The View from Taichung: Hung Over, Out?

Last week for a couple of days it looked like current KMT Chairman Hung Hsiu-chu had smoothly laid the groundwork for a victory in the next KMT Chairmanship election. Certainly this writer had thought...

The View from Taichung: KMT Holds Chair Election Early - Hung makes her move?

Taichung -- This week the Kuomintang (KMT) announced that its next election for Chairman has been tentatively set for May of 2017, instead of August as had been previously supposed. Current Chairman H...

The View from Taichung: Gay marriage and the Tsai Administration - a potential political trap

This month Taiwan experienced two sets of protests from radically different worlds, the protests for and against gay marriage, and the labor protests. The gay marriage protests generated huge crowds, ...

The View from Taichung: The Real Danger of 'The Call'

The Trump-Tsai phone call blew across US-China geopolitics and the global media this week, temporarily putting Taiwan on the map again. The impulsive, vitriolic, and often sadly uninformed media broad...

The View from Taichung: The Fuss over Tsai's Ratings

In recent weeks the media has sizzled with the news of President's slumping satisfaction ratings and rising dissatisfaction ratings. Experts opine that they are a warning to the Administratio...

The View from Taichung: Lessons from Obama for Tsai

At present President Obama of the United States is leaving office on a wave of popularity. Though Obama nostalgia has already begun, thoughtful historians, looking back on Obama, will be chiefly struc...