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2017/11/17 | Ming-chun Ku
Behold the Sea Goddess: Matsu Worship, Tourism and Cross-Strait Relations
Long banned, worship of Matsu is making a comeback in China under official auspices.
2017/11/16 | Jane W. Wang
Can We Pull Taiwan Out of Its Identity Crisis?
Taiwan aspires to be the global innovation hub of Asia while driving globally-minded talent away with low salaries and conservative work cultures. How can current globally-minded talent battle disillusionment?
2017/11/14 | Nate Maynard
Taiwan Cannot Develop Renewable Energy While Secretly Subsidizing Fossil Fuels
Taiwan's government claims that they eliminated electricity subsidies, but they really just hid them from public scrutiny.
2017/11/14 | Matthew Fulco
Goodbye Confucius, Hello Matzu: Is Taiwan Becoming a Chinese-Language Education Hub?
Taiwan's political environment is making it more attractive for international students.
2017/11/14 | The Third Pole
Global Climate Summit Dominated by Budget Cuts, Red Tape
Many grants promised to countries to help combat climate change have been swapped out for loans.
2017/11/13 | David Green
DPP Bows to Big Business as Tsai Fails to Uphold Pledge to Protect Workers
After 2016 changes to the Labor Standards Act drew criticism for inflexibility and high costs, the latest round of changes give too much power back to bosses, leaving shift workers such as nurses and drivers particularly vulnerable.
2017/11/13 | Rongbin Han
New (and Not So New) Trends in China’s Online Censorship
The volume of online complaints on one major Internet forum has dropped significantly and dramatically since March 2013, when Xi took power. Through reducing negative information within Chinese cyberspace and blocking citizens’ access to information outside the Great Firewall, the party-state turns Chinese cyberspace increasingly into an intranet.
2017/11/12 | Julian CH Lee
A New Generation of Protest Culture Sweeps Southeast Asia
Young protestors in Malaysia differ from other activists in terms of the their collective identity, the moral value they place on that identity, and the breadth of issues they may champion.
2017/11/12 | Tao Lixing
China Sanitation Worker Assault Highlights Shallow Societal Values
The violent assault of a sanitation worker by a wealthy professor suggests and the subsequent online reaction suggests China remains a morally impoverished society.
2017/11/11 | Darice D. Chang
Women in Power: Reflections on Gender Politics From Taipei to Lhasa
Three prominent women speak on the problems faced by women in Tibet's government-in-exile and address the history and progress of gender equality in Taiwan.
2017/11/10 | Edward White
UPDATE: Waking from a Nightmare, 16 Years on Death Row in Taiwan
As a Taiwanese man wrongly held for murder readjusts to society, he has been awarded a record settlement by the courts.
2017/11/09 | Jeffrey Warner
Fashion as Activism: Fusing Indigenous Textiles with the Modern World
A blend of high fashion and tradition is helping some Taiwan indigenous groups reinvigorate and restore their millennia-old cultural heritage.