The rule of thumb for every candidate in every political election is that tired old adage: “it’s the economy, stupid.” It sure can get the hearts of the electorate pounding, but for a child of the nineties like myself, I enjoy no such delusions.
Taiwan may be known as a high-tech haven, but clusters of small, unsung factories hidden in small towns around the country remain important sources of export revenue. How have they survived in an age of globalization and fierce competition?
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.
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.
While Taiwan is admired for its universal health insurance coverage, medical centers find it difficult to remain profitable, so they seek revenue elsewhere, using food courts, convenience stores and parking lots to balance the fiscal gaps from insufficient NHI reimbursements.
In a polarized world where Internet flame wars break out in an instant and reports of “fake news” permeate the media, people retreat to places where they feel safe and respected, leading to echo chambers where only similar views - some quite extreme - are prevalent. How can we burst these bubbles and bring people closer together?
For many overseas visitors to Taiwan, Tainan is not at the top of their list of destinations. But in this commentary, travel agency owner Yu Chih-wei explains why his experience in promoting Tainan has given him hope for Taiwan’s tourism sector.
Ever wondered why spring rolls are called “spring” rolls? Run bings (潤餅), or steamed springs rolls, hold a special place in the hearts of many Southern Taiwanese, especially when tomb sweeping day is around the corner.
Taiwan has all the resources and attractions to make it a top tourism destination. Yet beyond the famous friendliness of its people, it has to look beyond the interests of the few and honor its heritage while serving the public and national interest.
What is nice about Taiwan that 'fills the half'? What is yet to be done to top up the other half? With his living experience of over two decades in Taiwan, this foreigner columnist gives a different perspective to Taiwan's society.
Harvest its lawn. Fill its backpack. Watch it take off for a journey and bring you souvenirs back. You might not be unfamiliar with the little frog, but you might have never thought about how come it could become such a surprise hit.
The lonely journey of aging—married or not, with children or not, you will have to face it. By the time are left on your own, or with only your spouse, that is when your big house might turn into a nightmare.
If we look at China honestly, we can understand why it is backward; its glitziness should not trigger any feelings of inadequacy. Everyone has their own difficulties, and their own strengths and advantages. That is just the way it is.
Lung cancer is commonly associated with heavy smoking. However, non-smokers in Taiwan would be ill-advised to think they are not at risk as they are more likely to develop lung cancer than heavy smokers in the West. Air pollution, incense use and unsafe cooking methods are believed to be among the culprits.
Nearly as many motorcycles and scooters are registered in Taiwan as there are people. Despite their tremendous convenience and low cost, scooters clog both the atmosphere and city sidewalks, diminishing quality of life for everyone. Can the advantages of electric scooters and emerging shared motorcycle services convince enough consumers to complete Taiwan’s transition to electric vehicles by 2030?
Labor groups in Taiwan have been up in arms recently over the government’s labor policy. And there’s good reason for that, argues professor Hong-zen Wang, who says that workers in Taiwan have even fewer rights than those in less-developed Vietnam.
Dwitta Vita is the winner of 2015 Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants. He points out that there are still a relatively significant amount of migrant workers who don’t get regular day-offs. It is urgent that they’re able to rest like decent workers.
Taiwan’s legislature is currently reviewing three laws pertaining to experimental education. Tim Chen, father of three home-schooled children and a longtime activist for non-traditional avenues to education, cautions that the label “experimental” alone does not make schooling different.
Taiwan deserves to be known to consumers globally for its leadership in functionally advanced and eco-friendly textiles. However, Taiwan suppliers remain content to stay behind the scenes, so long as brands such as Nike and Adidas continue to bring big orders. What disadvantageous position does such a mindset leave Taiwan over the long term?
A concerted effort by the government and private enterprises to market Taiwan's green achievements abroad would not only benefit the nation's image, it would also create more business opportunities for Taiwan's brands, products and services.