Chinese flock to Deserts gig
Singer and songwriter Deserts Chang (張懸) drew a full house to her two concerts in Taipei on Saturday and Sunday, including Chinese fans who said they flew to Taiwan exclusively for her performance. Chinese students studying in South Korea were spotted among local fans at the Sunday concert at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, which was also attended by several local entertainers. Asked why the signer was attracting them, a local fan said “her songs speak for our generation.” The 32-year-old singer caused a political storm on two sides of the Taiwan Strait in November last year by waving the Republic of China’s national flag on stage during a performance in Manchester, England, introducing it as her “country’s flag.” The Taipei concerts came after Chang’s tour shows in Hong Kong, Singapore and London over the past year.
Hospital plans for Africa
A group of medical experts will be sent to Sao Tome and Principe to explore the possibility of helping the African country construct a hospital, a foreign affairs official said. The Taipei Medical University experts, with officials from the ministries of foreign affairs and health and welfare, will visit the diplomatic ally in the coming months, the official said. The proposed bilateral cooperation includes the construction of a hospital and a second state-run high school in Sao Tome. The hospital construction follows bilateral cooperation in the country’s fight against malaria. Thanks to malaria control and prevention programs carried out between 2003 and 2006 by Taiwanese expert Lien Jih-ching (連日清), the malaria prevalence rate in the African country has dropped significantly.