The relentless advance of financial technology has many believing tech companies will soon replace traditional banks. But CTBC Bank President James Chen does not agree. At the CommonWealth Economic Forum (CWEF) in January, Chen explained how his bank is turning the tech threat into an advantage.
Arthur Huang, founder and CEO of Taiwan-based Miniwiz, has attracted notice in recent years from China to Europe as a green building architect and young entrepreneur. Wearing many hats as an architect, professor, engineer, and businessman, he has led the R&D efforts of Miniwiz, a company founded by a group of young people working together to put the “loop economy” concept into action by turning waste into new materials.
Art is a medium, and when the muse of inspiration alights on a town or village, young minds may be stimulated. Lin Hwai-min, founder of Taiwan’s famous Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, is retiring this year. Speaking at the 2019 CommonWealth Economic Forum (CWEF), Lin expressed his hope that art will become an integral part of our lives, and of society as a whole.
Our schools promote English courses and our students learn about nations from outside the Asia-Pacific region, but they remain ignorant of—or even biased towards—the neighboring countries closest to us. This is the fallacy of the much-touted bilingual education and the “international perspective” educators work so hard to foster.
Faced with dominant online platforms monopolizing ads as well as dwindling print ad revenues, CommonWealth Magazine had to find a new business model to survive. The result was the “CW Lab” and six sub-channels catering to distinct audiences.
"Jobs, not people, need to change." As the report highlights, the following four very human characteristics will be the most important in the cyber arena, and in the wider Fourth Industrial Revolution.
CommonWealth Magazine clearly understood its print readers after 37 years in the business, but it had somewhat less insight into online users. It had to find out what they wanted to make the digital model work, and data was the only way to get the answers.
The average life expectancy of any modern nation is a reflection of its social development. When you compare life expectancy and total health expenditure per capita across multiple nations, you come to the conclusion that imbalances in healthcare resource distribution are more lethal than you think.
The most difficult part of going from developing print content to integrating print and online content was combining different processes and work routines. To overcome the problem, CommonWealth adopted a “Central Kitchen” concept that relies on an editorial team to rework content and then reuse it through multiple channels.
Tensions were high at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali this October. After a decade of recovery, there are warning signs of an impending financial crisis. The United States hold the key to helping the world survive this new emergency, but will they take action?
Taiwanese and American cultures are at once different and the same—even with origins on opposite sides of the world, globalization and urbanization have created a cosmopolitan environment in Taipei that makes me feel at home.
A fascination with Chinese period costume dramas and Taiwanese idol TV shows when I was little led to a love of the Chinese language. I watched so many Taiwanese idol dramas that I could guess what the leading lady’s next line would be. When I came to Taiwan to study Chinese for three months at the age of 24, I finally realized my humble dream to spend a short time living in Taiwan.
There are certain ways of thinking I don’t admire. One is the fallacy that everything we do in Taiwan must be compared with China. The other is something I’ve been hearing a lot lately at forums and conferences related to artificial intelligence.
It goes without saying that politics is art, and art is politics. Render unto politics what is political, and unto art what is artistic, or you will be left with sound and fury signifying nothing—a poor reflection on both art and politics.
GlobalWafers’ sales have grown nearly 100-fold in six years, but its stock price has been volatile in 2018 and the wafer market could soon face a supply glut. What are the difficult decisions Chairperson Doris Hsu has had to make to keep the company on an even keel?
A recent BBC Travel article entitled “The Island That Never Stops Apologising” describes Taiwan as “a nation obsessed with saying sorry.” Some commentators have opined that the article is “commending” the courteousness of the Taiwanese people. But is it really? On reading the article, I happen to believe that that is not entirely true.
After nearly a decade as the world’s largest exporter of goods, China is hosting the first annual China International Import Expo. Slowly but surely, China is replacing the United States as the world’s “Buyer of Last Resort.”
Is giving everyone a voice through technology the ultimate manifestation of democracy? The third g0v Summit on civic engagement through technology invited guests from the global tech realm to address such related topics as open government and combating fake news, demonstrating that there are no quick fixes for technology in relation to democracy.
How do you prove you possess secret knowledge without divulging the secret? Enter “Zero-Knowledge Proof”, the latest trend in blockchain technology. Privacy is essential in the digital age, and now it’s an important financial tool as well.
For more than 70 years after the Second World War, a close-knit relationship formed across the Atlantic Ocean. Donald Trump’s brand of radical unilateralism has fractured that fraternity. In the new world order, China, the European Union, and the United States will be scrambling to gobble up the pieces.
Taipei continues to grow its reputation as a city of tolerance, equality, and diversity, welcoming visitors from the global LGBTQ community by the tens of thousands. One of the earliest spots in the city to fly the rainbow flag, announcing itself as a safe space for the LGBTQ community was Taipei’s Love Boat Shop.
A new survey of expats finds Singapore is the best overall destination, while relocating to Switzerland boosts earnings more than other country. Taiwan ranked ninth overall, which is the third highest ranking in Asia.
The Chinese character “wu”, written in different calligraphy styles from an ancient, formal seal script to a rounded and smooth cursive script, has been freed from the confines of paper to come alive on fashion apparel, moving with light and space. Taiwanese calligrapher Tong Yang-tzu, well known for breaking into the realm of modern art with her unruly, playful approach to traditional East Asian calligraphy, has co-curated another exhibition exploring a crossover between modern calligraphy art and fashion design.
One year ago, I began an incredible journey through the island of Taiwan. I followed trash trucks, I got down with bboys and bgirls, house dancers and freestylers, and entered the world of plastic production and recycling. So here it is. An open, honest, abridged reflection of those nine months.
China is reacting very differently to the two great paradigm shifts in technology: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. Why is the Chinese government heavily invested in A.I., even as it tries to chase blockchain out of the country? And why is a small nation like Taiwan uniquely suited to the development of blockchain?
It’s an age-old adage: give a man fish, or teach a man to fish? Now apply this to modern-day education. In a rapidly changing world, today’s moneymaking skills may be obsolete tomorrow. Suffer our little children to stay hungry, rather than allowing their passion for learning to peter out.
Hu Fu, the premiere Academician of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica, passed away recently at the age of 86. He was the model of the liberal intellect. His legacy left a lasting impact on the transformation of Taiwanese democracy, from noted political commentator Lei Chen to former President Ma Ying-jeou.