Kaohsiung dengue fever survey

Kaohsiung dengue fever survey

From 2014 to June 15, 2018, there were a total of 192 cases of dengue fever in the city of Kaohsiung.

They included 113 cases (58.9%) of Taiwanese who traveled abroad, 31 cases (16.1%) of foreign workers in Taiwan, and 18 cases of (9.4%) foreign tourists.

The top five countries of origin of dengue fever are the Philippines (37 cases), Indonesia (34 cases), Vietnam (28) cases, Malaysia (26 cases) and Thailand (20 cases).


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In 2017, 48,037 Taiwanese cancer patients died

In 2017, 48,037 Taiwanese cancer patients died

Taiwan’s top ten cancer deaths in 2017-2018 are: 1.  lung cancer, 2. liver cancer, 3. cancer of the large intestine, 4. female breast cancer, 5.  oral cancer, 6.  prostate cancer, 7.  stomach cancer, 8. cancer of the spleen, 9. esophageal cancer, and 10. cervical cancer.

In 2017, 9,235 died of lung cancer, 8,402 died of liver cancer, 5,812 died of cancer of the large intestine, 651 died of cervical cancer, 644 died of ovarian cancer, 1,192 died of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 1,009 died of leukemia, and 971 died of bladder cancer.

In addition to cancer deaths, a total of 48,316 patients died of heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.




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Announcement: Reincarnation of a Quemoy girl

I have posted a reincarnation story that occurred in 1958 and 1959 about a 17-year-old girl from Quemoy who was robbed and who drowned and reincarnated as a 37-year-old woman of Mailiao, Yunlin county, Taiwan.

It is posted as a page on the masterchensays site with the title Reincarnation of a Quemoy girl.


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More Hong Kong residents are buying homes in Taiwan

More Hong Kong residents are buying homes in Taiwan

According to HSBC, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, more Hong Kong residents are buying homes in Taiwan.

HSBC data shows that in the first quarter of 2018, home loans have increased by 300% compared to the same period a year ago.

Hong Kong buyers of homes in Taiwan consist mostly of Hong Kong businessmen, Hong Kong retirees, and 侯鳥夫妻, “migratory bird couples” or “migratory couples”.

The term 侯鳥夫妻 refers specifically to couples who reside in Hong Kong but work in Taiwan.  They buy a home in Taiwan for convenience, and many prefer Taipei or Taichung homes.  Hong Kong retirees generally purchase Taiwan homes of NT$30,000,000 or less.

There are many benefits living in Taiwan.  The cost of living in Taiwan is low.  Medical services are easily available and medical costs are low.  Taiwan has universal healthcare.  Taiwan’s transportation network is developed, and school choices are plenty.

Hong Kong immigrants to Taiwan say their motivation is for retirement and is apolitical.




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Fried chicken and beer combo brings on gout?

Fried chicken and beer combo brings on gout?

In 2017, some 395,000 South Koreans sought medical treatment for gout.  Compared to 2012, the number shows an increase of 49%.

Between 2012 and 2017, the number of young South Korean men 20-29 years old suffering from gout increased 82%, and the number of young South Korean men 30-39 years old suffering from gout increased 66%.

South Korean doctors blame the increase in the number of men suffering from gout on the frequent consumption of the combo meal of fried chicken and beer.   They say the oil and fat in fried chicken mixed with beer cause the concentration of uric acid in the body to rise, thus leading to gout.  They point out that the diet of young South Koreans is now Westernized, and consuming meat with alcoholic beverages or carbonated drinks produces a lot of uric acid that accumulates in the joints.

The South Korean doctors’ advice:

Don’t drink beer and soda with your fried chicken!



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Brain failure?!

Brain failure?!

According to a professor of Chinese language and literature at the Taiwan Normal University:  台灣人說話速度快, 大腦跟不上.  And this has reduced the verbal response capability and deep level thinking ability.  Their speech cannot express full meaning.

台灣人說話速度快,大腦根不上。The Taiwanese speak rapidly, the brain cannot keep up!


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Low wages and birthrate

Low wages and birthrate

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 5,400 responses conducted on May 16-19, 2018, about the government’s plan to subsidize families with children 0-4 years old to encourage child birth.  An overwhelming 79.4% do not think the program will work while only 19.3% think the program will work with 1.3% who do not know, and an overwhelming 78.2% think the subsidies as incentives to encourage child birth are ineffective while 20.7% think they will be effective, with 1.1% who do not know.

When asked which would be the most effective solution to the dwindling childbirth rate problem, 74.0% say solving the low wage problem would be the most effective solution to the dwindling childbirth rate problem.  The survey consisted of 66.1% men and 33.9% women.

In 2009, 662,000 Taiwanese went abroad to work.  In 2016, 728,000 Taiwanese worked abroad.  Low wages are considered the culprit of Taiwan’s massive brain drain.

A low monthly salary of NT$27,711 cannot keep talented workers and this type of low level salary has been driving Taiwan’s brain drain.

In 2016, average regular monthly income was NT$4000, but the median income was NT$34000.

In 2011, 43% of all Taiwanese workers earned a regular monthly salary of less than NT$30,000.  In 2018, 34% of all workers earn a regular monthly salary of less than NT$30,000.

The government will raise the basic minimum hourly wage from NT$140 to NT$150 for hourly wage workers.  That constitutes an NT$10 wage hike for an extreme minority of Taiwanese workers.

However, the vulgarly low caliber of Taiwan’s corporate culture is now being accused of being the major culprit of Taiwan’s massive brain drain.

Taiwanese enterprises and Taiwanese businesses enslave their workers, work them like slaves.

A Taiwanese entrepreneur once said:  “Without creating value, the problem of low wages of young workers cannot be solved.”  “To solve the low wage problem, productivity and productive value of the low wage worker must be increased.

Taiwanese industries with median wage lower than the nationwide median wage include the construction industry, educational services industry, wholesale and retail industry, arts, entertainment, leisure industries, support services, agriculture, forestry, fishery and animal husbandry and animal farming, hospitality industry.

Taiwan’s wholesale and retail sector employs 1,700,000 workers, the construction industry employs 460,000 workers, the hospitality industry employs 430,000 workers, the support services employ 350,000 workers.

The worker’s value of the employees of these industries must be heightened in order to solve the low wage problem.

Yet, the basic labor reform law and wage increases implemented by the Tsai Ing-wen and Lai Ching-de government of the Democratic Progressive Party have decreased the basic worker’s value.



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