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Dispatches from Taiwan

Dispatches from Taiwan

A small Varsity team went to Taiwan for the Presidential and Legislative Yuan elections earlier this month. They came back with these stories looking at different aspects of the election. The force awakened – the rise of small parties in Taiwan’s politics. Vote as a “Taiwanese”- Even if they are permanent residents, most foreigners in Taiwan cannot vote, regardless […]

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The Force Awakened: Rise of Small Parties in Taiwan’s Politics

The Force Awakened: Rise of Small Parties in Taiwan’s Politics

From the barricades to the ballots, 2016’s legislative yuan polls became a battlefield for post-sunflower small parties who hoped to make inroads in Taiwan’s politics. By  Thomas Chan, Angel Liu, Frances Sit Taiwan’s political landscape has long been dominated by two main camps, the pan-blues led by the Kuomintang (KMT) and the pan-greens, led by […]

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Vote as a “Taiwanese”

Vote as a “Taiwanese”

Even if they are permanent residents, most foreigners in Taiwan cannot vote, regardless of how long they have lived on the island. That is because few are willing to give up their original nationality to become citizens in Taiwan, especially when their new citizenship can be taken away if they break the law or violate “morals”. Varsity explores a complex issue few Taiwanese are even aware of – foreigners voting rights.

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Voting for equality in love and the law

Voting for equality in love and the law

Then presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s public support for same-sex marriage last year turned it into an election issue in the recent polls. Tsai has since been elected as the island’s first woman president but as Varsity learns, resistance and inertia still hinders progress towards marriage equality legislation.

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