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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 to 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.

2021/06/18 | Taiwan Insight

“We Are Not Puppies, We Are Who We Are:” A Voice From the Indigenous Taiwanese Diaspora

“People would only know that you are good at singing and dancing as an Indigenous person, and they are barely interested in who you really are.”

2021/06/11 | Brian Hioe

The KMT’s Twitter is a Dumpster Fire

Taiwan’s main opposition party, the KMT, accused Singaporean dissident Roy Ngerng of being an “extreme white supremacist” on Twitter. Patently false and absurd as it is, the charge adheres to the logic of a moribund institution.

2021/05/31 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Approves up to NT$840 Billion for Covid Relief

Middle and low-income households are eligible for subsidies, along with workers in certain industries. Migrant workers and other non-citizen residents, however, are not explicitly included for relief in the measures made public today.

2021/05/28 | Tyler Prochazka

Why Taiwan Should Pay People To Stay Home

To ensure everyone in Taiwan is financially protected from the economic harm of Covid-19 and the semi-lockdown, we advocate for an unconditional payment of NT$15,000 for adults and NT$5,000 for dependents.

2021/05/11 | Dr. Bonny Ling

A Watershed for Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishery Sector

The labor abuses and exploitation in Taiwan’s fishing fleet were recently the subject of recommendations by the government’s oversight body. Much remains to be seen, but this could be a watershed in the protection of migrant rights in Taiwan.

2021/05/07 | Bryan Chou

Taiwanese-Japanese Gay Couple Latest in Legal Movement for Transnational Partners

The couple is one of the many that a local civil rights organization has recruited to test the limits of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage bill.

2021/05/07 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong: Joshua Wong Sentenced to 10 More Months

A court has sentenced four pro-democracy activists for taking part in last year’s Tiananmen Square commemorations. The judge said the sentence should “deter people from offending and re-offending.”

2021/05/06 | Bryan Chou

Groundbreaking Court Decision Expands Transnational Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan

A high court in Taipei ruled today a Taiwanese and Macau citizen should be allowed to get married. They will be the first same-sex couple of a Taiwanese and Macau citizen to have their marriage recognized in Taiwan.