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2022/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 2): How Stagnant Wages are Throttling the Economy

Taiwan has one of the lowest GDP growths since 1995 among emerging economies. This is not going to change if wages don’t grow.

2022/06/10 | James X. Morris

Local Groups Are Surveying Cemeteries in New Taipei, Marking a Possible Change in Public Opinions Towards Graveyard Heritage

Activists are making a case to the city government why these cemeteries are valuable heritage resources through their survey.

2022/06/09 | The Interpreter

Thailand Seeking to Profit From a Global Food Crisis

The war in Ukraine has highlighted weaknesses in Thailand’s policymaking and prompted cartel behavior … again.

2022/06/09 | Timothy S. Rich

To What Extent Do South Koreans Perceive North Korean Cyberattacks as a Threat?

A recent survey of South Koreans indicates that cyberattacks are viewed as a threat comparable to nuclear weapons, particularly among the elderly.

2022/06/06 | The Interpreter

A Flare up in China’s Deliberate Pattern of Aggression

The intercept of an Australian patrol over the South China Sea escalates a “grey zone” conflict to a dangerous level.

2022/06/01 | Randy Mulyanto

With Beijing’s New Envoy Lu Kang in Jakarta, What’s Next for Its Ties With Indonesia?

Indonesia’s upcoming general election in 2024 would be a “testament” to Lu’s ambassadorship, experts say.

2022/06/01 | East Asia Forum

As the World Sanctions Russia, China Takes Note

China’s reliance on the West and its capacity to withstand sanctions will be reduced if it has more control over the financial system. While it is working towards becoming less economically dependent on the West, it is not there yet.

2022/05/26 | CJ Sheu

‘Ink & Linda’ Celebrates Artistic Kismet

Two completely dissimilar people bond over a common project. The result is a radical story of artistic creation.

2022/05/21 | SueAnn Shiah

Who is Taiwanese? : A Taiwanese American Christian’s Response to the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church Shooting

We are a complicated people with so many backgrounds, stories, and ways of understanding identity. We are all a part of Taiwan, whether we call ourselves Taiwanese or not.

2022/05/21 | Judy Chen

“Now I Walk My Own”: Kao Chia-yu’s Path, Part 2

Kao Chia-yu frames her rise as that of a self-made actor against established forces. The story begins in her college years. This is the second part of a three-part essay on Kao and the world that made her.

2022/05/20 | The Interpreter

Lies, Damn Lies, and North Korea’s Covid Statistics

Why has Pyongyang suddenly fessed up to an outbreak after years of insisting the virus has been held completely at bay?

2022/05/19 | Deutsche Welle

Are European Academics Helping China’s Military?

An investigation has found that European researchers have cooperated with China's National University of Defense Technology, whose purpose is to “Strengthen the Armed Forces and the Nation.”

2022/05/17 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Reluctant Realism on Taiwan

As a key U.S. ally in East Asia, Japan is debating the introduction of legislation to ready itself to deal with a contingency scenario in Taiwan, a defensive response rather than a proactive military strategy.

2022/05/14 | Kirsten Han

The Death Penalty Makes Us Forget Our Humanity. Don’t Let It.

When fighting against the cold machinery of death, we must all the more cling on to empathy and care for one another.

2022/05/11 | TNL Research

OTT platforms reached 45 bil. minutes over Q4 2021

In the Q4 of 2021, Taiwan's total viewing minutes on the overall OTT platform reached 45 billion minutes. Youtube still has the highest viewing proportion, accounting for 63%.The share of subscription-based video platform services (SVOD) increased from 10% in the third quarter to 16% in Q4, mainly due to the growth of Netflix and the addition of Disney+. The three major platforms, Netflix, iQiyi and Disney+ , have their own strengths in the film and television content. Netflix has many exclusive Korean dramas, iQiyi has a rich selection of Chinese dramas, and Disney+ is more preferred by children.