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Pan-Blue Attacks on Chen Shih-chung Over Karaoke Video Accused of Being Disinformation

Attacks from the pan-Blue camp on Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, who also heads the Central Epidemic Command Center that coordinates Taiwan’s fight against COVID-19, have become particularly intense in the last few weeks. Criticisms focus on a video of Chen Shih-chung singing karaoke without his mask on, which the KMT alleges to have been a recent video. It is unclear how the video leaked online...

Peng Shuai Disappearance Casts Shadow on China Ahead of 2022 Beijing Olympics

The disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, who was ranked #1 internationally by the World Tennis Organization, has made international headlines in the past weeks. Fellow international tennis players ranging from Naomi Osaka to Chris Evert have expressed concern about Peng’s whereabouts, some stressing long years of acquaintanceship with Peng on the tennis court...

The Struggle for Transgender Rights Continues With Taiwan’s First Legal Gender Change Without Providing Proof of Surgery

A variety of events happened this past week with regards to the ongoing struggle for transgender rights in Taiwan, including Taiwan’s first successful legal gender change without submitting proof of surgery, Lisbeth Wu’s second preliminary proceedings, and the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights' second Transgender Film Festival. These gains for transgender rights have not gone unchallenged though, as the past two months have also included increasing opposition...