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2021/04/02 | TNL Staff

Most Fatal Train Accident in 40 Years in Taiwan

The train, a Taroko Express Train No. 408 departing from Shulin in New Taipei City bound for Taitung on Taiwan’s east coast, derailed in the Daqingshui tunnel at around 9:35 a.m. 50 passengers have been reported dead, and 146 have been hospitalized.

2021/02/09 | Zoe Lorimer

Fundraiser Organized for Hospitalized English Teacher To Return Home

Metayer’s sister, Felicia Obryant, has recently started a campaign to raise US$200,000 for Metayer and their mother to return to the United States.

2021/03/05 | Nicholas Haggerty

What’s Going on With Taiwan’s Influencers?

What’s unique about the latest tabloid dramas in Taiwan is the extent to which the medical establishment has taken interest.

2021/01/11 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Population Shrinks for the First Time

Taiwan’s population declined for the first time in 2020, as the country struggles with one of the lowest birth rates across the world.

2021/03/03 | Judy Chen

For “Subtle Taiwanese Traits,” Seeing Taiwan Anew Starts Within the Community

Arising from disillusionment with the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group, Subtle Taiwanese Traits has been a fertile and sometimes contentious ground for defining what it means to be Taiwanese today.

2021/01/13 | Taiwan Insight

The Problem of Taiwan’s Lost-Contact Migrant Workers’ ‘Illicit Enjoyment’

Financially strained, migrant workers in Taiwan can turn to cheap drugs and alcohol after a day of backbreaking work.

2021/02/17 | Clarissa Wei

To Curtail Fear of Water, Taiwanese Children Are Being Taught How To Build Canoes From Scratch

A few friends came together to teach children in Yilan to build canoes. Their mission, though, is about much more than boat building.

2021/01/05 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Regulation Could Have Saved Taiwan’s Botched eID

A lack of transparency and regulatory oversight over data use beset Taiwan’s plans to launch an electronic national identification. What would it take to get it right?

2021/02/15 | OCF Lab

On the Use of Digital Identity in Asia (3) – Digital Identity in Singapore & South Korea

What can Taiwan learn from South Korea and Singapore in implementing a digital ID scheme?

2021/02/11 | Daphne K. Lee

What Clubhouse Achieved When It Slipped Behind China’s Firewall

The tolerant and open space on Clubhouse, however short-lived, prefigured a world in which prejudice and regional conflicts can be resolved, or at least managed to a less volatile level, through dialogue.

2021/03/18 | Milo Hsieh

Hostility Towards Transgender Influencer Chiang Chia-Wen Is Unacceptable

A transgender influencer's pregnancy claim ignited a debate over medical ethics, harassment by journalists, and cancel culture.

2021/02/22 | Andi Kao

Keelung Migrant Fishermen Form Union, Second of its Kind in Taiwan

The Keelung Migrant Fishermen’s Union is the second migrant fishermen’s union to gain legal status in Taiwan, after cases of abuse against Southeast Asian migrant fishermen came to public attention.

2021/01/21 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Transformation in Taiwan Requires Social and Political Transformation

Digital literacy training can mitigate many problems. But this can't be implemented without a thorough social and political transformation in Taiwan.

2021/02/24 | Taiwan Insight

Prosecution of a Fraudulent Labor Agency in Taichung: An Insight on the Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Taiwan

In January, authorities indicted four people for illegally recruiting Vietnamese workers and docking half of their wage. It is time that Taiwan address structural issues in its recruitment scheme for migrant workers.

2021/02/10 | OCF Lab

On the Use of Digital Identity in Asia (1) – Digital ID in Taiwan

Taiwan's plan to issue digital identification cards in July has been suspended due to calls to establish a legal basis. But civic organizations have raised other concerns for the policy.

2021/03/16 | Nicholas Haggerty

‘In The Weeds’ Zoe Lee Wins “Best Show Host”

Zoe Lee, a lawyer and host of a podcast called “In The Weeds” on cannabis and its legal status in Taiwan, won “Best Show Host” at the inaugural KKBOX Podcast Awards. Her sights are fixed on the long game.

2021/01/22 | TNL Staff

Plan for Digital ID Card Suspended Amid Controversy

A plan to issue digital identification cards in July was suspended until a special law has been established to govern the matter.

2021/03/16 | Taiwan Insight

How Well Does Taiwan Support People With Disabilities?

Taiwan's medical establishment views the disabled body as something that needs to be fixed, and this discourages people with disabilities from participating in society.