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2017/11/17 | Cat Thomas

Shopping, Sleeping, and Not Driving Drunk: Taipei Startups to Watch Out For

We look at four emerging companies from this year's MeetTaipei startup festival that are on track to profitability.

2017/11/13 | David Green

DPP Bows to Big Business as Tsai Fails to Uphold Pledge to Protect Workers

After 2016 changes to the Labor Standards Act drew criticism for inflexibility and high costs, the latest round of changes give too much power back to bosses, leaving shift workers such as nurses and drivers particularly vulnerable.

2017/11/09 | TNL Staff

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Many Workers are Angry at Changes to the Labor Laws

Changes to the Labor Standards Act could leave workers sleepless — and working for as many as 12 days at a time.

2017/11/03 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: Taiwan Work Is Never Over

Taiwan has the sixth highest average work hours in the world, yet revisions to the Labor Standards Act suggested this week by the government roll back hard-fought victories for labor rights secured last year, and leave the door open for employers to exploit workers unprotected by unions.

2017/10/25 | David Green

Analyzing Taiwan's Draft Law on Foreign Talent

The draft act on hiring foreign talent passed last week does more to make life easier for foreign workers and their families already in Taiwan than it does to entice fresh white-collar recruits to the beautiful island.

2017/09/28 | Rosemary Chen

Meet the Startup Plugging Gaps in Disability Workshop Funding

Craft workshops are often the only chance for graduates of Taiwan's special needs schools to make a valuable contribution to society. But with funding in short supply, the system is leaning on startups like handmade soap specialist TriSoap to bring down costs and keep the workshops in business.

2017/08/22 | Rosemary Chen

Archiparti, Hong Kong Startup for Architects  

It may seem obvious that the job of an architect is to design, but in reality, many spend most of their time processing paperwork and communicating with clients. A Hong Kong startup is tackling the problem.

2017/08/07 | Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Does Thailand's Middle Class have a Distaste for Democracy

At this critical royal transition, both the middle class and civil society do not even hide their taste for authoritarianism. It manifests itself chiefly in politicisation and self-interest on their part.

2017/06/22 | Rosemary Chen

The Rise of Taiwan's College Dropouts

More and more students are dropping out of Taiwan’s most prestigious colleges to follow their passions — and it may not be the worst financial decision they make.

2017/05/14 | Olivia Yang

Q&A: Jobalaya, the Introvert-friendly Job Referral Platform

'Because of the way companies recruit people today, it’s very easy to have a skewed workforce that is mostly extroverts or promotes people who are extroverts,' says Ellie Chang, CEO and founder of Jobalaya. 'But to many people’s surprise, introverts can actually be good leaders.'

2017/05/13 | Olivia Yang

Q&A: CakeResume, Creating the Interactive Resumes of the Future

'In the internet era, you probably need more multimedia elements if you are creating an online document, which is hard to layout with Google Docs. If I can optimize CakeResume to be as stable as Google Docs, then it will be the editor of a new generation.'

2017/03/06 | Olivia Yang

Facebook to Launch Startup Accelerator in Taiwan

FbStart is a global program designed to help mobile app startups build and grow their products.

2017/02/06 | Liu Sha

WeWork Carves Out Space in China’s Cluttered Office Market

Managing director Ole Ruch says the sharing economy is on the cusp of becoming a ‘powerful force’ in China.

2017/01/21 | The Japan Times

Varied Agenda in Japan's Wage Talks

The behavior and mindset of Japanese businesses need to change in order to fundamentally address the labor problems in the country.

2017/01/19 | Olivia Yang

Why Aren't Social Businesses Booming in Taiwan?

'I’ve seen many Taiwanese social businesses trying very hard and are doing a good job, but the international community doesn’t see their efforts.'

2017/01/12 | The Japan Times

Trump Meddling In Toyota’s Affairs

Trump's future economic policies are causing worldwide concerns for free trade in international businesses.

2017/01/05 | Steven Crook

Taiwan’s Export Processing Zones: Forward-looking at 50

Previously home to light, assembly-type industries, Taiwan's exporting zones now mainly serve tech-oriented electronics operations.

2016/12/03 | Sebastien Peyrouse

Central Asia’s Tortured Chinese Love Affair

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and policy towards Ukraine has made the governments of Central Asia uneasy.