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2022/09/21 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economic Slowdown (Part 2): Taiwan’s High Profit Margins Mask Its Slow Economic Growth

Taiwan’s high profits are eating into labor’s share of the economic pie — and hampering growth.

2022/08/23 | Brian Hioe

The Real Problem With Taiwan’s Plagiarism Scandals

The focus on educational background in Taiwan’s electoral politics closes paths to office for the many without the power or money to gain degrees from elite institutions — illicitly or not.

2022/08/15 | Voice of America

A Conversation With Lee Ming-che: ‘I Was a Human Rights Worker Doing Field Research in Chinese Prison’

During her visit to Taiwan, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met Lee Ming-che, a human rights activist released in April this year after five years in a Chinese prison.

2022/08/12 | Ian Murphy

Enhancing U.S.-Taiwan Cyber Security Cooperation

Despite its significant investment in cybersecurity, Taiwan will be better prepared for a large volume of Chinese cyberattacks by cooperating with the United States.

2022/07/19 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 3): Taiwan’s Economy and Profits Have Stagnated Because Wages Have Not Recovered from the 1997 Crisis

The 1997 Asian financial crisis is a distant memory to most countries. But Taiwan hasn’t fully recovered from it because wages have been kept low.

2022/07/07 | Timothy S. Rich

How Does the Taiwanese Public View Efforts Against Misinformation?

Survey results have identified a crucial element in Taiwan’s fight against misinformation: the use of fact-checks.

2022/07/05 | Ian Murphy

How the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Works — And How It Will Affect Taiwan

The IPEF represents a deepening of the U.S.’s economic ties with countries in the Indo-Pacific. Though Taiwan has not been included, there are opportunities for similar initiatives.

2022/07/01 | Hiro Fu

Taoyuan Mayoral Race Illustrates Hypocrisy in DPP and KMT Strategies

The Taoyuan mayoral race has featured hypocritical partisan attacks that speak to real problems in Taiwan’s democracy.

2022/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 2): How Stagnant Wages are Throttling the Economy

Taiwan has one of the lowest GDP growths since 1995 among emerging economies. This is not going to change if wages don’t grow.

2022/05/21 | Judy Chen

“Now I Walk My Own”: Kao Chia-yu’s Path, Part 2

Kao Chia-yu frames her rise as that of a self-made actor against established forces. The story begins in her college years. This is the second part of a three-part essay on Kao and the world that made her.

2022/05/14 | Kirsten Han

The Death Penalty Makes Us Forget Our Humanity. Don’t Let It.

When fighting against the cold machinery of death, we must all the more cling on to empathy and care for one another.

2022/04/25 | Judy Chen

“Princess in the Attic”: Kao Chia-yu’s Path

Kao Chia-yu, one of Taiwan’s highest profile political leaders, is a constant subject of sensationalist media attention. What hasn’t been explored in depth is her background, values, and how she came to her position. This is the first part of a three part essay on Kao and the world that made her.

2022/03/22 | Ian Murphy

What Pompeo’s Visit to Taiwan Indicates

While Mike Pompeo called for formal recognition of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on his recent trip, the Biden Administration will remain cautious and keep its options open.

2022/03/15 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea: How Did the Pardon of Park Geun-hye Affect the Election?

A pre-election survey undermines the oft-cited idea that national unity in South Korea is promoted through pardons of former presidents.

2022/03/15 | Kirsten Han

Singapore’s Elastic Commitment to Accountability

Raeesah Khan’s case shows that the latitude we’re willing to give to untruths and screw-ups varies depending on what the ruling party might be able to get out of it.