June 2017

Chinese Women’s League Controversy Illustrates Difficulty Parsing ROC And KMT Institutions

The Chinese Women’s League has recently been mired in controversy regarding accusations that most of its resources come from KMT party assets or the military. But the controversy is illustrative of the difficulties in distinguishing ROC institutions from KMT ones, as well as how many institutions with large amounts of resources dating from the authoritarian era still exist with little oversight in Taiwan... Read More

The American Red Princelings

It came to light this past week that three Chinese labor rights activists who had been investigating three separate factories in southern China had been detained by the Chinese government, their whereabouts currently unknown. The suspected cause of the arrest? The factory the men were investigating for accounts for one-third of the production for Ivanka Trump's shoe brand... Read More

Wu Den-Yih Versus Hung Hsiu-Chu?

Factional infighting continues in the KMT following the election of Wu Den-Yih as chair, with the latest spat taking place as a result of outgoing chair Hung Hsiu-Chu attempting to appoint new Central Standing Committee members despite nearing the end of her term. Hung’s actions would be in order to ensure that her faction of the party continues to have a say in party decision-making despite her loss in her bid for reelection as party chair... Read More

28th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Square Massacre Commemorated In Liberty Plaza

The annual commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in Taipei yesterday, marking the 28th anniversary of the crackdown on demonstrating students by the Chinese government. The commemoration was held in Liberty Plaza, as it has been in previous years, and had over one hundred in attendance despite drizzling rain and the ceremony coming on the tail end of a weekend which had seen near-typhoon conditions... Read More

Taiwan’s Air Is Indeed “Fresh And Sweet” Compared With That Of China

Not too long ago, at the graduation ceremony of the University of Maryland in America, a Chinese student graduating sang the praises of America, stating that American air was “fresh and sweet, and oddly luxurious.” This hurt the feelings of China’s netizens, leading to threats and demands that she apologize. What does this say about the differences between democratic societies and China?... Read More