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Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute On the Line
2017-11-12
  • Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert and the Director of Taiwan Banana Research Institute (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Banana Research Institute)
  • Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Accompany of Thailand visitor to a banana master farmer for fertilizer application in southern Pingtung, Taiwan (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Banana Research Institute)
  • Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    TBRI’s corporate farm of Tai-Chiao No.5 with tolerance to Panama disease caused by Foc TR4 (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Banana Research Institute)
  • Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Supply of clustered brand banana with traceability to domestic market in Taiwan (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Banana Research Institute)
  • Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert talks about Taiwan Banana Research Institute

    Ready-to-plant seedling well hardened in the nursery (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Banana Research Institute)

Taiwan Banana Research Institute was founded in 1970 to promote the quality of banana production, improve the quality of banana and reduce the cost of production of bananas in Taiwan.

 

Banana is the most important fruit for export in Taiwan, grown under the subtropical weather, Taiwan’s banana has a flavor superior to those produced in tropical countries and a large quantity of Taiwan’s bananas has been exported to Japan in the last few decades. The banana industry in Taiwan has been affected due to the competition of bananas from the Philippines. How can Taiwan’s bananas beat the competition? What are some contributing factors that affect the banana production in Taiwan? Let’s hear from Dr.Chao Chih-ping, a banana expert and the Director of Taiwan Banana Research Institute. Dr.Chao obtained his PhD in plant pathology at Lousiana State University, USA and master’s degree at Illinois University studying plant pathology.

Wow Africa promotes the understanding of Africa in Taiwan

Wow Africa promotes the understanding of Africa in Taiwan

Wow Africa promotes the understanding of Africa in Taiwan

2017-03-26 01:00:00

Wow Africa is an NGO in Taiwan with the goal to promote the understanding of Africa through economic and cultural exchanges. It is also a platform to provide information about Africa to the general public in Taiwan. It bridges the gap between Taiwan and Africa and according to Pepe He Pei-Jia, co-founder and Editor-in-chief of Wow Africa, the media in Taiwan focuses on negative coverage of Africa and her NGO is to break the stereotype of negative perceptions about Africa. She said, for example, Rwanda, which has been perceived as underdeveloped, has been plastic free since 2008. The African country completely banned the use of plastic bags while other countries started imposing taxes on plastic bags.

 

Wow Africa has a Chinese website in Taiwan, and you can visit their website,

https://wowafrica.tw/

 

 

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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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