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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).

My love of the  seven-stringed zither

My love of the seven-stringed zither

My love of the seven-stringed zither

2017-09-23 00:00:00

In today's program, Swedish sinologist Cecilia Lindqvist talked about how her interest in a seven-stringred zither changed her attitudes towards China from disgust to enthusiam when she was a foreign student at Beijing University 56 years ago. 

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Interview with Taipei Bureau Director of RSF, Cédric Alviani (Part II)

Interview with Taipei Bureau Director of RSF, Cédric Alviani (Part II)

Interview with Taipei Bureau Director of RSF, Cédric Alviani (Part II)

2017-09-17 01:00:00

Taipei Bureau Director of RSF (Reporters Sans Frontières/Reporters without Borders), Cédric Alviani said RSF receives its funding from activities RSF holds and half the funding comes from the sale of the book “One Hundred Photos for Press Freedom” which they work with some famous artists.

 

RSF provides bullet-proof helmets and insurance to reporters going to war-zone areas. The organization also provides legal fee to journalists when they are prosecuted by a certain government in connection with their reports and helps some reporters in danger to move out of the country.

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China in the 1960s

Another World

Another World

2017-09-16 09:17:53

In Chinese Culture 101, Swedish sinologist Cecilia Lindqvist talks about her life as a foreign student in China from 1961 to 1962. China was no place to be in the 1960s; it was chaotic, absurd and depressing. 

 

Lindqvist published a book titled "Another World" in 2015. 

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Interview with Taipei Bureau Director of RSF, Cédric Alviani

Interview with Taipei Bureau Director of RSF, Cédric Alviani

Interview with Taipei Bureau Director of RSF, Cédric Alviani

2017-09-10 01:00:00

Taipei Bureau Director of RSF (Reporters Sans Frontières/Reporters without Borders), Cédric Alviani said Asia is the first challenging location for the protection and development of the freedom of information which is why RSF opened its first bureau in Asia and the 12th bureau in the world. He added that it would not be possible to open a bureau in China and Hong Kong as it would have the same problem. Asked why the first bureau was opened in Taiwan, Cédric Alviani said people in Taiwan speak Chinese and it’s easy to get information China adding that Taiwan is number one in Asia in terms of freedom of information and the rule of law applies in Taiwan without the fear of government’s interference.

 

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China in the 1960s

China in the 1960s

China in the 1960s

2017-09-09 09:10:03

In Chinese Culture 101, Swedish sinoloigst Cecilia Lindqvist talks about her new book "Another World". The book, published in 2015, offers first-hand information about what China was like when she was a foreign student at Beijing University from 1961 to 1962. China was no place to be in the 1960; it was chaotic, depressing, oppressive and full of hungry people. 

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Interview with J.Michael Cole, the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel (Part II)

Interview with J.Michael Cole, the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel (Part II)

Interview with J.Michael Cole, the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel (Part II)

2017-09-03 01:00:00

J.Michael Cole, the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel, a website created to help foreign government analysts, policy makers, academics and the general public to understand Taiwan better,said the Sun Flower Movement in 2014 and the 2016 Presidential Election generated tremendous interest in Taiwan and Taiwan’s civil society. The winning of the presidential and parliamentary elections of the DPP attracted the international audience to pay more attention to the cross-Strait relations.

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Mr.Fabio Guimarães Franco: Brazilian athletes are keen on showing talents at 2017 Taipei Universiade

Mr.Fabio Guimarães Franco: Brazilian athletes are keen on showing talents at 2017 Taipei Universiade

Mr.Fabio Guimarães Franco: Brazilian athletes are keen on showing talents at 2017 Taipei Universiade

2017-08-27 01:00:00

2017 Taipei Summer Universiade is held between August 19th and 30th in Taipei bringing together more than 11,000 athletes, coaches and officials from more than 140 countries in the world. The Brazilian delegation made up of 300 selected athletes, coaches and officials represents the biggest team from South America and one of the largest in Brazilian Confederation of University Sports (Confederação Brasileira de Desporto Universitário - CBDU) history. More than 20 Olympic student-athletes from Brazil also compete at the Taipei Summer Universiade. Mr.Fabio Guimarães Franco, the director of the Commercial Office of Brazil said the Brazilian athletes are keen on showing their talents at Taipei Summer Universiade.

