January 2019

Recent Cases of Violence in Taiwan Indicate Challenge to Social Progress

Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple cases of high-profile physical violence in Taiwan, ranging from the case of the abuse of a wife and son by a father to the assault on Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun by an entertainer. In both of these high profile cases, certain levels of “vigilante justice” through violence have been argued as justified, despite a general public consensus against acts of physical violence in Taiwan. What do these cases say about Taiwan society as a whole?... Read More

Indigenous Occupation Dismantled by Police on 699th Day, Occupiers Vow to Continue

Taipei city police dismantled the occupation encampment of indigenous protesters outside Exit 1 of the NTU Hospital station earlier today. Indigenous protesters, however, vow to continue to occupy. Today was the 699th day of the occupation and this was the third dismantlement of the occupation which has occurred to date... Read More

Are Language Textbooks Being Used by China to Influence the Taiwanese Educational System?

Concerns about Chinese attempts to subtly influence the Taiwanese education system are back in the news. Reports last month indicated that Chinese language textbooks cowritten by China’s Fujian Normal University and Taiwan’s Chinese Classics Association are in use at twenty high schools in Taiwan, mostly concentrated in Taipei and Kaohsiung... Read More

Controversy About Indigenous and Gender Representation After NPP Party Congress

Controversy has broken out after the NPP’s first general meeting for members was held last Saturday in Xindian. Namely, criticisms of the party have arisen from indigenous members of the party and others after a proposal that the central committee of the NPP should have at least one indigenous member and that no gender should have less than one-third representation on the central committee was voted down... Read More