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Stories about Taiwan (ROC)

16 July 2017

15 Movies That Speak to the Complex Relationship Between Taiwan and Japan

Only since the late 1980s have filmmakers begun to examine the two countries' history, from colonial rule and World War II to present day.

19 June 2017

Fake News Twists Hong Kong Airline Hostesses’ Refusal to Wear Chinese Name Tags

Chinese media portrayed the refusal as another example of Hong Kong-mainland tension. In reality, it was about privacy.

25 May 2017

‘We Can Finally Get Married!': Taiwan to Become First Asian Country to Recognise Gay Marriage

Taiwan's constitutional court ordered the legislature to either amend the Civil Code or introduce new provisions to recognise same-sex marriage within two years.

27 April 2017

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

Global Voices Advocacy

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

2 April 2017

Missing Taiwan NGO Worker's Wife Travels to Beijing to Rescue Him

"The [Chinese] government can assign the label "harmful to state interests" to anyone that it does not like."

10 March 2017

In China's Shadow: Will Taiwanese Universities Sell Out Academic Freedom?

A combination of political and economic pressures at local universities are laying the ground for an unsettling compromise.

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."

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