Special Edition: Election Recap

Hi! This is Eric taking over this newsletter from Jess. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Taiwan had its local election as well as a major referendum vote. While it has been over a week, there are still talks and questions about it. We’ve put together a few simple points of the major things that happened in the … Continue reading Special Edition: Election Recap

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

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

Stop Storming Government Buildings, Start Storming Voting Booths

Feature Photo Credit: www.dronethusiast.com In the wake of the Occupy Parliament movement that was led by Lin Fei-­fan and Chen Wei-­ting, I met with congressional aides in Washington D.C. One of the legislative aides asked me, “How do I explain to people the legitimacy of the students since they are illegally entering and occupying a government … Continue reading Stop Storming Government Buildings, Start Storming Voting Booths

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

2016 Election – Complexities of the Legislative Election from Fist Fights to Math

Feature Image taken from The News Lens Video The Republic of China's government is quite like USA's government in terms of separation of power, and checks and balances. The main act of the 2016 election may be the presidential election, but the side show is just as (if not more) important; 2016 election will also … Continue reading 2016 Election – Complexities of the Legislative Election from Fist Fights to Math

2016 Presidential Election – Player Spotlight featuring Chu, Tsai and Soong

On January 16, Taiwan will democratically elect its next president. With 3 predecessors, the next president will have a legacy to continue. Who are these candidates? What makes each one so special? What are each candidate's policies? Read below to find out more about the three candidates. Eric Chu (朱立倫) Never one to finish This … Continue reading 2016 Presidential Election – Player Spotlight featuring Chu, Tsai and Soong

The Growth of Taiwan Democracy is the Envy of the World

Back in 2014, Google set up a page to aggregate all information regarding the six local elections in Taiwan. With the 2016 presidential elections coming up, Google is at it again. Setting up a comprehensive data center of all the 2016 election articles, videos and polling, election with Google has all a citizen needs to cast … Continue reading The Growth of Taiwan Democracy is the Envy of the World

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