June 2020

Pan-Blue Camp, Pro-Unification Left’s Nationalism is Self-Evident in Senkaku/Diaoyutai Island Naming Dispute

A proposal by the Ishigaki city government in Japan to rename the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands, in order to reaffirm Japanese claims of sovereignty over the island, has been led to nationalistic responses in Taiwan among members of the KMT and members of the pan-Blue camp. This should not be particularly surprising... Read More

Suicide of Kaohsiung City Council Speaker Used as Political Ammunition by KMT for Recall Campaigns

The apparent suicide of Kaohsiung city council speaker Hsu Kun-yuan on the same day as Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu was successfully recalled earlier this month has quickly become used as political ammunition by the KMT against political opponents. A number of recall campaigns against supporters of Han’s recall have been launched by members of the pan-Blue camp... Read More

International Students from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Other Places Still Face Issues Returning to Taiwan

With the COVID-19 situation under control in Taiwan, questions have been raised about when international students, particularly students who are from China, Hong Kong, or Macau, will be allowed to return to Taiwan. In particular, the Taiwanese government has yet to announce a clear timeline as to when students from China, Hong Kong, or Macau will be allowed to return to Taiwan, or when other international students currently unable to re-enter Taiwan will be allowed to do so... Read More


大部分願意在台港譯介專業人文社科的譯者和出版社,都算是佛心。第一,跟《心靈雞湯》或《有錢人跟你想的不一樣》比起來,這類書的銷量不會太好。大多數人渴望物質層面的成功,但這些書通常都在跟讀者說,「成功」邏輯背後的瑕疵在哪;第二,因為銷量不佳,願意出版的出版社絕對不是抱持什麼樂觀的心情,而是他們覺得有某種必要、甚至是迫切的需求要讓更多人接觸到這些書;最重要的是,要去哪找合適的譯者?... Read More

One-Year Anniversary of Protests in Hong Kong Commemorated in Taipei, Calls for Asylum for Hongkongers

A demonstration in support of Hongkongers took place in Liberty Plaza today, with a number of civil society groups setting up booths starting from 3 PM, and speeches and performances taking place starting from 6 PM. The demonstration today commemorated the one-year anniversary of the start of the protests in Hong Kong and aimed to pressure the Tsai administration on the issue of providing aid to Hongkongers seeking asylum in Taiwan. Organizers claimed that 7,000 were in attendance... Read More