Rescued Hiker Hits Back at Media Circus

A man rescued after spending more than a month in Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range has attempted to clarify statements he allegedly made at a press conference June 28. Taiwan’s Chinese language media panned the mountain hiker as being ungrateful, and even undeserving of rescue after he allegedly criticized rescue services, refused to pay for his costly rescue, and said that he will travel in the mountains alone again after he has recovered his physical fitness. New Taipei City resident Lee

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National Geographic Lists Taiwan as Part of China

National Geographic has ranked Taiwan #48 in its 2017 list of the 100 best travel destinations. However, the magazine has incensed Taiwan readers by listing the country as part of China. Members of the Facebook group Taiwan Passport Sticker posted pictures of the magazine and urged readers to protest on National Geographic’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Reader, Phoenix Chang wrote: “Looks like there are going to be lots of families trying to get Taiwanese visas at Chinese embassies and fail.

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The Presidential Private Parts Controversy

A controversy erupted yesterday, Saturday April 23, when a picture was uploaded to Facebook which allegedly showed out-going President Ma Ying-jeou with his private parts exposed while he was warming up for a road race. The story of the compromising photograph being disseminated on the Internet led President-elect Tsai Ing-wen to issue a statement on her own Facebook page exhorting the media and individuals not to report on or show the picture, as it compromised the dignity of the office

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South China Morning Post Drops Paywall: Get Your China News Free: But There’s a Catch

The South China Morning Post announced tonight that their online content is now available for free. They have dropped their subscription model, and the paywall has been removed; but there’s a catch: SCMP has been bought out by Alibaba, the biggest online company in China. One of the most important International voices in East Asia, was once not free, but now is free; was once free, but now is not free. Welcome to The Wild East.

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China’s Netizens Declare War on Taiwan

Netizens on China’s most popular web board Tieba  declared war on Taiwan media Facebook pages today in the wake of the controversy caused by Taiwanese performer Zhou Ziyu (Chou Tzu-Yu) showing of a Taiwanese (Republic of China) flag on a Korean variety show last year. Zhou Ziyu is 16 years old and a member of the K-pop girl group TWICE. Netizens declared the attack would start at 7 pm tonight (January 20, 2016), and would include Apple Daily, SET TV, and the Scoop Community.

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The Great Pudding Controversy

One of the big issues in the Taiwan media this week is the controversy over ‘Three Siblings Pudding’. The Kaohsiung based brand was created by a teenage girl and her twin younger brothers. The siblings were orphaned when their mother died a few years ago. They lived with their grandmother who couldn’t afford to keep them so they learned how to make pudding, created the brand, and marketed their product on Facebook. Controversy erupted when the brand became too successful. The

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