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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2018/12/20 | 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.

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.

2018/09/26 | Nick Aspinwall

INTERVIEW: The Inside Story on How Spain Bowed to China's Threats on Academic Freedom

The China-forced cancellation of a Taiwan cultural event at Spain's University of Salamanca raises concerns over the terms of China's engagement with international universities.

2018/08/17 | Nick Aspinwall

US Defense Act Angers China, Reaffirms Status Quo for Taiwan

The Taiwan provisions in the annual United States defense act change little, but there may be substance beneath the symbolism which further deepens US-Taiwan military ties.