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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.

2021/05/05 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economy Is Growing Fast. Workers Still Await Their Share.

While Taiwan’s GDP per capita is escalating, wages have remained stagnant. It doesn’t have to be this way.

2021/04/29 | Jenny Li

#LetTaiwanHelp: What Taiwan’s Hashtag Diplomacy Is About

#LetTaiwanHelp was orchestrated to promote a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, but its origins are much deeper.

2021/04/29 | Deutsche Welle

Covid: Japanese Frustrated At Slow Vaccine Rollout

With Japan marking the unwelcome milestone of 10,000 Covid-19 deaths on Monday, there are growing indications that the public is becoming impatient at the government’s slow rollout of the vaccine.

2021/04/28 | Brian Hioe

KMT Divided Over God-Status of Founder Sun Yat-sen

A KMT central standing committee member said Sun Yat-sen was deified after death. Other KMT politicians don't think so.

2021/04/22 | Deutsche Welle

China Feminists Face Clampdown, Closure of Online Accounts

Dozens of Chinese feminist social media channels have been abruptly deactivated in recent weeks, triggering anger and fear that women’s rights activists will be systemically denied an online presence.

2021/04/20 | Bart Dashorst

Taiwan’s Unsuccessful Transformation

Are Taiwanese nationalism and democratization to blame for a lackluster economy? This is the main argument of Chu Wan-wen’s ‘Taiwan’s Unsuccessful Transformation: Democratization and Economic Development’.

2021/04/15 | Jenny Li

Can US-China Competition Be an Impetus for Taiwan To Build a Secure and Moral Economy?

Taiwan must not be preoccupied with the potential bounty to come from US-China competition, but rather concentrate on reforms that will make it resilient against the vicissitudes of world politics.

2021/04/15 | Rath Wang

Beside the Biden Taiwan Delegation, a New Bill to Match

A new draft legislation alongside the delegation of former U.S. government officials is yet another sign of continuity and warming of Taiwan-U.S. relations.

2021/04/14 | Alex Barker

For US, Taiwan Is a Climate Ally, Not a Pawn

It is hard to ethically justify trading away the rights of Taiwan’s 24 million people in exchange for Chinese commitments to reduce carbon output by a few percentage points.

2021/04/12 | Nicholas Haggerty

Roy Ngerng Against the Prime Minister

Ngerng’s case recalls the traditional battle lines in the struggle for free speech, a heroic picture of a dissenter against the state, whose cause is grounded in a vision of a just society.

2021/04/09 | Bryan Chou

‘The Power Of the People Will Prevail’: The Activist Building Taiwan-Myanmar Solidarity

“As an overseas Myanmar person, all I can do is to get the voices from Myanmar heard, noticed, and have foreigners come together to help my country,” Thomas Chen said.

2021/04/01 | Voice of America

BBC Journalist Leaves China Over Concerns for His Safety

John Sudworth’s move to Taiwan comes amid China’s criticism of BBC’s domestic news coverage.

2021/03/29 | Voice of America

Myanmar Communities in Taiwan Protest Military Coup After ‘Deadliest Day’

Gathered at Taipei’s Liberty Square, demonstrators sat for hours singing songs, holding anti-coup posters, and waving the Myanmar national flag.