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Becoming More Environmentally Aware

Changes that come, with the self first, the power of, one!  Translated…

The culture in Taiwan is that everybody has a cup of bubble tea in her/his hand, me too.  With the designer style cup, walking down that street, I’d imagined, that my whole flair was, elevated.  Sticking that straw in, to sip the coffee or the cold tea or juice, the pressures of work, of school, suddenly got, left behind, although it’s nothing grandeur, it does, make us feel, those, little, blessings upon our lives.

And, I was watching a nature show, and a fifteen-centimeter long straw got pulled out of the nostrils of a sea turtle, and the environmental volunteers’ saving the green turtle, as it’d, defecated out the plastic bags, that was, eye-opening and awakening to me; and that was when I was alerted, to that problem that I’d, thought about, but quickly, cast out of mind from before—the garbage humans left from drinking the drinks had, caused the disasters in nature.

And, to give up the convenience, choosing the more environmentally-friendly, seemingly, it’s too easy, and yet, when we put that into practice, it’s anything, but; eating out, I would, from time to time, to bring my own, chopsticks, and I’d, allowed myself to use the one-time eating utensils, and told myself, that I will, remember to bring the eating utensils the next time I eat out, and as I’d gone to buy the drinks, I’d normally, left my mug at home, and it wouldn’t be until, I was down to the final sips, would I recall, that I should’ve used my own mug, and then, I’d be, filled with, guilt.

what made her become, aware…photo from online

These are the hardships of allowing ourselves to do what we want to, and being friendly to the environment, I need to make a chance, and hope, that my tiny action, can become, that driving kindness, and, as everybody does her/his share for the environment, then, the world will be way better in the futures to come.  There’s not just the species of humans on the planet, but also, millions of billions of other species of living organisms, and, we can’t destroy it all, in the 1.2 billion plastic cups from the tea shops estimated of consumption in Taiwan in 2021.

From the struggles, to getting used to it, as I head out now, I would, make sure, I had my own drinking cup, my own eating utensils, and, I’d, saved up on the water and the electricity along the way now, turned off the lights when I leave a room, to reduce my own needs of materials, and reduced the number of time I’d gone to buy the teas from the shops.  There is a limited resources on earth, wasting it all, or, taking care of the environment, I’d selected to take the latter, the more troubling, but the option that set my mind, at ease.

And so, this is one person’s, change, in her realization of her own tendencies, to how she’d come to realize, that we’d produced too many once-per-use trash in plastic, that’s damaging the creatures of nature, and she’d, taken the initiative, to make that change, which is a first step, to bringing about change, in the, larger spectrum of the world.

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They Took Turns, Raping a Woman Who was Passed Out Drunk the Two Men Tried to Weasel Their Ways Out of the Blames, Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

This is still nowhere, NEAR severe enough, the punishment for these two LOSERS who took advantage of the woman, passed out from drinking, and raped her, and the government stated that they’re, CRACKING down on these cases of sexual assaults?  Yeah right, get real here!  Crime and punishment, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The stockbroker, Yeh invited a woman to an antique auction, afterwards, he’d gone with her to celebrate the winning with an antiques dealer, Kuo, as the woman passed out from drinking too much, Kuo and Yeh took turns raping her, and, as the charges were processed, they’d testified that “she’d, enjoyed it”, the highest courts found that both men were with NO remorse, and sentenced each to ten years in prison on forced sexual act.

The verdict pointed out, that on the evening of December 25th, 2016, Yeh was invited to an auction in Taipei, he’d invited the victim female using the excuse of introducing her to work, after the auctions, he’d gone to a restaurant, to drink the strong boozes with Kuo, then, went to a bar to continue their, celebrations, the woman passed out, and was lifted to the mansion belonging to Kuo in Tienmu.

At three in the morn the following day, the two disregarded how the woman said no, Yeh and Kuo raped the woman on the couch; at seven in the morn, as the woman is still passed out from drinking, they’d taken turns kissing her, grabbing her breasts, then, raped her again.  The woman called the police, the two were charged.

