Video: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 12.02.2019 Episode 23

Be sure to check out our new site,! It is integrated with the show, allowing you to see what we’re following and commenting on in the news, with the articles that will allow you to go deeper into the topics we discuss. This week, hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) tackle […]

Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 12.02.2019 Episode 23

This week, hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) tackle the latest in election news, and it’s all KMT candidate Daniel Han Kuo-yu’s campaign sinking in the polls. Among the topics are Han’s coming out in support of marriage equality, allegations of influence peddling when he was a legislator to help his father-in-law’s […]

New York Times: China Has Lost Taiwan, and It Knows It

… Beijing, by flexing its muscle, seems to have succeeded only in pushing the Taiwanese away. A series of missile tests by the People’s Liberation Army in the lead-up to Taiwan’s March 1996 presidential election was designed to intimidate voters and turn them away from re-electing the nationalist Lee Teng-hui. One of his opponents, Chen […]

Donovan’s Quick Take: Han comes out in favor of marriage equality

From Focus Taiwan: “At a campaign event in Taipei on Saturday, a young supporter noted the issue’s importance to the younger generation, and asked if Han would support efforts by some KMT lawmakers to repeal the legislation. Han responded that in life — from our family relationships at home, to our friendships at school, to […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 11.25.2019 Episode 22

Hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) are back after the heartbreaking loss of the file of last week’s show. KMT Presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu is having trouble getting KMT bigwigs to appear on stage with him, including party chair Wu Den-yih, who is crying a river over his poor lot, none of […]

Frozen Garlic: campaign trail: DPP rally in Keelung (last weekend)

… For now though, it seems there are limits to how much Tsai has repositioned the DPP. Tsai’s pro-military stance is evident, but it isn’t the centerpiece of the DPP’s election campaign. The traditional appeals are still the most prominent appeals. More broadly, this is also the case with the ROC Taiwan discourse. It gets […]

Taipei Times: Tsai, Han discuss plans while on the campaign trail

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday said that she only has one word for anyone attempting to lead Taiwan into accepting China’s “one country, two systems” formula: Impossible. “Attaching importance to the economy, care for the elderly and children, and Taiwan’s security is the ‘Tsai Ing-wen path,’” she said at a campaign event in Hsinchu City. […]

Interview with Scott Ellinger

While Scott was visiting I did an interview with him, structured on ICRT”s Taiwan Talk–but did it on video in case they didn’t want to use it. They didn’t, too much Hong Kong stuff, but it’s an interesting interview. Scott has been studying in Hong Kong for the better part of the last year, and […]

Taipei Times: CEC releases election candidates’ asset declarations

… Tsai has NT$48.77 million (US$1.6 million) in cash savings, NT$4.14 million in company shares, and NT$1.1 million in other investments, the data showed. In the remarks section of her report, Tsai wrote that she entrusted a lawyer to establish an account for the funds she received as political donations for the 2012 presidential election, […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 11.11.2019 Episode 21

Hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) cover a lot of ground in this episode. KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu chose his VP candidate, word came out about his previously having purchased an expensive Taipei apartment and he claims that the DPP is preparing “five nuclear bombs” to drop on him in the […]