July 2018

With America Lurching Ever Rightwards, Could Taiwan’s Progressive Values Become A Liability?

Taiwan has instead sought to emphasize that it should be a member of the international community through good works. This is why one observes that pan-Green political actors, such as current President Tsai Ing-Wen, have a pronounced tendency to try and emphasize Taiwan as a progressive nation-state internationally. But America, Taiwan's major guarantor of security, has continued to lurch rightwards, as observed in America withdrawing from the UN's Human Rights Council and recent Supreme Court rulings upholding Trump's controversial "Muslim ban" and dealing blows to labor and abortion rights... Read More


這是一個可恥的事實:即使在民進黨的治理下,台灣也極少協助國際上需要庇護的維權人士和政治異議人士。雖然台灣會針對境外的難民提供協助,卻鮮少讓尋求庇護的難民留在本地。這一則消息,在近期獲得聯合國政治難民地位的中國維權人士黃燕逃往台灣尋求庇護後,迅速發酵。... Read More


2018年六月二十一號,市議員耶史比與商業領導者、社運人士與環保組織,推出了936法案,而讓紐約市正式加入了禁止使用一次性塑膠吸管的運動。由於這個動作,紐約市加入了其他想要禁止一次性塑膠吸管國家與城市。這是一個深思熟慮的立法,提供商家2年適應機會,第一次罰款美金一百元,第二次四百元,包含了執行機構,也有提供給予殘障者的例外。... Read More

Utopia to Dystopia?: On The Failure of Solidarity Among Taiwanese Artists After the Huashan Tragedy

Conservative social reactions to the Huashan murder case have continued, with further attempts to pin blame on the residents of the 120 Grassroots Self-Autonomous Zone artistic community by the media and society. As with before, much outrage has been centered on PTT, which has hardly proven to be a progressive social force in this case, and instead an enforcer of a highly conservative social morality. On the other hand, we might note that members of Taiwan’s artistic community have in many cases proven little better, with greater emphasis on pointing fingers, and apportioning blame than rallying together in solidarity... Read More


華山殺人事件至今,社會上保守勢力的反應仍在繼續發酵,媒體及社會試圖將責任推到整個草原居民身上。正如過往歷史,許多憤怒來自於 PTT。在這次事件中,PTT 顯然不是進步的社會力量,反而成了極度保守的社會道德的打手。另一方面,台灣藝術界的成員大多仍呈一盤散沙,互相怪罪、推卸責任。許多人的反應也顯示出台灣藝術界已內化台灣社會的保守態度,當然了,藝術界本身即為台灣的一部分。... Read More

Seeds: Straw Free NYC

On June 21st, 2018, with Intro No 936, New York City officially joins the movement in an attempt to ban single-use plastic straws, spearheaded by Council Member Espinal with the support of a coalition of business leaders, activists, and environmental organizations. Given public discussion in Taiwan regarding an upcoming ban on plastic straws, we might take a look at this in comparison... Read More