Yeh claimed that he was, interacting “naturally” with the woman, that the woman kissed him back too, and, that the surveillance in the mansion showed that the interactions was mild, and there wasn’t any means of her, trying to, fight the men off, he’d believed, that the woman, “was enjoying it”.  Kuo testified, that the woman kissed him on her own means, that she was fully aware of what she was doing throughout the whole thing.

The Shihlin District Court reviewed over the surveillance footages, found that the woman moved her head left and right multiple times, covered up her breasts, waved both her arms, pushed the men off to show that she didn’t want to have ex, and, attempted to block both men from touching her, and she’d shown signs of post-traumatic stress, and gotten treated at the psychiatrist’s office, which showed that she’d suffered the traumas, the courts believed that the woman was, raped, and, sentenced both males to ten years each.

The two men appealed, claimed that the woman was fearful of contracting an STD, that was why she’d sued them, but the High Courts didn’t believe them, believed that the two in order to satisfy their own sexual desires, disregarded how the woman had told them no multiple times, and raped her, that they’d shown no sign of remorse, hadn’t reached a settlement agreement with the victim they’d raped, maintained the verdict of the first trial.  The Highest Courts found that the original verdict was justified, tossed back the appealed, case closed.

And yeah, this is still not, punishment enough, and the other way of interpreting this, is that because we women are passed out from drinking, you FUCKING (and your point being???) sons-of-bitches (still not the four-legged “varieties” here!) can rape us, all you want, and this time, these two mother @#$%ERS did not get away, but who knows, maybe, the times after this one, there would be more mother @#$%ERS who believe that they could, get that, slap on the wrist for RAPE!

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They Are Not Just “Your” Kids! — Filosofa’s Word

A recent column by Frank Bruni brought to my attention something that … for whatever reason … had not occurred to me in this whole education “cultural war” anti-CRT, anti-LGBTQ school curriculum battle.  DAMMIT, Ron DeSantis and others who would deprive our children of an education … WE THE PEOPLE … all of us, even […]

They Are Not Just “Your” Kids! — Filosofa’s Word

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What We’re Told Not To Talk About – Christine E. Ray — Brave & Reckless

we liked you better when you were a girl with your mouth muzzled shut by strong adult hands seen but not heard on your scabbed bony knees easily rendered docile compliant we liked you better when you were young held the shared secrets close carried the blame our blame as if it were your own […]

What We’re Told Not To Talk About – Christine E. Ray — Brave & Reckless

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On the Matter of Alexander Leehom Wang: from Peeping into the Private Lives of the Stars, to the Collective Loss of Hoard Responsibilities

How the case of infidelity, the bad behaviors of the singer, Wang is only, the tips of the iceberg, of a bigger problem of this, society of ours here!  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

The singer-songwriter’s divorce became a nuclear bomb for the Asian entertainment circle, the rants online is never-ending.  Although he’d announced his temporary exit of the entertainment industry, but the affair, his sex addictions are still, being discussed by the entertainment industries, and, the ricochet bullets are flying all over the places now.  The reputation that Wang built up on himself of being a gentle, honest, good man, a high quality performer, all destroyed in an instant, and this became a mirror of truth, reflected out the deteriorating culture of Taiwanese entertainment industry, and the wayward shift of values in the society in Taiwan, and this, should be the topic we need to discuss, aside from this “show” that we’re, currently, watching right now.

This time, although Lee, Wang’s wife, is the less capable party of this marriage, but, she’d used her sharp words, and her accurate timing, to HIT Wang back, and she’d scored, and the online community noted her as the “hammer of Thor”.  After the physical abuse of the legislator, Kao by her boyfriend, Lin, the people are more critical of violence, of the party that wasn’t, faithful enough in a marriage, it’d shown, how Taiwan IS, progressing, toward a more gender equal society.  On the other hands, the incident of Leehom Wang also showed of the false image of a “high quality” performer, the weakening of morality, and responsibilities, and the trends of him being a “giant baby” and “mama’s boy” got out too.  the seemingly free and open environment, is actually, quite the opposite, plus the manipulations from the press, it’d, weakened the citizens means to check the facts before they take their sides.

