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Taiwanese to kiss 100 men in Paris

FRENCH KISS? A 27-year-old music student wanting to accumulate lasting memories of the City of Lights has embarked on a journey of a 100 smooches


A Taiwanese woman studying music in Paris has created a sensation in Taiwan after she launched a project to kiss 100 men in the City of Lights.

Yang Ya-ching (楊雅晴), 27, came up with the idea of kissing 100 strangers three years ago, but did not act until this summer vacation, local media reported yesterday.

Yang thought that two years of studies could bring her a degree, but she wanted to do something that could give her a lasting memory of Paris.

So during this summer vacation, she kicked off the Kiss 100 Men in Paris Project, hitting the road with a photographer to record the kisses, media reported.

On July 13, she succeeded in soliciting a kiss from the first man, a worker installing an outdoor advertisement board. After hearing her explanation, the man granted her wish and the kiss was like “an autumn leaf falling into my pocket by accident,” she wrote on her blog.

Since then, Yang has kissed 54 men across Paris, including a street sweeper, a model and a foreign tourist.

Kiss No. 3 came from a French man who teaches in Africa. He liked her and invited her to visit him in Africa.

The man who gave her kiss No. 48 bit Yang’s lip.

Yang said she intends to write a book on her project, with photos of her 100 smooches.

By yesterday, 1.1 million people had visited her blog and many had left messages.

Some praised her courage and envied her, while others criticized her, calling her a slut and saying her project was just an excuse to kiss handsome young men.

Other comments that appeared on her blog included: “You could catch AIDS!” “Why don’t you return to Taiwan and kiss Taiwan men?”

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