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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:22 am 
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County dims red light, shuts last legal brothel
September 6, 2008

TAIPEI (Reuters) — Authorities in central Taiwan have turned off the red light at the county's last legal brothel after the death of its pimp aged 87, newspapers said on Friday.

Ai-Le was the last legal brothel in Nantou county in central Taiwan, and police revoked its permit because the 48-year-old business could not be transferred, the Liberty Times reported.

Prostitution has been illegal in Taiwan since 1997, and licensing of new brothels stopped in 1974, but isolated illegal brothels can be found all over the island. Brothels licensed prior to 1974 were allowed to keep operating.

The closure effectively leaves Ai-Le's two prostitutes, aged 40 and 50, jobless, the paper added.

A photo in the newspaper shows Ai-Le as a building with a pink flower-print facade, rimmed by a tattered roof.

"Actually, with this sort of thing, there's no real loss," township government Secretary-General Liang Wen-teh told Reuters. "The brothels may have legal permits, but that doesn't mean all the people inside are legal."

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings, editing by Miral Fahmy)

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Taiwan gays cheated, molested by so-called priest at "gay temple"
September 1, 2008

Taipei (dpa) — Taiwan police are probing into alleged fraud and sexual assault involving a 24-year-old man who claimed himself a 'priest' who could ward off ghosts haunting gay people, officers said Monday.

'We just received a report by a male victim and will summon the suspect for questioning over his alleged role in the fraud and sexual assault case,' an officer said by telephone.

The suspect, identified as Tsai Hung-chieh, 24, has a previous fraud record and is serving a suspended sentence of four years, the officer said.

The probe came after news media reports that up to a dozen Taiwan gay men, who visited a 'gay temple' hoping to improve their chance of finding a lover, claim they have been swindled of money and sexually molested by a male priest at the temple over recent months.

According to the Apple Daily, Tsai, one of two priests at the Wei Ming Temple in Yungho, a satellite city of Taipei, told them that there was a ghost in their penis and they had to masturbate before him to drive it out.

Tsai raped some of the victims, after giving them a drink mixed with sleeping pills, the paper reported, quoting one of the victims identified as Hsiao Kang.

Some of the victims were charged 3,600 to 360,000 Taiwan dollars (113 to 11,392 US dollars) by Tsai for counseling or to receive instructions on how to meet someone.

Hsiao Kang told the Apple Daily he teamed up with several other victims in reporting Tsai to police to put a stop to his crimes.

'There might be many other victims who have been cheated and molested by Tsai but dare not report to police for fear of being exposed,' he said.

Taiwan's cable news network TVBS quoted the temple's founder Lu Wei-ming as saying the suspect allegedly made use of the time he was not in Taiwan to cheat others.

Police said if found guilty of fraud and sexual assault, the suspect would be sentenced to more than five years of jail.

Source: Monsters and Critics/Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

It is also alleged he told his victims that they should masturbate to drive out a demon living in their penis.

The gay scene in Taiwan has blossomed since the first pride parade in 2003, which attracted only 1,000 marchers. There are now gay cafes and bookshops.

But while tolerance has grown, social attitudes and equality laws still lag behind.

Compared to its Asian neighbours Taiwan has a more positive stance towards the gay community, and has previously discussed introducing same-sex unions.

Source: DPA via Pink News UK

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Taipei holds Asia's largest gay pride march
30 September 2008

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The 2008 Taiwan Gay Pride Parade titled "Run The Rainbow Way" in Taipei September 27, 2008. Around 20,000 people from Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan gathered on Saturday for the annual gay pride parade which is in its sixth year.
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Taipei (dpa) — Taipei on Saturday held Asia's largest gay pride march to demand equal rights for homosexuals, transsexuals and transgender people. Braving showers brought on by Typhoon Jangmi, an estimated 18,000 people — including representatives from gay rights groups in foreign countries — marched through the main streets of Taipei.

The marchers displayed a 90-by-4.5-metre rainbow flag — the symbol of the gay rights movement — and waved placards to call for equal rights for gay people.

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Wang Ping, organizer of the march, which is in its ninth year, said the turn-out was bigger than 2007. "Last year there were about 15,000. Today there were about 18,000, and I saw some very young people taking part," she said.

"This shows that more and more homosexuals are daring to stand out and be themselves. But we hope this 'dare to be oneself' can turn into participation in the gay rights movements," she said.

