My bad for not clarifying that. It’s been a while, and I don’t like to speak hyperbolically. After the big KTV fires in Taichung in 1995, and the forgotten kid(s) (nearly?) dying in the back of Kindergarten vans on hot days. I’m old, so everyone under 30 is a kid, so “Young people” is probably more exact than “Kids” I suppose. At the time, in Taichung at any rate, it seemed like this kind of stuff was a weekly occurrence, fires, accidents. There was a crackdown on illegal schools and illegal teachers. Legal schools were screwing over illegal schools and reporting them. Going legal was the trend. The FAP would be at the Chinese language schools making sure foreigners were actually IN class and not just out teaching. These events didn’t change things overnight, but the group of folks I hung out with were constantly talking about their schools/Kindies getting “raided”, hiding in back rooms, going out windows etc. My take on this is that they were doing this not to get whitey, but to check up on the schools, in order to prevent a massacre.
My sadly muddled explanation.
Here’s an interesting study done about Intentional and Accidental Death rates for children and young people in Taiwan. The trend in the time period from 1989 to 2007 is down.
Now, I am not saying that the government had a direct focus on the illegal buxibans. It was more widespread than that. In Ying Ge, in 2000 maybe, two kids were crushed by a huge truck, and backed over for good measure. Then big trucks weren’t allowed to drive down that road next to the schools. I believe they changed the “back up over them so you don’t have to pay medical bills forever” thing with a law as well.
Anyway, again. My bad for not being clear. But that’s it. Not going to dig up horrors from the past just to earn cred points on the flob.