Rosemary Chen

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

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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.

2017/02/18 | Rosemary Chen

Uber Reaches New Agreement with Taiwan Government

Uber’s ride-sharing service has been considered illegal in Taiwan and suspended operations on Feb. 10. But the company may have found a way back in after a recent meeting with the government.

2017/02/15 | Rosemary Chen

‘We Don’t Always Agree’: A Much-Needed Dialogue on Stray Dog Issues in Taiwan

Underfunded and understaffed animal shelters were the focus of a documentary “Twelve Nights” released in 2012. The film sparked public outrage over the practice of euthanasia in stray dog shelters in Taiwan and eventually led to the ban of euthanasia practice that came into effect this February.

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.

2017/02/06 | 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.

2017/02/03 | Rosemary Chen

Contradictions, Confusion and a Blackout in China after Billionaire taken from Hong Kong

Since 2014, under President Xi Jinping’s corruption crackdown more than 2,000 so-called economic fugitives, including more than 300 former officials, have been returned to China from more than 70 countries and regions.

2017/01/13 | Rosemary Chen

Fish Hook in Taiwan's 'Green' Energy Reforms

Taiwan this week passed new legislation to deregulate the electricity market and boost the uptake of clean energy. But do the changes go far enough?