Taipei held its first gay pride parade in 2002. It was attended by 500 people.

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Since the late 1980s, Taiwan's homosexuals have taken part in various activities to demand equal rights and an end to discrimination in schools and workplaces.

The Taiwan government has promised to promote equal rights for homosexuals, but has yet to legalize same-sex marriage.

In some cities, there have been reports of police harassment of gathering places for homosexuals, but public acceptance of homosexuals has been growing each year, and some analysts say Taipei has become something of a Mecca for homosexuals in Asia.

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Prognosis not good for Taiwan nude photo clinic
Sat Feb 7, 2009

TAIPEI (Reuters) — A Taiwan clinic is likely to be fined after allowing two of its nurses to pose nude in an advertising campaign.

"Of course we're going to prosecute. What they did violates the law," said Chen Yueh-ying, a Tainan city health department official.

Taiwan businesses often photograph young, fashionably dressed woman for advertisements or put them on stage for promotional events, but they are seldom shown naked.

Chen told Reuters that clinics were not the same as normal businesses, and the adverts fell foul of medical conduct rules.

Taiwan's United Daily News, which carried one of the photos in question on Saturday, said the shots had outraged a local nurses association, which complained that their profession's image had been soiled.

The clinic distributed the pictures to media, customers and used them on its website.

It now faces a fine of between T$50,000 ($1,481) and T$250,000, Chen said, although the newspaper went further and suggested it may be shut down.

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by David Fox)

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Pressured by sex workers, Taiwan OKs prostitution
23 June 2009

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TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan began a process of legalizing prostitution Wednesday making the island the latest place in the world to decriminalize the world's oldest profession.

In six months, authorities will stop punishing Taiwan sex workers after prostitutes successfully campaigned to be given the same protection as their clients, a government spokesman said. "Now the client gets off free, but the prostitute gets punished, and that's not fair," spokesman Su Jun-pin said.

Taiwan's cabinet will issue regulations within six months, when new regulations take effect, covering locations in Taiwan approved for prostitution. "It's like fishing," Su said. "The activity may be legal, but in some places you can't do it."

Taiwan outlawed prostitution 11 years ago, but older sections of the capital Taipei still teem with underground sex workers in bars and night clubs on the upper floors of high-rise buildings. The Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters, a Taipei-based advocacy group, estimates that 600,000 people are involved in sex-related jobs. "It's something the public has wanted for 12 years," said Collective CEO Chung Chun-tsu. "More and more people are agreeing with this consensus."

Local religious groups, however, have opposed the move.

Taiwan is the latest place to legalise prostitution. New Zealand allowed brothels to operate freely in 2003, when parliament narrowly voted to overturn 100-year-old sex laws. A court in Bangladesh decriminalized the trade in 2000, but for women only.

(Reporting by Ralph Jennings; Editing by Bill Tarrant)
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Seventeen punished over Taiwan military sex video
28 July 2009

Taiwan's military said Tuesday 17 servicemen have been punished over an obscene video involving two male sergeants while on duty, in a scandal that has sparked public outrage.

A cable news channel earlier this month aired a video showing two soldiers clad in camouflage uniforms apparently engaged in oral sex while around 40 other servicemen looked on and laughed.

"The defence ministry has disciplined 13 members of the reserve brigade and sent another four to prosecutors for involvement in public obscenity and spreading an obscene image," it said in a statement. Those facing prosecution included the duo allegedly engaged in the act and another sergeant who taped the scene, as well as the captain of their squad, the ministry said. The 13 were disciplined for "failing to prevent a major incident from happening to damage the military honour," it said.

The incident happened three years ago during a training course in southern Tainan county, according to the ministry, adding five of the 17 have since retired from the military. The sex video was the latest in a series of scandals to have hit the island's military and forced it to apologise amid heated criticism from both the ruling and opposition parties.

A recent crackdown has led to the investigation of 114 generals for alleged corruption or bribing their way to their rank. The probe, one of the biggest in the history of the island's armed forces, was launched in April after a retired lieutenant general was indicted on charges of bribery, blackmail and leaking secrets.

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Taiwan curbs foreign bride firms
1 August 2009

A law is coming into effect in Taiwan to ban commercial firms from arranging international marriages.

