As an expat, it can be tough to pick up a decent understanding of Taiwanese politics without sinking some serious time in to research. Taiwan’s upcoming Presidential Election has been explained to me as as the slow smothering of Tsai-Ing Wen’s progressive Independence Project by Han Kuo-yu’s swing back towards the Chinese sphere. What was previously billed as an adversarial, almost inevitable transition has been turned on its head by Gou’s announcement, and it seems to have succeeded in capturing international attention.
Blockchain developers are working in 669 startups in the Asia-Pacific, with successful examples of smart contracts being implemented in fruit supply chains, logistics, renting free disk space. Why are Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries among the global leaders in dApp development?
"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."
Who would have thought that three Taiwanese people would be instrumental to the establishment and growth of Japan’s number one red light district? Not only is this true, but it points to the considerable role certain Taiwanese quietly played in Japan’s overall post-war history.
With the severance of diplomatic relations between El Salvador and Taiwan, the circle of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies continues to shrink. The predicament of Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation is well known. And while we cannot lay all the blame for the situation at the government’s door, just invoking the mantra “Taiwan won’t lose” [the diplomatic showdown] will certainly not do the trick.
From military installations to artificial islands, it has become increasingly clear that China has been taking active steps to secure access to energy in South China Sea. Why is energy security important to China? In what ways is the South China Sea important to China’s energy security?
“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.
Despite being constrained by non-recognition as a sovereign state by the majority of the world’s states, Taiwan seeks to be a constructive member of the international community. The island nation only belongs to two intergovernmental organizations – WTO and APEC. Nevertheless, it has found a way to contribute on key issues of global concern through its soft power.
Imagine if, instead of giving "native speakers" the power to designate those who grew up speaking a given language as all-knowing experts on it, we understood that languages are immense and beautiful webs. Non-native speakers can have expertise in a language that is different from, yet comparable to that of native speakers.
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.
Among the 60 % of foreigners who participated in this round-island cycling event, a Japanese journalist talks about him getting deeply moved by the beauty of the east coast, the cheers of the passer-bys, and the potential he sees in Taiwan tourism.