Social Movements

Anti-Gay Groups Attempt To Rig Televised Debates Before Marriage Equality Referendum

It has emerged in the past week that anti-gay groups opposed to marriage equality such as the Protect the Family Alliance have taken to registering as pro-marriage equality groups to stand for televised debates which will be organized by the Central Election Commission before the planned referendum on marriage equality next month. This would be as a means of rigging the debate... Read More

140,000 March For 2018 Taiwan Pride, But Challenges Still Remain For Efforts To Realize Marriage Equality

The 16th annual pride parade took place today in Taipei, drawing an claimed 140,000 participants, which would be a new record. This year’s pride parade would be a politically charged event, seeing as a referendum on gay marriage is set to take place next month during elections on November 24th, and this question loomed over the event... Read More

What Happens If Marriage Equality Gets Voted Down By Referendum?

Many uncertainties remain for efforts to realize marriage equality in Taiwan, with the approval of multiple referendums on marriage equality and sexual education. Two referendums, pushed for by marriage equality supporters, have phrasing favorable to the legalization of marriage equality and have reached the necessary benchmarks to be held. On the other hand, referendums with phrasing unfavorable to gay marriage and sexual education have also reached necessary benchmarks to be held, as pushed for by anti-gay groups... Read More

History Repeats Itself With Proposed Ban On Marxist Book Club At Peking University

The proposed banning of a Marxist book club at Peking University, one of China’s most prestigious and elite universities, is ironic. Namely, as part of its drive towards centralizing authority and advancing its version of Chinese nationalism, the current Chinese government under Xi Jinping purports to return to Marxist fundamentals rather than destabilizing western influences... Read More

Tsai Administration Carries Out Politically-Motivated Use Of Capital Punishment

Make no mistake: The execution of a 39-year-old man in Kaohsiung last Friday is a political killing. In all probability, the Tsai administration went ahead with the execution as a way to score political points for the DPP in the lead-up to 2018 local elections and in order to counter criticisms that it has been lax on violent crime... Read More