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2021/11/10 | Roy Ngerng

Business Groups Are Campaigning Against Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Increase. Don’t Let Them Succeed.

There’s been a campaign waged by business groups against a minimum wage hike in Taiwan. Don’t fall for what they’re saying.

2021/04/26 | Dr. Bonny Ling

Let’s Really Talk About Slavery and Cotton

In recent months, international attention has mounted on cotton and China, but this is not the first time that the country has intersected with the complicated and entangled global history of slavery and its abolition.

2021/11/03 | Roy Ngerng

Do Civil Servants in Taiwan Earn Twice as Much as Private Sector Workers?

The mystery of how much Taiwan’s civil servants earn shows the government to be unserious about transparency and raising wages.

2021/05/17 | Judy Chen

Coming Home to a Place I’ve Never Lived

On being grounded not in the dead wood of the doorframe but the rich soil of earth.

2021/12/16 | Jonah Walters

Nicaragua’s Rejection of Taiwan Was Pragmatic — Not Principled

By ending its diplomatic relations with Taiwan, the Ortega administration has unambiguously, and perhaps irrevocably, disconnected itself from what was previously its single most significant source of aid revenue.

2021/03/29 | Hideki Sunagawa, Ph.D.

A Bittersweet Victory on Same Sex Marriage in Japan

The landmark ruling is a symbolic victory for the Japanese LGBTQ community. I wish my friend, Ikuo Sato, was here to share it and continue the struggle.

2021/10/05 | Jordyn Haime

The Origins of Taiwan’s Jewish Community

In the early days of establishing a communal presence in Taiwan, Jews faced both reluctance toward religious inclusion and a Saudi intervention.

2021/01/21 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Transformation in Taiwan Requires Social and Political Transformation

Digital literacy training can mitigate many problems. But this can't be implemented without a thorough social and political transformation in Taiwan.

2021/04/21 | Judy Chen

How a Student Movement Gave Birth to Postcards of Taiwan’s Past

The postcards of Little Grass Art Academy, on the surface tributes to an older, colonial, or authoritarian Taiwan, can be traced to a radical student movement.

2021/01/28 | Janine Sun Rogers

“Heaven on Fourth” Arrives in Taiwan Amid Controversy and Tragedy

Taiwanese artist Huang Po-Chih’s installation comes to Taipei’s Double Square Gallery as the latest contribution to the mythicization of Chinese American sex worker Song Yang.

2021/03/08 | Janine Sun Rogers

Anti-Asian Attacks in US Repeat History, Motivate Community Action

In the face of recent violent attacks, the Asian American community reflects on systemic oppression and turns to community-based solutions.

2021/07/22 | Gregory McCann

Tsunami of Chinese Marine Parks Drives Dolphins into Captivity

With the growth of the aquatic entertainment industry, trade in marine animals is gathering speed in China.

2021/07/13 | The Interpreter

Taipei’s Growing Legion of Friends

There’s serious regional clout behind Taiwan’s goal of peace and stability.

2021/10/25 | Jordyn Haime

On Taiwan’s Mount Zion, Memories of KMT Oppression Are Essential To Religious Mythology

Mount Zion, a Protestant pilgrimage site and religious community of around 300 deep in the mountains of southern Taiwan, has an origin story deeply entangled with history and politics.

2021/02/18 | Janine Sun Rogers

‘Maid to Queer’ Explores Desire and Queerness Among Hong Kong’s Indonesian Domestic Workers

Maid to Queer provides profound insight into how systems of migratory labor beget “productive possibilities of queerness and norm.”

2021/02/03 | Dr. Bonny Ling

The EU-China Investment Agreement Is a Missed Opportunity To Advance Business and Human Rights

There should be no illusion that the EU or China concerned themselves with improving fundamental rights at work and human rights.

2021/11/01 | Albert Wu

Should Snitches Get Stitches?

Restorative justice is not the only method for dealing with situations where trust has been broken.