Culture, Politics, Society, Taiwan, Taiwan: Culture, Society & History

The Problem of Taiwan’s Libel Laws – How to avoid being sued and understanding the law

Taiwan’s democracy, civil society, and all round freedoms are something to be proud of. But, there is one problem, freedom of speech isn’t so free. In Taiwan, defamation and public humiliation is, incredibly, a criminal offense under Article 310 of the Criminal Code. You might be thinking, “what’s the big deal about Taiwan’s libel law then?”, well, […]

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Culture, History, Society, Taiwan, Taiwan: Culture, Society & History

Why Taiwan is Historically Not A Part of Chinese Sovereign Territory: Taiwan From Quarantine to Japanese Rule

Taiwan’s national identity is not the same as China’s. If anything, the idea that Taiwan is “Chinese” is a notion forced upon Taiwan by the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party. Sure, you can argue that regarding culture, language and certain traditions, China and Taiwan are quite similar, but overall, that isn’t enough of an […]

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Society, Taiwan, Taiwan: Culture, Society & History

Migrant Worker Rights in Taiwan: An Interview with The Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA)

Earlier this month I had the pleasure to interview Jing Ru Wu from the Taiwan International Workers’ Association (台灣國際勞工協會). I am currently writing a report for an NCCU course on international journalism and I wanted to write about a subject in Taiwan that I felt needs to be addressed, namely, the rights of migrant workers […]

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