LA Review of Books: “I Felt Like I Was Drowning”: On Women’s Rights in Taiwan

IN FEBRUARY 2017, Taiwanese indie press Guerrilla published a novel by a first-time author named Lin Yi-Han. Lin was the only child of a well-respected dermatologist in Tainan, one of Taiwan’s largest cities on its west coast. She was a top performing student during high school — beautiful, smart, bookish yet popular — but she […]

Taipei Times: German lawmaker urges global support

China’s “one country, two systems” framework in Hong Kong has proven a failure, while democratic countries should help Taiwan join the UN as an independent nation named “Taiwan,” German Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs member Ulrich Lechte said in Taipei yesterday. During his first-ever visit to Taiwan from Sunday to today, Lechte discussed issues related […]

Frozen Garlic: The NPP’s internal divisions, Ko’s new party, and the China Cleavage

Every now and then, an international media outlet will publish a story on Taiwan elections that interprets everything through the lens of relations with China. For example, someone might write a story saying that, after the recent events in Hong Kong, the DPP’s presidential prospects are surging. Every time this happens, a gaggle of Taiwan-based […]

Taipei Times: Presidential Office’s Ting to sue Ko over corruption comment

Presidential Office spokesman Ting Yun-kung (丁允恭) yesterday said that he would sue Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) over his accusation that people around President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) are corrupt. On Monday, Ko said that although Tsai is not corrupt herself, “everyone around you [Tsai] is knee-deep in graft.” …

Taipei Times: Ko party petition clears legal step

A petition to block Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) from registering his political party under the name Taiwan People’s Party (台灣民眾黨) passed its initial legal review, the online public policy platform showed yesterday. From its launch on Friday last week to press time last night, the petition had gathered 1,115 signatures. It must collect 5,000 […]

Taipei Times: Ko elected chairman at TPP founding

… Ko said that the TPP was founded to change Taiwan’s political culture, as the ideological battle between the two major parties has left the nation in a rut and led to friction over the past two decades. He said that his foremost principle is to promote the nation’s “general interests and the public’s maximum […]

Taiwan News: Taiwan president touts first balanced budget in 22 years

… Despite the fact that her administration had launched several programs to improve basic infrastructure, it still succeeded in submitting a balanced budget to the Legislative Yuan, the Central News Agency quoted Tsai as saying. This year, her administration drew up a budget for 2020 without any red, striking a balance between expenses and revenue, […]