Taiwan Archive

  • Why is China’s English disinformation still so crude?

    Why is China’s English disinformation still so crude?

    The following article appeared in today’s Taipei Times: The comment arrived shortly after I’d posted the link on Facebook. The article, which was my first for Taiwan Business TOPICS, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan, was about burgeoning trade between Taiwan and Lithuania. Accompanied by the profile picture of an attractive […]

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  • Taiwan and Ukraine: parallels, divergences and potential lessons

    Taiwan and Ukraine: parallels, divergences and potential lessons

    The following piece appeared in the June issue of Global Asia. In the preface to her 2004 work Visible Ghosts, Li Ang explains how the spectral dreamscape that her characters inhabit symbolizes Taiwan. “Such a ghost island is borderless and not a country, and its voices are outside the center of the grand national body and […]

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  • Ukraine disinformation fight sounds warning bells for Taiwan

    Ukraine disinformation fight sounds warning bells for Taiwan

    The following article was published today on The Diplomat’s website.  Taiwanese see propaganda everywhere. Decades of Martial Law will do that. Under the Kuomintang (KMT) dictatorship, indoctrination saw a generation of Taiwanese rendered “politically and socially inert,” to quote sociologist Hsiau A-chin. With that dark experience in living memory, the democratization of the 1980s and […]

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  • Why Taiwan can’t copy Ukraine’s civil defense blueprint

    Why Taiwan can’t copy Ukraine’s civil defense blueprint

    The following article went live on The Diplomat website today.  Ukraine’s successful deployment of Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) has brought renewed focus to the possibility of creating a similar military reserve in Taiwan. Yet, much of this discussion has ignored the constitutionality of such a move. A March 15 commentary in War on the Rocks […]

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  • Toward a healthier information environment in Taiwan

    Toward a healthier information environment in Taiwan

    The following piece appeared in today’s Taipei Times: What lessons can Taiwan learn from the disinformation campaigns that have surrounded the war in Ukraine? At an Amnesty International Taiwan event in Taipei on Wednesday night, four speakers offered compelling insights into this and related questions. One of the main takeaways was the observation that disinformation […]

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  • Hijacked history (review of ‘The Hijacked War’ for Taipei Times)

    Hijacked history (review of ‘The Hijacked War’ for Taipei Times)

    The following book review appeared in today’s Taipei Times: Outside historical circles, the name Li Da-an (李大安) will be familiar to few Taiwanese. However, there was a time where this lowly soldier was feted as a national hero in Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) propaganda. As one of 155,000 inmates in the UN’s POW camp on […]

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  • The complex tale of Taiwanese identity (Global Asia review of ‘Politics and Cultural Nativism in 1970s Taiwan’)

    The complex tale of Taiwanese identity (Global Asia review of ‘Politics and Cultural Nativism in 1970s Taiwan’)

    The following book review appeared in the June issue of Global Asia: References to Taiwan as the first Chinese democracy have justifiably drawn flak in recent years. With almost 90 percent of Taiwan’s population now identifying as Taiwanese and less than 5 percent as Chinese,​ the description is no longer seen as appropriate. For many, it […]

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  • The Cold War history behind Nicaragua’s break with Taiwan

    The Cold War history behind Nicaragua’s break with Taiwan

    The following piece appeared as the leader today in The Diplomat magazine: We touched down in Managua, Nicaragua, shortly before 7:50 p.m. on July 18, 2014. The tickets were originally booked for a cheaper flight the following day, but Pablo Morales was having none of it. “It’s Liberation Day,” he said. “You have to be […]

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  • Taiwan and Lithuania look to the long term on consumer goods trade

    Taiwan and Lithuania look to the long term on consumer goods trade

    The following piece article appeared in the Taiwan Business TOPICS, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan: What does Lithuania mean to Taiwan? Prior to 2021, perhaps only the presence of several of the country’s basketball players in the NBA. However, following donation in July and October last year of more than […]

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  • Tears, disbelief, and solidarity as Taiwan’s Ukrainians speak out

    Tears, disbelief, and solidarity as Taiwan’s Ukrainians speak out

    The following article appeared in today’s Taipei Times:  Solidarity and steadfastness. These qualities were evident among Ukrainians long before missiles began pulverizing their cities early Thursday morning. They were on display again on Friday and Saturday in Taipei’s Xinyi District (信義), where hundreds of people gathered outside the building housing the Russian representative office. Ukrainians […]

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