Only non profit-making organisations are now allowed to do so, according to Taiwan's government. Many Taiwanese men travel to China and South East Asian countries, especially Vietnam and Indonesia, to find brides. They say they have to do so because Taiwanese women are putting careers ahead of marriage, delaying getting married or not marrying at all.

The BBC's Cindy Sui, in the Taiwanese capital Taipei, says matchmaking agencies have developed a booming business, charging men as much as $9,000 to help them find a wife. But Taiwan's government has decided to put a stop to this. The national immigration agency says the new law has been brought in because many of the cross-border marriages are based on "weak foundations".

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The men are shown photo albums or videos of the women, they pick the one they want and after only one trip to see the woman, they marry her, sometimes on the spot. Our correspondent says that many of the women agree because they are motivated by the chance to live and work in Taiwan and send money home.

Women's groups in Taiwan have complained that this amounts to buying and selling partners. Some of the "brides" arrive in Taiwan after faking a marriage, and go on to work as prostitutes. To preserve Taiwan's image and ensure marriages are treated as a serious matter not as a business, the government says from now on companies can only charge their customers for the air fare, hotel expenses and administrative costs. Violators will be fined up to $30,000.

The agencies will also be strongly advised to encourage both parties to get to know each other better. There are more than 400,000 foreign spouses, mostly women, in Taiwan, with about 20,000 new transnational marriages registered each year.

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VN-Taiwan discuss brides" rights in illegally-made matches
23 August 2008

VietNamNet — A group of Taiwanese scholars has travelled to Hanoi under their government"s authority to study illegal matchmaking and to examine situations of violence when Vietnamese women marry Taiwanese men.

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Present at the conference were representatives from the Taiwanese Central Research Institute, the Taipei Economic Office in Hanoi, the Vietnam Social Sciences Institute, the Vietnamese Justice Ministry and the National Committee for Population, Family and Children.

Taiwanese scholars came to address violence and other issues when Vietnamese women marry Taiwanese men. Participants also discussed differences in habits and customs, culture, lifestyle and language between partners, as well as social issues related to the interests and human dignity of Vietnamese brides in Taiwan.

In the latest research by Tran Hong Van, released at the second Vietnamese studies workshop, the number of women in the south marrying Taiwanese men is increasing. Between January 1995 and October 2005, 72,411 Vietnamese women married Taiwanese men, mainly older.

A Taiwanese scholar, Professor Wang Hong Ren, from the Southeast Asia Research Institute, Xi Nan University, announced findings that around 20% of Vietnamese brides in Taiwan did not get along with their husbands" families, either suffering mistreatment or filing for divorce.

The greatest difficulties of Vietnamese brides are the language barrier, poor real-life experience, poor knowledge of the culture, precious few work skills and lack understanding of Taiwanese laws, manners and customs, according to Professor Wang.

Many Vietnamese brides don"t know how to contact agencies to ask for help in cases of abuse, even though the Taipei Economic Offices in Hanoi and HCM City give them a guidebook on women"s safety with special telephone numbers in urgent cases. As a result, many of them can"t protect themselves when they are abused, lose their rights to shared family assets and lose opportunities to nurture their children when they divorce.

According to Professor Chyong-fang Ko from the Taiwanese Central Research Institute, Vietnamese brides account for 35% of 338,000 foreign brides in Taiwan, or around 118,300 women, mainly from the south of Vietnam.

Matchmaking services for Taiwanese grooms and Vietnamese brides are developing rapidly, as the profit from the service is very high. Taiwanese matchmakers can earn a US$2,000-2,500 cut of the total $7,000-8,000 matchmaking fees for each marriage. These hurried marriages, along with potential family violence, human trafficking, legal issues related to Vietnamese women marrying foreign nationals and child custody issued across international borders have now spiralled into a social problem that Taiwanese government can no longer ignore.

And it has risen to the occasion, investing around $300mil in programmes to assist Vietnamese brides, such as teaching them the language, orienting them to what the Taiwanese expect of a daughter in law, offering vocational training and broadcasting a Vietnamese language programme specifically for Vietnamese brides.

The Taiwan Justice Department, Social Department and Civil Service also have programs, as do some non-governmental organizations.

The conference in Hanoi also offered a forum for the Taiwanese and Vietnamese researchers and policy makers to discuss their mutual expectations for the overseas pairings: encouraging marriages based on love restricting marriages through matchmaking services strictly for economic reasons. Both sides agreed that to reduce the rate of disillusioned or unhappy Vietnamese brides in Taiwan, they must join hands to protect women with laws while giving them skills.

