Rosemary Chen

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Rosemary Chen is a staff writer for The News Lens International.

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2017/02/06 | Rosemary Chen

Taiwan Hits Record Tourist Numbers Despite Plunge in Chinese

A record 10.7 million people visited Taiwan in 2016 with a boost in tourists from Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia offsetting a sharp decline in Chinese.

2017/04/15 | Rosemary Chen

US$6 Billion Not Enough to Tackle Air Pollution in Taiwan

Taiwan has announced new emission reduction targets and policies to combat air pollution but environmental groups say they still do not go far enough.

2018/03/06 | Rosemary Chen

FEATURE: Is Taiwan Ready for an Automated Future? (Part 2)

Taiwan's educational landscape is shifting as parents and institutions adapt to a future that mandates coding skills from middle school through to university.

2017/08/22 | Rosemary Chen

Archiparti, Hong Kong Startup for Architects  

It may seem obvious that the job of an architect is to design, but in reality, many spend most of their time processing paperwork and communicating with clients. A Hong Kong startup is tackling the problem.

2018/03/05 | Rosemary Chen

FEATURE: Is Taiwan Ready for an Automated Future? (Part 1)

As Taiwan's economy races to embrace AI and automation, some question whether the government is doing enough to prepare the workforce for the future.

2017/02/07 | Rosemary Chen

HK Youth Suicides Spark Calls for Fresh Look at Academic Pressure

Two secondary school students in Hong Kong committed suicide within a 24-hour time span this week.

2017/09/28 | Rosemary Chen

Meet the Startup Plugging Gaps in Disability Workshop Funding

Craft workshops are often the only chance for graduates of Taiwan's special needs schools to make a valuable contribution to society. But with funding in short supply, the system is leaning on startups like handmade soap specialist TriSoap to bring down costs and keep the workshops in business.

2017/10/17 | Rosemary Chen

ISSUE: Undermining Taiwan’s Indigenous Environments

Mining continues to threaten people and environments in Taiwan's national forest areas, highlighting the importance of forthcoming changes to the Mining Act.

2017/02/21 | Rosemary Chen

Thousands Show Up for Air Pollution Protest in Taiwan

In 2015, more than 6,000 people in Taiwan died from diseases directly related to poor air quality, making up 19 percent of the death toll that year.

2017/03/27 | Rosemary Chen

Academic Who Opposed ‘Mao Concert’ Blocked from Leaving China

Professor Feng Chongyi has been outspoken about Beijing’s political influence in Chinese communities in Australia.

2017/05/16 | Rosemary Chen

Vietnam Rounds-Up Activists Who Led Protest Against Taiwan Toxic Spill

Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on protest leaders and officials one year after a toxic spill in central Vietnam devastated the fishing and tourism industry.

2017/06/22 | Rosemary Chen

The Rise of Taiwan's College Dropouts

More and more students are dropping out of Taiwan’s most prestigious colleges to follow their passions — and it may not be the worst financial decision they make.

2017/04/24 | Rosemary Chen

Burying a Dictator: Fresh Bid to Remove All Statues of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan

'Statues [of Chiang] are the final remnant of the [Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)] authoritarian regime, which has to be removed if a full-fledged democracy is to be realized.'

2017/08/30 | Rosemary Chen

Robin, the Taiwanese Chatbot Using AI to Talk to Customers in the Local Lingo

'The reason that chatbots are popular right now is not only due to technical innovation, but even more so due to the social media revolution,' says Professor Lee Hung-yi.

2017/04/07 | Rosemary Chen

FEATURE: Taiwan Stray Dog Adoption Languishing as Shelters Overflow

Taiwan’s new ban on euthanizing stray dogs will lead to more dogs left on the streets if adoption rates don't pick up, animal welfare workers fear.