SOCIETY & IDEAS

Crackdown on Organized Labor, Media Continues in Hong Kong

New Bloom

Efforts by Hong Kong authorities to crack down on political freedoms continue, with Hong Kong’s largest non-state affiliated union announcing that it was in the...

Asia Cement Ruling Likely to Be Resisted by the Company, with the Backing of the Ministry of Economic Affairs

New Bloom

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled against extending the mining rights of Asia Cement’s mine on Truku Indigenous land on Thursday, dismissing an appeal filed...

Transitional Justice Commission Proposes Removal of Statue in Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

New Bloom

The Transitional Justice Commission announced aspects of its proposal for renovating the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial yesterday. This will include removing the...

Arbitrary Police Detentions on Suspicion of Being “Runaway” Migrant Workers on the Rise

New Bloom

Anger has broken out after New Taipei arrested and detained a migrant worker who was taking out the trash on the basis of suspicion of her being a “runaway”...

Despite Criticism from Advocates, Tsai Administration Suspends Migrant Workers’ Ability to Change Industries

New Bloom

The Tsai administration passed measures limiting the ability of migrant workers to transfer jobs across employment categories this week, as announced by the...

Indonesian Sailors Unable to Return Home for Over a Year Points to Larger Issue During COVID

New Bloom

105 Indonesian sailors returned home by plane after close to half a year of being stranded at sea on August 21st. The sailors were unable to enter Taiwan because...

Indonesian Migrant Workers Exploited, Underpaid on MRT Construction in New Taipei

New Bloom

NPP legislator Chiu Hsien-chih, also known as Handy Chiu, recently held a joint press conference with the Taiwan International Workers’ Association regarding the...

Camp land

Lausan

Chinese settler-colonial conservation and ecotourist initiatives have been destroying Kazakh lifeways in northern Xinjiang. The camp system is facilitating this...

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Taiwan Business Topics

If Taiwan needed any indication of who its real friends are, it has been handed plenty of evidence over the past two months. As the island grappled with a shortage...

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Gradually Picks up Steam

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan hit its target of administering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 25% of the population before the end of July, but herd immunity remains a long...

AmCham Taiwan at 70: A Period of Transformation

Taiwan Business Topics

As a trained economist, asset manager, and Chartered Financial Analyst, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to witness Taiwan’s dynamic economic growth...

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,...

Party Arrests in Taoyuan Point to Larger Issues Facing Migrant Workers During COVID-19

New Bloom

Police cracked down on a party at a Vietnamese restaurant in Taoyuan on Sunday, finding that 102 migrant workers were gathered on the premises. While four of the...

What the global labor movement can learn from the repression of Hong Kong unions

Lausan

Hong Kong teaches us that we need new paradigms for change still grounded in the potential of independent workers’ organizing.

AmCham Taiwan at 70: Taiwan and the Economic Rise of China

Taiwan Business Topics

Hearty congratulations to current and past AmCham members and staff on your 70th anniversary! Countless fond memories wash through my mind as I look back on my...

Civil Society Groups Call for Lee Ming-che’s Release, Close to Five Years After Imprisonment

New Bloom

Civil society organizations rallied earlier this week, to call attention to the continued plight of Lee Ming-che. Lee, a human rights NGO worker who was kidnapped...

Repairing the Ruins of Modernity: The Case of the Taitung Miramar Resort

New Bloom

Holding out day and night in its restless position, the Miramar Resort has become a unique monument to both capitalist hubris and people power. Nearly a decade has...

Evictions Due to Railroad Development Project Leads to Clashes Between Protesters, Police in Mid-August

New Bloom

Police clashed with protesters in Tainan on August 20th and August 21st, as part of efforts by authorities to evict the last household resisting eviction as part...

It’s time to drop the curtain on Japan’s colonial legacy

Lausan

A government that refuses to acknowledge its violent history and ongoing legacy of colonial exploitation continually thwarts Indigenous demands.

Colorectal Cancer Remains Prevalent in Taiwan

Taiwan Business Topics

Despite a successful national screening program, the incidence of colorectal malignancies has not significantly decreased in recent years. Colorectal cancer has...

AmCham Taiwan at 70: The Early Years – Getting Started

Taiwan Business Topics

With the help of some key leaders from over the decades, the Chamber recollects developments that led to the organization’s current influential role regarding the...

AmCham Taiwan at 70: Furthering AmCham’s Interests through the Taiwan White Paper

Taiwan Business Topics

By Jeffrey R. Williams   |   AmCham Chair 1997-98 One of the biggest challenges of my first year as Chairman of AmCham was handling the fallout from our first...

AmCham Taiwan at 70: Reaching the U.S. Government through the Doorknock

Taiwan Business Topics

“Your first and second goals conflict with each other. Which one do you really want?” His words struck me for three reasons. First, they were abrupt. They hadn’t...

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...

Chunghwa Express Union Plans Strike Over Pay Raises

New Bloom

Workers for the Chunghwa Express, a subsidiary of the Chunghwa Post, demonstrated outside of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications earlier this week....

AmCham Taiwan at 70: Helping Improve the Regulatory Process

Taiwan Business Topics

A highlight of my association with AmCham was our work on “Regulatory Coherence,” an umbrella term for efforts to make regulatory environments as participatory and...

Wave of Arrests in Hong Kong Over Commemorations of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

New Bloom

A wave of arrests and sentencings has taken place in Hong Kong in the past few days. Many of these arrests have been related to commemorations of the Tiananmen...

National Controversy Breaks Out After 154 Illegally Smuggled Cats Euthanized in Kaohsiung

New Bloom

A national controversy has broken out, following the euthanizing of 154 cats that were being smuggled into Taiwan on a fishing vessel. The cats, which included...

Obstacles Remain for Transnational Gay Marriages, Despite Marriage of Taiwan-Macau Gay Couple

New Bloom

A marriage between a Taiwanese man and his partner from Macau have been hailed as a landmark for transnational gay marriages in Taiwan. The marriage, which took...

Clashes Break Out Between Protesters, Police Last Week Over Review of Shezidao Development Plans

New Bloom

Clashes broke out between residents of Shezidao, also known as Shezi Island, and police last week on Wednesday. These clashes took place in context of the Taipei...

What the Olympic podium means for Hongkonger identity

Lausan

Despite government repression of fan expressions of sports nationalism, Hongkonger local cultural identity continues to evolve.

AmCham Taiwan at 70: Support for Taiwan Following “Derecognition”

Taiwan Business Topics

It is regarded as AmCham Taiwan’s finest hour. When President Jimmy Carter announced in December 1978 that the U.S. government would be terminating its diplomatic...

Taiwan as a Regional Hub for New Drug Discovery? Here’s What the Industry Needs

Taiwan Business Topics

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented Taiwan with a unique opportunity to gain a lead in the Asia-Pacific’s new drug discovery sector. But for Taiwan to excel, the...

The “Chinese Taipei” Fiction Must End

Taiwan Business Topics

Of the several controversies that surrounded the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last month, likely none stood out to Taiwan watchers more than the conversation...

Reviewing Taiwan’s HPV Vaccine Policy

Taiwan Business Topics

Extending free vaccination to males could reduce the spread of the human papilloma virus, which is the primary cause of both cervical and oropharyngeal cancer. The...


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...