Foxconn tore up a small town to build a big factory, then retreated

TĐH: Terry Gou, Chairman of Taiwanese firm Foxconn, with lots of investments in mainland China, has just announced his running for the presidency of Taiwan, against incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen. So now, stories about Foxconn and Tery Gou begin to take the front pages.

This story is somewhat personal to me. The little village Mount Pleasant in this story is right outside the border of City of Racine, where I worked as an accountant in Racine City Hall in my previous life before going to law school to become a lawyer. Last year, in our summer road trip to the US west coast, my wife and I stopped by Racine to take a look and took some pictures and was surprised by so much infrastructure construction going on. Now I understand the reason – the investment promise (still to be fulfilled) by Foxconn.

 
Valerie Bauerlein, The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday April 30, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis.—Six miles west of Lake Michigan lies a cleared building site half again as big as Central Park, ready for Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion liquid-crystal-display factory.
Contractors have bulldozed about 75 homes in Mount Pleasant and cleared hundreds of farmland acres. Crews are widening Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line to accommodate driverless trucks and thousands of employees. Village and county taxpayers have borrowed around $350 million so far to buy land and make infrastructure improvements, from burying sewer pipes to laying storm drains.
One thing largely missing: Foxconn. Tiếp tục đọc “Foxconn tore up a small town to build a big factory, then retreated”

Góc khuất ở nơi có 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại và những phận đời dạt trôi

NN 27/10/2017, 14:16 (GMT+7) Lượng kiều hối của trên dưới 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại hàng năm gửi về nhiều như nước sông He mùa lụt. Nhưng đằng sau vẻ hào nhoáng lấp lánh như bề ngoài của một tấm huy chương ấy là góc khuất ít người biết đến…

Dạt trôi những phận người

Chưa ở đâu tôi thấy nhiều biệt thự như xã Đại Hợp (huyện Kiến Thụy, Hải Phòng). Những công trình hoành tráng mọc lên san sát như bát úp. Đó là nhà của những người có con gái lấy chồng ngoại. Nhà nào có 1 cô thì to vừa, có 2 cô thì to bự, có 3 hay 4 cô thì như biệt phủ, biệt điện. Bởi thế mà câu hỏi quen thuộc của nhiều bà ở đây là: “Nhà chị có mấy đứa con lấy chồng ngoại?”.

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Những ngôi nhà to đẹp ở Đại Hợp

Tiếp tục đọc “Góc khuất ở nơi có 1.000 cô gái lấy chồng ngoại và những phận đời dạt trôi”

Fishermen ‘kept like slaves’ in Taiwan

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According to rights groups, exploitation of migrant workers is frequently reported in Taiwan, where around 600,000 foreigners are hired as caregivers, fishermen, construction and factory workers. (Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh)

TAIPEI: A group of foreign fishermen in Taiwan were locked in tiny windowless rooms around the clock to stop them escaping while not at sea, prosecutors said in the island’s latest abuse case involving migrant workers. Tiếp tục đọc “Fishermen ‘kept like slaves’ in Taiwan”

Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn

  • DANH ĐỨC
  • 28.07.2017, 12:27

TTCT– Thứ sáu 21-7 vừa rồi, Jared Dummitt và Eliot Kim, hai nghiên cứu sinh của Trường Luật Harvard, đã đăng một bài trên website luật học lawfareblog.com có tựa đề “khác lạ”: “Chiến tranh vì biển: Hãy quen dần với điều đó trên Biển Đông”.

Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn
Tàu sân bay tự đóng đầu tiên của Trung Quốc (chưa đặt tên) được hạ thủy ngoài khơi thành phố cảng Đại Liên tháng 4-2017.-Ảnh: The New York Times

Hai tác giả bắt đầu bằng câu chuyện: “Tuần này, hải quân và không quân Trung Quốc đã thực hiện các hoạt động mở rộng – trong số đó có một số vụ là chưa từng có trước đó ở trong và xung quanh lãnh hải của Nhật Bản, Đài Loan và Mỹ. Bắc Kinh đã tỏ rõ giọng điệu thách thức khi dấy lên những dấu hỏi về tính thích đáng của các hoạt động này”. Tiếp tục đọc “Tự do hàng hải của nước lớn”

Southern VN attracts major FDI

vietnamnews Update: June, 30/2017 – 09:00

The Việt Nam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) I in the southern province of Bình Dương. — Photo vsip.com.vn

Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Besides HCM City, its next-door provinces Bình Dương and Đồng Nai have also attracted large amounts of foreign direct investment in the first half of this year.

According to a report from the Bình Dương People’s Committee, FDI in the first six months was worth around US$1.62 billion. Tiếp tục đọc “Southern VN attracts major FDI”

Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China

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Taiwan says China’s luring of Panama is an ‘open threat’ and ‘provocation to peace and stability’.

China and Panama's foreign ministers signed a joint communique establishing ties in Beijing [AFP]
China and Panama’s foreign ministers signed a joint communique establishing ties in Beijing [AFP]

Panama has established diplomatic ties with China while breaking off with Taiwan, dealing a victory to Beijing which claims the self-governing island as its own territory.

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change in a televised address on Tuesday, saying it represents “the correct path for our country”. Tiếp tục đọc “Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China”

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

 
Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China. AFP/SAM YEH

TAIPEI: Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday (Jun 12), a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China.

Taiwan and Hong Kong are thorns in Beijing’s side — both saw huge anti-China protests in 2014, known respectively as the Sunflower Movement and Umbrella Movement.

Ties with self-ruling Taiwan have worsened under China-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office last year. Tiếp tục đọc “Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy”

Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia’s liberal beacon

Landmark court case this week is likely to determine the success or failure of draft laws currently before parliament
Chi Chia-wei holds a rainbow flag during an anti-homophobia exhibition in Taipei.
Chi Chia-wei holds a rainbow flag during an anti-homophobia exhibition in Taipei. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success.

Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. Tiếp tục đọc “Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia’s liberal beacon”

Old Tainan street becomes tourist hotspot by bringing in the new

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The standees of cats on Zhengxing Street are created based on the appearances of local residents and shop owners here. (Photo: Chao Fan-hao)

TAINAN CITY, Taiwan: With a history of 300 years, streets of Taiwan’s Tainan City are rich in heritage. One in particular has become a hub of bustling activity thanks to a man who helped incorporate the old with the new.

From a place that people saw little reason to visit, Zhengxing Street has now become a magnet for crowds. A tempura shop, which has been on Zhengxing Street for more than 10 years, bears silent witness to its transformation. Tiếp tục đọc “Old Tainan street becomes tourist hotspot by bringing in the new”

Taiwan bans dog and cat meat from table as attitudes change

Consumption attracts large fine and repeat offenders could be named and shamed under law that is first of its kind in Asia

Cats are seen caged after being rescued by China Small Animal Protection Association from a Tianjin market that trade cats for meat and fur, in Beijing
People in Taiwan who repeatedly eat dog or cat meat face being named and shamed under the new law. Photograph: AP

Taiwan is set to become the first country in Asia to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, as increasing pet ownership across the continent has seen attitudes shift.

The revised Animal Protection Act imposes a fine of up to 250,000 Taiwan dollars (£6,500) for eating dog or cat meat, while the penalties for animal cruelty or slaughter were raised to up to two years in prison and fines of up to 2m Taiwan dollars (£52,000). Tiếp tục đọc “Taiwan bans dog and cat meat from table as attitudes change”