Video: Current Affairs Taiwan 台灣時事 #33 (02-24-2020) That Thing Bernie Sanders Said

Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and co-host Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) cover a lot of ground, starting with a community service announcement on drugs. Will the Mazu pilgrimage go forward with coronavirus fears, or will Mazu intervene as Yen Ching-piao asserts. The KMT chair race takes some interesting turns. Bernie Sanders, currently Democratic frontrunner to be their […]

American Citizens for Taiwan: Be Vigilant: China Will Pit The Local Against The Center

… The deals with Kaohsiung were only part of Beijing’s efforts — it also wooed Nantou and Hualien, local governments run by non-ruling party politicians. The purpose of these policies, generally trade and tourism sweeteners, is to build support for Beijing in local areas, and to create centers of resistance and evasion towards Taiwan’s central […]

A Fifth of Column: A few comments on the 2020 Taiwan Election

The dominant narrative of Tsai’s comeback makes great copy but it is the wrong framing. We all know the story. A popular challenger comes out of nowhere to challenge the President, who is down in the polls. The KMT candidate, persistently down in the polls, takes action to suppress and distort embarrassing poll data, which […]

Video: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-20-2020 Episode 29

Hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) tackle the KMT chair race and the many calls for reform of the party, many of which are quite sensible–such as scrapping the 1992 consensus and bringing the party’s China policies in line with mainstream public opinion–but will the party enact them. Only two candidates for […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-06-2020 Episode 27

On this episode, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) kick off with more amusing and odd gaffes coming from KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, and allegations of his buying a house for–and is confirmed to have travelled abroad with–a woman who isn’t his wife. Han reiterates pledge to reform the KMT, and […]

Podcast: Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 01-06-2020 Episode 27

On this episode, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) kick off with more amusing and odd gaffes coming from KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu, and allegations of his buying a house for–and is confirmed to have travelled abroad with–a woman who isn’t his wife. Han reiterates pledge to reform the KMT, and […]