Taps

Written by Paul R. Katz. It has been a rough few weeks for Taiwan’s young democracy (see the reports in The Economist and Washington Post). Trouble began on September 6, when President Ma Ying-jeou 馬英九, Prosecutor-General Huang Shih-ming 黃世銘, an

Double Ten Special Issue

His re-election may have been relatively uneventful, but Ma Ying-jeou’s second term has been anything but, with numerous grassroots popular protests, plunging approval ratings and contestation within the KMT. Popular campaigns for a nuclear-free Taiwan, student mobilization against monopolization of the media market, stakeholders protesting land expropriation in Huaguang and Dapu, and general outrage over …

The Summer of Our Discontent

Written by Ming-sho Ho. This past summer saw a record-high temperature of 39.3 degree Celsius in Taipei city. Befittingly Taiwan’s social protests were fueled by two incidents of human rights violation by the government. In a sense, the heat wave persisted into autumn as the protest activism continued its momentum. Consequently the ruling Kuomintang’s convention …