SOCIETY & IDEAS

Migrant Workers Likely to Remain at Mercy of Employers Under New Residency Plan

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The Tsai administration announced new plans to allow residency from blue-collar migrant workers earlier this week, with the Executive Yuan signing off on a plan...

Tibetan Uprising Day Commemorated with March Last Saturday

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The 63rd anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day was commemorated last Saturday in Taipei, seeing as the actual anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day falls on a Thursday...

New directions of leftist organizing in post-socialist China

Lausan

Binaries of “good state capitalism/bad market capitalism” and “undemocratic East/democratic West” hinder radical political imaginaries.

After the fire: Against “burnism”

Lausan

Instead of ceding agency to Western governments, Hongkongers must seek to garner bargaining power through self-empowerment.

Laws for Transnational Gay Marriages to be Amended for Chinese Spouses

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The Mainland Affairs Council stated earlier this month that it intends to amend current laws regulating transnational gay marriages in such a manner that...

David Harvey and Richard Wolff Romanticize China Out of Orientalism, if Nothing Else

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It has proven odd that leftist thinkers, such as Marxian economist Richard Wolff and Marxist geographer David Harvey, have proven unusually praising of China in...

China Airlines Year-End Bonuses the Result of Labor Organizing, Not Corporate Munificence

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China Airlines’ labor union reached a deal with management for year-end bonuses to consist of six months’ wages last month. This was a historic high for year-end...

Court Ruling Allows Taiwanese-Singaporean Lesbian Couple to Marry

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A Taiwanese-Singaporean lesbian couple won their court case to get married yesterday, following a two-year lawsuit. The couple is publicly known as Xiao C and...

Kao Chia-yu Abuse Incident Seized Upon by Taiwanese Media in Sensationalist, Trivializing Manner

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Taiwan's highly sensationalist media has seized on the news story of DPP legislator Kao Chia-yu filing a police report against her boyfriend, Raphael Lin, for...

‘We need to fight them globally and we need to fight them together’—An interview with the App Drivers & Couriers Union

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We interviewed the App Drivers & Couriers Union on the transnational nature of exploitation in the gig economy, and our possibilities for solidarity.

美國勞工政治與基層工人組織策略

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邁向我們解放的道路既不是從選票也不是從子彈開始,而是從日常工人的力量開始。

Referendum Threatens Taiwan’s Energy Transition Goals

Taiwan Business Topics

Two questions appearing on the ballot for Taiwan’s December referendum are expected to put up major barriers to the island’s plans to transform its energy mix if...

Border Policies Require Flexibility, Compassion

Taiwan Business Topics

As with every other difficult situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic so far, Taiwan handled its most severe outbreak of local infections this past summer...

What to know about the foodpanda delivery rider strike

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The demands and grievances of striking foodpanda riders explained, and how to help to campaign to increase their bargaining leverage.

Annual Pride Parade Held in Taipei as Online, Hybrid Event

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The annual pride parade that takes place in Taiwan on October 30th took place primarily online this year, along with the third annual Trans March, which was also...

Following Death, Pilot Union Calls for Three-Day Break Between Quarantine and Long-Haul Flights

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The Taoyuan Pilot's Union has called for pilots to have a three-day break between quarantine and long-haul flights, following the death of a China Airlines pilot...

Minimum Wage Increase Does Too Little, Too Late

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The Ministry of Labor announced on October 8th that Taiwan’s minimum wage will increase by five percent, starting next year on January 1st. According to the...

Indigenous Representatives Criticize Executive Yuan Report on Asia Cement Mine

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A report by the Executive Yuan on the Asia Cement mine on Indigenous land in Taroko Gorge has led to backlash from Indigenous community representatives, after the...

Demonstrations Call for Action on Migrant Worker Rights, Family Care Leave

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Two labor demonstrations took place outside of the Ministry of Labor on Monday. One drew attention to the care of migrant worker rights, while the other sought to...

After the fire: Soil in spring

Lausan

We can rely neither on foreign interventions nor local activists and politicians to make it their life’s work to wage Hong Kong’s struggle on Hongkongers’ behalf.

After the fire: Fallen flowers

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Honouring the memory of 2019 requires us to critically assess where our imagining of how the struggle could develop fell short.

Stand News Announces Closure Following Police Raid, Arrest of Senior Staff

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Hong Kong online media outlet Stand News announced that it was ending operations as of today, with the platform’s editor-in-chief Patrick Lam resigning and all...

“Model Foreign Worker” Competition Adds Insult to Injury

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A recent contest organized by the Ministry of Labor reveals at once the condescending attitude of labor officials to migrant workers in Taiwan. This takes place...

Ruling on Gay Adoption Case Sets Precedent, But Does Not Change Overall Laws

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The Kaohsiung Juvenile and Family Court made a historic ruling last month, allowing a gay couple to adopt a child that neither of the two is biologically related...

The Struggle for Transgender Rights Continues With Taiwan’s First Legal Gender Change Without Providing Proof of Surgery

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A variety of events happened this past week with regards to the ongoing struggle for transgender rights in Taiwan, including Taiwan’s first successful legal gender...

Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Statement by Tsai May Be Primarily Aimed at International Diplomacy

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President Tsai Ing-wen stated that Taiwan was committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in comments made in the same timeframe of the 26th U.N....

50 years after Baodiao: How Hong Kong struggled against all nationalisms

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Examining the legacies and afterlives of the Baodiao Movement is an important task for activists in the aftermath of the 2019 protests.

Trees here, trees elsewhere

Lausan

Outsourcing China’s soy production to South America obfuscates its responsibility for widespread deforestation, even as it hopes to promote 'ecological...

Surfacing Taiwan’s Geothermal Power Potential

Taiwan Business Topics

With new technology and investments, geothermal power could become a viable energy source in Taiwan – as long as regulatory hurdles are overcome. Given Taiwan’s...

50 Years after Baodiao: How Hong Kong Struggled Against All Nationalisms

Lausan

Examining the legacies and afterlives of the Baodiao Movement is an important task for activists in the aftermath of the 2019 protests.

50 Years after Baodiao: How Hong Kong Struggled Against All Nationalisms

Lausan

Examining the legacies and afterlives of the Baodiao Movement is an important task for activists in the aftermath of the 2019 protests.

Crackdown on NGOs, Use of National Security Law Continues in Hong Kong

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Political freedoms continue to be under assault in Hong Kong, with arrests, detentions, and worsening conditions for remaining civil society groups

Points-Based System for Migrant Worker Entry May Reinforce Existing Inequalities

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The Ministry of Labor announced a new points-based system for allowing migrant workers into Taiwan earlier this week. The points-based system is a measure to cope...

Manichaeism with Chinese Characteristics: A Look Back on the “China and the Left” Conference

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The Qiao Collective, Monthly Review, and People’s Forum came together to hold a conference on the topic of “China and the Left” on September 18th in New York City,...

Solidarity Rally for Ukraine Takes Place at Liberty Plaza

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Several hundred rallied at Liberty Plaza yesterday in the largest of a series of solidarity rallies that have taken place in Taipei since late February. The event...

The China of “lab leak” conspiracies does not exist

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Just as we should not pathologize Covid-19 as a virus of “Oriental” culture, neither should we entertain fantasies of an exceptionally dominant China.

Campaigning from the outside: Reflections from two Chinese activists

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Many Chinese activists disagree with the government, but that does not mean that they should be used as a tool by western media for its propaganda.

Presidential Office Criticized Over New Year’s Performance by Indigenous Groups

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Indigenous groups have been critical after a performance held by the Presidential Office as part of new year’s celebrations. In particular, the performance...

Low Turnout in Hong Kong’s “Patriots Only” Legislative Elections

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Hong Kong held its first “patriots-only” election for the Legislative Council (LegCo) yesterday in an election that was marked by record low turnout. The election...

Taiwan Railways Workers Threaten Strike in Response to Corporatization Plans

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A significant labor struggle may be upcoming for Taiwanese railways workers. Namely, the Taiwan Railway Labor Union has announced that it may strike next month in...

COVID Insurance Required for Migrant Workers in New Regulations

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A new requirement that took effect starting on December 1st requires migrant workers to have COVID-19 insurance before they will be allowed to enter Taiwan, which...

Fate of the Apple Daily Taiwan Up in the Air, as Hong Kong Court Liquidator Attempts to Seize Newspaper Assets

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The fate of the Taiwan edition of the Apple Daily continues to be up in the air, with moves by a Hong Kong liquidator to try and take control of the Apple Daily’s...

50 years after Baodiao: How Hong Kong struggled against all nationalisms

Lausan

Examining the legacies and afterlives of the Baodiao Movement is an important task for activists in the aftermath of the 2019 protests.

‘We need to fight them globally and we need to fight them together’—An interview with the App Drivers & Couriers Union

Lausan

We interviewed the App Drivers & Couriers Union on the transnational nature of exploitation in the gig economy, and our possibilities for solidarity.

Taiwan’s Renewable Energy Gambit Could Bring Outsized Benefits

Taiwan Business Topics

Taiwan’s increasing use of green energy has been advantageous to its economy. As investment in renewables continues to grow, more gains are expected down the line....

Lights Off: Taiwan’s Looming Energy Crunch

Taiwan Business Topics

As Taiwan moves toward its goal of nuclear decommissioning and increasing renewable energy use, it is threatened with an insufficient electricity supply. To fend...

Foodpanda strike: Neighborhood groups, translators, YouTubers—in the post-unions era, how do workers organize?

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Stand News interviews South Asian Hong Kong delivery riders on how their labor movement came about.

Plans to Amend Abortion Laws Likely to be Resisted by Conservatives

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Abortion rights in Taiwan are likely to experience an upcoming legal battle, with plans by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) to amend the Genetic Health...

Backlash from Conservatives After Chulalongkorn University Student Council Calls for Cancellation of Phra Kiao Parade

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On October 23rd, which is King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, the Student Union of Chulalongkorn University published a statement on the cancellation of the Phra Kiao...

Arrest Calls Attention to Issue of “Deepfake” Videos in Taiwan

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The issue of "deepfakes" has been widely discussed in Taiwan after YouTuber "Xiao Yu" was found to be responsible for a Telegram group used to sell, commission,...