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2021/09/02 | Roy Ngerng

Raise Minimum Wage Now to Fix Taiwan’s Lopsided Economy

Taiwan has lost 20 to 30 years to transition to a higher-value innovation-led economy. If it wants to be strong, it is time to increase wages significantly.

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.

2021/06/10 | Joe Henley

The Miaoli Lockdown and Taiwan’s Migrant Worker Apartheid

The Miaoli lockdown is an extension of what the system of laws pertaining to Taiwan’s migrant workforce has always been — a set of rules which amount to legalized oppression and legislatively-backed racism.

2021/06/11 | Judy Chen

Lost Dreams of FamilyMart

Convenience stores were once a path to Taiwan’s middle class and a sign of economic transition to a service economy. But today a budding filmmaker’s experience working at FamilyMart reflects a stagnancy that haunts a generation.

2021/07/23 | Henning von Mirbach

Falling Through The Cracks of Taiwan’s Immigration System

While the cautionary nature of Taiwan's approach to granting visas is praiseworthy, it can also turn a blind eye to situational, human ethics and doesn’t appear to be rational in every regard.

2021/04/23 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan’s Food Delivery Workers Campaign for Labor Union and Better Pay

Foodpanda and UberEats started implementing a new method of payroll calculation in April, and some workers said this would reduce their pay.

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.

2021/01/05 | 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?

2021/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

On Minimum Wages, Singapore Is Playing Catch Up

Singapore’s government recently agreed to long overdue increases in the minimum wage for cleaners. By many standards, it is far from sufficient.

2021/04/30 | TNL Staff

Water Supply Suspension in Central Taiwan To Continue Despite Recent Rainfall

The long-waited rain has temporarily eased pressure on the water supply, but the suspension in central Taiwan is likely to continue.

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.

2021/05/20 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Is Not ‘Pro-Worker.’ These Charts Show How.

Singapore is not pro-worker. If anything, it is pro-GIC and pro-Temasek Holdings, and it is pro-ministers – while workers are left to languish.

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.

2021/01/21 | 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.

2021/02/11 | 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.

2021/04/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwanese American Investors Hold Fundraiser To Support Taroko Train Crash Victims

More than US$85,000 was brought in by the event, which the organizers plan to donate to the Taitung city government for their second phase of recovery efforts.