Social Movements

Controversy Over Accommodations for Taiwan’s Olympic Athletes Reflects Culture of Abuse, Authoritarian Legacy

Controversy has broken out regarding the Tokyo Olympics, primarily revolving around the accommodations for Taiwan’s athletes competing in the Olympics. Indeed, much of the controversy hinges around matters of national pride about athletes who represent Taiwan on the international stage. At the same time, the deeper roots of the controversy are rooted in the legacy of authoritarianism in Taiwan, particularly regarding kickbacks for government officials with ties to the KMT party-state and a deeply-rooted culture of abuse in Taiwanese sports...

Behind the Zhiben Solar Farm Controversy

In 2016, when the Taitung County government announced they were stopping construction of a baseball court on the Zhiben wetlands—the traditional territory of the Katratripulr tribe of the Beinan Indigenous people—the tribe did not anticipate that they would split into factions during their next fight against a new construction project on their land. ...

Political Disqualifications in Macau Draw From the Template of Hong Kong

21 pro-democracy legislative candidates in Macau were disqualified from running for office earlier this week. This took place on the basis of new requirements stipulating that electoral candidates must pledge allegiance to Macau and the Macau Basic Law, as well as uphold the Chinese constitution and decisions made by China’s National People’s Congress...

Arts/Culture

Calling For a Return to Sinocentrism in the Name of Opposing It: Responding to ‘Reconsidering Sinophone Studies’

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies, one of the flagship journals of the discipline, published an unusual piece several months ago by Flair Donglai Shi. Though framed as an attack on Shih Shu-mei’s concept of the Sinophone, the crux of the piece’s argument is effectively that Taiwan studies is insufficiently Sinocentric...

Interviews

Radio New Bloom #15: Chi Ta-wei on Taiwanese and Asian American Queer Literature

For the latest installment of Radio New Bloom, Sheng Kao spoke with Chi Ta-wei, a teacher and scholar of queer literature at National Cheng Chi University. We speak with him about his introduction to Ocean Vuong's On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous and the recent English translation of his novel, The Membranes. This is the third episode of our current season...