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2021/11/30 | Roy Ngerng

A Higher Minimum Wage Won’t Lead To Higher Unemployment in Taiwan

Despite what you may hear from business interest lobbyists, the historical data shows no clear correlation between a growing minimum wage and a higher unemployment rate.

2021/11/25 | Roy Ngerng

NT$25,250 Is Still Not Enough for a Basic Standard of Living in Taiwan

President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.

2021/11/18 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Catching Up With Consumer Prices

Taiwan’s workers need to be aware that it is not the increases in wages that are causing prices to rise. Businesses are increasing prices whether wages increase.

2021/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

Business Groups Are Campaigning Against Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Increase. Don’t Let Them Succeed.

There’s been a campaign waged by business groups against a minimum wage hike in Taiwan. Don’t fall for what they’re saying.

2021/11/03 | Roy Ngerng

Do Civil Servants in Taiwan Earn Twice as Much as Private Sector Workers?

The mystery of how much Taiwan’s civil servants earn shows the government to be unserious about transparency and raising wages.

2021/11/01 | Albert Wu

Should Snitches Get Stitches?

Restorative justice is not the only method for dealing with situations where trust has been broken.

2021/10/29 | TNL Staff

Everything You Need to Know About Japan’s General Election

Japan’s general election is arriving just after the likely accession of a new Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida. But there’s much more going on this year.

2021/10/23 | TNL Staff

Chen Po-Wei Ousted in Recall Election

Chen, a pro-independence legislator, lost his campaign by fewer than 5,000 votes out of more than 150,000 cast.

2021/10/21 | Global Voices

Taiwan: Deepfake Pornographic Video Victims Call for New Laws Against Sexual Violence in Cyberspace

The president vowed that the government would tighten laws to crack down on disinformation and AI-generated fake videos.

2021/10/20 | Hiro Fu

Political Fallout of the KMT Chairmanship Election

Chu, a seasoned politician with a prior stint as the KMT chairman, will face the challenges of leading a fractured party, resetting cross-strait dialogue, and strategizing against the ruling DPP in the 2022 local elections.

2021/09/22 | Voice of America

Proposal to Remove Chiang Kai-shek Statue in Taiwan Stirs Controversy

The Transitional Justice Commission’s proposal, part of a larger plan to convert the memorial into a reflection on Taiwan’s authoritarian past, has drawn mixed reactions.

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.

2021/08/12 | Bryan Chou

What Tokyo Olympics Means for Taiwan

China will continue blocking Taiwan’s participation as a country in international sports events, but it cannot prevent the Taiwanese contingent from advancing to the final games and contesting a medal with its athletes.

2021/08/05 | Global Voices

The Diplomatic Struggle Over Taiwan’s Name in the Olympics

The Taiwanese team can only compete under the name of Chinese Taipei in the Games. Some are trying to change that.

2021/07/15 | Hiro Fu

The KMT’s Vaccine Politics

The KMT has attacked all aspects of Taiwan’s vaccine policy, but it failed to garner support at every turn due to a lack of party-wide coordination.

2021/07/13 | Syrena Lin

Between Miaoli and Taoyuan: Taiwan’s Response to Migrant Worker Rights at an Intersection

Miaoli was under fire for confining migrant workers to their dorms in response to a cluster of Covid-19 cases at factories. Taoyuan’s approach is a reminder that it could have been handled better.