7 Facts Since Last ROC-PRC Meeting

It was announced on November 3, 2015, that Republic of China (ROC) President, Ma Ying-Jeou, will meet with People’s Republic of China (PRC) President, Xi Jin-Ping, in Singapore on November 7, 2015. Netizens roared because this event is a shocking surprise Ma claimed would never happen. From a historical standpoint, this is huge since the … Continue reading 7 Facts Since Last ROC-PRC Meeting

The Young Voices at the United Nations Membership for Taiwan Rally 2015

On Saturday, September 12, dozens gathered at One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, in front of the United Nations headquarters in NYC. Attendees eagerly listened and chanted along with the Taiwan-United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA) from Taiwan. Speakers spoke strongly for Taiwan's entrance into the United Nations. While Taiwanese media coverage primarily focused on the activities at One Dag … Continue reading The Young Voices at the United Nations Membership for Taiwan Rally 2015

Civics Curriculum Reform based on Ethnocentrism May Harm our Children

One of the trending issues in Taiwan is no doubt the ongoing debate about the country’s civics curriculum reform. The Ministry of Education (MoE hereafter) of Republic of China (the official government of Taiwan) claimed that the changes are merely “minor adjustments” to reflect historical facts, and yet, not only were the participants’ names erased … Continue reading Civics Curriculum Reform based on Ethnocentrism May Harm our Children

The Third Force: Small Parties in Taiwan

  According to the Ministry of Interior, there are currently 275 registered political parties in Taiwan. That is a huge number of parties! The number of parties existing in Taiwan also highlights the different issues that Taiwan society has interest in. From environmental safety, immigration, labor benefits, culture, social justice, to the traditional areas of … Continue reading The Third Force: Small Parties in Taiwan

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

Annotating President Ma’s Speech on US-Taiwan Relations at Stanford University

On June 3, 2015, President Ma Ying-Jeou held a video-conference with the Center of Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University. As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Ma outlines the history of the Republic of China (ROC) and United States, and pinpoints his point of view regarding … Continue reading Annotating President Ma’s Speech on US-Taiwan Relations at Stanford University

Chinese Taipei – What’s in a name?

Chinese Taipei won the 2015 World Cheerleading Championship, but the Championship was not won by the “Taipeinese”; it was won by the people of Taiwan. This distinction is confusing to many since participants of international organizations act under their country’s name. Why the use of Chinese Taipei? Shouldn’t it and other names of the island … Continue reading Chinese Taipei – What’s in a name?

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

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

Waving Flag: Twin Oaks and the Blowback

On January 1 2015, there was a private flag-raising ceremony held at Twin Oaks at Washington D.C. in which the Republic of China (ROC) flag was raised. The attendees were all from Taiwan; members of the Taiwanese military and the unofficial embassy called TECRO were present. Twin Oaks was the former residence of ROC ambassadors … Continue reading Waving Flag: Twin Oaks and the Blowback