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VietNamNet spoke with Vu Quoc Cuong, Deputy Head of the Administrative - Justice Department at the Ministry of Justice, on the issue of illegal matchmaking and the lot of Vietnamese women who fall prey to it.

Both Taiwan and Vietnam have to solve the consequences of illegal matchmaking. While Taiwan has considered making matchmaking legal, Vietnam still prohibits it.

What is the current situation?
Matchmaking is not a legal service in Vietnam, but it exists and is difficult to supervise. Matchmaking is a service with high profits and many matchmaking organizations have developed intricate networks in every village and commune to seek interested people. In the south-western provinces grooms come into a village by the carload to see prospective brides, slipping past local government. Women are very poor and have no occupation so they immediately agree to marry foreign men after only two or three days of knowing them. Some matchmakers also operate under the guise of labour export agents.

Why is it difficult to control illegal matchmaking? Is there any way to stop it at its source?
Illegal matchmaking is expanding in Vietnam, in my opinion, because of the poor coordination among the government bodies charged with policing it. Local women"s unions as well lack infrastructure to promote the issue. I know some cases where even the daughters of commune chairmen married Taiwanese men through matchmaking services.

There is only one centre assisting marriage between Vietnamese people and foreigners, based in Ho Chi Minh City. This centre provides free consulting services for women who want to marry foreigners and teaches them some, but not all, of the things they need to about Taiwanese culture. However, this is a non-profit organization so it often lacks money and can"t meet the increasing demand. It is necessary to promote the operation of this centre and establish other similar centres at the grassroots level.

Taiwanese scholars are expecting Vietnam to ratify a legal document on marriage with foreigners, the amended Decree 68.

What is the nature of the decree?
A draft has been submitted to the government for approval. It has some new articles about marriage between Vietnamese and foreigners.

First, the two parties must be present at the local justice department to fulfil marriage registration formalities, no more vesting somebody with authority. The interview process also changes: future grooms and brides must participate in a prenuptial interview to define the purpose of their marriage and the level of mutual understanding. The interviewer will then determine whether or not the union is suitable.

Source: Vietnam Net.

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Taiwan Christians hold protest against homosexual lifestyle
24 October 2009

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Taipei (dpa) — Hundreds of Christians marched through Taipei Saturday to protest what they called the expanding influence of homosexuals in Taiwan.

Holding placards denouncing homosexuals, some 300 Christians marched from the presidential office building to Freedom Square, where they prayed for homosexuals to adopt the "correct lifestyle" and distributed pamphlets and T-shirts bearing the phrase "Jesus Is Coming Soon."

The march was organized by several Christian groups, including the Presbyterian church and Exodus, a US-based group which claims to be able to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals.

Reverend Chen Yu-chuan of the Presbyterian church said the march, held ahead of the October 31 annual gay pride march, was to counter the expanding influence of gay lifestyle in Taiwan. "Since the first gay pride march was held in Taipei in 2005, with subsidy from the Taipei city Government, the gay march has been expanding each year. Some 20,000 people will take part in this year's march. Are all of them homosexuals? I doubt it," he said. He said he suspects that some people have adopted the gay lifestyle, or even become gays, due to the media influence popularizing the homosexual lifestyle.

Dozens of homosexuals held a counter-rally in Freedom Square Saturday. The gay protesters made speeches to demand equal rights and held up a huge wooden cross, telling Christian protesters not to nail gays to the cross.

Source: Earth Times / dpa.

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Taiwan man arrested for allegedly tricking up to 100 women into sex
15 November 2009

Taipei (dpa) — A Taiwanese man has been arrested for a scam in which he tricked up to 20 women into having sex because they believed they were helping to prolong his life, according to press reports Sunday.

Hsu Hsien-ming, a 50-year-old divorcee and stock market analyst, was arrested at a Taipei hotel Saturday as he was checking out the after meeting his latest victim, the Taiwan Television Enterprise (TTV) reported. Allegedly, Hsu posted photos online of a young model and used that image to contact the women. Going under the name Angor, he introduced himself as a 30-year-old son of a Taiwanese father and French mother who was on business in the US, but was looking to marry a Taiwanese woman.

