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Bryan Chou is an editor for The News Lens International.

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2021/06/24 | Bryan Chou

Lithuania’s Vaccine Donation Sparks a Shopping Spree in Taiwan

Taiwanese people thanked Lithuania for the donation of Covid-19 vaccine by buying Lithuanian chocolate and beer. Some proposed visiting the Baltic country after the pandemic.

2020/12/11 | Bryan Chou

Cyberpunk 2077 Accused of Insulting China, but Not Banned

While some Chinese netizens lashed out at the game for not recognizing Taiwan as a part of China, few wanted it to be banned.

2021/06/07 | Bryan Chou

Foreign Professionals Are Leaving Taiwan. Just Don’t Accuse Them of Fleeing Covid-19.

Some gold card holders are leaving Taiwan to avoid restrictions on life and work from Covid-19. Others are returning home for vaccination.

2020/12/03 | Bryan Chou

Taiwanese Students Caught in the Middle as Norway Cozies up To China

The controversy over the legal identity of Taiwanese citizens in Norway started in 2010, when the Norwegian government first changed their nationality on residency cards from Taiwan to China.

2020/11/26 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan Secures 15 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses With Native Development Underway

Taiwan has signed the first bilateral deal for a Covid-19 vaccine and is negotiating for three others. Native vaccine development is in progress.

2021/04/01 | Bryan Chou

First Taiwanese-Developed Vaccine May Be Available as Early as July

Taiwanese biopharma company MVC said Tuesday that it is looking to offer one to two million Covid-19 vaccine doses as early as July after receiving the Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization.

2021/05/06 | Bryan Chou

Groundbreaking Court Decision Expands Transnational Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan

A high court in Taipei ruled today a Taiwanese and Macau citizen should be allowed to get married. They will be the first same-sex couple of a Taiwanese and Macau citizen to have their marriage recognized in Taiwan.

2021/03/02 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan’s Domestic Pineapple Consumption Closes Gap From China’s Ban

With Taiwanese people and businesses on a buying spree, the domestic demand for pineapples has surpassed the total export that was supposed to be sold to China this year.

2021/02/09 | Bryan Chou

Foreign Entrepreneurs Are Coming To Taiwan. Will They Stay After Covid-19?

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the Employment Gold Card program has grown into a popular means to move to Taiwan. Will the newcomers stay after the pandemic?

2020/12/30 | Bryan Chou

Unraveling Taiwan’s Stories of Pain and Tears: An Interview with Aephie Chen

Many Taiwanese may lament that European audiences understand their hometown as no more than a remote island in Asia, but Chen took it as an opportunity to construct Taiwan’s identity with cinema.

2021/08/22 | Bryan Chou

How Is Taiwan’s First Domestic Vaccine Being Received?

Many young people joked about being part of the DPP’s “internet army,” who are paid by a party to praise its policies, by announcing their decision to receive the Medigen vaccine.

2020/11/23 | Bryan Chou

China’s List of Taiwanese Independence Advocates Is Meant To Divide Taiwan

The function of the list appears to be provoking Taiwanese to question the Taiwaneseness and pro-independence stances of those who are not on the list.

2021/09/19 | Bryan Chou

Taipei Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Indigenous Peoples in Mining Rights Case

Taipei’s Supreme Administrative Court on Thursday revoked the economic ministry’s renewal in 2018 of Asia Cement Corporation’s mining permit in Hualien for another 20 years.

2020/11/27 | Bryan Chou

Why Taiwan Has No Absentee Voting Yet

While most democratic countries provide certain forms of external voting for their legislative or presidential elections, Taiwan is catching up to make voting more accessible to its citizens no matter where they live.

2020/12/28 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan to Regulate China’s State-Affiliated Publications After Children’s Book Controversy

Taiwan’s government plans to amend legislation to make it clear that companies must apply for approval before publishing books associated with the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army.

2021/04/09 | Bryan Chou

‘The Power Of the People Will Prevail’: The Activist Building Taiwan-Myanmar Solidarity

“As an overseas Myanmar person, all I can do is to get the voices from Myanmar heard, noticed, and have foreigners come together to help my country,” Thomas Chen said.

2021/02/24 | Bryan Chou

With Confucius Institutes Shuttering Across US, Can Taiwanese Teachers Fill the Gap?

Taiwanese teachers of Mandarin are in high demand in the U.S., but opinions vary over whether they can fill the gap left by Chinese teachers.

2021/05/07 | Bryan Chou

Taiwanese-Japanese Gay Couple Latest in Legal Movement for Transnational Partners

The couple is one of the many that a local civil rights organization has recruited to test the limits of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage bill.