May 2022

Inside the 2022 Philippine Elections in Taiwan

The Philippines has officially elected the former dictator’s family, Marcos, back into the presidency, specifically, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. or known as Bongbong Marcos, as well as the incumbent president’s daughter, Sara Duterte as vice president. Though election day in the Philippines was fraught with countless cases of violence, voter disenfranchisement, vote buying, machine “errors”, electioneering, military intimidation and various more instances that challenge claims of a “clean and fair elections”, the landslide victory of Marcos and Sara Duterte in Taiwan was won fairly via a peaceful and incident free month-long voting process. I should know–I was part of the poll-watcher group at the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei for the largest opposition candidate, specifically, Leni Robredo and her running mate, Kiko Pangilinan...

Confusion About “Chinese” or “Taiwanese” Identity of Gunman after Shooting at Taiwanese Church in California

Five were injured and one was killed in a shooting at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon. The victims were all Taiwanese American, as was the shooter, David Wenwei Chou, age 68, who was a resident of Las Vegas. The shooting took place at a lunch reception for a pastor who had returned to Taiwan to start a congregation there, where 30 to 40 people were reportedly present. The Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church convened at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Irvine...

Radio New Bloom #21: Ethical Supply Chains and Labor Practices with Dr. Bonny Ling

For the twenty-first episode of Radio New Bloom, we present a recording of our event from last year on December 15, 2021 with Dr. Bonny Ling. The event discussed the crucial place that Taiwan plays in global supply chains, whether in terms of semiconductors—of which Taiwan produces over half the global supply—or its fishing fleet—with Taiwan’s distant water fishing fleet ranked as the second-largest in the world. Yet Taiwan's supply chains are highly dependent on migrant labor, as in the use of migrant fishermen on Taiwan’s near and distant waters fishing fleet, as well as migrant workers in factories for semiconductor manufacturing lines. The talk, then, sought to discuss the various levers possible to push for reform regarding this very pressing issue...