The entertainment industries are with a ton of good looking men and women, and it’d become, a hotbed for sex scandals.  But, on the matter of image completely collapsing, Wang’s case was the first few; reason for it wasn’t because he’s divorced from Lee, but because of his bad means of handling these, crises.  For instance, toward the accusations brought against him, he’d neither affirmed, nor denied, not made an apology for his, wrongdoing, and, his father’s coming out to speak on his behalf, it’d shown further, how his marriage had, gone bad.  Plus, using the Japanese old name to refer to Lee, his father had, caused even more of the effects of what he’d, wanted to, achieve.  Especially of how whenever Wang got into trouble, he’d looked to his parents to solve it for him, but, not fought for the custody, or even, the rights of joint custody for his own three children, it’d made us note, how irresponsible he truly is, toward the society, as well as, his own, family.

stars who were caught, cheating! Found online

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With Lee’s disclosures of Wang’s many bad behaviors, with the embellishments from the paparazzi, we also observed, the abnormal biosphere of the entertainment industry.  Of these, some of the singers used the idolizing of the fans, to extort, and to deceive; some of the artists even used the interactions with other artists, stars, to increase ones’ own fame, and popularity; and once something happened to the individuals, they’d immediately, severed off connections, or tried covering for the individuals.  In the movie industries, are there only the sex, the rich, the fun and party, that’s, common to all?  In, seeing the stars that we are closely relating to started derailing from the right means of behaving, wouldn’t the friends warn each other, or would they just, watch the individuals, keep on, heading down that track of, self-destruction?

In recent years, the media only cared about the number of hits, and it’d, added to the expansion of the cases of infidelity by Leehom Wang, and some of the already forgotten cases are dug back out again.  And because of this, in exposing each other’s bad behaviors, there were the performers who’d, overdosed and rushed to the hospitals; the singers posting the warning phrases toward sex, and, members of the online community immediately reacted that it was similar to Wang’s bad behaviors.  This not just, added to the heated debate, but it would also, add to how the public sees the members of the entertainment industry as, “All the same”, and, those in the movie industries, the singers who are wise, should take heed.  And, the intelligent members of the audience, also need to remain rational, to not get fooled by the performances, or follow the crowds and blame whoever it is that the crowds are, blaming.

The public issues votes just ended, Tsai’s government is doing the budget case of the city and county of Hsinchu’s merging together, Wang’s affairs, sex addictions is covering all the discussion spaces online, surely, the president is considering the matter.  The former head of the county of Kaohsiung, Yang beckoned the public on FB, “to go easy on Leehom Wang”, and stated, that there are, eighty, ninety percent in the politics who have the affairs, that we should, demand more about them.  Set aside that Yang may have exaggerated, but, from the Department of Health & Welfare Sanitations, the Medical Welfare Corporation C.E.O., Wang, the head of public health insurance, Lee with their cases of infidelity coming out into the open, the government took a laissez-faire attitude to, wasn’t this due to the debauchery of morality of the persons in power too?  So, what’s the difference between Wang being noted as a “giant baby” and this?

Looking at the end of Wang’s marriage, from how he’d, disregarded his public status, to how the media had, exploited and consumed the stories, it all showed, that this, is due to a lacking in social responsibilities.  In the past three decades, Taiwan had, quickly changed, the values of old is no longer fitting to today, and, as we’d lost those old values, and still not yet found new ones to follow, all we have, are the, exaggerated, mottos, and all of these are what’s feeding to, the Leehom Wangs right now!

And so, this brings out the bigger problem, of how these role models of society, singers, performers, presidents of countries aren’t leading by better example, and so, naturally, everything become corrupt, from the top, down, and, because the very top is rotten, there’s no way of those at the bottom, to not be, rotten.

