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2021/05/31 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Approves up to NT$840 Billion for Covid Relief

Middle and low-income households are eligible for subsidies, along with workers in certain industries. Migrant workers and other non-citizen residents, however, are not explicitly included for relief in the measures made public today.

2021/05/31 | TNL Staff

‘The Pandemic is Ebbing:’ Taiwan’s Health Minister

Taiwan's recent outbreak of Covid-19 is slowly coming under control, with the reproduction number for the virus steadily declining, health officials say.

2021/05/31 | Voice of America

Malaysia Ramps Up Harassment of Government Critics, Rights Groups Say

Rights groups say police investigations into journalists, protesters, and opposition lawmakers have picked up since the country entered a state of emergency in January.

2021/05/28 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai and Pro-Democracy Activists Given More Jail Time

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and several other activists have been charged with taking part in an “unlawful assembly” in connection with a 2019 street protest.

2021/05/26 | Taiwan Insight

Not Obedience But Dignity: A Message From a Former Migrant Worker

A former domestic worker in Hong Kong for over ten years, Iweng Karsiwen is currently the Chair of Families of Indonesian Migrant Workers (Kabar Bumi). In this exposé, Iweng tells of her experience and challenges with the industry.

2021/05/25 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Extended Until June 14

Taiwan's nationwide Level 3 alert for Covid-19 has been extended to June 14.

2021/05/25 | Leo Galuh

How Trans Women in Bandung, Indonesia Built New Lives in Covid Economy

When Covid-19 began to take hold in Indonesia in March 2020, the trans women community in Bandung suffered. Gardening and community kitchens are some of ways they’ve responded.

2021/05/25 | Voice of America

Taiwan Criticizes WHO “Indifference” After Summit Snub

Taiwan was not invited to world health body’s annual meeting and says it is because the WHO has given into pressure from China.

2021/05/24 | The Interpreter

ASEAN’s Huge Gamble on Myanmar

If it doesn’t move quickly on its hard-won consensus, the organization risks letting the junta call the shots.

2021/05/21 | Voice of America

South Korean President To Meet Biden at White House Friday

It may be Moon Jae-in’s final visit to the United States as head of state and his last chance to fulfill campaign pledges before his term ends in 2022.

2021/05/20 | Deutsche Welle

Suez Accident: Japanese Shippers Look For New Ways to Europe

Japanese shipping companies are looking to reduce their reliance on the Suez Canal. They are stepping up their search for an alternative route connecting East Asia to key markets in Europe.

2021/05/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Expanded Nationwide

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the alert for the entire country will be in place until next Friday.

2021/05/19 | Voice of America

Myanmar Crisis Prompts South Koreans To Revisit 1980s Struggle for Democracy

Korean elected officials and citizens demonstrate support for Myanmar citizens four decades after South Korea’s own democratic movement.

2021/05/17 | TNL Staff

Non-Resident Foreign Nationals Banned Entry to Taiwan as Surge in Infections Continues

Health minister Chen Shih-chung said Taiwan will ban entry to foreign nationals without a residence permit from May 19 to June 18, with exceptions for emergency and humanitarian purposes.

2021/05/14 | Global Voices

Hong Kong’s Public Broadcaster Is on Its Way To Become a Government Mouthpiece

Shows are being censored, journalists are being forced to resign, and even social media posts are being deleted.

2021/05/12 | TNL Staff

16 Domestic Cases Reported; Taipei, New Taipei, Yilan Affected

10 domestically-acquired Covid-19 infections appeared in New Taipei City, with others in Taipei’s Wanhua District and in Yilan County. Though Chen said a move to tighter restrictions on gatherings is possible this week, no new lockdown-like rules were released today.

2021/05/12 | Deutsche Welle

Japan: Johnny Depp Film ‘Minamata’ Brings Industrial Disaster to the Fore

The film revisits the ongoing legal and health struggles of residents affected by an industrial mercury spill. Photographer Aileen Mioko Smith told DW she hopes the movie will reignite dialogue around the disaster.

2021/05/11 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Grapples With Community Transmission as a Cluster in Yilan County Emerges

A cluster of five domestic cases is linked to a baccarat game hall in Yilan’s Luodong Township.