The View from Taichung: Pension reform is Democratic reform

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen faces a trio of challenges perhaps no other world leader faces. Just finishing her first year, she must handle the normal challenges any president has, responding to dome...

The View from Taichung: Trump and Xi Meeting: Much Ado at Mar-a-Lago

As Presidents Trump of the US and Xi of China met this week in Florida, a tsunami of anxious commentary crested in the media. Writing in the Washington Post, political scientist Daniel Drezner thunder...

The View from Taichung: Taiwan as Melting Pot: the once and future Austronesian state

International Business Times reported this week on the ongoing excavations at the cemetery near the site of the old Spanish fort on Hoping Island in Keelung harbor. The article observed: “The ce...

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...

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...

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...

The View from Taichung: PRC: We will assimilate you

On the evening of February 27, 1947, a tobacco vendor clashed with agents of the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau in Taipei. A crowd gathered. Angered and sick to death of the one-party government’s corr...

The View from Taichung: Taiwan's magic and Chinese threats

Cycling Taiwan's lovely east coast drives home the complexities of Taiwan's interaction with China. In Dulan in Taitung I stayed overnight at a backpacker's hostel. Dulan used to be a s...

The View from Taichung: Water, water? anywhere?: Taiwan's annual drought warnings

The Taiwan papers carried a flood of news about the wave of expected water shortages in Taiwan. According to reports, the Water Resources Agency said that for the three months to the end of Jan, ...

The View from Taichung: Local Party Politics: Partying Like There is Noh Tomorrow

Local party politics just got more complicated over the last couple of weeks with big news in the chairmanship race out of the Kuomingtang (KMT) and New Power Party (NPP). For those interested in crea...

The View from Taichung: Taiwan has a banner year in Tourism, with many to come

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- While the international media focused its shallow, context-free gaze on Beijing's cutting of group tourists, another story snuck in under the radar: Taiwan's touri...