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The Holes in the Security Nets of Society: the Case Had Been Discharged Many Times Before, and Passed the Psych Evaluations of the Professional Psychiatrists

How safe, are we, if the psych ward can’t, even, correctly identify the dangerous who might harm others, huh???  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The social security nets is the vital policies of the president, Tsai, yet, there were the repeated cases of attacks on locals in Pingdong by someone with schizophrenia, the female super convenience store clerk had been severely wounded, and the president’s policies are questioned.  The head of the county, Pan stated, that this is a serious problem, a lesson learned, that he will, evaluate the laws more closely.  The psychiatrists suggested the families to get their loved ones into treatment, to not go soft of these individuals with these conditions.

Based off of understanding, Yang, the assailant from eleven years, had similar records, started in 2017, he was treated, and categorized as “difficult to cure”, every time he was admitted to the psych wards, he’d started crying that he wanted to be, released.  Pan said, Yang had been in and out of the hospitals multiple times, and had been evaluated closely each and every time, other than the related rules, all the assessment made for his discharge went through the professional evaluation of the psychiatrists.  But, the patient had injured others multiple times, Pan stressed that he’d already, requested that the hospital enforce a stricter rule of evaluation, and the man will be admitted to the psych ward as a long-term resident now.

The C.E.O. of the Pingdong Clinical Psychologist Association, Hu told, that the case has violent tendencies, always used threats of violence on others, that she’d advised to have him locked up long-term.  If the families wanted to take him home, then, they must learn how to interact with the case, to avoid violence, to change their ways of, interacting, relating to him from before.

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a place like this then…photo from online

Hu said, that psychological disorders aren’t a “get-out-of-jail free card”, the penal code 19 states, that punishments shall be waived if the individual can’t tell the difference of right and wrong behaviors due to psychological disorders, or other mental conditions.  But, the third of penal code 19 also stated that “unfitting to be used if the act of harm was intentional, or the individual admitted to knowing what’s right and wrong!”, and, if treatments aren’t given, there will be, the criminal charges enforced.

Hu suggests that the family seek out help as early as they possibly can, a lot of the families, due to their lack of understanding of the psychological disorders, are afraid, with the communications with the trained professionals, they can accumulate the skills to caring for their loved ones, and can, more easily, avoid similar acts of violence from recurring.

and this is the modern-day “version” of the psych ward…

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with the professional shrink’s treating the patients individually, photo from online

And so, this, is due to the lack of education, because the families aren’t trained like the professionals at the hospitals, they couldn’t offer the help that these mental patients needed to recover, and, if these mental patients aren’t getting the help they needed, then, some will become, violent, if they have the violent prior tendencies.  The system of evaluation is still, too loosened, too, lacking in this case.

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The Cohesive Love Foundation Took Care of Students in the Distant-Regions, Offered the Tutoring Sessions for Eight Years to Date

How this program persisted, despite how hard the times are, hitting, because there is, this, dire, need for it!  Off of the Newspapers, translated…

The secretary general, Hong of the Taiwanese Cohesive Love Foundation of Taiwan” is a full-time housewife, in her working as a volunteer, she’d found, that the students in distant-regions lacked the afterschool tutor help session resources, that the afterschool programs provided by the schools couldn’t meet the demands of the parents’, she’d gathered a group of volunteers, and set up the Cohesive Love Foundation, and other than offering the students the academic tutoring help after school, also cared for the moral education of the students as well.

The fifty-year-old studied at the Chishan Agricultural Skilled Technical High School, due to chance, started working as a volunteer for the Taiwanese Fund for Children & Families in Kaohsiung, and, due to the many years of experiences in volunteering with the group of volunteers, she’d zoomed in on the needs of the children in her locality, set up the Cohesive Love Volunteer Group to help the elementary and middle school students who are in need of tutoring after school, providing the suppers and the afterschool help session for eight years on end.

