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2021/09/29 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Wages Are So Low Because Business Profits Are Too High

It is time for Taiwan to restore balance in the economy by lifting the minimum wage significantly. If the government does not do so, it is like asking workers to sacrifice as they struggle to afford the cost of living.

2021/10/28 | Roy Ngerng

10 Misconceptions About Raising the Minimum Wage in Taiwan

Don’t believe the fearmongers. A low minimum wage is a political choice, not an economic necessity.

2021/10/07 |

New Southbound Policy: The Role of the Yushan Forum

Yushan Forum fills a critical gap in generating fresh foreign policy ideas and implementing the same, and thereby serves as a strategic platform to get a wholesome perspective from the New Southbound Policy countries.

2021/09/02 | Roy Ngerng

Raise the Minimum Wage Now to Fix Taiwan’s Lopsided Economy

Taiwan has lost 20 to 30 years to transition to a higher-value innovation-led economy. If it wants to be strong, it is time to increase wages significantly.

2021/06/10 | Joe Henley

The Miaoli Lockdown and Taiwan’s Migrant Worker Apartheid

The Miaoli lockdown is an extension of what the system of laws pertaining to Taiwan’s migrant workforce has always been — a set of rules which amount to legalized oppression and legislatively-backed racism.

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.

2021/06/11 | Judy Chen

Lost Dreams of FamilyMart

Convenience stores were once a path to Taiwan’s middle class and a sign of economic transition to a service economy. But today a budding filmmaker’s experience working at FamilyMart reflects a stagnancy that haunts a generation.

2021/06/25 |

An assessment from TAEF: Five Years of the New Southbound Policy

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy is more than an economy-oriented strategy and shapes Taiwan’s Asia policy. TAEF suggests that the government is supposed to enhance its internal and external communications for making the policy more comprehensive and effective.

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.

2021/12/15 | Patrick Ng

A Response to ‘Taiwan Should Not Risk Booster Shots Over Omicron’

Responsible public health experts should emphasize the use of boosters in combating Covid-19 and the importance of vaccinating the world.

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.

2021/04/12 | Nicholas Haggerty

Roy Ngerng Against the Prime Minister

Ngerng’s case recalls the traditional battle lines in the struggle for free speech, a heroic picture of a dissenter against the state, whose cause is grounded in a vision of a just society.

2021/05/28 | Tyler Prochazka

Why Taiwan Should Pay People To Stay Home

To ensure everyone in Taiwan is financially protected from the economic harm of Covid-19 and the semi-lockdown, we advocate for an unconditional payment of NT$15,000 for adults and NT$5,000 for dependents.

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.

2021/11/18 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Minimum Wage Is Not Catching Up With Consumer Prices

Taiwan’s workers need to be aware that it is not the increases in wages that are causing prices to rise. Businesses are increasing prices whether wages increase.

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.

2020/11/13 | 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.

2021/04/20 | Bart Dashorst

Taiwan’s Unsuccessful Transformation

Are Taiwanese nationalism and democratization to blame for a lackluster economy? This is the main argument of Chu Wan-wen’s ‘Taiwan’s Unsuccessful Transformation: Democratization and Economic Development’.

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.

2021/02/08 | 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.

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.

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.

2021/05/05 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Economy Is Growing Fast. Workers Still Await Their Share.

While Taiwan’s GDP per capita is escalating, wages have remained stagnant. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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.