students can be increased as compared to more than 160 thousand Indian students in the US, but Indian students are concerned about the instability of scholarships provided to them. Another factor is that it is hard for them to find employment after graduation.But some universities provide them with jobs in Taiwanese companies in India. Around 90 Taiwanese companies have invested in Taiwan and these students can serve as a connecting link between Taiwan and India.

  

 

The Indian representative said the bilateral cooperation is not confined to education and trade, but has extended to railway heritage and both sides signed a letter of intent in late December 2016. This will pave way for both sides to protect and manage the mountain railway heritage. Taiwan and India each constructed mountain railways including the Alishan Forest Railway in Taiwan and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kalka Shimla Railway and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in India between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 2005,UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and in 2008 The Kalka Shimla Railway became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Please watch the video interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3PsigQxT0M

 

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Taiwan-India relations

Taiwan-India relations

Taiwan-India relations

2017-06-18 01:00:00

Taiwan and India have enjoyed close bilateral exchanges in many areas including trade, education, science and technology and culture. The bilateral trade amounts to around US$6 billion dollars and around 90 Taiwanese companies have invested in India. With the government’s New Southbound Policy, will the figure increase? In recent years, Bollywood movies shown in Taiwan have become blockbusters, why? To find out the answers, we are joined in our studio today by Mr. Sridaharan Madhusudhanan, the Director General of India-Taipei Association (ITA), the Indian representative office in Taiwan. 

 

Please watch the video interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3PsigQxT0M

 

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Ayla Matalon talks about startups in Israel

Ayla Matalon talks about startups in Israel

Ayla Matalon talks about startups in Israel

2017-06-11 01:00:00

Many wonder how a small country like Israel with no natural resources and a population of 9 million people produces more startup companies than Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and the UK. Taiwan has positioned itself to become the launch site of many tech startups known around the world, what can Taiwan learn from Israel? 

 

 

According to Ayla Matalon, the Executive Director of MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel and the chairperson of Global Entrepreneurship Network Israel, it is never easy to start startups and inspire the businesspeople to fund innovation and ideas.

 

 

Ayla Matalon has a project in Israel called “Entrepreneurship on Tap” which encourages young talents to meet experienced entrepreneurs in bars and talk to them over a glass of beer adding that it is important to contact with people who have done it. Ayla Matalon and other members of the Israeli team were in Taiwan to take part in the Taipei International Dragon Boat Race in early June.

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Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu talks about New Southbound Policy

Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu talks about New Southbound Policy

Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu talks about New Southbound Policy

2017-06-04 01:00:00

Prof.Joyce Lin Juoyu, an associate professor of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations and the director of ASEAN Studies at Tamkang University said Taiwan should have more people-oriented linkage with the rest of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) so that Taiwan can have regional economic integration with those ten countries in the region. Taiwanese businesspeople have invested around USD$ 19 billion dollars in ASEAN and should also increase more investment in emerging markets such as Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia.

  

Apart from ASEAN, Taiwan should also increase cooperation with 18 target countries in the New Southbound Policy including Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

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Israeli office makes donations to help schools and NGOs in Taitung

Israeli office makes donations to help schools and NGOs in Taitung

Israeli office makes donations to help schools and NGOs in Taitung

2017-05-28 01:00:00

Last year, Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei donated 117 earthquake-proof tables invented by Israelis, to the city of Tainan, southern Taiwan with funds that were allocated for Israeli National Day reception. This year, Mr.Asher Yarden, the Israeli representative said his office works with a major international chain hotel and other sponsors to extend assistance to the underprivileged in Taitung, Eastern Taiwan. Mr.Asher Yarden said they visited schools and NGOs in Taitung and made donations to help them. Taiwan even though is a developed economy, Mr.Yarden said his office still hopes to provide assistance to the underprivileged groups and to give back to the society in Taiwan.

  

An Israeli cookbook, translated in traditional Chinese, was released in Taiwan in April and asked whether his office will get more Israeli books translated into traditional Chinese, the Israeli representative said his answer was affirmative because many readers in Taiwan are still interested in Israeli books. Next year, Israel will be the theme country of the Taipei International Book Exhibition and the Israeli representative said he will promote Israel thorough Israeli literature.

 

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Traditional Chinese version of Jerusalem: A Cookbook released in Taiwan

Traditional Chinese version of Jerusalem: A Cookbook released in Taiwan

Traditional Chinese version of Jerusalem: A Cookbook released in Taiwan

2017-05-21 01:00:00

An Israeli book “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi was translated into traditional Mandarin Chinese and was released in Taiwan in April. This cookbook has a collection of 120 recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem which is made up of Muslim, Christian and Jewish culture.

 

Through this cookbook, one will be able to learn to cook simple dishes known in Jerusalem, Israel.Mr.Asher Yarden, the representative of Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said he himself makes Shakshuka and tabbouleh salad quite often. Shakshuka is a dish of eggs mixed with some herbs and tomato sauce (as seen in the photo above).

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