Last ‘comfort woman’ dies
The last known Taiwanese “comfort woman” died on May 10 at the age of 92, the Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation said yesterday. The term refers to women who were forced to provide sexual services to Japanese soldiers during World War II. A private funeral was held by the woman’s family, the foundation said in a Facebook post, adding that it was attended by foundation chair Theresa Yeh (葉德蘭). The news of her passing was announced only yesterday, because the woman had asked for privacy before her passing, it said. Hopefully, the history of sexual slavery will not be forgotten with the passing of “comfort women” in Taiwan, the foundation said. It added that it would continue to demand that the Japanese government apologize and compensate such women and their family members for exploiting them during the war.
Unknown object halts flights
An unidentified flying object detected at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport resulted in flight disruption that affected more than 1,000 passengers yesterday morning, Taoyuan International Airport Co said. Flights were halted in and out of Taiwan’s main international gateway after a China Airlines pilot spotted the object, the company said. The closure lasted for about 40 minutes before air traffic resumed at about 10:10am, the company said, adding that seven flights were affected. Five flights approaching the airport for landing or preparing for takeoff — those belonging to Peach Aviation, EVA Airways, Starlux Arlines and AirAsia — were delayed, affecting 919 passengers. A Cathay Pacific and a Xiamen Airlines flight arriving from overseas carrying 280 passengers were diverted to Kaohsiung International Airport, the company said. Airport authorities were unable to identify the object, which was spotted only by the China Airlines pilot, but they do not rule out the possibility that it was a drone, the company said. Members of the public are encouraged to report suspected drone sightings to the airport at (03) 273-2043, it added.
Choreographer dies at 97
Choreographer Liu Feng-shueh (劉鳳學), the first Taiwanese to hold a doctoral degree in dance, the first to promote Chinese modern dance and one of the first National Arts Award winners, died at home in Taipei on Wednesday. She was 97 years old. Born in China in 1925, Liu began learning ballet when she was a child. In the 1950s, she began to study, collect and document the dances of Taiwan’s indigenous communities. Neo-classical Dance Co, founded by Liu in 1976, lists on its Web site the “four small trees” Liu said she planted: her modern dance works, Confucian dance works, Tang dynasty court dance and music, and a study of indigenous dances. She won acclaim from the Congress of Research on Dance in the US as an outstanding academic of dance in 1977 and 2004, according to the National Culture and Arts Foundation, which named her one of the five winners of the first edition of the National Arts Awards in 1997. The New York-based Dance Notation Bureau in 2005 called Liu “an authority on the Chinese dance tradition” and “a pioneer of modern dance in Taiwan.” Her digitized dance notation that documents the styles she studied has been credited as a precious recording of the oriental dance history in Taiwan.
A study published by online booking platform Expedia revealed searches for travel to Taipei have ballooned 2,786 percent following the lifting of COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions due to the city being a “designation dupe” for Seoul. The TikTok trend for duping — referring to substituting a designation for a more inexpensive alternative — helped propel interest in Taipei, it said in a consumer survey titled “Unpack ‘24,” which was conducted from September to October in 14 countries. Location dupes are “every bit as delightful as the tried-and-true places travelers love,” Expedia trend tracker Melanie Fish said of the year’s popular alternatives, which
SAFETY IN REGULATION: The proposal states that Chiayi should assess whether it is viable to establish such a district and draft rules to protect clients and sex workers The Chiayi City Council passed a motion yesterday to assess the viability of establishing a regulated red-light district. The council yesterday held its last session of the year, at which its fiscal 2024 budget was approved, along with 61 other proposals. The proposal to assess the viability of establishing a red-light district was put forward by independent Chiayi City Councilor Molly Yen (顏色不分藍綠支持性專區顏色田慎節). The proposal cited 2011 amendments to the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法), which stipulate that city and county governments can pass autonomous regulations on the sex trade to manage the industry and guarantee industry workers’ rights. A ban on the
A small-scale protest that called on the government to cancel its plan to welcome Indian migrant workers in a bid to tackle Taiwan’s labor shortage was held in Taipei yesterday. During the protest, comprised of a few dozen people staged in front of the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard, the protest’s chief initiator, a woman identified only as “Yuna” said they wanted the central government to reconsider allowing migrant workers from India to enter Taiwan. Most people in Taiwan had little knowledge about the potential plan to allow in Indian migrant workers until a report in the media last month, she
STABILITY AND CHANGE: Flagging in recent polls, Ko this week pledged to maintain President Tsai’s foreign policy, with an emphasis on improving China relations Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) Chairman and presidential candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday reiterated that he is “deep-green at heart” in response to accusations that he is pivoting his campaign to align closer with the ideology of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the face of flagging polls. Ko made the remark at an agricultural policy conference in Taipei, repeating his comments from an interview with CTS News a day earlier. Ko told the CTS host that he would continue to pursue President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) national defense and foreign policy in general, but with an emphasis on establishing a rapport with