“Taiwan: Past, Present, and Future” at Brown University

To close out 2015, the Outreach for Taiwan team hit the road to host another workshop. This time we traveled to Rhode Island to speak with Brown University’s Brown Taiwan Society (BTS).  Like most Taiwanese American groups on college campuses, BTS has never hosted an event that talked about the political climate surrounding Taiwan. We … Continue reading “Taiwan: Past, Present, and Future” at Brown University

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The Growth of Taiwan Democracy is the Envy of the World

Back in 2014, Google set up a page to aggregate all information regarding the six local elections in Taiwan. With the 2016 presidential elections coming up, Google is at it again. Setting up a comprehensive data center of all the 2016 election articles, videos and polling, election with Google has all a citizen needs to cast … Continue reading The Growth of Taiwan Democracy is the Envy of the World

Civics Curriculum Reform based on Ethnocentrism May Harm our Children

One of the trending issues in Taiwan is no doubt the ongoing debate about the country’s civics curriculum reform. The Ministry of Education (MoE hereafter) of Republic of China (the official government of Taiwan) claimed that the changes are merely “minor adjustments” to reflect historical facts, and yet, not only were the participants’ names erased … Continue reading Civics Curriculum Reform based on Ethnocentrism May Harm our Children

A Walk Through Taiwan’s Human Rights with Clarence Chou

On April 20th, Columbia University’s Taiwan Focus student organization hosted a discussion, led by Yu-Shiou (Clarence) Chou, about Taiwan’s human rights. Chou is an attorney at law in Taiwan, Executive Commissioner of the Judicial Reform Foundation, PILnet Fellow, public defender for Sunflower Movement activists, and is currently completing his Visiting Scholar term at Columbia Law … Continue reading A Walk Through Taiwan’s Human Rights with Clarence Chou

Taiwan Martial Law and the Aftermath

It was declared a “watershed moment in its democratization”, but there was no jubilation or dancing in the streets. The Nationalists Kuomintang (KMT) still had a strangle hold on Taiwan’s political system, but this was the beginning of political liberalization and the roots of Taiwanization. Chiang Ching-kuo lifted martial law over Taiwan in July 1987, 38 … Continue reading Taiwan Martial Law and the Aftermath