November 2019

早安,香港:「我們」的責任

哲學家列維納斯(Emmanuel Lévinas)身為經歷過二戰、曾被監禁集中營的人,深知倫理的重要性。他最為出名的概念是「臉」:當我們看到他人受苦、哀傷的臉的時候,他人的臉代表著一種訴求,要求我們不得就這樣讓他人死去。有著尤太背景的他,也說過驚為天人的話:上帝不在天上,那裡是空的;上帝存在於我與他者的關係之中。而只有我們在承擔起責任的時候,倫理才會開始,神聖才會出現。... Read More

Facebook Glitch Banning Political Content Last Week Prompts Censorship Fears

Concerns regarding the role social media could potentially play in next year’s presidential elections have been flagged in a number of incidents. Last week, Mirror Media, Newtalk, Storm Media, and Up Media suddenly found themselves prevented from making posts on social media, and Facebook users found themselves unable to post content critical of the Chinese government or on Taiwanese social issues, such as LGBTQ issues... Read More

Indigenous Occupation Calling for Return of Traditional Territories Reaches 1,000th Day

The Tsai administration's lack of action on issues facing indigenous, unfortunately, continues to be an issue that goes without major discussion. This was highlighted yesterday, which was the 1,000th day of the indigenous occupation maintained by indigenous singer-songwriter Panai Kusui, her spouse and fellow singer-songwriter Nabu Husungan, and filmmaker Mayaw Biho regarding the Tsai administration’s failure to return traditional indigenous territories. However, the anniversary was marked by little fanfare... Read More

Demonstrators Trapped at Hong Kong Polytechnic University For Over 48 Hours Now

Demonstrators have now been trapped within the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, surrounded by police and with exits to the university sealed, for over 48 hours now. Those still trapped in the university face the threat of eventually running out of supplies, such as food and water. It is also thought that many of those remaining are injured after weathering many hours of police assaults... Read More

Hundreds Remain Trapped on Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Police Siege Continues

Demonstrators continue to be trapped in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with police still refusing to allow hundreds of demonstrators to leave the university. It is thought that there are five hundred to six hundred individuals still trapped at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 60% to 70% are thought to be students from the university and reportedly, some of those trapped inside on the campus are as young as 11 or 12 years old... Read More

Fears Run High After Police Seal Off Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Threaten Lethal Force

Tensions run high in Hong Kong tonight, with police having completely surrounded the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and sealed off all exits. However, students, protestors, and reporters are all among those trapped inside, with some believing that the police intend to escalate its ongoing siege of the university to the level of deadly force... Read More

Ministry of Labor’s Refusal to Abolish Migrant Labor Broker System Illustrates Deference to the Free Market

The latest round of protests against the exploitative migrant labor brokerage system saw hundreds of people demonstrating outside the Indonesian, Filipino, and Vietnamese representative offices in Taipei in early November. Yet the Taiwanese Ministry of Labor responded to the protests by washing its hands of any responsibility for upholding this predatory system of labor brokerage. The Ministry of Labor's deference to the free market is consistent with the government’s goal of treating Southeast Asian migrant workers employed through the guest worker program as cheap and disciplined labor power... Read More

Hong Kong Demonstrators Prepare for University Siege in the Wake of Deaths Linked to Police Violence

Many anticipate an escalation in the situation in Hong Kong over the weekend, following the police siege on the Chinese University of Hong Kong earlier this week. Following the raid, protestors have begun fortifying the area around the university. The past few days have also seen two deaths thought to be the result of police actions, including the death of a thirty-year-old man and a seventy-year-old man... Read More