Sunday, August 2, 2015
The government's handling of the ongoing student protests over the curriculum guidelines is symptomatic of the one-directional thinking prevalent among many of our educators: there is a norm, and no one should think differently or deviate from the norm.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
One of the students facing prosecution for breaking into the Ministry of Education building a week ago took his own life yesterday, prompting the president to ask the ministry to resume dialogue with protesters as well as an outpouring of sympathy and support for the family of the victim.
Friday, July 31, 2015
The Economic Daily News last week raised questions about the efficacy of the capital gains tax on securities transactions. According to the daily, securities investors pay NT$200 billion in various stock-related taxes and additional national health insurance premiums each year.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Kuomintang (KMT) held a national party congress on July 19 to nominate Hung Hsiu-chu, deputy speaker of the Legislative Yuan, for president in the forthcoming presidential election scheduled for Jan. 16 next year., 1 Comment
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Last week, Taiwanese minors stormed the Ministry of Education (MOE) in a desperate move to generate attention for their months-long struggle to bring changes to the high school curriculum guidelines touching on how the island's history is taught., 1 Comment
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC, 交通部) is preparing a pilot program for its two-tiered taxi system, which will run in Taipei and New Taipei City with the goal of going national.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
A government policy is often meant to solve problems for the majority of the people, to benefit most of the nation, or to embrace a principle. But a lot of times such policies ignore or sacrifice the interests of the minority or the underprivileged.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Is democracy necessarily better than autocracy? People in Taiwan will probably say yes. However, people in mainland China may argue otherwise. Yesterday at the CommonWealth Economic Forum (天下經濟論壇), Lu Xiongwen (陸雄文), dean of the School of Management at Fudan University (復旦大學) in mainland China, challenged the merits of democracy as he questioned the value of last year's Sunflower Student Movement that barred the passing of the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement in the Legislative Yuan.
Friday, July 24, 2015
To many, the "Taiwanese Dream" is the idea that it's possible to secure a better material life for yourself and your family through hard work and education., 12 Comments
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Kuomintang on Sunday finally ended its months-long drag over the party's presidential candidate pick that had managed to be both highly dramatic and boring at the same time. Despite having only one candidate for most of the primary, the party appeared to be wavering and hesitant.