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2021/01/15 | Bryan Chou

Indonesia Delays Migrant Worker Fee Exemption

Indonesia’s state agency in charge of migrant worker protection announced today that it will delay the implementation of the “exemption of placement fee policy” by six months.

2020/10/29 | Bryan Chou

What Can Taiwan Learn From South Korea in Recruiting Migrant Workers?

Taiwan has had a labor brokerage system for migrant workers in place for around three decades, but calls are mounting for the government to replace it with a direct-hire scheme. How should Taiwan do it?

2020/10/14 | Joe Henley

Equal Rights for Migrant Workers Now

There are 800,000 Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan doing the jobs locals don’t want or aspire to. They deserve equal rights.

2020/07/29 | Mongabay

Arrests in Indonesia Probe Into Latest Case of Labor Abuses on Chinese Fishing Boats

Following a spate of revelations about Indonesian workers suffering abusive conditions on board Chinese fishing boats, Indonesian authorities have opened three investigations into at least six deaths.

2020/07/11 | TNL Staff

Singapore’s Ruling Party Wins Crisis Election, But Opposition Gains

Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party wins the general election again, continuing its uninterrupted streak. But it was also a massive victory for the opposition Worker's Party, which may hold over 10 percent of the parliament seats for the first time.

2020/05/22 | Kirsten Han

Will Singapore Search for Its Soul After Covid-19?

Covid-19 has given us many reasons to be pessimistic that Singapore will change, but there's hope.

2019/03/25 | Nick Aspinwall

Southeast Asian Workers Rally to Protest Sexual Abuse, Poor Labor Standards

Migrant workers gathered at Taipei Main Station on Sunday to protest the third-party brokerage system, sexual harassment of female workers, and the government's inaction in affirming human rights for Southeast Asian workers.

2019/03/18 | Brian Hioe

OPINION: Taiwan Must Discuss Migrant Worker Safety After Fatal Factory Fires

Taiwan must seriously address unsafe work conditions for migrant workers after its third fatal factory fire in 14 months.

2019/01/26 | Nick Aspinwall

INTERVIEW: '10 Years Taiwan' Directors Dish on Taiwan's Future and Its Present

The News Lens caught up with '10 Years Taiwan' directors Lekal Sumi and Rina Tsou, who discussed what inspired them as directors and how Taiwan can avoid the film's dismal vision of the future.

2018/12/26 | David Green

FILM REVIEW: ‘10 Years Taiwan’ Peers Pessimistically Into an Unsettling Future

Taiwan’s foray into the future-gazing '10-year' franchise is poignant, ponderous and overwhelmingly bleak.

2018/11/28 | Li A-ming

'There Is No God Here': An Excerpt From Life on Taiwan's High Seas Vessels

'If all the fishermen were Taiwanese, would the conditions be any different? This a question I have thought about for a very long time.'