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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.

2021/06/17 | 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.

2021/06/11 | 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.

2021/06/10 | 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.

2021/05/20 | 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.

2021/04/30 | 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.

2021/04/23 | Janine Sun Rogers

Adult Streaming Platform SWAG Is in Hot Water With Taiwan’s Authorities

SWAG’s situation calls to mind recent high-profile scandals, concerning the rights and safety of content creators on online platforms, the lasting environmental impacts of blockchain technology, and moderation of online communities.

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.

2021/04/19 | TNL Staff

Fire Breaks Out at Taipei Q Square Shopping Mall

The latest reports from Apple Daily state that the fire originated in the Palais de Chine Hotel.

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.

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.

2021/03/18 | 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.

2021/03/16 | 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.

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.

2021/03/05 | 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.

2021/03/03 | 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.

2021/02/24 | 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.