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Why China’s Taiwan Policy Has Yielded Limited Results

Ketagalan Media

Ever since the Sunflower Movement, Beijing has made winning favor from Taiwanese youths whose identities are in flux a priority, attempting to attract them across...

United Front on University Campuses (Part 1): China’s Infiltration into Taiwan Campuses

Ketagalan Media

China offers student exchange programs as a part of its United Front to influence Taiwanese society at all levels. These budget-friendly travel packages are hard...

Tsai Administration Seeks to Reassure on US Support After Aid Package

New Bloom

The US House approved 8 billion USD in foreign aid for Taiwan last week. This came as part of a package that contained an overall 95 billion USD in foreign aid,...

Taiwan and China Continue to Contest Air Traffic

New Bloom

The Taiwanese government is expected to continue normal operations in terms of air traffic, after the Chinese government announced unilaterally in February that it...

Four Decades of Strife and Resistance: A Deep Dive Into What’s Happening in West Papua

New Bloom

Briefly after a viral video of Indonesian soldiers torturing a Papuan native spread throughout the internet, New Bloom contributor Girard Lopez spoke to West...

Pan-Blue and Pan-Green Camp Contention Over Media Regulation Continues

New Bloom

A controversy involving illegal investments by SET News in March is likely to be leveraged on by the pan-Blue camp to attack the DPP. In particular, SET News has...

Digital Archiving for Just Transitions  

Taiwan Insight

Written by Tim Schütz. This article explores the Kaohsiung Asthma Files Archive. This public-facing research archive gathers a diverse range of data to tell...

Island in Between: An Eternal Frontier? 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Chee-Hann Wu. This article argues that the Oscar-nominated short documentary Island in Between highlights the liminality and in-betweenness of both the...

Ethnic trolling of Vietnamese and Indian men in the emotional cyberspace in Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Written by Isabelle Cockel. This article reviews the case of Nguyen Quoc Phi, an undocumented Vietnamese worker who lost his life to a police constable’s gunshots...

How Cofacts is Combating Disinformation through Civic Collaboration 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Billion Lee. Cofacts, a civic technology community, has been developing information technology tools to combat disinformation since 2016. As Taiwan...

KMT Seeks to Override Executive Authority Through Revival of Special Investigation Division

New Bloom

Ahead of the inauguration of Lai Ching-te as the new president, the KMT has continued to call for the revival of the Special Investigation Division of the Ministry...

Tsai Administration Defends Labor Ties with India

New Bloom

The Tsai administration has defended a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between the Taiwanese government and the Indian government about allowing Indians to...

KMT Protests Report by Premier Over Food Safety

New Bloom

A political controversy about a banned meat additive has become an object of partisan contestation between the KMT and DPP, with the KMT boycotting a report to the...

Taiwan, Be on the Right Side of History on Labour Migration

Taiwan Insight

Written by Bonny Ling. A few months before the presidential elections, I gave a talk in Taipei on the responsible recruitment of migrant workers, where they do not...

Taiwan’s energy policy at the crossroads in the presidential election in 2024? 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Anthony Ho-fai Li. Energy policy remains a highly controversial policy arena in Taiwan after democratisation, given its importance for Taiwan’s...

Taiwan’s 2024 Presidential Candidates: How Do They Fare on the Climate?  

Taiwan Insight

Written by Chia-wei Chao & Benjamin Yang. When it comes to the climate, all three candidates in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election have emphasised the...

Envisioning Migrant Worker Policy: Toward Dignity and Well-being 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Hang-Tang Chen; translated by Yu-Chen Chuang. Taiwan needs to refine its migrant worker policies to focus not only on labour contributions but also on...

United Front on University Campuses (Part 2): Student Trips to “The Motherland”

Ketagalan Media

More Taiwanese students are going on “exchange” trips to visit China for fun, but are subjected to political messages throughout the trip.

United Front on University Campus (Part 3): Students Reveal Taboos of all-inclusive United Front Exchange Group Trips – No political discussions, No Winnie the Pooh socks

Ketagalan Media

The debate over whether visits to China are truly an “exchange” or “United Front activities” may remain unsolvable, but regardless of political stance or ideology,...

TSMC’s Development of Arizona Semiconductor Plant Could Have Implications for Taiwan’s Security

New Bloom

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company recently won a $6.6 billion grant from the US Department of Commerce to subsidize the construction of three...

KMT Leans Into Calls for Capital Punishment Against Child Abusers

New Bloom

The KMT legislative caucus has begun to call for introducing the use of the death penalty against those involved in the abuse of children

Pension Reform Set to Become a Battleground Issue Between the Pan-Blue and Pan-Green Camps

New Bloom

Pension reform seems set to become a battleground issue between the pan-Blue and pan-Green camps. The KMT is currently seeking to undo the Tsai administration’s...

Clientelism, Social Movements, and Weak Ideology: Is Institutionalisation in Taiwan’s DPP Comparable with the Philippines’ Liberal Party?

Taiwan Insight

Written by Russell Sherrard-Smith. This article compares Taiwan’s DPP with the Liberal Party of the Philippines, focusing on party institutionalisation and how it...

Mastering Science, Technology and Society: Developing Taitung’s Perspective 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Eric Siu-kei Cheng. Science and Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary field that explores the co-production between technology and society....

The Howitzer Drill Demonstration in Kinmen 

Taiwan Insight

Written by An-Ru Chu. This article explores the performative nature of the cannon drill demonstration at the Shishan (Mt. Lion) Howitzer Front, a popular tourist...

Semiconductor and Renewable Energy: Taiwan-Vietnam Cooperation under New Leadership

Taiwan Insight

Written by Tran Thi Mong Tuyen. Since the 1990s, Taiwan’s government has championed the “Go South” and “New Southbound” policies, catalyzing Taiwanese...

