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2021/08/19 | Kirsten Han

Singaporeans Are Upset About Covid Restrictions. Will They Notice Migrant Workers?

There are likely more people upset about being blocked from going to a restaurant or a gym, because of their vaccination status, than people upset about the prolonged and unfair confinement of tens of thousands of men regardless of their vaccination status.

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?

2021/02/15 | OCF Lab

On the Use of Digital Identity in Asia (3) – Digital Identity in Singapore & South Korea

What can Taiwan learn from South Korea and Singapore in implementing a digital ID scheme?

2021/05/11 | Dr. Bonny Ling

A Watershed for Human Rights in Taiwan’s Fishery Sector

The labor abuses and exploitation in Taiwan’s fishing fleet were recently the subject of recommendations by the government’s oversight body. Much remains to be seen, but this could be a watershed in the protection of migrant rights in Taiwan.

2021/11/25 | Roy Ngerng

NT$25,250 Is Still Not Enough for a Basic Standard of Living in Taiwan

President Tsai increased the minimum wage by a larger percentage in six years than her predecessors in their full eight-year terms, but this is not good enough.

2021/04/29 | Jenny Li

#LetTaiwanHelp: What Taiwan’s Hashtag Diplomacy Is About

#LetTaiwanHelp was orchestrated to promote a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate, but its origins are much deeper.

2021/05/03 | CJ Sheu

‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’ A Solid Entry in a Stellar Series

‘Scarlet Bullet’ is the latest in the Detective Conan crime manga film series. Its action, humor, and formulaic plot are the main draws.

2021/08/10 | The Interpreter

“I Am a Taiwanese”: Eastern Europeans See a Cold War in East Asia

Memories of life under authoritarianism forge ties between Taiwan and a growing number of Eastern European states.

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.

2021/02/11 | 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.

2021/03/22 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

Belgium Stuck With AstraZeneca Jabs — and Why That Matters for Taiwan

The task of reassuring the public that AstraZeneca vaccines were safe was not easy. Officials in Belgium and Taiwan have met the challenge.

2021/12/17 | Michael Fahey

Cop, Philosopher, and President?

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi wrote a master class in the art of the Chinese essay and offers a compelling conservative vision for Taiwan’s future. Should he run for president, he will be a very formidable candidate.

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.

2021/08/12 | Bryan Chou

What Tokyo Olympics Means for Taiwan

China will continue blocking Taiwan’s participation as a country in international sports events, but it cannot prevent the Taiwanese contingent from advancing to the final games and contesting a medal with its athletes.

2021/04/28 | Brian Hioe

KMT Divided Over God-Status of Founder Sun Yat-sen

A KMT central standing committee member said Sun Yat-sen was deified after death. Other KMT politicians don't think so.

2021/07/15 | Hiro Fu

The KMT’s Vaccine Politics

The KMT has attacked all aspects of Taiwan’s vaccine policy, but it failed to garner support at every turn due to a lack of party-wide coordination.

2021/05/05 | Rath Wang

Queer East Film Festival, Only of Its Kind, Seeks To Forge Global Connections

The inaugural Queer East Film Festival launched in the late fall of 2020, with ambitions to forge transnational connections between queer communities.