POLITICS & NEWS

Fighting from the Grassroots: Indigenous Health Justice is All About Life

Taiwan Insight

Written by Yunaw Sili and Besu Piyas. The story began in 2006. That year, the Council of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan issued a guideline stating that if Indigenous...

Mirror Media Sees Successive Controversies Before Launch of Television Network

New Bloom

Mirror Media's efforts to establish a television network have faced continual issues in the past months. Mirror Media currently hopes to establish a television...

TRA Workers Plan May Day Strike, Most TRA Trains Anticipated to be Affected

New Bloom

On International Labor Day on May 1st, also known as May Day in other parts of the world, more than 12,000 Taiwan Railways Administration workers will take a day...

1,209 Domestic Cases Reported in First Time Daily Cases Break a Thousand in Taiwan

New Bloom

Taiwan reported 1,209 domestic cases of COVID-19 today. Apart from being the highest number of cases reported to date, this is also the first time that Taiwan has...

CECC Announces Phasing Out of QR Code Registration, Implementation of COVID Test Distribution System

New Bloom

The Central Epidemic Command Center which manages Taiwan’s COVID-19 response announced several major policy shifts this afternoon. First, starting from today, the...

Matsu Migrants in Bade, Taoyuan City

Taiwan Insight

Written by Cheng-Chung Wang. In Taiwan, we rarely see Matsu in the textbooks, maps, or other materials we’ve been exposed to since childhood, let alone how much we...

Day 50 of Ukrainian War: Interview with LDLU President Arthur Kharytonov

Ketagalan Media

Two months into the Ukraine War, we speak to Arthur Kharytonov of the Liberal Democratic League (LDLU) about support from Taiwan.

Taiwan Comparisons Resonate Among Ukrainian Residents

Ketagalan Media

Ukrainian residents of Taiwan tell us about their feeling of living in the shadow of a larger, aggressive power.

Ask This Taiwanese: “Boycott the Beijing Olympics?”

Ketagalan Media

Olypmics are supposed to be about the spirit of our common humanity, but how do we protest Beijing’s genocide and human rights abuses?

Despite Uptick in Chinese Asylum Seekers Worldwide, Few Measures from Taiwan

New Bloom

A report released by NGO Safeguard Defenders in January, entitled “Involuntary Returns: China’s Covert Operation to Force ‘Fugitives’ Overseas Back Home”, stated...

James Soong Comes Under Scrutiny in Relation to Corrupt Frigate Deal

New Bloom

People First Party chair and founder James Soong has come under scrutiny for his finances, after the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project’s Suisse...

March Calls for Constitutional Animal Rights on Sunday

New Bloom

Hundreds of protesters took the streets of Taipei on Sunday for a march in support of animal rights. The march was organized by more than 70 different civil...

Explosion in COVID Cases in Hong Kong Leads to Outrage Against Government

New Bloom

Hong Kong has seen an explosion in COVID cases as of late. At present, Hong Kong has more than 6,000 cases reported daily, and 50,000 cases from the last month...

Food, Politics and Solidarity Economies in Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Written by I-Liang Wahn. Food plays a central role in Taiwanese culture, with the evolution of Taiwanese cuisine mixing multiple historical influences and...

Searching for Taiwan’s Flavour: An Introduction to the series

Taiwan Insight

Wrtitten by Po-Yi Hung. Where is the border of a country? To answer this question, we will often open a world atlas – or a national map of a specific country – to...

Crops, Houses, or Panels? The Land-Use Conversions of Taiwan Farmland

Taiwan Insight

Written by Tsai Chia-Shen. Decades after opening to free trade, Taiwan’s food sufficiency rate has slid and maintained between 30-35% after 2003 (CoA 2020),...

TAIWAN RAILWAYS WORKERS THREATEN STRIKE IN RESPONSE TO CORPORATIZATION PLANS

Taiwan Insight

Written by Brian Hioe. A SIGNIFICANT labor struggle may be upcoming for Taiwanese railways workers. Namely, the Taiwan Railway Labor Union has announced that...

Falling Through the Cracks of Care: Southeast Asian Migrant Workers Navigating Through Healthcare in Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Written by Shao-Yun Chang (張韶韻) and Hang-Tang Chen (陳翰堂). Since their labour was first viewed as a supplement to the domestic labour market, Southeast Asian...

Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage Sees Scuffles, Strikes

New Bloom

An unusual amount of conflict has broken out in the course of Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage this year

Yilan County Magistrate Lin Zi-miao Under Scrutiny in Connection to Checks Worth 100 Million NT

New Bloom

Yilan county magistrate Lin Zi-miao has come under further scrutiny for corruption charges, due to checks worth over 100 million NT received by Lin or her family...

Is Eric Chu Increasingly Embattled in the KMT?

New Bloom

With KMT party primaries underway, all indications are that internal divides within the party continue to be strong. Namely, current KMT chair Eric Chu seems to be...

Ask This Taiwanese: Does Being Pro-Taiwan Conflict with #StopAsianHate?

Ketagalan Media

The fight against autocracy and the fight against racism comes from the same place: our love and respect for fellow humans

What Does the Ukraine Crisis Tell Us About the Fate of Taiwan?

Taiwan Insight

Written by Raian Hossain. The Russian invasion of Ukraine raises a serious concern over international peace, security, and stability. This led to numerous debates...

Ask This Taiwanese: Isn’t Taiwanese the Same As Chinese?

Ketagalan Media

How is Taiwanese the same or different from Chinese? How do we think about identity–political, cultural, and personal? In Ask This Taiwanese.

Ukraine and Taiwan’s Fates Are Not Predetermined

Ketagalan Media

Ukraine and Taiwan’s fates are not predetermined because the Ukraine Crisis and Taiwan tensions each have their own complex set of factors.

