Is Taiwan Sinking Back Into Obscurity?

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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 …

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Taiwan’s Squishy Youth Get Fierce

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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,” …

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This Revolution is Live

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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 …

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China, We Fear You

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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, …

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Freedom, Fried

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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 …

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The Taiwan in My Mind

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I have always found it difficult to talk about Taiwan. Growing up in Mainland China, I heard about it all the time: in newspapers, on soapy television miniseries, and in my history classes.  Yet all …

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In China, A New Space for New Questions

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Out of democracy, rule of law and freedom, what does China most need now? What is the difference between loving one’s country and loving the government? What is freedom of speech – or, for that matter, freedom? With Facebook, Youtube, Twitter …

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