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.
Mr.Seraki Matsebe, the Representative of the Liaison Office of South Africa in Taipei said SMEs (Small and Medium-sized enterprises) are the backbone of Taiwan’s economy and South Africa is moving on the same track adding that SME’s in South Africa, in order to survive, need to engage in partnership with other countries including those from Taiwan. Taiwan’s minister of economic affairs led a delegation to South Africa recently to foster such connections.
Taiwan and South Africa have had cooperation in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and every year joint working committee between the two sides is held alternately in Taiwan and South Africa.
July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day, an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela. This year marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and the centenary is an occasion to honor his devotion to fighting poverty and social justice for all.
The Liaison Office of South Africa hosted its centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela at the Tzu Chi Foundation in Taipei. The Mission marked this event in conjunction with the Women’s Day celebration on August 9th. August 9th marks the day of the great women’s march of 1956 in South Africa and Nelson Mandela was a tireless advocate for the empowerment of women and girls.
A group of media executives from different news organizations visited Taiwan in July and one of them is The Jakarta Post, a leading English newspaper in Indonesia. Mr.Nezar Patria, the Editor in Chief of The Jakarta Post said they provide online content apart from the newspaper version of the English newspaper in Indonesia adding that they also produce video contents in order to attract more young readers. Mr.Nezar Patria said the media in Indonesia should work more closely with those in Taiwan as there are around 300 thousand Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan and the government of Taiwan is pushing for the New Southbound Policy.More
Mr.Martin Eberts, the German representative in Taiwan said the investment Germany hopes to attract from Taiwan includes high tech sector, automotive industry, e-mobility and machinery.
Looking back on the last three to four years in Taiwan, Mr.Martin Eberts said he has started new fields of cooperation namely in the areas of energy, transport technology and demographic change in the aging society. He said he has also invited some ministers from Germany to visit Taiwan. Now that he is leaving Taiwan, Mr.Martin Eberts said he is going to miss the friendliness of the people of Taiwan adding that working in Taiwan was fun because of the openness of the people.
In April, Taiwan and Germany signed an agreement on Taiwan-Germany cooperation in the area of emissions trading. The agreement was signed by representatives from both countries. The agreement includes monitoring, reporting and verifying emissions.
Martin Eberts, the German representative in Taiwan humbly said both Taiwan and Germany can learn from each other in the area of renewable energy adding that Taiwan and Germany should have closer energy cooperation.
Taiwan hopes to increase the share of green energy to 20% by 2025 and to phase out the use of nuclear energy by then. Germany took the same path a few years ago. Taiwan adopted its Climate Change Act in 2015 with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of 50% by 2050 and German companies can support Taiwanese firms.
Dr.Nina Kao Hsiao-Ling, CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital said before sending a team overseas, they have to work with various government departments and NGOs adding that overseas medical assistance has to do with the local environmental protection and nutrition improvement as it involves not only medical service but also nutrition, food security, safe water and education.
On today’s show, Dr.Nina Kao Hsiao-Ling, CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital will share with us her experience working in various countries providing medical assistance.More
Taiwan has provided medical aid to many countries in the world. A number of NGOs and hospitals in Taiwan have done so and one example is Changhua Christian Hospital in central Taiwan that launched its overseas medical missions in 2008. Dr.Nina Kao Hsiao-Ling, CEO of Overseas Medical Mission Center of Changhua Christian Hospital, said Changhua Christian Hospital has provided medical assistance to Africa, South Pacific, the Caribbean countries and some Asian countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron said France is back and Bruno Duparc, the director of Alliance Française of Taiwan said French is back and the number of students learning French has been increasing. There are around 2,000 Taiwanese students at Alliance Française of Taiwan, not to mention those who major in French at universities in Taiwan. Alliance Française 850 centers in around 130 countries in the world and there are two centers in Taiwan, Taipei and Kaohsiung. Bruno Duparc hopes to establish another center in the central Taiwan city of Taichung in the future.
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Bruno Duparc, the director of Alliance Française of Taiwan said Alliance Française is a non-profit organization founded in 1883 to promote French language learning and French culture. It has 850 centers in around 130 countries in the world and the two centers in Taiwan are located in Taipei and Kaohsiung, northern Taiwan.
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Three members of the German Bundestag or German Parliament visited Taiwan in May to understand the political, economic and social development in Taiwan. The three members are Mr.Axel Fischer, a member of the Budget Committee, Mr.Carsten Müller, member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy as well as Mr.Peter Aumer, a member of the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs.
The three members of the German parliament also exchanged views with Taiwanese government officials in the areas of renewable energy and environmental protection policy.More
Indonesian PDI-P (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan) or Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle was founded in 1998 with the chairperson, Megawati Sukarnoputri who was also the Indonesian president between 2001 and 2004. BMI (Banteng Muda Indonesia) or Indonesian Young Bulls is a youth wing of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s political party. A group of BMI members led by its Jakarta chapter Dian Eka Yanto visited Taiwan recently to explore opportunities to work with Taiwan and to establish a chapter in Taiwan in the future. Liliyana from the Woman and Children’s Division and Prisca Soetikno, secretary of Law and Human Rights’ Division of BMI share with us their views on BMI.More
Ofer Vardi recently visited Taiwan to explore the possibility of working with a Taiwanese publisher. Ofer Vardi is a publisher and editor-in-chief of LunchBox Press, a publishing company that publishes cookbooks and culinary content in Israel.
Recently four of the cookbooks published by LunchBox Press have been nominated for an award to be presented at The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Yantai, China. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is compared to the Oscar Academy Awards for movies, every year they honor the best food and wine books and books from around 200 countries participate in these prestigious awards
“Going Paprikash: The Best of Hungarian Jewish Cuisine”, one of the best-selling books was written by Ofer Vardi himself and the book includes more than 100 easy recipes that he learned from his grandmother’s Hungarian cooking.