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, […]Read more
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 […]Read more
oBike and New Cycling Regulations in Taipei: Everyone is in The Wrong
When I first came to Taipei, I thought this city was very bike friendly. There were designated cycling lanes on the road and sidewalks which looked inviting. YouBike stations are dotted all over the city and they are so reasonably priced. Hell, in Taichung I didn’t even get charged for using YouBike. Of all the […]Read more
Taiwanese media’s obsession with drugs: What about cigarettes?
Sensationalizing illegal drugs in the media is dangerous. First and foremost, anyone residing in Taiwan should always uphold and respect Taiwanese law, regardless of the legal status of certain narcotics in their own country. The use, possession and sale of narcotics is illegal in Taiwan, as stipulated by the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act. Drugs are […]Read more
Same-Sex Marriage in Taiwan: The History of LGBTQ People in Taiwan and Current Events
This blog was posted in 2016 and chronicled the 2016 Pride Festival in Taiwan and how it served as a push for same-sex marriage. Unfortunately, even now as we go into the end of 2018, same-sex marriage is not legal in Taiwan. The DPP and Tsai Ing-wen have failed to deliver what they promised — […]Read more
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