Labor

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

Demonstrations Against Student Debt And School Closures Last Weekend

Two demonstrations regarding education took place over last weekend. The first took place on Saturday afternoon outside the Executive Yuan and concerned itself with anticipated tuition hikes slated to be announced by Executive Yuan later this month. The second demonstration took place on Sunday morning outside the Ministry of Education, as an emergency mobilization against the sudden suspension of operations of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Creativity... Read More

Abuses Against Migrant Fishermen Continue In Taiwan

Rights abuses of migrant fishermen are in the news again in Taiwan, particularly on the heels of a report last month by Greenpeace East Asia condemning treatment of migrant fishermen, and rallies by a coalition of NGOs calling themselves “Human Rights for Migrant Fishers.” However, while the issue is a known one and migrant workers’ groups have allied themselves with Taiwanese labor groups, it remains to be seen how to make the issue resonate in wider Taiwanese society... Read More