Semiconductor and Renewable Energy: Taiwan-Vietnam Cooperation under New Leadership

Taiwan Insight

Written by Tran Thi Mong Tuyen. Since the 1990s, Taiwan’s government has championed the “Go South” and “New Southbound” policies, catalyzing Taiwanese...

Environmentalists File Lawsuit to Push Government to Take Action

New Bloom

Environmentalists called on the government to take further action against carbon emissions ahead of the Lunar New Year. In particular, the Environmental Justice...

Civil Society Groups Commemorate Third Anniversary of Coup in Myanmar with Press Conference

New Bloom

Taiwanese civil society groups held a press conference in the legislature on February 2nd to call attention to the third anniversary of the coup in Myanmar, which...

Lack of Transparency on Asylum in Taiwan Reflected in Rejection of Three Chinese Asylum Seekers

New Bloom

Three Chinese asylum seekers were sent back to Malaysia in November, though this news was only reported on earlier this month. The incident proves revealing about...

Indigenous Disaster Justice: Reflecting on Typhoon Morakot Recovery 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Yi-Te Yu. In the past two decades, Taiwan has endured two major disasters: the 921 Earthquake in 1999 and Typhoon Morakot in 2009. Both events resulted...

Tracing Disaster Injustice: Indigenous Peoples’ Vulnerability and Resilience in Taiwan 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Yu-Chen Chuang. In August 2023, Typhoon Khanun swept across Taiwan, particularly impacting the mountainous regions of central Taiwan. The resultant...

Taiwan and the Free World Need A New Strategy To Confront China 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Daniel Jia. Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election has concluded. The Taiwanese people have elected the China-defiant candidate as the new president. For...

Taiwan’s 2024 Elections: How will China Respond?

Taiwan Insight

Written by T.Y. Wang. Lai’s victory, nevertheless, is a rebuke to Beijing’s sovereignty claim of the island and a hard pill for Chinese leaders to swallow. In the...

Taiwan After 2024 Election: Implications for the Philippines

Ketagalan Media

The Philippines and Taiwan have expanded their informal relations, but Chinese pressure will necessitate coordination between Manila and Taipei.

Taiwan’s Artificial Reproduction Act: What Choices Do Women Have?

Ketagalan Media

The law requires marriage as a prerequisite for ART and restricts the use of this technology to infertile couples. However, over the last decade and as Taiwan...

Immigration Policy Debated in Legislature in Past Months

New Bloom

The legislature seems to be set to debate naturalization rights going forward. The potential outcome will likely influence naturalization rights for Chinese...

DPP Criticizes KMT Over Pension Vote

New Bloom

A recent issue facing the KMT has involved alleged voting irregularities in the legislature on the issue of pension reform

No, the DPP is Not About to Remove Chiang Kai-shek Statues En Masse

New Bloom

Some feverish media reporting in English, from pan-Blue-leaning media outlets or journalists, has honed in on the prospect of the 760 remaining statues of Chiang...

Toward Antiracist Taiwan: A Short Fieldnote in Studying Racism through Punk and Metal Musical Performances by Indonesian Migrant Workers 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Mark Hsiang-Yu Feng. Drawing on field notes on punk and metal musical performances by Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan, this article reveals racism...

A Short History of Semiconductor Technology in Taiwan during the 1970s and the 1980s

Taiwan Insight

Written by Ling-Ming Huang. Taiwan’s semiconductor industry grew significantly in the 1970s and 1980s, driven by important government-led strategies aimed at...

Can ‘Taiwan’s Citizen Power Plant’ lead to energy autonomy in Taiwan? 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Hui-Tzu Huang. The development of citizen power plants in Taiwan faces challenges such as the commercialization of energy cooperatives, centralized...

Public Safety At Risk: Undetermined Responsibility for the Death Caused by Taichung Metro and Highwealth Corporation

Taiwan Insight

Written by Yi-hsiang Shih. On May 10, 2023, a construction crane fell from a construction site of Highwealth Construction Corporation and entered the metro tracks...

Recent Incidents Highlight Police Brutality in Taiwan

New Bloom

Two recent incidents highlight the continued issue of police brutality in Taiwan. In particular, there are many cases in which police carry out acts of violence...

Greater Push for Transparency Occurs After Kinmen Speedboat Incident

New Bloom

An incident involving the drowning death of two Chinese fishermen, who were on a speedboat intruding in the territorial waters of Kinmen, continues to be...

China Takes Low-Key Approach to Speedboat Drowning Incident For Now

New Bloom

A drowning incident involving two individuals on a Chinese speedboat in Kinmen territorial waters could prove a case that ramps up tensions between Taiwan and...

Taiwan Election 2024: What it Means for the Island’s Future Engagement with the Asia-Pacific Region

Taiwan Insight

Written by Raian Hossain. Now that the election results are in, the period of intense suspense and electoral speculation has concluded. The issue of cross-strait...

Sustainable Traditional Knowledge: Land Ethics and Disaster Resilience in Cinsbu 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Bayis Atung; translated by Yu-Chen Chuang. In recent years, due to climate change, community members have begun to think more about how to minimise the...

Neither Green nor Just: The DPP’s Reckoning with Environmental Justice 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Dominika Remžová. The Russian weaponisation of gas supplies has sparked a renewed interest in Taiwan’s energy security, placing the DPP’s anti-nuclear...

The Democratic Progressive Party’s Nuclear Policy Dilemma: An Unwavering Anti-Nuclear Stance Amidst Self-Contradictory Policies

Taiwan Insight

Written by Minfan Yu. On May 28th, the DPP-affiliated presidential campaign candidate William Lai Ching-Te (賴清德) stirred controversy by responding to a question...

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