Two US Marine F/A-18C Hornet aircraft made an emergency landing at an air force base in southern Taiwan last week. Since Taiwan is considered a renegade province by China and does not have formal diplomatic ties with the US, the public is questioning what the fighters were doing near the island and why the US decided … Continue reading The United States did what?!
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
This March, Outreach for Taiwan reaches our one year anniversary. It is amazing how fast time flies. As we reflect back on what we have accomplished so far, we continue to look forward to what more OFT can do. For the past year, all of our Outreach for Taiwan workshops, events and spendings (except for … Continue reading Happy birthday, Outreach for Taiwan!
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?
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
[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
New Year's Eve is one of the biggest part of Lunar New Year. Despite all the old traditions that are lost, most of the traditions of New Year's Eve are still around. Check out more traditions here Spring Cleaning This is the THE designated day to clean out the house. Every table top, shelf top, … Continue reading Day before Lunar New Year is the busiest time of the year
Red envelopes. New Years eve dinner. Dumplings. Red. Lion Dancing. Why do we do these things during Lunar New Year? What other traditions are there? Lunar New Years is more than just money in red envelopes or meeting distant relatives during an annual dinner. Just like how much of the Christian faith has to … Continue reading Live through the traditions of Lunar New Year in Taiwan
走春 (zou3 chun) - to go out during Lunar New Year to gather luck Check out more traditions here This year, Taiwanese American Professionals - New York Chapter (TAP-NY) reached out to us for a collaboration to bring Taiwan Lunar New Year traditions to their members. We decided to create a small postcard, which shows … Continue reading Gather Luck by Walking Lunar New Year Landmarks in Taipei
It was declared a “watershed moment in its democratization”, but there was no jubilation or dancing in the streets. The Nationalists Kuomintang (KMT) still had a strangle hold on Taiwan’s political system, but this was the beginning of political liberalization and the roots of Taiwanization. Chiang Ching-kuo lifted martial law over Taiwan in July 1987, 38 … Continue reading Taiwan Martial Law and the Aftermath