The View from Taichung: Ex-President Ma's indictment and democratic politics

This weekend prosecutors indicted former President Ma Ying-jeou on the charge of leaking state secrets in a case dating back to September of 2013. The Special Investigations Division (SID) had been ta...

Gentrification in Taipei: Kick out the old, bring in the new

Taiwan, like many countries in the 1980s, pursued an economic model of neoliberalism. This was a time when Reaganomics and Thatcherism were in full swing. Many economies were turning away from a Keyne...

Taiwan’s ex-President Ma Ying-jeou maintains innocence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) denied leaking classified information related to the suspected influence-peddling of an opposing party lawmaker, and pleaded his i...

Everybody was kung fu fighting at Song-Jiang Battle Array

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) The Tainan University team seized first place and the top cash prize of NT$1 million (US$32,000) at the finals of the annual Song-Jiang Jhen Battle Array (宋江陣) competition he...

Opinion: Take heed of 'one-China' academic agreements and be armed with sense of danger

It can only be labeled as “unbelievable” the academic agreements several Taiwanese universities have entered with their Chinese counterparts not to touch controversial political issues reg...

The View from Taichung: DPP on drugs: Not as tough as you think

The December death of a model at a party in a VIP suite at the W Hotel in Taipei, coupled with a perceived rise in drug use, has the DPP Administration arguing for tougher drug laws. Minister of Justi...

Taiwan 'Women's March' supporters brave the rain to show support

Taipei (Taiwan News)—Despite the cold weather and occasional drizzle, nearly 200 protesters turned up at the Women’s March in Taiwan convened by Indivisible Taiwan founder Mary Goodwin and...

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to be redefined

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --The Kuomintang (KMT) held a press conference in Taipei on Saturday, at which the owner of a company that sells Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) figurines called himself “a 228 victim...

EPA: Datan Power Plant meets EIA nitrogen oxide regulations

Taipei (Taiwan News)—The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) slammed claims by a pan-blue think tank that the Datan Power Plant needs to repeat an Environmental Impact Assessment&...

Economic Affairs Minister expects no power supply shortages this summer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-Kung (李世光) said that the electricity supply should remain stable this summer and he does not anticipate any supply shortages. In his remar...

The View from Taichung: 2-28 and the real question of responsibility

Progress on the 2-28 massacre and related issues took many forms this week. In her first speech at the annual commemoration, President Tsai announced that she would address the issue of responsibility...

Taiwan president promises to unearth the truth about 228 Incident

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident Tuesday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) promised she would uncover the truth about the responsibility for the repression which ca...

Taiwan president attends mass to mark Lin family murder

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen attended a church service Tuesday to commemorate the unsolved murders of relatives of former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Lin Yi-hsiung on ...

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall closed on Feb. 28

The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall will be closed to the public on Feb. 28 out of respect for 228 Incident memorial activities and to prevent social confrontation, Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun said ...

Document unearthed shows double-dealing of Chiang behind 228 Incident

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - As the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident approaches, Taiwan’s Academia Historica has revealed a newly unearthed document of a telegraph dated March 2, 1947, that s...