SOCIETY & IDEAS

Building the bases for a different life

Lausan

Black Window is reopening their infoshop-restaurant. Lausan spoke with them about anarchism, the Hong Kong protests, and what they intend their space to be.


Photo Journal: Two Years Ago, Hong Kong Anti-ELAB Protestors Were Stormed by Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets

The Taiwan Gazette

On June 12, 2019, Hong Kong protestors gathered outside the Legislative Council, attempting to postpone the extradition bill’s second reading. The proposed bill...

From “Free China” to “Little Indonesia”: Taipei Main Station and Its Contested Spaces 

The Taiwan Gazette

Last year, the Taiwan Railways Administration imposed a ban on public sitting in the lobby of Taipei Main Station, citing COVID-19 concerns. This sitting ban...

Two Years Ago, Hong Kong Anti-ELAB Protestors Were Stormed by Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets

The Taiwan Gazette

On June 12, 2019, Hong Kong protestors gathered outside the Legislative Council, attempting to postpone the extradition bill’s second reading. The proposed bill...

A Legal Test for Chiropractic

Taiwan Business Topics

An appellate ruling could clarify the profession’s status in Taiwan. Year after year for more than a decade, AmCham’s White Paper has pointed out Taiwan’s near...

A Plan for Deepening U.S.-Taiwan Ties

Taiwan Business Topics

Support is building for fellowship program for young and mid-career U.S. officials In 1994, the U.S. Congress established the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program,...

Taiwan Tech’s Success Driven by Hidden Champions

Taiwan Business Topics

While the world has become increasingly familiar with Taiwanese semiconductor giants like TSMC and UMC, these companies rely on the support of a tightly knit,...

Amid a Changing World Economy, Taiwanese Manufacturers Return Home

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan has capitalized on the U.S.-China trade dispute and superb pandemic control to revitalize its position as a technology hub. In less than three years’ time,...

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 Blueprint refers to “promoting bilingual...

Caught in the Middle of a Trade War

Taiwan Business Topics

It’s still hard to assess the prospective impact on Taiwan of the U.S.-China tariff battle. As the U.S.-China tariff war unfolds, observers in Taiwan have been...

Budget Coverage for New Drugs

Taiwan Business Topics

AmCham’s Pharmaceutical Committee has suggestions. Year after year, a key concern of the major pharmaceutical companies operating in Taiwan is the ease with which...

2016 “Washington Doorknock” Focuses on TPP

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan is urged to take early action in resolving outstanding trade issues. Despite continuing uncertainty about the ultimate fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

Defining Labor Relationships in Taiwan

Taiwan Business Topics

AmCham’s Human Resources Committee last year raised an important issue regarding how the Ministry of Labor (MOL) determines whether a given labor agreement...

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...

With U.S. Cooperation, a Shift in Supply Chains

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan and the U.S. are seeking build alternatives to production of critical equipment in China in the wake of the global pandemic. First came the U.S.-China...

Reexamining Strategic Ambiguity

Taiwan Business Topics

A discussion currently underway in American foreign policy circles focuses on how best to define the potential U.S. response to a military attack on Taiwan....

Strengthened U.S. Relations

Taiwan Business Topics

Besides making Taiwan one of the safest places on Earth, the Tsai administration’s adept handling of the COVID-19 crisis has brought additional benefits in the...

Discriminatory Policies Target Migrant Workers in Wake of Miaoli Clusters

New Bloom

COVID-19 clusters broke out among migrant workers at electronics factories in Miaoli over the weekend, with 243 workers at three factories testing positive. This...


From “Free China” to “Little Indonesia”: Taipei Main Station and Its Contested Spaces 

The Taiwan Gazette

Last year, the Taiwan Railways Administration imposed a ban on public sitting in the lobby of Taipei Main Station, citing COVID-19 concerns. This sitting ban...

Be Water, Hong Kong: The Birth of the First Diasporic Hongkonger Magazine in Taiwan

The Taiwan Gazette

In February 2020, the first physical diasporic Hongkonger magazine —


The Sugar-Coated Poison of the Chinese Market: How Will Taiwanese Pineapples Fight Against Their Fate?

The Taiwan Gazette

On February 26, 2021, the Chinese General Administration of Customs unexpectedly announced a ban on imports of Taiwanese pineapple starting from March 1. March is...

U.S. Support for Taiwan Seen as Increasing

Taiwan Business Topics

Scholar sees Taiwan benefiting from U.S.-China tensions. The U.S. government is showing increased willingness to back Taiwan’s continued security and prosperity,...

A New Paradigm in Washington

Taiwan Business Topics

The 2017 AmCham Taipei “Doorknock” mission encounters a hard line on trade issues. Early on in the five-day AmCham Taipei “Doorknock” visit to Washington D.C. in...

Taiwan’s South China Sea Defense Challenge

Taiwan Business Topics

The ROC’s two territories in the region have strategic and political significance, yet both are difficult to defend. Taiwan’s Coast Guard in March twice conducted...

