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2021/02/02 | Aye Min Thant

Myanmar: The Stupid Coup

Myanmar elders understand on a visceral level that the military is not a rational actor. Those of us lucky enough to be young enough to have only passing memories of pre-transition Myanmar are just starting to internalize this.

2021/02/01 | Brian Hioe

What Does a Trending T-shirt Say About Taiwanese Identity and Politics?

りしれ供さ小, pronounced lí sī-leh kóng-siánn-siâu, would be a Taiwanese Hokkien phrase meaning “The heck are you saying?” Here’s what its ubiquity signals about Taiwan’s youth culture.

2020/12/22 | 廣編企劃

GARAOTUS partners up with intel and Advantech to provide genomics solutions by AI-HPC technologies is a silver lining in post-pandemic era

Advancements in genomics are opening new doors for understanding human diseases and are increasingly informing innovative precision treatment plans. However, genomics sequencing generates hundreds of petabytes of data per year. Researchers and scientists require tools to analyze these enormous volumes of data in a timely manner to gain insights into disease and possible treatments. GARAOTUS provide the AI-HPC technologies to accelerate genomics workflows. Performance gains include a 75 percent speedup for the BWA performance.

2021/01/25 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Says Workers Are Pulling Ahead. Here’s What They Won’t Say.

Last week, a Singapore government minister said that the wages of lower-income and median-income Singaporeans have increased in the last 10 years. But when we compare Singapore with other wealthy, advanced countries, the situation does not look so rosy.

2021/01/29 | Taiwan Insight

Why the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Conflict Should Matter to Taiwan

The way that the world reacts to Azerbaijan’s attempt to recover Nagorno-Karabakh represents a test case for how the world might respond to a Chinese attack on Taiwan.

2020/11/13 | 廣編企劃

Taiwan Sets First Creative Content Fest Dedicated to All Modes of Creativity

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might have paralyzed global travel but that has not stopped Taiwan from flexing its muscles and putting its film and entertainment content on the world stage.

2021/02/08 | Brian Hioe

Is the Success of PUI PUI Guinea Pig Cars Because of Capitalism?

The appeal of the children’s show PUI PUI Guinea Pig Cars cannot be denied. It may be a sign of discontent with capitalism in Taiwan.

2020/11/13 | 廣編企劃

TAICCA Initiatives Help Taiwanese Content Ride Cultural Wave to Global Distribution

In July, TAICCA initiated the First Mile program, linking publishers, scriptwriters, and investors for the Print-to-Screen Adaptation Content Development Plan to boost TV and film production in Taiwan. The program extends to the 2020 Taiwan Creative Content Fest.

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.

2020/10/30 | 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.

2021/01/29 | 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.

2021/01/18 | 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.

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.

2021/01/13 | 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.

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.

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?

2021/01/05 | 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?

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.

2021/02/11 | 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.

2021/01/21 | 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.

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?

2021/01/28 | 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.

2021/02/03 | 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.