“As the foundation just got set up, we don’t have a set place, and we can only borrow the place from the local community centers, and, whenever there are local activities, we’d become, nomads”, Hong told, without the locations, the social workers had let the group of students to the local McDonald’s to hold the learning sessions, and it was hard from the start, as the desks and chairs they used are from the donated secondhand places, there is the lacking in funding and resources for the program, she’d once thought of ending the work of the foundation, but then, she’d thought about how the kids won’t have their meals, and still, carried on the work, and thankfully, her husband, her own children were all, very supportive of her cause.

photo of the food shop set up by the foundation in March to help the middle and older women, as well as the handicapped individuals on a second career, photo from UDN.com

台灣凝愛關懷弱勢協會今年3月成立小食堂,協助中高齡婦女、身障者進行二度就業。圖/洪惠月提供

A lot of the parents worked far away, and by the time they arrived to pick up their young it was already six, seven in the evenings, and the afterschool help programs offered by the local schools only lasted until five in the afternoon, the students had nowhere they could go, the parents came home tired from work, the students lacked the educational support they’d needed from the families, and the Cohesive Love Foundation focused on the concerns and needs of the families individually, enforced the communications between parents and children, moral education, and, the cleaning of the households, and other courses.

Of them, an elderly woman, Chiu’s son divorce his wife due to their differences of views on family, left four grandchildren to her to care, after the foundation’s matching the son of the elderly woman up with a temporary job, the son would return home late, and the grandmother considered that after work, it would be too hurried for her to pick up her grandchild from the afterschool program at his school, she’d, signed her grandson up for the courses at the foundation, and she’d, gotten, some relieve.

Hong told, a lot of people didn’t learn to be husbands, wives, and parents until after they were married, hoping that there is a specialty department helping the younger generations to deal with their issues in marriage, also offer the lessons in childcare, to reduce the problems of the families, and the society.

And so, this woman saw a need in her locality, and, started thinking of ways to offer the assistance that the local people would need, and, it’s with that thought of wanting to help relieve the stresses of the individual families, that’s carried her far, in offering the assistance to these families in need.

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The Professionalism that the Taiwanese Employees Lacked

Written by a professor of applied art department here, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The foreigners say, that Taiwan has nice people, good food, but the fundamental structures, are nowhere NEAR up to standards.  Because of how the workers cut the corners, the Bridge of Nanfangao collapsed, the train to Taroko crashed.  This reminded me of how the man, Kuo’s thoughts upon his encounter of workers in Japan when he’d visited, laying down the tiles, he’d noted, how focused those construction workers are, never-seen-before by him.  Recently, Chiao, the commentator on the news programs also criticized, that there’s that total lack of professionalism in the occupations, and this professionalism is on how no matter how small the jobs, they’re all done, with precisions, to perfections.

Based off of the news media reports, the perpetrator of the Taroko Derailing case, Lee was, a repeated offender, with a long list of, not, up-to-standard constructions in his past, and, his certifications wasn’t withdrawn back the issuers, and he was contracted for a government project!

And these past couple of days, there was another worker, cutting the corners.  The Yilan segment of the Taiwanese Railroad was constructing an elevated platform, with the workers, not watching out for the trains, gone onto the tracks to pick something up, was rammed into by the Taroko Trains, then, there was, another train coming, and thankfully, another worker stood out onto the tracks, waving the flags to prevent the trains from proceeding, otherwise, that injured worker would, lose his life, like how these trains are like cabs, you can, flag them down to stop them from keep going at any time, this showed how loosely the workers were, managed.

And, the article goes on to describe the professionalism of the professional workers in Japan, how they’re, set up to follow a set of standard operating procedures that they rarely, deviated from, comparing to how there’s NO structure, NO systems that the workers are, working by here, and you see this, sharp contrast.

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Being a “Mom” is Work Too

A-M-E-N, to that, on how the “job” of a mom is, taken for granted, too often in the world today, translated…

What full-time mothers hated hearing is, “You don’t work, do you?”, everybody knows it too, that the job description of “mom” is, multifaceted, numerous tasks, long work hours; and on Mother’s Day, everybody wanted to say, “Mom, you’d, worked, too hard!”, but mostly, people believed, that “mom” is, nothing, more than a role, not a job.

