Taiwan youths

People watch street entertainers singing on a street at the Xinyi district in Taipei on 16 January 2024. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

More Taiwanese are venturing overseas for better pay

Taiwan is experiencing a brain drain as it loses talents to neighbouring countries such as Japan and Singapore, due to the prospects of higher salaries compared with back home. Commentator Gu Erde notes that as those countries face an ageing and declining population, they have set up favourable policies to attract talent.
The “kemusan dance competition” at Ningxia Night Market in Taipei, in January 2024. (SPH Media)

[Big read] Will Taiwan ban TikTok and Douyin for fear of mainland China's influence?

Lianhe Zaobao correspondent Miao Zong-Han notes that as TikTok and Douyin grow in popularity in Taiwan, there are concerns about mainland China’s influence in terms of cultural invasion. Is this really a "subtle" way to guide society towards eventual reunification, or is it just pure entertainment for young people?
Supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) take a selfie, as they celebrate during a rally, following the victory of Lai Ching-te in the presidential elections, in Taipei, Taiwan, on 13 January 2024. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

How the Sunflower Movement legacy lives on in Taiwan’s 2024 elections

Taiwanese academic Ho Min-sho examines the legacy of the Sunflower Movement as shown through the recent 2024 Taiwan elections. Have the youth activists and youthful enthusiasm borne out of the movement in 2014 found an outlet in politics in 2024?
Taiwan People's Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je reacts to a giant inflatable balloon resembling him at a TPP event ahead of Taiwan’s presidential elections in Taipei on 11 January 2024. (I-Hwa Cheng/AFP)

Ko Wen-je's TPP and Taiwanese youths could redefine Taiwan's future

Despite its loss in the Taiwan presidential election and being the youngest of the three running parties, the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) has been garnering even more attention since the election results came to light. Taiwan academic Chin Kenpa takes a look at the impact of the TPP on the Legislative Yuan and the future of Taiwan’s presidential election.
People ride past a campaign ad for William Lai Ching-te, Taiwan's vice-president and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) presidential candidate and Justin Wu, local parliament member candidate for the ruling DPP ahead of the election in Taipei, Taiwan, on 12 January 2024. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Taiwan presidential election: A dull but important affair

With the Taiwan presidential election nearing its climactic end, Lianhe Zaobao associate editor Han Yong Hong notes there has been nothing fresh with election rhetoric, leading to a dull affair. Nonetheless, the election carries a lot of weight given its potential impact on cross-strait and China-US relations.
People listen to Ko Wen-je, Taiwan presidential candidate from the opposition Taiwan People's Party (TPP), in front of Ko and his running mate Cynthia Wu’s advertisement at the Jhong Yi Taoist temple in New Taipei City on 10 January 2024. (Sam Yeh/AFP)

Taiwan's elections heading towards new era of intergenerational rivalry

As Taiwan’s presidential election nears, young people's concerns about domestic social issues is becoming a significant voting factor. NUS academic Lu Xi notes that Ko Wen-Je’s popularity among youths and the change in political discourse since Tsai Ing-wen’s “four commitments” has shown that the dilemma over reunification and independence has taken a backseat and could thus pose a challenge to mainland China’s reunification strategy.
Pedestrians walk down a shopping street in Taipei, Taiwan, on 6 December 2023. (Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg)

[Big read] No cross-strait policy to appease all parties in Taiwan's presidential race

As the Taiwan presidential election day nears, Lianhe Zaobao journalist Miao Zong-Han takes a look at the three presidential hopefuls, their stances and how the voters are responding. Meanwhile, cross-strait tensions will be high even after the election results, as major powers will attempt to influence the content of the new president’s inaugural address.
People exit a metro station in Taipei, Taiwan, 19 August 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

[Big read] Can older workers solve Taiwan's labour shortage problem?

Given Taiwan’s low birth rate and ageing population, the labour shortage has become a severe issue, especially in the hospitality industry. While the government seems to be keen to open up to migrant workers, this might mean larger issues down the road. So why not open up the opportunities for Taiwan’s middle-aged and elderly? Lianhe Zaobao journalist Chuang Hui Liang speaks with academics and industry insiders to find out more.
People walk on the street in Taipei, Taiwan, on 25 July 2023. (Ann Wang/Reuters)

Will cross-strait civilian exchange exit from long Covid?

While international tourism and study can be a bridge towards cross-strait understanding and reconciliation, it can sometimes be deployed as a geopolitical gambit. Taiwanese academic Ho Ming-sho shares more.