Tsai talks of being single
Former Democratic Progressive Party chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that being a politician who is single has its advantages, such as sparing her the trouble of having to be “at war” both at work and at home. In an interview conducted last week that she posted on her Facebook page, Tsai said if she had a family, it would have forced her to adjust her mindset at home to cope with “another group of people” separate from those she has to deal with as a politician, which would require a high degree of discipline and self-cultivation. Tsai also took issue with people who blame single women for the nation’s low birth rate, saying society needs to establish a system to ease the “dual pressure” they face from their career and family duties. Men and women should be allowed to compete fairly and women should not be discriminated against, but they also do not need preferential treatment, Tsai said.
More dates for U-Theatre
The Zen drumming troupe U-Theatre said yesterday it has a busy schedule of overseas tours in the next few months, following its hugely successful week of performances in Saudi Arabia. The troupe, known for its unique combination of drumming, Zen meditation and martial arts, will perform in Hong Kong, Germany and Italy later this year, a spokesman said prior to U-Theatre’s departure for home. In September, the troupe will perform its signature piece Sound of the Ocean in Germany and Italy, and in October it will present Beyond Time in Hong Kong, the spokesman said. Beyond Time, which premiered late last year, will be the third piece by U-Theatre to be performed internationally, the spokesman said.
Greenpeace urges diversity
The nation is well-positioned to develop ecological agriculture, which uses organic farming methods to sustain the environment and people’s health, foreign Greenpeace researchers said recently in Taipei. Since the country is known for its rich crop diversity, it could capitalize on this to develop more indigenous produce instead of relying on imported food, the environmental advocates said. For example, Taiwanese could look into ways to cultivate a wider variety of sweet potatoes to make the traditional snack — commonly seen in the 1980s — popular again, they said. “It’s sad to see Taiwanese lose their original eating habits, turning to French fries instead of fried sweet potatoes,” Greenpeace campaigner Wilhelmina Pelegrina said. She added that since indigenous products do not have to go through gigantic supply chains, people would have more chance of getting fresh food directly from farmers.
Libraries rate highly
Five Taiwanese universities have been ranked among the world’s top 100 institutional digital repositories in a report published by a Spanish research body. Leading the group was National Taiwan University, which came 11th in the list compiled by the Cybermetrics Lab under the Spanish National Research Council — the largest research body in Spain and the third-largest in Europe. National Tsing Hua University was ranked 57th, with National Central University coming 75th, National Chengchi University 77th and National Cheng Kung University finishing 79th on the list, which is released biannually in January and July.