5 Things to Know About Taiwan – 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we look back on a year filled with local protests, controversies, and presidential campaigns. Here are 5 issues you must know about if anyone asks you about what happened in Taiwan in 2015: 5. Economic Agreements On March 30, the Ma administration applied for Taiwan to join the Asian … Continue reading 5 Things to Know About Taiwan – 2015

Figuring out Taiwan: Strait Talk

Last year I attended Strait Talk at Brown University. Strait Talk, in simple terms, is a closed-door weeklong session on Taiwan’s future. The method is through citizen-to-citizen dialogue, without political jargon, in an open space. In one week we, a group of fifteen divided into “delegations” of five (China/PRC, Taiwan/ROC and the US), opened up to each other. … Continue reading Figuring out Taiwan: Strait Talk

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

Turning the Tables for the Model Minority

      "Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” – Mahatma Gandhi There have been a lot of civil unrest regarding police brutality and social injustices around the country. We see riots and protests on the news, most recently in Baltimore. When seeing these current events, have … Continue reading Turning the Tables for the Model Minority

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

Did the Sunflower Movement become irrelevant?

It has almost been a year since student protesters broke into the Legislative Yuan in Taipei and occupied Taiwan’s lawmaking body for 23 days in the spring of 2014. This event sparked more than 350,000 people to march the streets in opposition of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Many worried that there was no … Continue reading Did the Sunflower Movement become irrelevant?

Walking through 228 : 10 Facts About 228

The 228 Incident/Massacre, (二二八事件), is an event in Taiwan's history that is not commonly known; the exact number of victims remain a mystery other than that tens of thousands suffered. What is known is that it was a conflict between the incoming ROC government and the inhabitants of Taiwan. Although many have heard of the bloody … Continue reading Walking through 228 : 10 Facts About 228

Understanding 228 : More Than Just A Day in Taiwan

[W]e must be one, no matter which communal group we belong; we must help each other with compassion and treat each other with sincerity; we must dissolve hatred and resentment, and bring about long lasting peace After losing the First Sino-Japanese War, China ceded Taiwan to Japan in 1895 as part of the Treaty of … Continue reading Understanding 228 : More Than Just A Day in Taiwan