My neighbor’s seven-year-old daughter came over to play, asked me, “Aunty, what’s your job?”, I’d replied, “my job is mom”.  She’d stated, “That’s not a job!”, then I’d, asked her, “Why isn’t it?  I’d done some many things during a day!”, she’d, insisted, “but you don’t make any money, my mom works, and made so much money!  She’s working overtime today!”

Yeah, if I worked as a nanny, in the schools, or the afternoon programs to teach the students, cooked the foods at restaurants, driving a cab to take clients to and from, to the employers’ homes to clean their houses, I would, totally, earn a wage, even, the bonuses, the raises around the holidays, the breaks the days off, and the worker’s insurances too.  But, in my own home, I’d done, just that, no money to be earned, no days off, and I’d often needed, the overtime hours too.  As my child fell ill, I’d needed to stay by his side watch over him day and night; if I caught what my child had, or maybe, I fell ill, or felt tired, I can’t have a day off, nobody’s there, to look after me.  Once I’d stayed with my child at the hospitals, and in a few days, my child recovered, but I’d, started having a fever.  As the doctors came to make the rounds, I’d begged, “I feel achy all over, I can’t take one step, can’t leave my child here and got get treated, can you give me a tab that’ll, help reduce my fever please!”

the job of a housewife…

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and these women aren’t, getting paid, for EACH and EVERY task that they’re, performing around the house either…illustration from online

If I don’t get paid, then, I’m not, working?  What is the definition of, “work”?  I’d looked it up in the dictionary, “Work”: occupation, synonym: labor.  And the definition of “occupation” is: the post or work that an individual has.  Here, it’d not mentioned anything about wages.  In Wikipedia, the definition of “Work” is: occupation; while the definition of “Occupation” is: a day-to-day routine of labor, with the goals of getting paid for your labor.  “Getting paid for labor” meant, a wage, so, Wikipedia believed, that the purpose of work, is, getting that pay, this is also, the majority’s explanation of what “work” entailed.  Then, in the ancient times, before the individuals became masters, what would the work of the apprenticeships be?  And, there’s, the same character in the world, volunteer, and volunteers normally, don’t get, paid either, but it clearly, constitutes as a form of work too, based off of the meanings of the characters taken apart, so, why is it, that staying at home, taking care the children, NOT considered, “work”?  Based off of what I’d already, described, everything I do at home, are all the work deemed as work by societal definition, and, every single task combined, makes into, a whole “job”!  “Homemaking is NOT a job”, “Full-time mothers aren’t working!”, this sort of deeply rooted belief, when will it get, amend3ed?  It’s a wonder, that a lot of moms want to, find alternative work posts, so they don’t get misinterpreted as, “leeches”!

Before my neighbor’s young daughter left my home, I’d told her, “Aunty’s job is being a mom, I’m also, a temporary nanny.  Next time if your mom can’t watch over it, send you over to my house, do tell her, aunty will be charge a hundred dollars an hour.”, that young girl, she’d made a sound with her tongue, then, walked out the door, she’s still fazed at how aunty doesn’t go out to work to make a pay, to play with children at home, and her too.  The next time, if I ask for pay from her “mom with work”, hopefully, she can gain a little more understanding of how, “aunty also works!”

And that is, precisely, how and why these homemakers get taken for granted, because we’re NOT working out of our homes, dressed up in those suits, making a pay check with the dollar amounts, but homemakers ARE working, they’re working 24/7, 365 or 366 days PER year, and, we’re NOT allowed to have any sick days, vacation times, and we’re not making enough for the families in these, dollars and cents?  You’ve got to be, shitting me here, and this is the LACK of respect, that we women get, for staying at home, and working as a HOUSEWIFE, raising up our young, cleaning up the houses, keeping the living environment, clean and tidy, not to mention, getting the groceries, sometimes, we also act as, the makeshift plumber, electrician too!  So show some RESPECT already, huh???

