Taiwan is one step closer to becoming the first Asian country to legalize same sex marriage. Two draft amendments to the Civil Code aimed at legalizing same sex marriage passed the first reading at the legislature in Taiwan on December 26, 2016. Article 972 of the Civil Code will add the paragraph recognizing “both parties of a same sex marriage. This is an addition to recognizing marriage made by the male and female parties. Another amendment includes the rights and duties of the same sex couples who marry. According to the procedure of the legislature, the bill will be reviewed after April before it is passed as a law after the second and third readings.
The Alliance of Religious Groups for the Love of Families Taiwan made up of multiple religious groups and parents oppose to the amendment and propose a “special law” to for LGBT marriage rights. Conservative religious groups, mostly the Christians, oppose to the amendment.
Victoria Hsu, the president of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) will share with us her views on same sex marriage. Victoria Hsu is a lawyer and a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Executive Yuan (Taiwan’s Cabinet).
In Chinese Culture 101, Swedish sinologist Cecilia Lindqvist talks about her life as a foreign student in China from 1961 to 1962. China was no place to be in the 1960s; it was chaotic, absurd and depressing.
Lindqvist published a book titled "Another World" in 2015.More
Taipei Bureau Director of RSF (Reporters Sans Frontières/Reporters without Borders), Cédric Alviani said Asia is the first challenging location for the protection and development of the freedom of information which is why RSF opened its first bureau in Asia and the 12th bureau in the world. He added that it would not be possible to open a bureau in China and Hong Kong as it would have the same problem. Asked why the first bureau was opened in Taiwan, Cédric Alviani said people in Taiwan speak Chinese and it’s easy to get information China adding that Taiwan is number one in Asia in terms of freedom of information and the rule of law applies in Taiwan without the fear of government’s interference.
In Chinese Culture 101, Swedish sinoloigst Cecilia Lindqvist talks about her new book "Another World". The book, published in 2015, offers first-hand information about what China was like when she was a foreign student at Beijing University from 1961 to 1962. China was no place to be in the 1960; it was chaotic, depressing, oppressive and full of hungry people.More
J.Michael Cole, the Editor in Chief of Taiwan Sentinel, a website created to help foreign government analysts, policy makers, academics and the general public to understand Taiwan better,said the Sun Flower Movement in 2014 and the 2016 Presidential Election generated tremendous interest in Taiwan and Taiwan’s civil society. The winning of the presidential and parliamentary elections of the DPP attracted the international audience to pay more attention to the cross-Strait relations.More
2017 Taipei Summer Universiade is held between August 19th and 30th in Taipei bringing together more than 11,000 athletes, coaches and officials from more than 140 countries in the world. The Brazilian delegation made up of 300 selected athletes, coaches and officials represents the biggest team from South America and one of the largest in Brazilian Confederation of University Sports (Confederação Brasileira de Desporto Universitário - CBDU) history. More than 20 Olympic student-athletes from Brazil also compete at the Taipei Summer Universiade. Mr.Fabio Guimarães Franco, the director of the Commercial Office of Brazil said the Brazilian athletes are keen on showing their talents at Taipei Summer Universiade.
Taiwan Sentinel website was established in January, 2017, according the Editor in Chief, J.Michael Cole. Michael Cole has been living in Taiwan since 2005 and has closely monitored the political development of Taiwan. He said he has travelled across the island extensively and has built close contact with people from all walks of life in order to better understand Taiwan. The purpose of setting up Taiwan Sentinel is to defend liberal democratic way of life in Taiwan adding that it serves as a bridge between Taiwan and foreign audience in order to address misperceptions of the Taiwan Strait covered by the international media. Michael Cole is also a senior non-resident fellow with the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK and associate researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China. He was also Editor in Chief of Thinking Taiwan between 2014 and 2016, a product of Dr.Tsai Ing-wen’s Taiwan Thinking Foundation, Taiwan’s premier source of non-partisan analysis about politics and society in Taiwan.More