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Ask This Taiwanese: Can I Be Taiwanese if I Don’t Spend Summers in Taiwan?

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Feeling FOMO about not being in Taiwan for the summer? There’s more to being Taiwanese than just having physically been there.

Ask This Taiwanese: “Why Care If Taiwan Is Independent?”

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Our new column Ask “This” Taiwanese answers: why do Taiwanese people care so much whether Taiwan is “independent”?

The Rundown: Geothermal Plant Starts Up, Foxconn Bid for Chip Center Accepted, and Kaohsiung Proposes Hoarding Tax

Taiwan Business Topics

First Commercial Geothermal Plant Goes Online The Cingshuei Geothermal Power Plant, Taiwan’s first commercial geothermal power-producing facility, began operations...

Taiwan Eyes Growth Potential in Central and Eastern Europe

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Observers say that the signing of several economic agreements with countries in the region could result in new flows of technology and talent, both of which would...

The Rundown: TSMC Japan Expansion, Record High Exports, and Evergreen’s Blockbuster Q3

Taiwan Business Topics

TSMC and Sony to Build Japan Chip Plant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corp. (SSS), a wholly owned subsidiary of...

Containing Taiwan’s Soaring Residential Property Market

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Monetary controls, tax reform, and affordable housing programs have helped tame speculation and make decent accommodations more accessible. But some say these...

Despite Benefits, Taiwan Lags on Home-Based Dialysis

Taiwan Business Topics

While Taiwan has seen a surge in the adoption of telemedicine in recent months, its utilization rate of home-based dialysis is less than half that of the Asia...

The Rundown: TSMC Japan Expansion, Minimum Wage Hike, and Labor Market Recovery

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS TSMC plans to build new plant in Japan On October 14,...

The Rundown: Industrial Production Rises, Pandemic Restrictions are Loosened, and Google Invests in Fact-Checking

Taiwan Business Topics

Industrial Production and Manufacturing Reach Monthly Highs in August The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) reported in late September that Taiwan’s industrial...

The Rundown: Macquarie EV Deal, TSMC No. 3, and Income Inequality

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Macquarie and Kaison Sign MOU for EVs Macquarie...

Taiwan’s Elder Care Industry Faces Embattled Future

Taiwan Business Topics

Insufficient government budget for senior care and a system that overworks and underpays foreign caregivers do not bode well for Taiwan’s elderly as their...

For Many Taiwanese, “Buying Green” Has Long Been a Priority

Taiwan Business Topics

Data indicates that Taiwanese shoppers favor products and brands that foster environmental protection and sustainability, while the government has aggressively...

The Rundown: Technology Parks, July Unemployment, and Deed Tax Revenue

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Technology Parks Report Record Gains According to the...

Taiwan Makes Admirable Progress Toward Achieving SDGs

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Despite its lack of member status in the UN and exclusion from official participation in the organization’s Sustainable Development Goals program, Taiwan has...

Intertwined Narratives: A Survey of Books on Taiwanese History

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What are the best books on general Taiwanese history? They offer clear timelines for beginners, as well as dive into the local culture.

The Rundown: LNG Deal, Chip Shortage, and New Rules for ESG Funds

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CPC, Qatar Petroleum Sign LNG Deal On July 7, Taiwan’s state-owned petroleum company CPC and Qatar Petroleum signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement for Liquefied...

How Can Taiwanese Dramas Soar with Netflix?

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Thanks to Netflix, Taiwanese dramas are experiencing a renaissance of sorts. But how can Taiwan’s entertainment industry take advantage of this opportunity?

Change Taiwan Women’s Football Team Nickname from Mulan to Magpies

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Taiwan Women’s Football (Soccer) Team is nicknamed “Mulan,” a vestige of the Chinese Nationalist one-party rule. It’s time for a change.

New Southbound Policy Offers New Prospects for 2022

Taiwan Business Topics

Five years after its implementation, the Tsai government’s flagship policy initiative aimed at boosting engagement with South and Southeast Asian countries has...

New Challenges for Taiwan in the 2022 Post-Pandemic Economy

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan this year experienced its steepest economic growth in more than a decade. But a slower pace is expected in 2022 due to the higher base, more normalized...

Pushing the Envelope: Producer Derrick Sepnio on His Journey in Mandopop

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Producer Derrick Sepnio talks about his experience while “on his journey in mandopop.”

Solid Economic Growth Boosts Industrial Real Estate Market

Taiwan Business Topics

Booming exports, especially ICT products, are driving demand for industrial plots of land, factories, and logistics facilities to a new high. Ever since the...

The Rundown: Taiwanese Airlines Record Profits, EV License Tax Exemption, and Manufacturing Sector Maintains Solid Growth

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China Airlines and EVA Air quarterly profits surge, plan to resume Taipei-London flights in December  Rising air cargo prices and volumes drove China Airlines...

Improving Hospital Care through Smarter Medical Devices

Taiwan Business Topics

Hoping to increase competitiveness and improve patient outcomes, Taiwan’s hospitals are investing in high-value medical devices and artificial intelligence. But...

Taiwan Takes the Lead in Women’s Health

Taiwan Business Topics

In the newly released 2020 Global Women’s Health Index, Taiwan emerged as the best performer globally. But while Taiwan scores highly in general healthcare and...