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Adoptions More Difficult for Same-Sex Couples, Finding Surrogates Overseas is a Long Path

The issues that came rushing up, after same-sex marriage is signed to become, “constitutional”…off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The singer, A-Mei’s agent, Chen and his lover Darren married last year, they’d posted the good news, they had a young infant son from a surrogate, it’d sparked up the debate on same sex marriage rights and surrogacy in this country.  The infertilities experts pointed out, that it’d cost three, to four million dollars for same sex couples or heterosexual couples who are infertile to find surrogates overseas, and the adoption processes of after the child gets here, is quite grueling, and the infertility experts called out to the Department of Welfare Sanitations, to amend the laws, to legalize surrogacy.

Chen told, “as I saw the photos I’d started crying aloud, instead, Darren was, quite calm”, having the same last names, they’d nicknamed their son “Chen-Chen”, and currently, the infant is still in the U.S., he said he’d already found a Taiwanese nanny locally, that a month from now, the family will be together, he can’t hold back the excitement.

The two started trying to conceive at the start of 2019, and made the selections of ova, health examinations, harvesting their sperms, testing for the matches, etc., etc., etc., in the end, Darren’s sperm was used, to match up to an Asian female’s ovum, through the legalized surrogacy in U.S., the surrogate mother gave birth to “Chen-Chen” in the U.S., Chen told, that the most difficult part of the process is the outbreaks, causing a lot of the procedures to be adjusted and adapted constantly, that the cost ran up to about $4.5 million.  Because Chen had NO childrearing experiences, he’d started looking for the advices online, and is considering taking the parenting classes, A-Mei was moved to tears, cried harder than Chen did.

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first step, “mixing” the sperm and the ovum…photo from online

A lot of the same-sex couples are facing similar trials of life, a lot of the gay men worked up the courage to come out of the closets to their own father, and said, “no matter what, I will have an offspring, to have someone to carry the family’s last names”. The long-term advocate for legalizing surrogacy, Chiao-Tzi Chen said, this is a common difficulty faced by a lot of the homosexual men, children are an important element of a marriage and of a family, but, for the infertile couples, Taiwan makes it impossible to find surrogacy, let alone, the same-sex couples.

Lee who’s an authority in infertility said, “it costs ten thousand U.S. for one in-vitro fertilization try, if more tests are required, then, add another, twenty thousand U.S., and the families need to pay the surrogate another three million N.T.s, and the whole cost runs up to about four million N.T.s to start up.

Lee said, the surrogate mothers provided the uterus, and during the time they are carrying, their lives are, restricted, most pregnancies takes 280 days, the costs to find a surrogate in U.S. is approximately $10,000N.T. a day; if the constitution can be amended here, then with the procedures set up by the law, it can protect the rights of the surrogates, to prevent the bridge of rights of the asking party; and he’d estimated that if the surrogacy is legalized here, it would only cost a million dollars N.T. here.

Lee stated, that waiting for the birth of the child, as the couple returned back to Taiwan, they needed to file for the adoption papers, then, the same-sex couple would become, rightful parents.

then, “implanting” into a woman’s, uterus comes next…

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with the “baby”, “mixed” inside, a PETRI dish! Photo from online

Chen said, from the experiences taken from U.S., because the conflicts of adoptions runs a lot higher than surrogacies, Taiwan needed to set up the fitting surrogate laws for the traditional couples here, and, as this gets set up, then, the priorities would be discussing the matters of surrogacies for the same-sex couples, and this will help reduce the problems brought on the declining birthrates.

Yeah, this is on advocating legalizing the process of surrogacy here in Taiwan, because right now, the same-sex couples are going abroad to find surrogates, because surrogacies aren’t legalized here yet, and, by legalizing surrogacy, the government is making our uteruses into “baby incubators”, when that is NOT what we women are, production MACHINES of babies, are we now?  And there are not just the legal issues, but also, the morality concerns here to be considered.

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