We’re All Ukrainians Today: Rally Held in Taipei to Protest the Invasion of Ukraine

Ketagalan Media

Ukrainians, Taiwanese, Russians and people from many other countries gathered in Taipei to protest and denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Hong Kong Continues to be Hard Hit by COVID, as Policy Diverges from Reality

New Bloom

The COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong continues to be severe, with more than 52,523 daily cases reported on Friday. Hong Kong has reported more than 403,000 cases...

Pan-Blue Apologism Starker Than Ever on 75th Anniversary of 228 Massacre

New Bloom

On the 75th anniversary of the 228 Massacre, questions regarding transitional justice are still up in the air. However, one notes that pan-Blue apologism for the...

Kaohsiung Tea Factory Scandal Points to Larger Issues Regarding Cost-Cutting

New Bloom

A recent scandal regarding a melon tea store in Kaohsiung broke out after photos circulated online of dead mice and bee corpses in pots in the factory area. The...

Remembering the 228 Massacre: Readings & Resources on Taiwan’s White Terror Era

Taiwanese American.org

Feature image: Memorial Foundation of 228  How should a nation reckon with its sins? On the 75th anniversary of the 228 Massacre in Taiwan, and in the midst of...

Searching for Taiwan’s Flavour: An Introduction to the series

Taiwan Insight

Wrtitten by Po-Yi Hung. Where is the border of a country? To answer this question, we will often open a world atlas – or a national map of a specific country – to...

Food, Politics and Solidarity Economies in Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Written by I-Liang Wahn. Food plays a central role in Taiwanese culture, with the evolution of Taiwanese cuisine mixing multiple historical influences and...

Doing It Together: A Successful Story of Taiwan’s Face Mask Team

Taiwan Insight

Written by Frank Siedlok, Natasha Hamilton-Hart, Hsiao-Chen Shen. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the related news spread for the last two years, the shortages of...

Tsai Administration Lifts Food Ban from Japanese Prefectures Affected by the Fukushima Disaster

New Bloom

After months of speculation, the Tsai administration announced the lifting of a longstanding ban on food imports from the Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, and...

Raise the Minimum Wage Now To Fix Taiwan’s Lopsided Economy

Taiwan Insight

Written by Roy Ngerng. Taiwan’s minimum wage — and wages as a whole — have been severely depressed over the last two to three decades in spite of years of high...

420 Rally Takes Place Last Weekend at Liberty Plaza

New Bloom

Cannabis decriminalization advocacy group Green Sensation 2.0 demonstrated over the weekend at Liberty Plaza and outside the Ministry of Justice on Saturday, April...

Domestic Cases Break 5,000 for Second Day, Reduction of Quarantine Policies Announced

New Bloom

5,108 confirmed cases, 113 imported cases, and zero deaths were reported by the Central Epidemic Command Center at its daily COVID-19 press conference today. 106...

Taiwanese Businessman Not Allowed to Return to Taiwan After End of Jail Sentence on Political Charges

New Bloom

News that detained Taiwanese businessman Morrison Lee Meng-chu has been freed in China from his jail term, but remains unable to return to Taiwan broke yesterday

Hard Cash or Soft Value? Assessing the ‘Lithuanian Model’ of Eastern European Relations with China and Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Written by Dominika Remžová. Over the last year and a half, Lithuania has been at the forefront of the EU’s improving relations with Taiwan and worsening relations...

At the Consumer’s Convenience – What the Convenience Store in Taiwan Offers

Taiwan Insight

Written by En-chi Chang. The convenience store in Taiwan has been part of daily life in Taiwan. To stay competitive, convenience store retailers remain focused on...

Ask This Taiwanese: “How Should We Feel About Ukraine?”

Ketagalan Media

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting us emotionally. We will admit: we feel sad, angry, scared and powerless too. 

Supporting Taiwan: A US-Japan-Australia Trilateral Alliance

Ketagalan Media

The multilateral cooperation between the US, Japan and Australia could provide a shield to defend Taiwan while fortifying their ties.

Economic and Political Effects of the Ukraine Invasion Continue to Be Felt on Taiwan

New Bloom

Economic effects on Taiwan have been observed since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. This may be significant to note going forward. Other effects are clear in...

Will Eric Chu Travel to the US?

New Bloom

It continues to be up in the air as to whether KMT chair Eric Chu will make a trip to the US. The KMT’s Department of International Affairs announced that Chu was...

Industrial Accident in Miaoli Provokes Outrage

New Bloom

An industrial accident in Miaoli provoked outrage in Taiwan last month, due to the low payout to the injured worker and the attitude of the employer

Is the KMT Too Pro-independence for China?

New Bloom

In an unusual incident, Chinese state-run media has lashed out at KMT legislators Lin Wei-chou and Charles Chen as secretly being advocates of Taiwanese...

The “Fruits” of Open Source: The Story of Open Hack Farm 

Taiwan Insight

Written by Sam Robbins. As alternative food movements continue to develop and food politics has risen higher on the political agenda in Taiwan, there is perhaps...

How did Malaysia and Taiwan respond to Covid-19? Part II: Pandemic’s Impact on Economy

Taiwan Insight

Written by K. Thiruchelvam. Our earlier article described how governments in Malaysia and Taiwan have responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on their...

Saving an Ageing Industry by Employing Migrant Workers: The Legalisation of Agricultural Migrant Workers in Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Although 2022 may be seen as the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide, it has also marked the third year after Taiwan opened its agricultural labour...

Crops, Houses, or Panels? The Land-Use Conversions of Taiwan Farmland

Taiwan Insight

Written by Tsai Chia-Shen. Decades after opening to free trade, Taiwan’s food sufficiency rate has slid and maintained between 30-35% after 2003 (CoA 2020),...