The Rundown: CPTPP Application, CBC Monetary Measures, and Foodpanda’s FTC Fine

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Taiwan Applies to Join Regional Trade Pact On September 22, the Executive Yuan announced that Taiwan had formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive...

The Rundown: June Jobs Report, Disney+ Expected Launch, and Hotel Q2 Losses

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Taiwan Down 93,000 Jobs in June The Directorate-General...

Can Taiwan Overcome its Demographic Dilemma?

Taiwan Business Topics

With extremely low fertility rates and a population barreling toward super-aged status, Taiwan must think creatively about how to counter the worst effects of...

The Rundown: Tax Revenue Spike, CPI Increase, and AA Fitch Rating

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MOF Reports NT$2 trillion in Tax Revenue for First Eight Months The Ministry of Finance (MOF) on September 9 reported that net tax revenue for August totaled...

The Rundown: PMI Increase, New Tourism Website, and Property Development Boom

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Manufacturing Activity Continues to Flourish The...

Does Taiwan Already Have the English Teachers It Needs? Yes and No

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It would benefit Taiwan in the long term to commit to developing the potential talents it already has to achieve its goal of becoming more bilingual.

Seqalu: A New Page for Taiwan Historical Dramas

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Why has Seqalu: Formosa 1867, which is based on true events in Taiwan’s lesser-known history, become a phenomenon in Taiwan?

The Rundown: TIFA Talks Resume, Markets Reopen, and Capital Requirements Eased

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Long-stalled TIFA Talks Resume in Late June The 11th Taiwan-US Trade & Investment Framework Agreements (TIFA) council meeting was convened virtually on June 30. It...

Taro is the Newest, Hottest Old Shaved Ice Flavor

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An exhibition about old fashioned Taiwanese summer deserts showcased how people beat the summer heat before air conditioning, with taro voted as a fan favorite.

Non-Binary Taiwanese Drag King Stars In Netflix’s Midnight Asia

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Darice Chang shares the growing community of drag kings and how they bring Netflix audiences along for the ride in nocturnal Taipei.

Taiwan Business in Brief – December 2021

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Second EPPD Held Virtually in November The second annual U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue (EPPD) took place on November 22. The U.S. State...

The Rundown: Entegris Investment Expansion, Hon Hai Employee ESG, and Strong Demand for PV

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Entegris Doubles Investment in New Kaohsiung Plant American semiconductor materials company Entegris last week announced plans to double investment in its new...

Taiwan’s Office Market Shows Resilience

Taiwan Business Topics

Neither a local COVID-19 outbreak nor the global rise of remote work has significantly curbed demand for Grade A office space. Over the past two years, a global...

Taiwan Business in Brief – November 2021

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Hon Hai Unveils First EV Models At its 2021 Hon Hai Tech Day, Hon Hai Precision Industrial Co. – better known as Foxconn – unveiled three electric vehicle...

The Rundown: Commerce’s Chipmaker Information Request, PX Mart to Purchase RT Mart, and NDC Reports Boom

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U.S. Request Rattles Taiwan Chipmakers The U.S. Department of Commerce on September 24 requested that semiconductor companies from around the world submit...

The Rundown: High Food Costs, Rising Oil Prices, and Record Export Orders

Taiwan Business Topics

Inflation Hits Taiwan’s Restaurant Industry   Taiwanese restaurant group Wowprime Corp. has announced that, starting from October 25, it will raise prices at its...

Scanning for the Perfect Fit

Taiwan Business Topics

The adoption of body scanning technology developed by Taiwanese companies is changing the apparel industry by reducing waste, increasing customer satisfaction, and...

Localizing Efforts to Serve Taiwan’s Aging Population

Taiwan Business Topics

As Taiwan confronts challenges related to promoting the health of the elderly and adapting society to their needs, locally attuned strategies are taking on...

The Rundown: Hydrogen Dialogue, Increased GDP Forecasts, and Delayed Investment Recovery

Taiwan Business Topics

A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Taiwan, Australia Seek Cooperation on Hydrogen On July...

Taiwan Benefits from Recent Surge in Foreign Investment

Taiwan Business Topics

Foreign investors have committed more than US$10 billion to long-term infrastructure and property development projects in Taiwan in just the last four years. While...

Sustainability at the Forefront for AmCham Member Companies

Taiwan Business Topics

The efforts of three companies in very different industry sectors indicate the scope of activity undertaken by leading multinationals operating in Taiwan. Many...

The Rundown: Insurers’ Profits Surge, Taiya Announces Offshore Bid, and Chailease Insures Employees against COVID-19

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Insurance Industry Records Major Gains in First Half...

Language Diplomacy and Bilingual Ambitions in Taiwan

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Taiwan’s “Bilingual Nation by 2030” policy, while an impressive goal, would benefit from better communication between levels of government and simpler, more...

The Rundown: UK-Taiwan Energy Dialogue, Guam Vaccine Tours, and TCI Biotech Expansion

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A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS Third UK-Taiwan Energy Dialogue Held Virtually in July...

Innovative Online SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School Open to All

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The Taiwan Studies department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS) will hold their summer school online from June 28 to July...