Nick Aspinwall

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Nick Aspinwall is a journalist based in Taipei and an editor-at-large for The News Lens. He has also written for The Diplomat, SupChina and New Naratif, among others. When he’s not reporting, he can be found on a diving boat or perhaps stranded deep within a remote mountain range.

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2018/10/05 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwanese Fishing Vessels Fined, Suspended for Work Abuse, Shark Finning
Taiwan has acted to fine the owner and captain of a vessel involved in various labor abuses – and allegedly shark finning as well – though the punishments are unlikely to be viewed as much of a deterrent for others in the industry.
2018/12/20 | Nick Aspinwall
Unpacking the Swift Chinese Netizen Clapback to Lil Pump's Racist Song
When Chinese netizens slide past censors to air their grievances, they're key cogs in a massive and well-oiled outrage machine.
2018/11/05 | Nick Aspinwall
Migrant Workers Criticize Labor Ministry's Failure to Ban On-Site Factory Dorms
The Ministry of Labor wants to deduct employer hiring quotas by five for every worker who dies due to negligence, and by one for every injured worker.
2019/01/26 | Nick Aspinwall
INTERVIEW: '10 Years Taiwan' Directors Dish on Taiwan's Future and Its Present
The News Lens caught up with '10 Years Taiwan' directors Lekal Sumi and Rina Tsou, who discussed what inspired them as directors and how Taiwan can avoid the film's dismal vision of the future.
2018/04/03 | Nick Aspinwall
Lost at Sea? Taiwanese Fishery Regulation Faces Continued Scrutiny
As Taiwan’s fishing industry awaits a critical EU decision, nonprofits and NGOs call for assistance for migrant workers and improvements in deep sea regulation.
2018/03/12 | Nick Aspinwall
Dancing to Break the Chain: Taiwan’s Foreign Caregivers Protest Sexual Abuse, Labor Standards
Migrant domestic workers gathered in Taipei Main Station on Sunday afternoon to fight for recognition under the Labor Standards Act, the abolition of the brokerage system, and an end to sexual harassment
2018/05/04 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan Protests Ignite Calls for Centralized Labor, Fire Safety Regulations
In the aftermath of Saturday’s Chin Poon fire, workers’ rights and firefighter’s groups are demanding a streamlined approach to safety at industrial sites – and are calling on Taiwan’s Ministry of Labor to step up.
2018/07/11 | Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan Spared Major Damage by Typhoon Maria
Labeled a Category 5 storm as recently as yesterday, Typhoon Maria weakened and turned north, relieving Taiwan of any major harm.