For Taiwan’s Chipmakers Navigating U.S.-China Rivalry Requires Finesse

Taiwan Business Topics

Reliance on China has never been riskier for Taiwan’s semiconductor sector. Industry giants like TSMC are now investing to increase production capacity in the U.S....

Is Taiwan Ready for a Sovereign Wealth Fund?

Taiwan Business Topics

A changing international environment is opening new opportunities. In this year’s Taiwan White Paper, AmCham Taipei introduced the first of what is intended to be...

Dealing with Osteoporosis

Taiwan Business Topics

As Taiwan society ages, this challenging condition is becoming more prevalent. With the rapid rise in the proportion of elderly people in the Taiwan population,...

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...

Positive Signals for CEO Mission to Washington D.C.

Taiwan Business Topics

The annual delegation found an encouraging atmosphere for U.S.-Taiwan economic relations.  When an AmCham Taipei delegation made the rounds of Washington, D.C.,...

Regulating Tobacco in Taiwan Requires Nuance

Taiwan Business Topics

Smoking rates are declining, but smuggled untaxed cigarettes remain a major problem. Draft amendments to Taiwan’s Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, which passed...

Reform, Don’t Undermine, the WHO

Taiwan Business Topics

While the COVID-19 menace continues to present a threat to global health on a scale not seen in generations, President Donald Trump has suspended U.S. funding for...

Discriminatory Policies Cut Foreigners Out

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan’s foreign community has been delighted to see the overwhelming international recognition of Taiwan’s success in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. However,...

It’s Time to Drop the “Greater China” Terminology

Taiwan Business Topics

As newly inaugurated President Joseph R. Biden Jr. took office last month, many questions remained about what direction U.S.-Taiwan relations would take under his...

Moving Toward a BTA with the U.S.

Taiwan Business Topics

Recent progress in tightening the U.S.-Taiwan relationship has been stunning. Developments have included high-profile visits to Taipei by the U.S. Secretary of...


Be Water, Hong Kong: The Birth of the First Diasporic Hongkonger Magazine in Taiwan

The Taiwan Gazette

In February 2020, the first physical diasporic Hongkonger magazine —


A Passport And A City: The Hong Kong Families Holding onto the BNO Scheme 

The Taiwan Gazette

On July 1, 2020, the UK announced the expansion of rights for BNO passport holders, arguing that the Hong Kong National Security Law is a “clear and serious”...

A Passport And A City: The Hong Kong Families Holding onto the BNO Scheme

The Taiwan Gazette

On July 1, 2020, the UK announced the expansion of rights for BNO passport holders, arguing that the Hong Kong National Security Law is a “clear and serious”...


Captured by War, Lost before Liberation: Taiwanese in World War II Internment Camps

The Taiwan Gazette

During WWII, there were hundreds of Taiwanese living in Southeast Asia. They were regarded Japanese, lost everything overnight and were detained in internment...

For Taiwan’s Defense, the Focus is on Asymmetric, Indigenous Capabilities

Taiwan Business Topics

Military planners say asymmetric platforms will boost Taiwan’s overall warfighting capabilities, raising the cost to Beijing of an invasion. The People’s Republic...

Doorknock: Amid Uncertainty, Spreading Some Good News

Taiwan Business Topics

The 2018 AmCham Doorknock delegation stressed the recent progress on resolving White Paper issues.  AmCham Taipei’s 2018 Doorknock delegation had a positive...

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...

Wrapping up the 2020

Taiwan Business Topics

Last month, AmCham Taiwan concluded the third and final meeting between its various industry committees and representatives of relevant government agencies to...

On the Path to a BTA?

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan’s initiative in easing restrictions on imports of U.S. beef and pork should bolster its case in favor of a bilateral trade agreement.     President Tsai...

Taiwan’s Cybersecurity Dilemma

Taiwan Business Topics

The island’s world-leading ICT and semiconductor sectors have come under the spotlight following a series of high-profile cyberattacks. In late March, Taiwanese...

An Eye on the USTR Agenda

Taiwan Business Topics

An annual report lists Taiwan-related trade issues being followed in Washington. Early each year, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) releases a...

Water Shortage Threatens Taiwan’s Tech Industry Development

Taiwan Business Topics

After a year with no typhoons, Taiwan is currently experiencing its worst drought in more than half a century. Reservoirs revealed their eerie secrets as the water...

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...

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...

Healthy U.S.-Taiwan Ties Need Continuity

Taiwan Business Topics

Given the importance for Taiwan of its relationship with the U.S., a pending change in administration in Washington always sets off intense speculation on the...

Taiwan Should Keep Its Eyes on the Prize

Taiwan Business Topics

Last month, Central Bank of the Republic of China (CBC) Governor Yang Chin-long spoke to lawmakers regarding the U.S. possibly labeling Taiwan a currency...