 

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Interview with the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel, J.Michael Cole

Interview with the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel, J.Michael Cole

Interview with the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel, J.Michael Cole

2017-08-20 01:00:00

Taiwan Sentinel website was established in January, 2017, according the Editor in Chief, J.Michael Cole. Michael Cole has been living in Taiwan since 2005 and has closely monitored the political development of Taiwan. He said he has travelled across the island extensively and has built close contact with people from all walks of life in order to better understand Taiwan. The purpose of setting up Taiwan Sentinel is to defend liberal democratic way of life in Taiwan adding that it serves as a bridge between Taiwan and foreign audience in order to address misperceptions of the Taiwan Strait covered by the international media. Michael Cole is also a senior non-resident fellow with the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK and associate researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China. He was also Editor in Chief of Thinking Taiwan between 2014 and 2016, a product of Dr.Tsai Ing-wen’s Taiwan Thinking Foundation, Taiwan’s premier source of non-partisan analysis about politics and society in Taiwan.

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Interview with Swiss representative to Taipei, Mr.Rolf Frei

Interview with Swiss representative to Taipei, Mr.Rolf Frei

Interview with Swiss representative to Taipei, Mr.Rolf Frei

2017-08-13 01:00:00

Trade Office of Swiss Industries Taipei (TOSI) celebrated the Switzerland National Day on August 1st in a special way, inviting guests from various embassies, representative offices and other important personages in Taiwan to enjoy the Zurich Sing Academy (Zürcher Sing-Akademie) concert at the national concert hall in Taipei after the cocktail reception.

 

The director of Trade Office of Swiss Industries Taipei, Mr.Rolf Frei said the Zurich Sing Academy (Zürcher Sing-Akademie) was invited by the Taipei International Choral Festival to perform in Taipei and he discussed with the organizer if the concert could be arranged on the Switzerland National Day on August 1st. Mr.Frei said this is a unique experience where some 200 guests could enjoy the concert with the rest of the 1200 Taiwanese audience and celebrated the national day at the same time.

 

Mr.Rolf Frei said his mission in Taiwan is to promote trade and tourism and in November, he will organize an innovation forum with speakers and experts to give speeches on innovation in Switzerland. He hopes the forum will bring together more cooperation between Taiwan and Switzerland in the field of innovation. Innovation is the engine of economic growth in a knowledge-based economy and Taiwan is making the transition to an innovation-based economy while Switzerland is one of the world’s most innovative countries, according to the Global Innovation Index 2017.

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Turkish representative in Taiwan talks about commemoration of 1st year of failed coup d’etat

Turkish representative in Taiwan talks about commemoration of 1st year of failed coup d’etat

Turkish representative in Taiwan talks about commemoration of 1st year of failed coup d’etat

2017-08-06 01:00:00

The Representative of Turkish Trade office in Taipei, Ambassador Ismet Erikan said everyone should remember the tragic incident, the failed coup d’etat that took place in Turkey on July 15, 2016. The coup left around 250 dead and 2,200 injured. The Turkish representative said democracy is hard to gain and to defend adding that Turkey is now safe and the number of tourists has increased including Taiwanese tourists.

 

Ambassador Ismet Erikan hopes the number of Taiwanese tourists to Turkey will increase from 100,000 to 1 million some day given the fact that around 14 million Taiwanese travel abroad every year.

 

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Interview with former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu

Interview with former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu

Interview with former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu

2017-07-30 01:00:00

Ambassador Michel Lu Ching-long was posted in France three times on and off for a period of 16 years in total. Amb.Lu had been devoted to the promotion of bilateral ties between Taiwan and France and his performance of Taiwanese glove puppetry had impressed many important personages and people from different walks of life in France during his posting. On this week’s On the Line, former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu Ching-long shares with us his views on the bilateral exchanges.

 

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Former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu talks about Taiwan-France relations

Former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu talks about Taiwan-France relations

Former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu talks about Taiwan-France relations

2017-07-23 01:00:00

Taiwan and France have had close relationship for decades. According to former Taiwan’s representative to France, Ambassador Michel Lu Ching-long, 11 agreements have been signed between the two sides and there are 59 ongoing projects on research and science as well as seismology.

 

Ambassador Michel Lu said around 1800 French students are currently studying in Taiwan as compared to only 10 French students in 1982, so the educational exchange has increased tremendously. Currently around 3,000 Taiwanese students are pursuing education in France.

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