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Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini On the Line
2016-11-27
  • Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

    Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

    Mme.Zethu Dlamini
  • Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

    Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

    Mme.Zethu Dlamini
  • Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

    Interview with Mme.Zethu Dlamini

    Mme.Zethu Dlamini

Mme.Zethu Dlamini, the wife of the ambassador of the Kingdom of Swaziland, is a fashion stylist and fashion lifestyle blogger. Zethu Dlamini used to work for Al Ostoura International Company, the oldest luxury fashion retailer in the Middle East, based in Kuwait and for KNOCKBOOK, an online advertising company in Kuwait. She lived in Kuwait before her husband was posted in Taiwan. Zethu Dlamini said there is a connection between Taiwan and Swaziland in the area of charity work, citing an example of Project Cannan that helps abandoned children in Swaziland. Zethu Dlamini said she hopes to do more in the future.

 

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Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Datuk Yong Soo Heong talks about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

2017-03-19 01:00:00

Datuk Yong Soo Heong was invited by Taiwan’s foreign ministry in late 2016 to witness what the government has been doing to promote the New Southbound Policy. In January this year, he submitted articles to his former company, Bernama, Malaysian national agency and the Edge Financial Daily, the most prestigious business and investment weekly in Malaysia. In his article, he talked about Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy in the areas of education and investment. 

 

In the area of education, Datuk Yong Soo Heong said apart from Taiwanese government’s decision to increase the quota of scholarships from 20 to 30 Malaysian students, he said the educational institutions and the Taiwanese government should also hold education fairs in ASEAN countries and provide workshops as well as training to local institution to attract more non-ethnic Chinese to pursue higher education in Taiwan. Currently, around 15,000 Malaysian students, mostly Malaysian Chinese, are studying in Taiwan.

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Interview with Datuk Yong Soo Heong, former Chief Executive of Bernama

Interview with Datuk Yong Soo Heong, former Chief Executive of Bernama

Interview with Datuk Yong Soo Heong, former Chief Executive of Bernama

2017-03-12 01:00:00

Datuk Yong Soo Heong said his father’s hope was for him to acquire a position in the government of Malaysia. Datuk Yong said he started working for Bernama, Malaysian national agency whose customers are both from the government and private sectors, providing news to customers across Malaysia.

 

He started out as a sports reporter as he loves to play badminton and later on he was transferred to the business section and his live interview with then-prime minister Dr.Mahatir Mohamad on Malaysian economic policy during the financial crisis in 1998 was televised nationwide. Datuk Yong Soo Heong was appointed Chief Executive, the third person to rise to the post in Bernama and the first Chinese Malaysian.

 

Asked what his challenges were when he led Bernama, he said the transition from business section to political section in his career and the lack of Malaysian reporters who had a good command of English speaking and writing.  

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The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Taiwan

The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Taiwan

The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Taiwan

2017-03-05 01:00:00

The 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day was in Taipei on January 19. This year marks the second year that Taiwan has held International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is usually observed on January 27. The event was jointly organized by Israeli and German representative offices as well as Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and the Central Library.

 

President Tsai Ing-wen was invited to make a speech and she said she hoped to see Taiwan and Israel undertake more cooperation in culture and education so that lessons of the holocaust will not be forgotten. The president cited an example of the error made by students of Kuang Fu Senior High School in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan who dressed up in Nazi uniforms at their school anniversary in December last year adding that Taiwan’s society does not have enough understanding of what happened to the Jewish people.

 

Mr.Asher Yarden, the representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei said six million Jewish people were killed during the Holocaust and it is not merely a figure but it represents the lives of six million people. It took 70 years for the number of Jewish people in the world to reach nearly 16.6 million of 1939 before the Nazi genocide began.

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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

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

2017-02-26 01:00:00

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).

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Could same sex marriage become a reality in Taiwan in 2017?

Could same sex marriage become a reality in Taiwan in 2017?

Could same sex marriage become a reality in Taiwan in 2017?

2017-02-19 01:00:00

Taiwan is one step closer to becoming the first Asian country to legalize same sex marriage. Two draft amendments to the Civil Code aimed at legalizing same sex marriage passed the first reading at the legislature in Taiwan on December 26, 2016. Article 972 of the Civil Code will add the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. This is an addition to recognizing marriage made by the male and female parties. Another amendment includes the rights and duties of the same sex couples who marry. According to the procedure of the legislature, the bill will be reviewed after April before it is passed as a law after the second and third readings.

 

The Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan made up of multiple religious groups and parents oppose to the amendment and propose a “special law” to for LGBT marriage rights. Conservative religious groups, mostly the Christians, oppose to the amendment.

 

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). 

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Interview with Mrs.Vimala Britto of India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation

Interview with Mrs.Vimala Britto of India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation

Interview with Mrs.Vimala Britto of India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation

2017-02-12 01:00:00

Mrs.Vimala Britto, co-founder of of St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and founder of Seek Foundation, an NGO for the underprivileged said women empowerment and child development are the two main tasks her NGO, Seek, aims to serve. She has started to provide people in 15 villages near Chennai with good and healthy life.

  

Mrs.Vimala Britto represented her group to sign MOUs with Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital and Da Yeh University in late January. Apart from medical care and education, she also hopes to find talents in Taiwan to take part in India’s 2017 Premier Futsal, a version of five-a-side football.