However, according to reports, Angor would not consider marrying a woman unless she was prepared to have sex with his father — Hsu, in real life. The request was explained by the fact that Angor's father had terminal prostate cancer and only six months to live. Only constant sex would keep him alive, Angor told the women.

Some 100 women, aged between 28 and 50, were drawn in by the scheme. Of those, about 20 went on to have sex with Hsu. Others sent money to help with Angor's mother's breast cancer surgery. One married woman, identified as Mrs Yu, gave Hsu 180 million Taiwanese dollars (5.4 million US dollars) to buy stocks, a house, a car and a diamond watch, and gave him 100,000 Taiwanese dollars (3,000 US dollars) monthly living expense, in the hope that Angor would marry her.

After learning that she had been cheated, she rushed to the police station to confront Hsu Saturday. "I want to kill him with my high heels," she told reporters.

Police said the victims of Hsu's scheme were not stupid. "They fell for the trap because they were lonely," Wu Wen-kuei, a police spokesman, said on TTV.

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Taiwan alters laws to ban sex, violence in media
11 December 2009

TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan's parliament changed laws on Friday to ban gratuitous images of sex and violence in the island's racy media following a surge in parental complaints.

Passage of a bill that outlaws explicit photos, television scenes and online graphics comes after officials issued two fines, totaling T$1 million ($30,900), against the publisher of mainstream newspaper Apple Daily over its online imagery.

"Entire families see this. Children see it. Only in Taiwan do we have these images. You go to Hong Kong and it's not there," said Ke Ming-hsiu, aide to legislator Hung Hsiu-chu who sponsored the bill with broad bi-partisan support. "This isn't news, so it won't get protection under news freedom laws," Ke said.

Parental complaints to the Taiwan government had soared before the city of Taipei fined Apple Daily's publisher, a government official said. The paper had built a name on its real-life animation of grisly crimes and even a make-believe video of golf star Tiger Woods crashing a vehicle. Taiwan, a vibrant democracy, is known in Asia for its barely regulated and intensely competitive news media.

The parliament bill, which passed without opposition, revises three acts that govern media broadcasts and the welfare of children and teenagers. Parliament must vote two more times to finalize it, but no roadblocks are expected.

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Taiwan issues first official Gay Guide
29 January 2010

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Taipei (dpa) — Taiwan on Friday launched its first official guide book for homosexuals, hoping to portray Taiwan as a gay-friendly place.

The booklet, titled The Queer Guide, was printed by the Taipei County Government to promote tourism in the Greater Taipei area. The 48-page booklet uses 7 pages to introduce gay spots, but 41 pages to offer general tourism information and warnings against AIDS.

Lin Kuo-ning, from the Taipei County Government's health department, said the idea for printing the Queer Guide came from the country government's concern about the health of homosexuals. "Two years ago we began to make anonymous HIV tests to gay men at gay spots in Taipei. We wanted to print a sheet with information about AIDS, but thought it would be better if we publish a Queer Guide," he said by phone. "We have printed 2,000 copies of Queer Guide to distribute at gay saunas and shops," he said.

The Queer Guide is the first travel guide for homosexuals issued by Taiwan authorities. There is already a Taiwan Gay Guide which is published by a gay group. While many homosexuals welcomed the Queer Guide, some complained it is not gay-oriented and should not mention AIDS. "This pamphlet talks mainly about travel for the general public, not about gays. Gay Guides in foreign countries serve only gays. They tell you where to go and what to see," Lai Cheng-cheh, owner of Gin Gin Bookstore, a gay bookstore in Taipei, said. "And the pamphlet starts by talking about prevention of AIDS. What does AIDS have to do with homosexuals? I don't understand," he said.

Lin, from the Taipei County Government, said the county government is seeking feedback from homosexuals to revise the pamphlet. "In the second edition, the section about gay topics will be larger, and we will print photos of gay models to introduce travel destinations for homosexuals," he said.

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Taiwan, Chinese gay rights groups to welcome first gay cruise
2 February 2010

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Taipei (dpa) — A US travel company plans to send the first gay cruise to Taiwan and China in March, which is expected to renew the discussion of homosexuality and reflect the diversity of human sexual expression, gay rights activists said Tuesday.

