Edward White

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Edward White is International Editor with The News Lens. 

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2017/01/19 | Edward White

The Legacy of Taiwan's 'Little Light Bulb'

What has Taiwan learned about its mental health system after the murder of a four-year-old last year?

2016/07/15 | Edward White

Hong Kong’s Pro-Independence Politicians Mull 'One China' Pledge

Pro-independence activists planning to stand in the upcoming elections are mulling a controversial new requirement for candidates to sign a declaration that Hong Kong is part of China. Some pro-democracy legislators say they will not sign.

2016/08/30 | Edward White

Did the UN Redefine 'Hate Speech' over a Singaporean Blogger?

Singapore’s trial of a controversial blogger has led to a new standard for ‘hate speech,' an organization says.

2016/07/26 | Edward White

Stranded Vietnamese Waiting for Answers After Kinmen Bridge Contract Canned

'People are still stranded': Vietnamese men brought to Kinmen to construct a major bridge project remain in crowded living quarters on the island and waiting for new jobs in Taiwan. Several of them are victims of human trafficking schemes, and are accruing interest on illegal debts owed to brokers.

2016/06/01 | Edward White

Taiwan: Crowdfund Heaven

Crowdfunding is taking off in Taiwan, and the co-founder of the country’s biggest platform says that as long as it's not illegal, anything is 'worth a shot.'

2016/08/08 | Edward White

Pressure Mounts on China to End 'Show Trials’ Ahead of G20 Summit

After a week of televised ‘confessions’ and convictions, fears are mounting for China’s remaining incarcerated human rights activists and one NGO is trying to get world leaders to take notice.

2016/06/06 | Edward White

FEATURE: Tiananmen and Hong Kong: A City Divided

The annual Tiananmen vigil has become a symbol of emerging division in local Hong Kong politics.

2017/04/19 | Edward White

Chinese Activist who Failed to Gain Asylum in Taiwan Faces 'Legitimate Threat'

'One thing that makes political asylum from China widely accepted in many other countries – the United States and many European countries – nowadays is because it is quite difficult to predict what might happen when they go back; that itself is a clear danger for that person.'

2017/07/09 | Edward White

As Liu Xiaobo Enters Final Days, World Watches Xi’s Move — Lawyer

'If President Xi now decides he wants to keep Liu Xiaobo in China and silenced he will have to do so in the full view of the world knowing he is intentionally hastening his death.'

2017/08/25 | Edward White

A Taiwan Witch Burning

If it is true, Lin Yu-ru's story may go a long way in explaining how her life deteriorated to the point that she decided to kill her husband. Does it also mean that one of Taiwan’s most infamous serial killers isn’t responsible for the death of her mother and mother-in-law?

2016/07/06 | Edward White

[PHOTO STORY] Eid al-Fitr in Taipei

Worshipers spilled out onto the streets in Taiwan’s capital this morning as thousands of people from Taipei’s Islamic community gathered at the Taipei Grand Mosque to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The festival marks the ‘breaking of the fast’ at the end of the month-long Ramadan, which is observed by an estimated 1.5 billion people around the world. Taiwan, with a population of 23.5 million, has about 60,000 Muslims.

2016/08/04 | Edward White

Turkey’s Crackdown Extends to Taipei

Turkey’s crackdown on alleged opponents of the Erdogan regime is being keenly felt in Taipei.

2016/08/10 | Edward White

INTERVIEW: Behind the Scenes with Taiwan’s New Power Party

The New Power Party's leaders are well-known, but behind the scenes there are people who are equally as committed and devoted to changing Taiwan.

2017/01/06 | Edward White

South Africa’s ‘Stunning’ Taiwan-China Shift on Display amid Mayor Visit Furor

The visit of a South African mayor to Taiwan has been slammed in South Africa. What does the fallout say about South Africa’s reliance on China and ultimate abandonment of its one-time ally?

2017/07/07 | Edward White

Q&A: The (Re)Emergence of Taiwan Identity and Implications for Beijing

‘If the once predominant Chinese identity can move from 53 percent to 3 percent in 30 years, who says it can’t go the other way? … This is the challenge for Beijing.’

2016/09/21 | Edward White

Is the International Debate on Myanmar’s Rohingya Situation ‘Overblown’?

A former top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar and ‘buddy’ of Aung Sun Suu Kyi challenges the international media and human rights narrative on the plight of ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar.

2016/10/24 | Edward White

Threats Against Turks in Taipei Referred to Police

Threats have been made against people associated with the so-called Gulen movement in Taiwan.

2017/03/27 | Edward White

Why Everyone is Worried about Cambodia, Again

‘There is a widespread discontent with the government…It may be just a matter of time until the pressure cooker bursts.’