Syrena Lin

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Syrena Lin is a headhunter and a former legislative assistant in Taipei.

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2021/01/29 | Syrena Lin

Taiwan Mishandled a Hospital Outbreak During SARS. The Government Learned From It

Taiwan's government, having learned a painful lesson from the Hoping Hospital lockdown, is dealing with the cluster infection at the Taoyuan hospital cautiously in order to prevent the history from repeating itself.

2020/10/29 | Syrena Lin

Taiwanese Sculptor Ju Ming’s Last Act

From a hardscrabble youth in colonial Japanese Taiwan, Ju Ming ascended to the heights of the international art scene. His last act has been turning a wasteland in New Taipei City into a large-scale sculpture park — a "museum for everyone."

2020/10/20 | Syrena Lin

Tainan Civil Society Groups Protest Eviction of Elderly Resident

A railway expansion project in Tainan has led to the demolition of family homes, threatening to evict a 99-year-old resident. Civil society groups have come out in force to protest.

2020/07/14 | Syrena Lin

Should Taiwan Abolish Its Control Yuan and Examination Yuan?

Taiwan's political parties have long called for the abolition of the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan. What purposes do these two government branches actually serve?

2020/06/24 | Syrena Lin

The Migrant Fishermen Union on the Frontlines Against Covid-19 and Bosses

The Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union has pointed out the increased vulnerabilities that their workers face under Covid-19. But this is just their latest campaign since their establishment in 2013.

2020/06/19 | Syrena Lin

Taiwan’s Civil War... Over Rice Dumplings

What is Taiwan's eternal debate over Northern and Southern rice dumplings about?

2020/06/17 | Syrena Lin

Who Is Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan's De Facto Ambassador to the US?

Hsiao Bi-Khim is the first woman to become de facto ambassador to the U.S. She has been advocate for progressive causes throughout her long career in the Democratic Progressive Party.

2020/05/28 | Syrena Lin

The Women Behind MOWES, Taipei’s Inclusive Community Space

MOWES offers fitness, art, and language classes. However, the community space has been struggling with lower attendance rates and postponed grants under Covid-19.

2020/05/26 | Syrena Lin

Can Social Distancing Free Us From Networking?

As social activities are at an all-time low, are we realizing that social events and networking are overrated and mostly unnecessary?

2020/05/02 | Syrena Lin

Labor Day Weekend Tourism a Thorny Issue for Government

Government officials in Taiwan weigh the competing interests of local vendors and disease prevention in their Labor Day tourism messaging.

2020/04/17 | Syrena Lin

Domestic Violence Rises in Isolation. Taiwan Has Yet to Act.

Statistics from New Taipei City show recent growth in domestic violence cases, but Taiwan has not enacted any additional policies or adjusted services.

2020/04/01 | Syrena Lin

The Conflicting Values of Taiwan’s Comedy and Gender Discussions

Taiwanese comedian Brian Tseng has recently stirred yet another controversy with his unfiltered comedy.

2020/03/30 | Syrena Lin

How Do Taiwan's Coronavirus Hotline and Quarantine System Work?

The CECC advises people with coronavirus symptoms to call the 1922 hotline for consultation and reporting. How is a test arranged? What about those who are already in home quarantine?

2019/12/10 | Syrena Lin

Travel Back in Time With ‘Dadaocheng Museum’ This Weekend

The annual event “Dadaocheng Museum” will allow Taipei visitors to explores historical buildings that are usually closed off to the public.

2019/12/05 | Syrena Lin

Debate on Orchid Island’s Nuclear Waste Disposal Continues Despite Compensation

Although the Taiwanese government has offered to compensate the Taos for the nuclear waste disposal, the debate on whether to go nuclear-free will persist beyond 2020.

2019/11/20 | Syrena Lin

Romantic Route 3: Rediscover Hakka Culture at Beipu, Taiwan

Explore Taiwan’s Hakka culture through the ongoing Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival. First stop: Beipu.

2019/11/12 | Syrena Lin

China's 26 Measures: 'Wan Wan' Is Already at Home

China's new 26 measures and its call for "Wan Wan" to come home are just trivial attempts to undermine Taiwan's 2020 elections, again.