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

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

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

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

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

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

Let Me Stand Like a Taiwanese!

BLACKLISTED -A Cafe Philo Event in NY- National Day has come and gone, but the memories of Taiwan linger. Treasures in of themselves, they serve as the medium to view the past as well as provide a small answer to the big question, "What happened?". On the cloudy blustery day of October 11th, Patrick Huang (黃再添) and … Continue reading Let Me Stand Like a Taiwanese!

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