Taiwan Turns to Soft Power

Taiwan Turns to Soft PowerTaiwan is in the middle of an enormous national effort to promote its soft power, aiming both to improve and enrich society and at the same time stimulate growth in an era when it has lost many of the industries that drove the economy during the past 50 years as one of Asia’s original tigers.…

Taiwan Gets a New International-Class Museum

Taiwan Gets a New International-Class MuseumA majestic structure in the shape of a ballet dancer stands in a lake in what used to be sugar cane fields in southwest Taiwan. This is the southern branch of the National Palace Museum (NPM), which opened in Chiayi on December 29 after a journey of 14 years and an investment of NT$7.934 billion…

Taiwan’s LGBT Film Festival Underway This Week

Taiwan’s LGBT Film Festival Underway This WeekTaiwan, which has become Asia’s most liberal territory for Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender rights, is readying for its second Taiwan International Queer Film Festival (TIQFF) beginning on Oct. 23. The festival, a month-long event which is spread across Taiwan’s three biggest cities, has been so successful at home that its organizers are reaching out to other Asian nations…

Dead Pigeons

Dead PigeonsIn a sport dominated by Taiwan’s gangsters, the island’s pigeon racers take young birds as far as 250 km out to sea and turn them loose to fly home. A huge number don’t make it. Each year, it’s believed that as many as a million birds drown, get lost or are netted by other gangsters.…

Taiwan Executes 2 on China Cops’ Feeble Evidence

Taiwan Executes 2 on China Cops’ Feeble EvidenceTaiwan’s legal experts are up in arms after the government executed two convicts last week on what was regarded as shaky deciding evidence and witness statements supplied by China’s Public Security Bureau. The brothers, Tu Ming-hsiung and Tu Ming-lang, were among five prisoners executed on April 29. To the end, the brothers insisted they were…

Hong Kong’s New Migration Wave

Hong Kong’s New Migration WaveApparently driven by a combination of business opportunity elsewhere, high property prices, political friction and an irritating influx of mainland Chinese, Hong Kong is experiencing its second wave of immigration after the runup to the 1997 handover. A total of 3,900 emigrants were listed by Hong Kong’s Security Bureau between January and July this year,…