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Taiwan’s 2020 election was its first with immigration as a salient issue. The country’s immigration challenges are not unlike those in other developed nations, where the demand for immigrant workers faces a domestic backlash. Meanwhile, immigrant workers, predominantly from Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, increasingly have been more vocal about concerns of unfair treatment, including protesting labour conditions  and the broker system for employment. … n order to disaggregate views of immigration by skill and...

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TAIPEI: Taiwan has forged a reputation as Asia’s most progressive democracy and it boasts a higher proportion of women in parliament than anywhere else in the region – yet misogynistic insults have littered its presidential race. The campaign for the Jan 11 polls has exposed an undercurrent where female politicians face a gauntlet of personal abuse and jibes that their male counterparts rarely suffer. The island’s most prominent female politician is President Tsai Ing-wen, 63,...

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The district of Sanchong in New Taipei has seen better times. In the 1970s, it emerged as the processing hub for manufacturing in northern Taiwan, with factories lining major transportation arteries and tucked away in small alleys. Small factory owners honed their specific skills and relied on their two hands to support the economic miracle Taiwan was so proud of. But the days when money seemingly fell from the skies over Sanchong are long gone.Today,...

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Netflix’s first original Mandarin series, Nowhere Man, is now available for streaming. Over two years in the making and featuring a star-studded cast led by Joseph Chang and Alyssa Chia, the entire drama was shot and produced in Taiwan. Yet behind the scenes, Netflix’s heavy-handed involvement in the creative process nearly caused director DJ Chen to quit in anger. Nowhere Man’s journey from nothing to completion demonstrates Netflix’s intrepid formula for conquering the globe with original cross-cultural...

… Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (谷辣斯‧尤達卡) confirmed the news later Wednesday and said that if China thought it could punish Taiwan by doing this, it was the wrong move. “This is China’s loss,” Kolas said, arguing that China should not suppress artistic creation and freedom of speech. “Politics are politics and art is art. If China restricts its artists and film workers from coming to Taiwan to take part in this grand occasion for the...

… Boasting a five-star review from U.K. media outlet Broadway Baby, “Floating Flowers” by B.Dance is inspired by a Buddhist ceremony that sets illuminated lanterns adrift on a river to symbolize people letting go of their worries and fears. Another piece attracting critical acclaim is “Bout” by Chang Dance Theatre, which was highlighted as one of the 12 best shows at the festival by U.K. broadsheet The Guardian. The dance company’s latest work is inspired...

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 was also privately struggling with a hell she had no language for. At 16, she began admitting herself to psychiatric...

Divooe Zein Architects has turned an abandoned house in a wooded area of a park in Taiwan into a net-covered educational events space called The Forest Big. The Forest Big is in a wooded part of the Shangri-La Park in Miaoli, in an area scattered with the remnants of an old theme park. The project has been longlisted for a 2019 Dezeen Award. …

Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is back from vacation, and with Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) they kick off with the Want Want Group suing the Financial Times, Taiwan’s Central News Agency and the DPP’s secretary-general. They follow on with Han Kuo-yu’s adventures this week, then look in on the latest on three other possible, maybe candidates Terry Gou, Wang Jin-pyng and Ko Wen-je. Sunflower luminary Lin Fei-fan joins the DPP, and the Formosa Alliance launches as a...