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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.

2022/03/10 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea: How Does Moon Jae-in’s Presidency Affect the Election

The results of a pre-election survey suggest that growing backlash to Covid-19 policies led to declining support for Moon, perhaps indirectly affecting perceptions of the losing candidate, Lee Jae-myung.

2022/03/09 | Ian Murphy

What Ukraine Means for Taiwan’s Security

Although authoritarian states implement similar strategies against their military targets, there’s important distinctions worth keeping in mind when comparing the war in Ukraine to a potential cross-strait conflict.

2022/02/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Adequate for Its Cost of Living

Taiwan’s low minimum wage has contributed to half of workers earning less than what they need to have a basic standard of living.

2022/02/11 | Roy Ngerng

Lithuania’s Minimum Wage Is More Adequate for Its Cost of Living Than Taiwan’s

Though lower in nominal terms, Lithuania’s minimum wage is more adequate for its cost of living than Taiwan’s, and catching up fast.

2022/02/09 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage is One of the Lowest In Its League

Taiwan is a wealthy country. Its recently instituted minimum wage hike does not compare favorably with its international counterparts.

2022/02/09 | Voice of America

Movement to Lower Taiwan’s Voting Age to 18 Gains Momentum

Public support for lowering the voting age in Taiwan has largely fallen along party lines.