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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with Agencies

ART

Museum to host Ai show

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum is due to stage an exhibition of the work of Ai Weiwei (艾未未), officials said yesterday. Ai Weiwei Absent will open on Saturday, featuring installation pieces, photography, sculpture and videos by the artist. “It’s a pity that Ai himself cannot come to Taipei, but his wife is expected to see the show in the first half of November,” the Taipei City Government said. Ai, who is one of the most outspoken critics of Chinese Communist Party controls and censorship in China, is being investigated for tax evasion and has been ordered not to leave Beijing.

TRANSPORTATION

Students get THSR discount

Starting today and lasting until Dec. 29, college students are eligible for a 30 percent to 50 percent discount on the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) as part of an effort to boost passenger volume. THSR said it would offer discounted travel for university students every day for non-rush hour journeys on 168 train trips a week. A 30 percent discount would be available for journeys between 9:36am and 11pm Monday to Friday and between 8:54pm and 9:36pm Monday through Thursday, THSR said. Saturdays and Sundays, students will be eligible for a 30 percent discount for journeys taken between 10:36am and 11am, it said. A 50 percent discount would be offered to students traveling between Taipei and Zuoying from 9:54pm to 10:12pm, Monday through Thursday. Students will also get a 50 percent discount on some train trips between Taipei and Taichung, Taichung and Zuoying (左營) early in the morning and at night from Monday through Thursday. However, the discounts will not be available for seats in business class or on unreserved economy class tickets. Students must show a valid student ID at station counters when buying discounted tickets for the designated non-rush periods, THSR said.

DIPLOMACY

Charity concert in Singapore

Taiwan’s representative office in Singapore celebrated the centenary of the Republic of China with a charity concert on Saturday, donating the proceeds from ticket sales to a charitable organization in the city-state. The ticket revenue — about NT$7 million (US$231,030) — was donated to the President’s Challenge, a charitable organization that helped the less fortunate in Singapore. The concert attracted about 7,500 people and featured 10 groups of Taiwanese performers singing hit Taiwanese songs, including 52-year-old Lee Chien-fu (李建復), Wu Bai (伍佰), Emile Chau (周華健) and Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩).

HEALTH

Lu cooks up veggie dish

Former vice president Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) cooked a vegetarian dish yesterday while urging the public to adopt a vegetarian diet, echoing a UN call for less consumption of meat for a sustainable environment. At a one-day “green” fair in Taipei, Lu made a dish of bitter gourd with king oyster mushrooms, and called on the public to have one vegetarian meal per day. Lu said reducing consumption of animal products is the “most effective” approach to pursue a sustainable environment, along with growing trees and lowering carbon emissions. “If everyone were to quit eating meat for one day, it would generate the same benefit as planting 200 to 300 trees,” she said. Lu, who has been on a vegetarian diet for more than four months, said she is an example of how a diet without meat can be healthy and beneficial. “People have started saying I have been looking younger since I went on a vegetarian diet,” she said.

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