Eryk Smith

Eryk Smith

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Eryk Michael Smith first came to Taiwan as a child of American missionary parents in 1984. After deciding on a career in journalism he returned to Taiwan and has spent the last 20 years working for/with most of Taiwan's English-language media outlets. He currently lives in Kaohsiung with his wife, two daughters, two cats and a dog. Smith is ICRT's southern Taiwan special correspondent and can be found from time to time behind the decks, DJing happy house music.


OPINION: Extend the HSR to Pingtung? Let’s Talk After the Election

Eryk Smith

Major transport projects have long been presented as a potential boon to Taiwan's south around election time.


OPINION: In Kaohsiung, There Are Limits to the Multilingual Love

Eryk Smith

The axes are out for a politician advocating for languages other than English and Chinese to be kept out of the classroom.


Taiwan's Great Deluge of 2018: Anger, Finger-Pointing and Helplessness

Eryk Smith

Drenched with torrential rains, south Taiwanese have just about had it with the ineptitude of their politicians at managing natural disasters.


Kaohsiung's Light Rail: The Little Engine That Couldn’t?

Eryk Smith

Kaohsiung’s high-tech light rail has been hit by low ridership and NIMBY protests.


Kaohsiung Builds but People May Need a Nudge Before They Come

Eryk Smith

Kaohsiung is constructing monuments to progress, but basic quality-of-life improvements are needed to make the city truly livable.


A Landline Poll Will Determine the Future of Kaohsiung

Eryk Smith

The DPP's quirky nomination process will all but secure the seat of the next mayor of Kaoshiung.


OPINION: Should Kaohsiung Spend US$100M Repairing Rural Roads?

Eryk Smith

One of Southern Taiwan's main tourist attractions is languishing for a lack of infrastructure funds.

Taiwan Hakka history

OPINION: We love Hakka? Maybe It's Time to Let It Go

Eryk Smith

The maintenance of Taiwan's Hakka culture depends on more than government support for the language.

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