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Stories about Taiwan (ROC)

4 February 2017

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Wins Some Japanese Hearts, Infuriates Others

The new US Defense Secretary tried hard to reassure America's Japanese ally that Trump means no harm. Some were not impressed.

13 December 2016

Taiwanese Are Disappointed With the Foreign Media’s Response to Donald Trump’s Tweet

Donald Trump, the next president of the United States, shocked the people of Taiwan on Dec. 2, when he tweeted about a congratulatory phone call he'd received from Taiwan's president.

27 October 2016

After a Well-Known Artist's Tragic Death, Taiwan's LGBT Community Demands Marriage Equality

"Don't just pay lip service to "equal rights for the LGBT community". Words are empty! As long as same-sex marriage is not legalized, it means nothing!"

11 September 2016

Taiwanese-Japanese Leadership Hopeful's Candidacy Exposes Japan's Xenophobia

Renho Murata will have to convince many that she and the newly formed Democratic Party are 'Japanese enough' if she wins the leadership nomination next week.

15 July 2016

Painkiller Jokes, ‘Who Cares?’ and Other Chinese Reactions to the South China Sea Ruling

"This is a serious defeat. It is another version of the Cuba missile crisis. The whole world is watching China fall into the trap. So stupid."

30 June 2016

Taiwan's First Airline Strike Inspires Workers in Other Sectors to Reflect on Their Rights

"Today the CAL flight attendants wrote a new page in the history of strikes in Taiwan. I hope this success will not be limited to this class of workers..."

18 June 2016

The Savory Treat of the Dragon Boat Festival and the Aunties Who Make Them

Many Taiwanese Americans rely on “aunties” — vendors who sell bah tsang through informal networks — to get their fill.

15 April 2016

Taiwanese Travelers Are Wary After China Flexes Its Long Arm in Kenya

"This incident is terrifying...We could be deported to China if the Chinese government claims that we violated Chinese law (even though we didn't violate any law in the third country)."

7 March 2016

McDonald's Ad Featuring a Man Coming Out to His Father Goes Viral in Taiwan

Reactions to the ad, in which a father accepts that his son is gay, have been overwhelmingly positive. However, some anti-LGBT groups predictably complained.

27 February 2016

Hokkaido's Popular Poplar Cut Down Because of Misbehaving Tourists

The tree had increasingly become a tourist attraction in recent years, with people traveling to visit the tree to snap its picture.

24 February 2016

Volunteer Disaster Relief Efforts Cultivate a Friendship Between Taiwanese and Japanese

"You helped us and we weren’t even your friends, so of course we came to help. Japan and Taiwan will be best friends forever."

23 February 2016

China Won't Broadcast the Hong Kong Film Awards Because of Dystopian Nominee ‘Ten Years’

"What is so fearful about this film? The film has portrayed different thoughts and perspectives; this can be a starting point for communication and understanding."

8 February 2016

Is Taiwan a Country, a Self-Governing Island, or a Breakaway Territory or Province of China?

The Bridge

The question of Taiwan's political status "is a difficult question for diplomats and journalists, and it is not an easy one even for Taiwanese."

For Mainland Chinese, Taiwan's Earthquake Relief Efforts Stand in Stark Contrast to Their Own

"So concrete, transparent and efficient."

26 January 2016

A Rare Snowy Day in Taiwan

Many Taiwanese took the opportunity to take photos of the perhaps once-in-a-lifetime snowy scenery.

23 January 2016

Chinese Netizens Climb Over the Great Firewall to Go After Advocates of Taiwanese Independence

A mainland Chinese netizens’ movement aimed at silencing pro-independence Taiwanese "through civilized methods” has become a humourous emoji battle and a tech lesson in scaling the Great Firewall of China.

22 January 2016

The Ever-Blurring Line Between Entertainment and Politics in China and Taiwan

A teenage K-pop performer's apology for waving a Republic of China flag—interpreted as supporting Taiwanese independence—recently went viral.

18 January 2016

Why Do Hong Kongers Call Chief Executive CY Leung ‘689’?

Hint: it's not a nice nickname.

Taiwan Welcomes First Woman to Be Elected President

Taiwan has elected its first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, an opposition candidate who won 56.12 percent of the popular vote (almost 7 million ballots), soundly defeating her rivals.

23 December 2015

On Taiwan, Facebook and the Politics of Trolling on the Chinese Internet

Global Voices Advocacy

When Facebook became accessible in mainland China, trolls descended on a Taiwanese politician. What might happen if Facebook were to become permanently accessible in China?

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