2016 Presidential Election – Highlight Reel: An Election like Never before

Featured Image Photo Credit: SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images As the election gets closer, we take a look at the events leading up to this three-way battle between three experienced parties: the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rising to power after being absent for eight years, the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) maintaining its dominance, and the People First Party … Continue reading 2016 Presidential Election – Highlight Reel: An Election like Never before

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

More than just a Piece of Fabric

Not too long ago, I happened to be in NYC to see the preparations for the Annual New York Dominican Day Parade. People of all ages - from toddlers to teens, young adults to grandparents - were lined up along 6th Avenue, adorned with flags. Floats were on the side, getting ready to proudly drive … Continue reading More than just a Piece of Fabric

Musings on Double Ten Day

Tomorrow is a special day for the government on Taiwan; the revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty started on this day 103 years ago. It is so significant that the ROC calendar system made the year of the revolution, 1911, as Year Zero; 2014 is the 103rd Year of the Republic. It is the "National Day" … Continue reading Musings on Double Ten Day

Taiwan Politicians Fight Like Kids on the Playground

No matter which country I go, there seems to always be animosity between two opposing political parties: Democrats vs Republicans (USA), Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vs Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In the United States, talking politics is usually frowned upon in workplaces in order to prevent disputes amongst colleagues. Election night is a six hour long blockbuster movie, … Continue reading Taiwan Politicians Fight Like Kids on the Playground