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Three Recommended Routes

Flower Viewing in Taipei

Taiwan may have blazing hot summers, but its mild weather in other seasons allows flowers to bloom year-round. From January through the spring, there are many places to see flowers in Taipei, and flower festivals abound.

International
World Economic Forum

Measuring Human Development with Happiness

The challenge for both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Gross National Happiness (GNH) is how to translate such ambitious goals into practical development plans and implement them – how to ensure theory turns into practice.

International
CommonWealth Finance Weekly

Xi Jinping is in Europe; Why is Taiwan Worried?

President of China Xi Jinping is making state visits to three European countries this week. Special attention is being paid to discussions concerning the controversial “Belt and Road Initiative” with the Italian government, as well as a possible visit to the Vatican. Taiwan is especially nervous about Xi meeting the Pope in the Holy See.

How Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau Created Unexpected Buzz with an Artsy Calendar

The Forestry Bureau used to commission its annual calendar as a promotional give-away to non-government organizations, schools and government institutions. But during the past two years, the calendars suddenly became so sought-after that even urgently ordered reprints were immediately sold out. Few would have guessed that a civil servant was the mastermind behind this successful publicity campaign.

Industry
Inside Microsoft’s Legal Strategy

On Microsoft's Attack against Hon Hai (Foxconn)

Microsoft has filed suit against the Hon Hai Group in a move that may be related to the U.S.-China trade war and the company’s battles with Google and Huawei. What is at the core of the dispute, and why has Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou reacted so angrily?

International
World Economic Forum

Asia’s 10 Most Gender Equal Countries

The Philippines is the only nation from the region to make the Global Gender Gap Index's top 10.

International
Choson Exchange

Making a Difference in North Korea

Despite received wisdom, North Korea is a country of individuals - which is why individuals can make a difference.

Culture
World Economic Forum

Religious Violence is on The Rise

What can faith-based communities do about it?

Industry
Taiwan’s Fertility Medicine

Why are Japanese and Filipinos Coming to ‘Make Babies’ in Taiwan?

Taiwan’s fertility medicine has long enjoyed international acclaim, with many anxious parents from China, Japan, and Southeast Asia coming to Taiwan in hopes of fulfilling their dream of having children. However, as the market has become saturated, fertility clinics have begun to actively seek ways to sustain their businesses, adopting the electronics industry’s division of labor model via new modes of international cooperation.

Does the e-Mobility Wave Spell the End of Taiwan’s 28,000 Motorcycle Repair Shops?

Thirty years ago, motorbike repair shops were even more ubiquitous than convenience stores are today. The nearly 30,000 workshops were real cash cows. Now, with the advent of e-bikes, traditional mechanics feel pressure to adjust and venture into unfamiliar terrain.

Insight
From Factory Owner’s Daughter to Rancher’s Wife

A Taiwanese Immigrant’s Tale from the Last Generation

On this new patch of earth, they erected a hotel. Lots of their staff were immigrants like them, people struggling to win their share of the American Dream. Everyone had a story.

Politics & Society
Can Health Insurance Boost Fertility?

The Fertility Effect of National Health Insurance in Taiwan

"Without the high level of immigration that the U.S. has traditionally enjoyed, we might have fertility problems as severe as Taiwan’s, and be facing the challenges of shrinking workforce that Taiwan is facing today—we might yet in the future."