SOCIETY & IDEAS

Xi Jinping's 2.0 Version of the "Letter to Compatriots in Taiwan"

Taiwan Insight

On January 2, 2019, Xi Jinping held a speech to commemorate the famous “Letter to Compatriots in Taiwan” of 1979.

Explaining Cross-Strait Relations with Theories of European Integration

Taiwan Insight

The European Union has the densest integration region globally, whereas current trends in cross-strait relations point to a further divide between both sides.

How Offshore Wind Energy Interacts with Local Society in Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Under the catchphrase "Go Nuclear to go green," pro-nuclear activists in 2018 have successfully framed green energy as “unstable” technology.

Ghastly Heritage Of NTU’s Shuiyuan Campus: White Terror Stories In Autopsy Room

Taiwan Gazette

Between 1949 and 1999, the National Defense Medical Center was located around what is now the Shuiyuan Campus of National Taiwan University.

Improving Urban Life Through Smart City Projects

Taiwan Business Topics

A visiting Henry Luce Fellow looks at the progress Taiwan has made on its urban digitization efforts and what is needed to make those programs more effective and equitable for all citizens.

A Response to Trauma Through Puppetry and Performative Reenactment

Taiwan Insight

On the night of February 27, 1947, officers from the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau attempted to confiscate cigarettes from a middle-aged woman selling them without a license.

Joshua Wen-Kwei Liao (1905 - 1952): A Founding Theorist of Taiwanese Independence

Taiwan Insight

Joshua Wen-Kwei Liao (廖文奎, 14. November 1905 – 1952) is a founding theorist of post-war Taiwan independence.

The Fashioning of Filipino Community in Taiwan: OFW Beauty Pageants in the Era of Social Media

Taiwan Insight

It was just a typical Sunday at a park in Chungli, in which numerous Southeast Asian migrant workers usually huddle together during their holidays.

Language Threatens to Divide Australia's Chinese-Speaking Community

New Bloom

In the Australian capital of Canberra, the decision to bring together Chinese-language speakers has instead threatened to fracture a community at a time when Sino-Australian relations are on a knife-edge.

The Earth God and Personifying Climate Change

Taiwan Insight

Rising global temperature increases and predictions about sea levels can be abstract, even for adults. How can the phenomena of global warming be visualized?

Chips and COVID Burnish Taiwan’s Reputation

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan has often found itself underestimated or overlooked by the rest of the world – sometimes mistaken for Thailand or considered largely through the prism of China’s view of the island.

Leaderless movements must build power with the rank-and-file strategy

Lausan

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear a longstanding truth about American “democracy”: that everyday workers and other marginalized populations have minimal freedom to control their own lives and material conditions, ranging from how emergency health infrastructure is run to ordinary demands for basic workplace rights during an extraordinary global crisis.

Aiming to Create a “Bilingual Nation”

Taiwan Business Topics

The government is seeking to greatly increase the level of English fluency in the Taiwan population by 2030 through a variety of programs, mainly focusing on improving the effectiveness of English teaching in the schools.

Attracting and Retaining Talent: Taiwan's Challenges and Opportunties Amid COVID-19

Taiwan Insight

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, Taiwan has successfully controlled the pandemic.

Remembering the 10th Anniversary of the 311 Earthquake in Japan

Taiwan Next Gen

Today Taiwan NextGen Foundation held a commemoration and symposium on the devastating 311 Earthquake which occurred on March 11, 2011 off the coast of Japan.

Taiwanese Americans: Help Report Anti-AAPI Discrimination

TaiwaneseAmerican

We hope to see more instances of Taiwanese American solidarity with the Chinese American community, of ways we can leverage the things we share instead of drawing apart.

The Governmentality of Taiwan's Anti-Epidemic Politics

Taiwan Insight

Taiwan has earned worldwide praise for its success in fighting the coronavirus crisis. It has become a shining example for those pushing the argument that state capacity in anti-epidemic politics is not preconditioned upon an authoritarian mode of government.

How Taipei Became the Home of Live Comedy During the Pandemic

New Bloom

One unlikely group to benefit from Taiwan’s control of the coronavirus is the island’s stand-up comedians.

'Bringing Back Transnational Relations': Non-State Actors in Taiwan's New Southbound Policy

Taiwan Insight

This article explains Taiwan’s long-standing engagement with non-state actors in promoting its foreign policy objectives in Southeast Asia via a case study of the New Southbound Policy (NSP).

#TaiwanCanHelp…Bridge the Digital Divide

Ketagalan

By providing developmental assistance aimed at bridging the digital divide, Taiwan can strengthen its reputation as a regional technology hub and a responsible global stakeholder.

What can students do for workers in China?

Lausan

As Chinese university students contemplate systemic oppression against those who are most marginalized, they face an important choices.

On The Contradictions Of Polish Scholars' Taiwan’s Exceptionalism

Taiwan Gazette

How is Taiwan seen under the gaze of others? What might hinder people from understanding Taiwan as it is through a more realistic approach?

When COVID-19 Hits Taiwan’s National Concert Hall: Observations From A Violinist, Laborer, And Mother

Taiwan Gazette

Over the 228 Memorial Day long weekend of 2020, Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) performed with Australian violinist and composer Brett Dean.

Wrapping up the 2020 White Paper Meetings

Taiwan Business Topics

Last month, AmCham Taiwan concluded the third and final meeting between its various industry committees and representatives of agencies to discuss progress on the 2020 White Paper issues.