 

https://youtu.be/nSzn_9fspms

 

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India’s St.Britto’s group signs MOU with Taiwan’s Changhua Hospital and Da Yeh University

India’s St.Britto’s group signs MOU with Taiwan’s Changhua Hospital and Da Yeh University

India’s St.Britto’s group signs MOU with Taiwan’s Changhua Hospital and Da Yeh University

2017-02-05 01:00:00

India’s St.Britto’s Group of Institutions and Seek Foundation, an NGO for the underprivileged signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Taiwan’s Changhua Christian Hospital to enhance cooperation in the field of medical health. Mrs.Vimala Britto, the co-founder and executive director said the cooperation also aims to provide good health and good life for the 15 villages near Chennai, South India. She said Taiwan’s Consul General in Chennai, Mr.Charles Li introduced the hospital to her. While she was in Taiwan, she also represented St.Britto’s College in Chennai to sign an MOU with Taiwan’s Da Yeh University. The MOU is intended to promote academic cooperation and exchange between faculty and students of both institutions. Mrs.Vimala Britto said that Britto’s College can accommodate 200 students from Taiwan for internship and exchange program.  

 

https://youtu.be/nSzn_9fspms

 

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Interview with Ms.Mary Aileen Bacalso, the secretary general of AFAD

Interview with Ms.Mary Aileen Bacalso, the secretary general of AFAD

Interview with Ms.Mary Aileen Bacalso, the secretary general of AFAD

2017-01-29 01:00:00

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) was awarded the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award in 2016 for their efforts to rescue and speak out for the disappeared despite facing political pressure and lack of resources.

 

Ms.Mary Aileen Bacalso, the secretary general of the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) said Bangladesh has the most cases of enforced disappearances. She said many governments try to justify their problems by using national security as an excuse to take away political dissidents or opponents by force.

 

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AFAD wins Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

AFAD wins Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

AFAD wins Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

2017-01-22 01:00:00

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances or AFAD was awarded the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award in 2016. AFAD is an international human rights organization dedicated to the goal of stopping forced disappearances in Asia. It was founded in June 1998 in Manila, Philippines.

 

Ms.Mary Aileen Bacalso, the secretary general of AFAD said the winning of the award will amplify their efforts and gains here in Asia especially coming from Taiwan which had a common experience of forced disappearances by the government before the lifting of the martial law in July 1987.

 

Ms.Bacalso added that the award is a noble expression of friendship and solidarity and dedicated the award to all the disappeared in Asia and the rest of the world.

 

For more information about AFAD, please visit http://www.afad-online.org/

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Amb.Teekoa Iuta, the Ambassador of Kiribati

Interview with Amb.Teekoa Iuta, the Ambassador of Kiribati

Interview with Amb.Teekoa Iuta, the Ambassador of Kiribati

2017-01-15 01:00:00

The Ambassador of Kiribati, Amb.Teekoa Iuta said apart from climate change,  Kiribati faces population growth and diseases. Overpopulation is due to the uneven distribution of the population in urban areas such as South Tarawa, the capital city, with a population density of over 3,000 per square km.

 

The government has been thinking about the redistribution of the population but it has to do with the economic situation in the rural areas. According to Amb.Teekoa Iuta, Taiwan’s technical mission has been assisting with the agricultural and technical support to encourage more young people to move to the rural areas. The government has also been working with churches in the field of birth control as Kiribati is predominantly Roman Catholic which is opposed to artificial contraception.

 

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Amb.Teekoa Iuta, the Ambassador of Kiribati talks about climate change

Amb.Teekoa Iuta, the Ambassador of Kiribati talks about climate change

Amb.Teekoa Iuta, the Ambassador of Kiribati talks about climate change

2017-01-08 01:00:00

The Ambassador of Kiribati, Amb.Teekoa Iuta said the relations between Taiwan and Kiribati have been stable and firm adding that the presence of the embassy in Taiwan is a testament to the strength of the existing relations between the two countries.

 

Kiribati is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. Taiwan has helped with the disaster fund when the country is hit by cyclones and supports international forum on climate change held by Kiribati. Paris Agreement was reiterated at the COP 22 that coping with climate change has become a priority for all governments.

 

To protect the environment food security, the 150,000-square-mile Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati was designated as a UNESCO heritage site and is a fully protected park, making it off limits to fishing.

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2016 Year In Review

2016 Year In Review

2016 Year In Review

2017-01-01 01:00:00

Welcome to the first edition of On the Line in the year 2017. On today’s show, I will revisit some of the favorite interviews from the past 12 months in 2016. We first start off with an interview with the former ambassador of Sao Tome and Prince, Ambassador António Quintas that I did in early 2016. Taiwan severed diplomatic ties on Dec.21, 2016 with Sao Tome and Principe, a West African country that established ties with Taiwan in 1997.

 

Some of the interviews include:

1. Former UK representative in Taiwan, Mr.Chris Wood. Mr.Wood left Taiwan in late August for a new      

    appointment in Beijing.

2. The Ambassador of St.Lucia, Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel .Saint Lucia is an island country     

    located in the eastern Caribbean Sea and opened an embassy in Taiwan in June, 2015.

3. Datuk Adeline Leong, the representative of Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre (MFTC)

4. Former Ambassador of Nauru , Ambassador Ludwig Dowong Keke. Ambassador Keke assumed his  

    post in 2007 and left in August 2016.

5. DPP Legislator Liu Shyh-Fang

6. Burkina Faso Foreign Minister Alpha Berry

7. Ambassador Ismet Erikan, Representative, Turkish Trade Office in Taipei

8. Mr.Achilles Yeh, the representative of the Mozambique Investment Promotion Centre

 

 

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