‘What’s So Wrong with Splitting up?’

scotland_small

It reads like an Orwellian threat to all Scots: “The English government needs to immediately commence political thought education, and Scotland needs to be ruled by someone patriotic. Strike hard against separatist forces! Let every …

Read More

‘Today’s Hong Kong, Tomorrow’s Taiwan’

xiang_gang_ren__small

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Two days before Hong Kong’s annual July 1 pro-democracy march, 23-year-old Chen Wei-ting hopped on a plane from Taipei in the hope of joining the rally — only to be denied entry and forced to return …

Read More

Months Later, a Cyberattack Still Lingers

apply_daily_small

Upon hearing that a major gas explosion had ripped through the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung on August 1, killing at least 22 and injuring 270, many of the more than 1.8 million overseas Taiwanese instinctively turned to …

Read More

Is Taiwan Sinking Back Into Obscurity?

taiwan_nuclear_protest_afp_getty_487035081_small

Barring a natural disaster or political crisis involving China, the international media has often ignored Taiwan, an island of 23 million people just off the coast of the Chinese mainland. But for roughly three weeks in …

Read More

Taiwan’s Squishy Youth Get Fierce

twyouth_afp_getty_small

Prior to the dramatic occupation of Taiwan’s legislature by students on March 18, young Taiwanese in their 20s had either been dubbed the “strawberry generation” — supposedly fragile and squishy — or the “22K generation,” …

Read More

This Revolution is Live

twprotestring

In 2007, two U.S. citizens and a Hungarian launched a live video-streaming site called Ustream to help their military friends stationed in Iraq stay in touch with their families in the United States. They could never have …

Read More

China, We Fear You

taiwanprotestsign_afpgetty

On March 18, thousands of students began a sit-in of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan in the capital, Taipei, a historic first that has paralyzed the island’s lawmaking body. Students have amassed to protest an attempt by the Kuomintang, …

Read More

Freedom, Fried

ma_twmedia_afpgetty

Taiwan maintains the distinction of having the freest television and print media in all of Asia, ranking 50th among 180 countries worldwide in a press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, a French nonprofit. But if …

Read More