July 2021

Controversy Over Accommodations for Taiwan’s Olympic Athletes Reflects Culture of Abuse, Authoritarian Legacy

Controversy has broken out regarding the Tokyo Olympics, primarily revolving around the accommodations for Taiwan’s athletes competing in the Olympics. Indeed, much of the controversy hinges around matters of national pride about athletes who represent Taiwan on the international stage. At the same time, the deeper roots of the controversy are rooted in the legacy of authoritarianism in Taiwan, particularly regarding kickbacks for government officials with ties to the KMT party-state and a deeply-rooted culture of abuse in Taiwanese sports...

Behind the Zhiben Solar Farm Controversy

In 2016, when the Taitung County government announced they were stopping construction of a baseball court on the Zhiben wetlands—the traditional territory of the Katratripulr tribe of the Beinan Indigenous people—the tribe did not anticipate that they would split into factions during their next fight against a new construction project on their land. ...

16 Domestic Cases Announced, Tzu Chi Inks Deal for BioNTech Purchase

16 domestic cases and nine imported cases were announced at the CECC press conference today. Six of these cases were already in quarantine. Five deaths were also announced. Nine cases were in Taipei, five cases in Taoyuan, and two cases in New Taipei. 87% of cases to date have been released from quarantine and nine of the 16 domestic cases have known sources of infection. Six of the nine imported cases are from the same group...

18 Domestic Cases Confirmed, KMT Tries to Sue Chen Shih-Chung on Corruption Charges Over Vaccine Approval

18 domestic cases and six imported cases were announced at the CECC daily press conference today. Nine of these cases were already in quarantine. Four deaths were also announced. 13 cases have known cases of infection, while five cases were of unknown source. There were seven cases in Taipei, six cases in New Taipei, three cases in Keelung, and two cases in Taoyuan. 86.9% of cases to date have been released from quarantine...

KMT Only Calls for Transparency on Vaccine Purchases to Attack the DPP, May Hope Sabotage Future Purchases

KMT chair Johnny Chiang called on the government to publicize its vaccine procurement budget yesterday. This took place after comments by Premier Su Tseng-chang on Saturday in which Su stated that he could not reveal the vaccine procurement budget, due to confidentiality maintained in vaccine purchase agreements with pharmaceutical companies...

Calling For a Return to Sinocentrism in the Name of Opposing It: Responding to ‘Reconsidering Sinophone Studies’

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies, one of the flagship journals of the discipline, published an unusual piece several months ago by Flair Donglai Shi. Though framed as an attack on Shih Shu-mei’s concept of the Sinophone, the crux of the piece’s argument is effectively that Taiwan studies is insufficiently Sinocentric...