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Stories about Taiwan (ROC)

21 September 2015

UN Does Not Recognize Taiwanese Passport, Denies Entrance to Geneva Office

Several Taiwanese citizens were denied entrance to the United Nations offices, after the receptionist there said the passport issued by Taiwan (ROC) was not a valid identity document.

2 September 2015

Will a Visit From Taiwan's Former Vice President Lend Weight to China's Revisionist WWII History?

Lien Chan will attend a military parade in China commemorating victory over the Japanese, even though the mainland is downplaying his own party's central role in World War II.

3 August 2015

Taiwan’s Anti-Curriculum Change Campaign Intensifies Following Student Activist's Death

"Today is Guan-Hua Lin’s birthday, July 30. He had only one hope...that we Taiwanese can receive an education based on a Taiwanese perspective. "

28 July 2015

Taiwanese High School Students Arrested After Protesting New Textbook Guidelines

Thirty high-school students and three reporters were arrested for entering the Ministry of Education to protest against new textbook guidelines that tell Taiwan's history from a greater Chinese perspective.

26 July 2015

Taiwan Will Most Likely Have a Woman President in 2016

"It is a breakthrough that the two main political parties endorsed women candidates."

19 June 2015

Singaporean Teenage Video Blogger Sent to ‘Rehabilitation’ For Offensive YouTube Video

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According to Amnesty International, the 16-year old Amos Yee is the youngest prisoner of conscience in the world today.

4 June 2015

An 8-Year-Old Schoolgirl's Murder Has Taiwan Debating the Death Penalty

Despite having ratified certain international covenants, Taiwan continues to practice capital punishment, with the approval of the majority of Taiwanese.

2 June 2015

What a ‘Mischievous Blonde Woman’ Dalai Lama Could Look Like

The Dalai Lama said that he may return as a ‘mischievous blonde woman’ or he might not be incarnated at all. His comments inspired Hong Konger and Taiwanese comic artists.

15 May 2015

Award-Winning Photos Capture the Indigenous Tao People on Taiwan’s Orchid Island

An increase in tourists has the Tao people worried about new challenges to their fishing way of life.

23 April 2015

In Taiwan and on Facebook, the Nipple is Not Yet Free

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"Before we label it as "indecent" and "obscene", a body is just a body, a part of the human self." Taiwanese women speak up for the #FreeTheNipple campaign.

24 March 2015

Protesters in Taiwan Rally Against Nuclear Power

As many as 45,000 people in Taiwan protested plans to extend the service lives of the country's two oldest nuclear power stations.

14 February 2015

Were Taiwanese Media Too Quick to Deem Doomed TransAsia Pilots Heroes?

Some netizens thought Taiwanese media coverage of the TransAsia plane crash, which killed at least 40 people, was too sensational.

4 February 2015

Male University Students in Taiwan Wear Skirts to Support Transgender Community

"I cannot help but feel sad. What makes us be so overcome with negative feelings when we see a minority who is different from us?"

8 December 2014

How Social Media Helped an Independent Candidate Beat the Odds in Taiwan's Elections

Ko Wen-je won the race for mayor in Taiwan's capital city by a landslide. The island's political culture favors a two-party system, but Ko says social media helped him win.

24 November 2014

Young Independent Candidates Are Shaking Up Taiwan's Local Elections

Many young activists are throwing their name into the pool of candidates for local village chiefs in an effort to combat the "rotten" culture of community politics.

28 October 2014

As Taiwan Considers Marriage Equality, Tens of Thousands Attend Pride Parade

Hope was in the air at the colorful 2014 LGBT Taiwan Pride Parade, where two participants in particular wrote on their T-shirts that the looked forward to getting married.

Taiwanese Facebook Users Are Tagging a Death Row Inmate in Their Travels to Demand Justice

Cheng Hsin-Tse was sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of a police officer. Due to the lack of hard evidence, his supporters want a review of his sentence.

29 September 2014

Taiwanese See in Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protests What a Future With China Might Be Like

More than a thousand people gathered in the Freedom Square in Taiwan to express their solidarity with Hong Kong protesters.

14 August 2014

The Worst Explosion in Taiwan's History Has Set Off a Major Political Debate

A recent gas-line explosion killed 30 people in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, setting off a debate about the the underground pipelines that serve the nation's petrochemical industry.

28 July 2014

‘Boyfriend No, Only Volleyball': Kazakh Sportswoman Ignores Marriage Proposals After Going Viral

Sabina Altynbekova, a 17 year-old volleyball player representing Kazakhstan at youth level has been thrust into the global spotlight after playing for her country in a tournament in Taiwan.

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