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.
The problem of possible electricity shortage has been raised in Taiwan recently and the plan to construct a coal-fired plant has received some criticism. Mr.Albin Mauritz, the director of Austrian Office Taipei said Austria has banned the use of nuclear power plants, adding that the referendum to abolish nuclear power was passed in 1978.
Austria has turned to renewable energy and now around 70% of the country is powered by renewable energy especially wind energy and hydropower. Austria is the leading country in Europe when it comes to using hydropower.
What can Taiwan learn from Austria? Mr.Albin Mauritz, the director of Austrian Office Taipei shares with us his views on renewable energy development in Austria.More
A group of journalists from Asia-Pacific recently visited Taiwan and I had a chance to interview four of them, namely Mr.Vince Alvic Alexis Nonato from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the largest newspaper in the Philippines, Alen Moni Mathews, senior sub editor of the New Indian Express, one of the four major English newspapers in South India, Mohd Asim Khan, principal correspondent of Indo-Asia News Service, the largest independent news service in India and Jonathan Underhill, the founder of Business Desk, New Zealand’s most widely disseminated source of business and market news.More
Prof.Yossi Leshem, the most well-known ornithologist (bird researcher ) in Israel said they are working on the project called “saluting flights” to welcome the swifts in the spring of 2019 in cooperation with Muslims, Christians and Jews along the border of Jordan. Prof.Leshem will also invite Dr.Jane Goodall to join the event and to raise resources for cross-border projects.
Prof.Leshem has been known for the use of barn Owls and Kestrels as biological pest control agents and have made one-time enemies to become friendlier on preventing bird strikes. He was once invited by Taiwan to take part in the research to reduce disasters as a result of birds striking airplanes.
To find out more, we are joined by Prof.Yossi Leshem, a professor of the Department of Zoology of George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, Israel.More
Cross-cultural Jazz Night was held in Taipei in late April and it brought together jazz musicians from Taiwan and Indonesia for the first time. Sri Hanuraga Aga, an Indonesian jazz recording artist, producer and music educator said he hopes to see more collaboration between Taiwanese and Indonesian musicians. In his personal view, he thinks there is a fusion of traditional music with pop music in the Chinese music industry in Taiwan and he hopes that the government of Indonesia will help promote the incorporation of folk and traditional music such as Dangdut into pop music.
Sri Hanuraga Aga obtained his master’s degree in jazz piano at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, a Dutch academy of music in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also teaches piano at Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music, a private music school founded in 2000 in Indonesia as well as at Institut Musik Daya Indonesia, a music academy in Indonesia.
The US plans to impose high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries including from Taiwan. Dr.Roy Lee, deputy director of the Taiwan WTO and RTA Center of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research said Taiwanese investors might want to think about investing somewhere else or in the US apart from investing in China as this will help spread the risk Dr.Roy Lee added that Taiwan should also expect some collateral damage from the China-US trade war because in the last two decades, Taiwan's economic performance has relied heavily on the triangular relationship between Taiwan,China and US.More
US President Trump announced on March 22 that a US$50 billion punitive tariff scheme on 1300 Chinese products would be imposed and China announced on March 23 that it would put up to 25% tariffs on 128 US exports and many say this will hurt US farmers and vineyard owners as these products would be wine, fruit, pork and most importantly soybeans.
Dr.Roy Lee, deputy director of the Taiwan WTO and RTA Center of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research said 25% tariff would put US producers to a disadvantage level adding that in trade practices, 5% tariff or above would be considered as a high tariff. A tariff is a tax on goods coming into a country.More
D-School@NTU was established in 2015. NTU (National Taiwan University) is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Rax Liu, a Chief Innovation Officer of D-School@NTU said the idea is to promote innovation and cooperation between students and faculty members from various departments at NTU and to foster talent and skills for innovation.
On April 14, they are going to organize an event “Project W” at Huashan Creative Park in Taipei. What is Project W? What does D-School@NTU offer? Our guest today is Rax Liu, Chief Innovation Officer of D-School@NTU.
The theme country for the 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition was Israel. What was unique was that the public in Taiwan was able to experience Israel with all five senses. Mr.Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative in Taiwan said it was an interactive exhibition and the public could see the portrayal of a book with the height of 9 by 9 meters followed by hearing the band performing Israeli music while sipping Israeli wine and non-alcoholic malt as well as enjoying Israeli delicious food.More
A magnitude 6 earthquake hit Hualien, eastern Taiwan on February 6 and left 17 dead and more than 280 injured. One hotel and another mixed-use high rise partially collapsed. The first floor of the mixed-use building was a restaurant and its second and third floors were used as a hotel. Many say the greatest problem many buildings in Taiwan face is severe irregularities such as weak floors, mixed-use high rises, store owners would cut crucial beams or corners to have more open space.
Let’s hear more from Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor of civil engineering at National Taiwan University. Prof.Lee served as the Minister of the Interior from 2012 to 2014.
The ambassador of Solomon Islands, Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said there are many exchanges going on between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands and he said Taiwan Youth Ambassador Exchange program is instrumental in promoting culture and friendship between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands. The young people from Taiwan visit the Solomon Islands for a week, participate in cultural activities and interact with local students. The ambassador said he hopes to see that happen more.
Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said the Solomon Islands will continue to support Taiwan’s participation in the international organizations as Taiwan and the Solomon Islands share a common concern with world leaders on climate change and other issues such as health and aviation.
The ambassador of Solomon Islands, Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said Taiwan Technical Mission has helped with the agricultural development in the south Pacific country. The ambassador said that he should correct the statement reported in some media that the Solomon Islands imports 90% of its food adding that his country only imports a fair amount of considerable for consumption. Apart from agriculture, Taiwan Technical Mission has helped with pig farming and provided training to help pig farmers.
Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia said that Taiwan and the Solomon Islands have had strong relationship over the last few decades adding that the indigenous people of Taiwan and the Solomon Islands share the same Austronesian culture. Ambassador Joseph Pius Waleanisia said that the Solomon Islands has seen an increase in the scope of the assistance from Taiwan Technical Mission and medical teams. On today’s program, the ambassador of the Solomon Islands, Amb.Joseph Pius Waleanisia will share with us his views on the cooperation between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands ranging from agriculture to medical cooperation.