Chieh-Yi Cheng

Chieh-Yi Cheng


Chieh-Yi CHENG is an award-winning Taiwan journalist in Italy and contributes to The Reporter (Taiwan), News&Market (Taiwan) and Initium (Singapore). She earned her PhD in sociology from the Sapienza University of Rome. She writes about Italian politics, society, environment, agriculture and Vatican issues. In 2022, she translated the book China’s Influence and the Center-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indo-Pacific (Routledge).


A newborn baby is transported along a corridor of Rome's Santo Spirito Hospital, Italy, on 14 November 2022. (Remo Casilli/Reuters)

Mismatch between women's wants and social support cause of Italy's demographic woe

Italy is facing a major population challenge in late marriages and low birth rates, as young people struggle to start their own families given low incomes and larger global issues such as war and climate change. Can the conservative party Brothers of Italy convince young people to have more children?