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Politics & Society
World Economic Forum

Climbing the Income Ladder Takes Generations, Depending on Where You Live

Since the 1990s, social mobility in the world's most developed countries has stalled. The low-income trap is restraining people's opportunity to well-being. How should countries make economic growth more inclusive?

Politics & Society
Jason Hickel

The Great Challenge of the 21st Century Is Learning to Consume Less

Our environment is taking a heavy toll as global material consumption reaches over 80 billion tons per year. Dr. Jason Hickel from the University of London argues that unbalanced consumption between countries instead of over population is the main factor to our ecological crises.

The Host of 2018 Asian Games 'Sinking'

Jakarta Is One of the World's Fastest Disappearing Cities

Jakarta, the host of the 2018 Asian Games (Jarkata Palembang 2018), is now in Asia's spotlight. The large city has been growing, developing...also sinking. The rising sea level caused by climate change is threatening the city's future.

Politics & Society
Keelung Wild Bird Society Director Shen Chin-Fung

Debate More Critical Than Referendum Result

Nuclear power is a sensitive issue. While numerous members of environmental groups have adopted a low profile in this area, the Wild Bird Society of Keelung openly supports an interim approach that would use nuclear power to transition to green energy. Below are excerpts of our interview with Shen Chin-fung, director of the Keelung Wild Bird Society.

An Interview with Minister of Economic Affairs

Phasing out Nuclear Power?

In the year since a massive blackout was caused by power generators going down last August 15, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin has been in the hot seat on nearly a weekly basis, addressing concerns about Taiwan’s energy transition. In spite of the host of challenges at hand, he is confident that policy objectives will be met.

Across the Strait
24 Days in a Student-Occupied Parliament, and the Future of the Region

Inside Taiwan's Sunflower Movement

“Say goodbye to Taiwan,” wrote political scientist John Mearsheimer in a widely read article in the March-April 2014 issue of The National Interest. Threatened by China's rising economic might and abandoned by a weakening United States, one of Asia's most vibrant democracies was facing, in his “realist” analysis, an almost inevitable annexation via economic if not military force. “Time,” he wrote, “is running out for the little island coveted by its gigantic, growing neighbor.” But only days after publication, on March 18, activists and armchair analysts alike said hello to a new reality.

Politics & Society
Risky Nuclear-free Homeland Strategy

Taiwan’s Energy Tug-of-War

Taiwan has instituted an ambitious policy of phasing out nuclear power by 2025. It is betting heavily on natural gas and renewables, but has it gone too far in limiting its options while other countries diversify their sources of energy?

A Fulbright scholar on Dharma Drum Mountain

Teaching in a Buddhist Pure Land

Life in the mountainous Buddhist community is more than just healthy eating, contemplation, and research. Gender-segregated computer labs for monastics are living proof that Buddhism in general has embraced technology to preserve and spread their scriptures.

'Your View, My Home' Exhibtion

Decoding The Art of Old-Time Doors and Windows

Why are there rumors that Taipei Guest House is haunted? How could eunuchs become door gods? Anything you’re curious about doors and windows, find your answers at Dadaocheng this year.

Politics & Society
Behind the Digital Newsroom

‘Taiwan: The Water-Starved Island’ Interactive Maps

When CommonWealth Magazine ran a series earlier this year on “Taiwan: The Water-starved Island,” then digital editor Jessica Liu had barely a month to put together a digital package for the project. Here’s the back story on how the maps were done.

Across the Strait
Major Advocate for Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Prize

Yesterday’s Red Guard Has Something to Say to Today’s Taiwan

Xu Youyu was one of the first signatories of Charter 08, a manifesto drafted by the late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo advocating that China institute a modern political structure of democracy, separation of powers, and constitutional government under the universal values of freedom, equality and human rights.

Charting the World

This Chart Shows the Reality Behind the Gender Pay Gap

Gender inequality is closely linked to income inequality, which in turn can weaken the sustainability of growth in a country. According to the latest report by International Monetary Fund (IMF), more needs to be done on closing gender wage gaps in both developing and advanced countries.