Taiwan's Museum Act: Culture's Value as a Matter of Politics

Taiwan Insight

In 1998, the Suho Memorial Paper Museum was notified by the Department of Education that it had not been legally registered, and was ordered to suspend business.

When Did Taiwan Begin Wearing Masks? The Japanese Period

Taiwan Gazette

The Government-General of Taiwan (台湾総督府) carried out many policies and constructions in the Japanese colonial period. Although it was linked to colonial interests, Taiwan’s public health dramatically improved.

Dust storms, green waves

Lausan

Every year during late winter and early spring, atmospheric pressure dips over the two deserts of the Taklamakan and Gobi, feeding into the strength of the westerly winds.

New Approaches to English Learning in Taiwan

Taiwan Business Topics

This school year, students in 85 selected Taiwanese elementary and junior high schools – an increase from 65 last year – are gaining exposure to English in courses aside from the usual language classes.

A New Numbering System for ARCs

Taiwan Business Topics

The numbering system used on foreign nationals’ alien resident certificates (ARCs) changed in January to match that of Taiwanese citizens’ IDs, removing a longstanding hindrance to carrying out everyday activities such as online banking, ticket booking, and registration for medical appointments.

Positioning Taiwanese Queer Cinema on the Global Stage

Taiwan Insight

It has been over half a century since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, but stereotyping, discrimination and misrepresentation still exist.

Challenges to Inclusive Education in Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

Traditionally, Taiwanese society has tended to view children with SEN (Special Educational Needs) as a source of shame on their parents.

Memorializing the White Terror: The Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park

No Man Is An Island

The Jing-Mei White Terror Memorial Park in Taipei is one of the two White Terror sites managed by the National Human Rights Museum.

A Golden Horse Awards Without China?

Taiwan Gazette

On August 7, 2019, China Film News cited the China Film Administration’s (中國國家電影局) decision to halt mainland Chinese films and related personnel from participating in the 56th Golden Horse Awards.

Keeping the Door Open: How Taiwan's Gender Quotas Brought More Women Into Office - And Why We Need More

Taiwan Insight

At only 20 years since its first democratic transfer of power, Taiwan’s democracy is shockingly well developed. With a voter turnout of 74.9% in 2020’s national election and a female President, Taiwan has achieved democratic feats that even the United States has yet to realize with 200-plus years of democratic experience.

Migrants' Voice in Taiwanese Documentaries: Narrative, Language and Space

Taiwan Insight

Since the early 2000s, immigrants from mainland China and Southeast Asia have been an increasingly visible component of Taiwan’s social and public landscape.

Challenges in Evaluating the Progress of Smart Cities

Taiwan Business Topics

In one prominent international ranking of how well municipalities have developed themselves into smart cities, Taipei is positioned in eighth place, while in another it is 26th.

On the Many Reasons People Study Endangered Languages

Taiwan Insight

We often assume that all language learning serves the same purpose: communicating with native speakers of the target language.

Transition and Transformation: The Naming Dilemma in Today's Taiwan Cinema

Taiwan Insight

In 2008, Taiwan’s Cinema began to get back on its feet after an extended lull, with several new directors successively releasing critically acclaimed first works.

The Global Story of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Italy, China and Taiwan

Taiwan Insight

The diffusion and practice of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an important issue both in the Chinese and Western worlds.

Facing Advancing Global Warming and International Pressure Taiwan Needs to Take Prompt Action

Taiwan Insight

Taiwan is currently suffering a severe drought. Water use restriction on agriculture, livelihood, and industry has been mounting since autumn 2020.

Taiwan's Green Diplomacy and the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis: The Legacy of Penny Kemp's Taiwan Visit

Taiwan Insight

Twenty-five years ago, Taiwan was amid the 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis and its first direct presidential campaign.

Fighting anti-Asian violence cannot include apologism for the Chinese state

Lausan

The murders of Asian women massage workers in Atlanta marked another devastating milestone in a recent wave of anti-Asian violence fuelled by pandemic racism.

In the Face of Anti-Asian Racism, Asians and Asian Americans Need to Better Understand Each Other

New Bloom

There is a mutual lack of understanding between Asians and Asian Americans. That needs to change.

The Political Aspect of Taiwan's Energy Policy and Reliance on Natural Gas

Taiwan Insight

Recently, discussions around energy have emerged again as interest groups fight over whether it is right for the Tsai administration to install a new natural gas receiving station in Taoyuan near an algae reef habitat.

The Last Green Mile? Is Taiwan's Anti-Nuclear Movement Gearing for A Final Confrontation?

Taiwan Insight

2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima Incident. It is also likely to be a decisive moment for Taiwan’s anti-nuclear movement.

In Bilingual Nation Plan, Culture Remains Absent

Taiwan Business Topics

Though sweeping in its ambition, the Bilingual Nation plan seems to have largely overlooked one key area: culture.

The Future of Taiwanese Industries' Supply Chain Reallocations Under COVID-19

Taiwan Insight

By adding fire to the existing US-China Trade War, Covid-19 has accelerated the current economic adjustment pace, along with the need for supply chain reallocation in industries.

Challenges and possibilities: Reflections on coalition building and the Hong Kong movement

Lausan

Promise’s article critiques the right-wing turn in the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.

How Well Does Taiwan Support People with Disabilities

Taiwan Insight

In the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, electric wheelchair users can be seen moving around the station without hindrance. This is part of the usual routine in the daily life of Taipei City.

The Status of Taiwan Sign Langauge in Current Taiwanese Language Policies

Taiwan Insight

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, Taiwan’s Central Disease Control Centre has been calling press conferences almost every day.