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2021/05/27 | Michael Cannings

An Elegy for Tehpen Tsai

The life of Tehpen Tsai, a teacher, writer, playwright, and former political prisoner provides a different kind of insight — as valuable as figures of wider renown — to Taiwan’s history.

2021/03/19 | TNL Feature

Taiwan Is Not Immune

Problems of misogyny and xenophobia are, unfortunately, global. In this light, instead of evaluating the Atlanta shootings as an incident with causes rooted in distant American racial politics, we should not overlook these ideas present in Taiwan.

2020/10/30 | 廣編企劃

GARAOTUS, a new brand of cloud service from SYSTEX, whose AI-HPC technology ranks the top 10 in the Asia-Pacific region

Acting preemptively, SYSTEX launched a new brand, GARAOTUS, aiming to worldwide market with the leading HPC technology.

2021/02/05 | Bart Dashorst

‘Facing the Calamity’: The Story of a Malaysian Taiwanese Under KMT Rule

The autobiography and witness testimony of Fred Him-San Chin, a Taiwanese of Chinese descent born in Malaysia, offers a view of pride in being Taiwanese despite the hardships of false imprisonment.

2021/01/27 | Kirsten Han

From Victims To Villains: Singapore’s War on Drugs

Singapore’s War on Drugs posture has lasted for decades. It’s time for a different approach.

2020/10/15 | 廣編企劃

Taiwan Government supports International Startups and Incubators, Integrated Multiple Preferential Measures

Taiwan government provides “Registration Mechanism of International Incubators of Ministry of Economic”, which integrated cross-ministerial administrative preferential measures, providing one-stop service by Taiwan Accelerator Plus (TAcc+) of the Institute for Information Industry.

2021/01/29 | Michael Fahey

Taiwan Can Reclaim Its Place as a Center of Mandarin Education

The decline in American students in China is a unique opportunity for Taiwan to reclaim its place as a center for Chinese language studies and organically deepen relations with its most important ally.

2021/06/30 | Kirsten Han

Can We Expect More From Singapore’s PAP on Race?

Citizens shouldn’t be measuring our political leaders against the lowered standards that they’ve set for themselves. We should be holding them to the standards of justice and equality.

2019/12/04 | 廣編企劃

Five Things You Should Know About “Motorbike Electrification” with the Advent of the New Motorbike Era

Taiwan, known as the “kingdom of motorbikes,” not only has a mature motorbike supply chain, but also is an important ICT industry export nation. However, the government resorted to “the coexistence and co-prosperity of gasoline & electric powered vehicles”. What are the blind spots of such a practice?

2021/01/18 | The Interpreter

Boys’ Love Brings Edgy Drama To China, and a Backlash

As a genre, gay fiction has leapt from words to the screen with enormous popularity in China, but not beyond the censor’s reach.

2021/05/17 | The Interpreter

Myanmar and a New Kind of Civil War

Urban dissidents trained by battle-hardened guerillas in the countryside could make things harder for the Myanmar military.

2019/07/05 | SME.Sandbox

2019 APEC the SMEA of the Ministry of Economic Affairs Hosts Innovation Sandbox Forum

We are looking forward that through "2019 Innovation Sandbox Forum", by the mutual agitate between the representatives of experts from various countries, we could enhance the understanding of all walks of life about innovation sandbox, and continue to spread the concept and spirit of innovative experiments, promote the application and development of smart technology, thus bringing a more convenient life for the people.

2021/06/07 | Rath Wang

The Ocean-Wide Quarantine Approaches in Japan and Taiwan

The way Japan and Taiwan manage their quarantine on arrival systems is marked by difference.

2021/07/19 | Nelson Chung

How a Taiwanese Baseball Player Strengthens Taiwan-Japan Relations

Wang Po-jung’s action serves as an example of how non-state actors can contribute to diplomacy.

2019/06/25 | SME.Sandbox

Open Innovative Sandbox! The government creates the field for experimenting innovative applications, and invites the experts, business owners, and civil community to create the future of smart life

Facing the impacts that technological innovation might bring on the industries, how should the government coordinate among the existing business owners, new players, and the consumers, update the current laws, and create a three-way win? What kind of “warm power” does Taiwan have to build a better and more convenient life for its people, and raise the international publicity at the same time?

2021/04/15 | Rath Wang

Beside the Biden Taiwan Delegation, a New Bill to Match

A new draft legislation alongside the delegation of former U.S. government officials is yet another sign of continuity and warming of Taiwan-U.S. relations.

2021/12/28 | Timothy S. Rich

No, Taiwan Shouldn’t Sabotage TSMC: A Response to “Broken Nest”

A recent paper making the rounds in policy circles advocates for Taiwan to deliberately destroy semiconductor manufacturer TSMC to deter an invasion. Here’s why that’s not a good idea.

2018/10/05 | SME.Sandbox

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Board of Science and Technology Promote Innovation Sandbox Together to Demonstrate Government Support for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; MOEA Hosts “2018 Innovat

Directed by the Office of Science & Technology, Executive Yuan and hosted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the 2018 Innovation Sandbox Exchange Forum was hosted at NEO Studio, Taipei on October 3rd. Audrey Tang, Minister without Portfolio of the Executive Yuan, Zse-hong Tsai, Executive Secretary of the Office of Science & Technology, and Wellington L. Koo, Chairman of the Financial Supervisory Commission were all invited to attend. The Forum hopes to make innovation sandbox an important mechanism amid a comprehensive innovation entrepreneurship environment, as well as a driving force for innovation development in Taiwan.

2021/03/17 | SueAnn Shiah

No Saviors, No Satisfaction in ‘Promising Young Woman’ — and Why That’s a Good thing

‘Promising Young Woman’ offers up no simple answers or victories, rather the sad reality in which there is no justice without acknowledging harm. The Oscar nominated thriller is an entertaining take on a time old tale.

2018/06/21 | TNL Staff

The News Lens Completes Series C Funding Round, Welcomes Key Strategic Investors

The new funding will contribute to brand restructuring, technical development and international expansion.

2021/05/18 | Daniel Yo-Ling Chen

Abandoning Anthropology, From Virginia to Taipei

In the traditional model, anthropologists venture off to their field sites, do their research, and then go back to their home institutions to write up and share their findings. What might a different kind of relationship to Taiwan look like?

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.

2018/02/21 | 廣編企劃

Taiwan's Government Encourages Innovation through Creative Events, Regulatory Sandbox.

Taiwan’s government encourages enterprises to think out of the box and break through the restrictions on innovation. At the same time, the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration promoted their innovative regulatory sandbox through creative ways at the natural gourmet banquet.

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.