Lu Hsin-chieh, spokeswoman for the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline, said Azamara Quest's March voyage to Shanghai in China and Keelung in Taiwan was good news for the island's tourism industry and gay rights campaign. "In recent years, there has been growing exposures of gays in the Taiwan society. We hope our government can hold a welcome ceremony for this cruise ship," she said.

Taiwan usually welcomes foreign cruise liners by performing the lion dance, beating drums and gongs and exploding firecrackers at the pier, to encourage such ships to visit the island. Taiwan sexologist and writer Hsu You-sheng said the arrival of hundreds of gay couples will be a shock for some people, especially in China where homosexuals are still suppressed.

"When a large cruise ship brings nearly 1,000 homosexuals, mostly couples, to the shore, it shows that homosexuals are not sex perverts and they can form steady and happy relationships like heterosexuals," he said by phone. "It was popular in the West long ago. These cruises usually sail to Central American islands. It is a good thing they are coming to Asia, which is an uncharted territory for gay tourism," he said.

China's official press has not reported on the visit to Shanghai, but mainland gay and lesbian websites called it a "China-focused gay cruise" and printed a chart of the voyage and photo of the ship. Lu Damien, a counsellor for China's Aibai.com gay website, said he did not expect a single event to have any effect on the gay rights movement in Asia.

"However, any activity that highlights the diversity of human sexual expression is a good thing. At the very least, events like this could promote open social discussion," he said. The Azamara Quest, chartered by the California-based Atlantis Events Inc and carrying 684 passengers, will depart from Shanghai on March 20 for its 10-day North Asia tour.

It will dock at Busan, South Korea; Hiroshima, Japan; Keelung, Taiwan; Shanghai and end the tour in Hong Kong on March 30. On the same day, it will depart from Hong Kong on its South-east Asia tour with port calls at Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Bangkok and Ko Samui in Thailand, and Singapore.

Source: Earth Times / dpa.

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Taiwan groups welcome inclusion of gay issues in school curriculum
8 March 2010

Taipei (dpa) — Taiwan's gay rights groups on Monday welcomed the Education Ministry's decision to include gay issues in the primary and junior high school curriculum from next year.

"It will give teachers the authorization to openly discuss homosexuality with students," Wang Ping, secretary-general of the Taiwan Gender/Sexuality Rights Association, said. Currently, "some teachers are afraid of doing so due to opposition from fellow teachers or school authorities," she added. "We hope the Education Ministry is not just making a publicity stunt, but will make sure that the policy is implemented in all schools," she said.

The Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline, or gay hotline, also welcomed the Education Ministry's announcement that it is to integrate gay questions into the school curriculum. "The Education Ministry's decision is a positive move," and necessary to fight prejudice against homosexuality in schools, the hotline's spokeswoman Lu Hsin-chieh said. Some teachers and associations promote the idea to students that homosexuality can be cured, she added.

In 2004, parliament passed the Gender Equality Education Bill, banning discrimination against homosexuals and trans-gender students and teachers in school. Many gay rights activists say they are still the victims of discrimination, however. Around 1,000 gathered outside the Taipei city government building on March 2 to protest the city council's decision to ban gay rights groups from primary and high schools.

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Taiwan groups welcome inclusion of gay issues in school curriculum
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Taipei (dpa) — Taiwan's gay rights groups on Monday welcomed the Education Ministry's decision to include gay issues in the primary and junior high school curriculum from next year. "It will give teachers the authorization to openly discuss homosexuality with students," Wang Ping, secretary-general of the Taiwan Gender/Sexuality Rights Association, said.

Currently, "some teachers are afraid of doing so due to opposition from fellow teachers or school authorities," she added. "We hope the Education Ministry is not just making a publicity stunt, but will make sure that the policy is implemented in all schools," she said.

The Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline, or gay hotline, also welcomed the Education Ministry's announcement that it is to integrate gay questions into the school curriculum.

"The Education Ministry's decision is a positive move," and necessary to fight prejudice against homosexuality in schools, the hotline's spokeswoman Lu Hsin-chieh said. Some teachers and associations promote the idea to students that homosexuality can be cured, she added.

In 2004, parliament passed the Gender Equality Education Bill, banning discrimination against homosexuals and trans-gender students and teachers in school.

Many gay rights activists say they are still the victims of discrimination, however. Around 1,000 gathered outside the Taipei city government building on March 2 to protest the city council's decision to ban gay rights groups from primary and high schools.

Source: Earth Times / dpa.

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