Donald Trump and Taiwan: The future of US-Taiwan Relations

Leaders speak for the first time in decades After a historic election, President-elect Donald Trump continued to surprise the world by accepting a congratulatory call from the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, on December 2nd: Trump congratulated her back, as Tsai became the first female president of Taiwan just earlier this year. This is the … Continue reading Donald Trump and Taiwan: The future of US-Taiwan Relations


Fresh Off the Boat delivers a Taiwanese American experience

ABC Television Network’s Fresh Off the Boat (FOTB), inspired by Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name, has been widely praised and has just kicked off its second season. As a Taiwanese American, I appreciate that ABC maintained Huang’s Taiwanese heritage and that the show puts Taiwan in the minds of the viewers around the … Continue reading Fresh Off the Boat delivers a Taiwanese American experience

Dr. Tsai addresses Taiwanese Americans

DPP Presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen spoke in New York City before local Taiwanese American organizations and supporters on Friday, June 5, as part of her tour around the United States. Tsai spoke in Mandarin and Taiwanese but also prepared an English segment directed at young Taiwanese Americans. Tsai painted Taiwan as an innovative and progressive … Continue reading Dr. Tsai addresses Taiwanese Americans

#Talk4TW – Cathy Erway

We sat down with acclaimed food writer, Cathy Erway, to talk about her latest book The Food of Taiwan and her experience learning about her Taiwanese identity and its cuisine. The book is a recipe book on Taiwanese dishes but provides a wonderfully detailed introduction to Taiwan, starting from its complicated history. While many Taiwanese Americans … Continue reading #Talk4TW – Cathy Erway

A Bad Taste in Taiwan

  Recently, numerous food scandals have been uncovered in Taiwan, some of which have been going on for years. These cases raise questions about how much unsafe food is still being produced, how long each scandal has been going on, how many people have been affected by them, and ultimately negatively impacts trust in Taiwan’s products … Continue reading A Bad Taste in Taiwan

A Walk Through Taiwan’s Human Rights with Clarence Chou

On April 20th, Columbia University’s Taiwan Focus student organization hosted a discussion, led by Yu-Shiou (Clarence) Chou, about Taiwan’s human rights. Chou is an attorney at law in Taiwan, Executive Commissioner of the Judicial Reform Foundation, PILnet Fellow, public defender for Sunflower Movement activists, and is currently completing his Visiting Scholar term at Columbia Law … Continue reading A Walk Through Taiwan’s Human Rights with Clarence Chou

Implications and Complications of the AIIB

  What happened? Without consulting the public, the Ma Administration rushed an application to join the AIIB, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (亞投行). Taiwan applied on March 30, just before the March 31 deadline to become a founding member, sparking a protest in Taipei on the morning of March 31, 2015 that grew to about 600 … Continue reading Implications and Complications of the AIIB