A survey of 30,900 responses conducted on April 4-8, 2019, by Yahoo Taiwan shows that 65.2% think bilingual kindergartens are “useful”, 24.0% think they are not, and 10.8% do not know.
Bilingual instruction in kindergarten is preferred by 47.5%%, All American English instruction is preferred by 14.9%, all Chinese instruction is preferred by 21.5%, and 16.1% do not know. This survey included 42% men and 58% women.
Suicide among Taiwanese youth
Taiwan’s Suicide Prevention Association says that in 2017, 193 young Taiwanese between 15 and 24 years old committed suicide.
Suicide is the second major cause of death among those 15-24 years old. The first major cause of death among them is accidental deaths.
The main causes are depression which constitutes 40%, relationship problems and family problems constitute about 30%, and maladjustment to school life constitutes 10%.
In 2018, there were 7,179 attempted suicide reports. In 2017, there were 4,905 such reports, showing an increase of 55.5%.
Two of the major contributing factors to teen and youth suicides are politics and education. Neither provide a correct outlook on life and emphasize the value of life. Youths cannot judge right from wrong, and ideological division has confused the Taiwanese youth’s outlook on life.
Taiwanese youth have a depressive outlook towards their own future on Taiwan. Many are going to the Chinese mainland to pursue their ambitions and life’s goals. This reflects the doom and gloom politics of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party’s regime.
Only 31.9% Taiwanese plan to have kids
A survey of 33,500 responses conducted on March 31 to April 2, 2019, shows that only 31.9% plan to have children, 27.9% do not plan to have kids, 26.8% are already married and have children, and 4.4% plan to get married but do not plan to have kids. There are 9% who do not know.
There are 61.8% who cite economic factors as the main reason they do not plan to have children, and 18.8% cite time factor as the main reason, 19.4% do not know.
Although 67.3% believe that Taiwan’s present birthrate is overly low, 17.6% say Taiwan’s present birthrate is not too low, and 15.1% do not know. This survey consisted of 41.1% men and 58.9% women.
Taiwan revises its drunk driving law
Revisions to Taiwan’s drunk driving law passed third reading in legislature on March 28, 2019. A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 37,100 responses conducted on March 26-29, 2019, shows that 36.7% want DUI ignition interlock devices, car breathalyzer devices to be installed in all vehicles, 30.5% want passengers in a drunk driver’s vehicle to be penalized, 31.5% want to increase fines for drunk drivers, 18.3% want to extend duration of suspension of the drunk driver’s driver’s license, 28.1% want to impound the vehicle of the drunk driver, 4.9% say other, and 6.8% say they do not know.
Don’t ride your bike drunk!
Fines for riding a bicycle drunk will be levied from NT$600 to NT$1,200. A drunk bicycle rider who refuses a breathalyzer test will be fined NT$2,400. According to the survey, 41.5% very much agree, 25.4% somewhat agree, 12.0% do not agree much, 11.6% completely disagree, and 9.5% do not know.
As to whether the revisions will be effective in improving the prevention of DUI, 8.6% say they will definitely be effective, 26% say somewhat effective, 36.1% say not too effective, 16.4% say definitely ineffective, 12.9% do not know. This survey included 44.6% men and 55.4% women.
Taiwan now has over 280,000 dementia sufferers.
The three cities with the most number of dementia sufferers are New Taipei City with 49,000 dementia sufferers, Taipei City with 38,000 dementia sufferers, and Kaohsiung City with 32,000 dementia sufferers. It is estimated that each year, the number of dementia sufferers increases by 10,000, and by the year 2065, it is estimated that Taiwan will have 900,000 dementia sufferers.
Taiwan’s second hand smoke
According to Taiwan’s ministry of health and welfare, outdoor public areas’s second hand smoke exposure rate from 2009 to 2017 increased from 34.3% to 49.8%. In home second hand smoke exposure rate increased from 20.8% to 24.3%.
Smoking among adults was 22% in 2008, 20% in 2009, and 14% in 2017.
The second hand smoke exposure rate in indoor public places was 28% in 2008, 7.8% in 2009, and 5.3% in 2017. This dramatic drop is due to the 2009 smoking ban in indoor public places.
The second hand smoke exposure rate in outdoor public areas where smoking is not banned was 36% in 2008, 34% in 2009, and 49% in 2017.
In home second hand smoke exposure was 26% in 2008, 20% in 2009, and 24% in 2017.
Number of traffic accidents in Taiwan
In 2018, there were a total of 304,821 traffic accidents with 1,493 fatalities and 405,147 injured.
In 2017, there were a total of 296,826 traffic accidents with 1,517 fatalities and 296,826 injured.
A calculation of the fatality rates shows that in 2018, (1,493/304,821)%=0.4897957% and in 2017, (1,517/296,826)%=0.5110738%.
The major traffic victim is one of Taiwan’s endangered species, the leopard cat, Prionailurus bengalensis chinensis, known as the rock tiger 石虎。 It is estimated that there are now only 500 leopard cats left on Taiwan.