Actress Lin Wei-chun (
Not surprisingly, given the importance of superstition and ghosts in Taiwan, the hospital's administration, according to The Great Daily News (
Meanwhile, Lin's agency is trying to mediate with the hospital and find some way to apologize for Lin's verbal slip-up so the show can continue filming at the site.
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Taiwan's own supermodel Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) is paying the price for fame recently with the endless gossip about her rumored lovers and whether or not her University of Toronto diploma was fake. So far none of the rumors have stuck, but that hasn't stopped the gossip rags from slinging mud. Next Magazine (壹週刊) this week rolled out one of its favorite old tricks with a piece about a Japanese porno look-a-like of Lin Chi-ling. The magazine even dug into its archives for a retrospective photo layout of other stars with porno doppelgangers. News anchorwoman Patty Ho (侯佩岑), A-mei (阿妹) and Coco Lee (李玟) are all featured, but the most uncanny resemblance is of Jay Chou's (周杰倫) porno stunt doubles.
Hong Kong singer/actor (aren't they all singer/actors?) Leon Lai (
Another shout out from Hong Kong went to John Woo (
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Closer to home, tomorrow starts the Taipei Pop Music Festival at the Songshan Tobacco Factory. Wen Lan (
It can take ice cream maker Miky Wu (吳書瑀) months to create a new flavor. In addition to using only eco-friendly and organic ingredients, her brand 1982 de glacee also eschews artificial additives, replacing emulsifiers and stabilizers with Taiwanese rice and wood ear derivatives. Wu’s non-traditional methods and dedication to capturing the essence of the main ingredient can lead to hours and hours tinkering in her “research office” in Tainan, even referencing academic papers to get the science correct. Her efforts were recently recognized for the third year in a row by the prestigious A. A. Taste Awards run by the
June 29 to July 5 With women gathering rocks and men hurling them at thousands of rivaling neighbors, ritualistic stone battles were regular affairs for people living in Pingtung during the 1800s. Direct combat and use of weapons were prohibited to avoid serious injury, with the losers hosting the winners for dinner. These “guests” often acted rudely, and faced no repercussions for smashing windows or snatching their hosts’ possessions. These battles usually took place yearly, with a significant number happening every Dragon Boat Festival. The winners had rights to the losers’ banquet prepared for the festivities. Sometimes things would get out of
Certain historical statues have been disappearing in Thailand, but they are not effigies of colonialists or slave owners torn down by protesters. Instead, Thailand’s vanishing monuments celebrated leaders of the 1932 revolution that ended absolute monarchy in Thailand, who were once officially honored as national heroes and symbols of democracy. Reuters has identified at least six sites memorializing the People’s Party that led the revolution which have been removed or renamed in the past year. In most cases it is not known who took the statues down, although a military official said one was removed for new landscaping. Two army camps named after 1932
Taiwan’s rapid economic development between the 1950s and the 1980s is often attributed to rational planning by highly-educated and impartial technocrats. Those who look at history through blue-tinted spectacles argue that, for much of the post-war period, the government was staffed by Chinese who fled China after the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lost the civil war “who had no property interests in Taiwan and no connections with a landlord class,” leaving “the KMT party-state more autonomous from societal influences than governments [elsewhere in East Asia],” writes Gaye Christoffersen in Market Economics and Political Change: Comparing China and Mexico. At the same