BRIAN CANAVE WRITES- Taiwanese government fears losing influence over their citizens to China. With all of the talk about increasing cross straits dialogue, former Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung suggested introducing international news programs such as Hong-Kong based Phoenix TV and Beijing’s state-run China Central Television (CCTV) satellite channels…Full Article TAIWAN: Two Way Street for Television in China and Taiwan
BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – Recently a Chinese singing competition, “I Am a Singer”, captivated social, television, and news media attention in Taiwan. “I Am a Singer” features seven Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong singers — former stars, whose stars had faded — who vie for another chance to make it…Full Article TAIWAN: China Sings its Way into Taiwanese Media
BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – Can a slick design help deliver news to readers? One news source is betting on it. Focus Taiwan, an English news service of Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA), launched a new layout Monday hoping to wow readers with stunning images rather than text alone. The front page…Full Article TAIWAN: Focus on the Visuals
BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – Has Taiwan developed its first medium-range guided missile that can be used against mainland China? According to South China Morning Post and Michael Tsai, defense minister of the former government of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, this is true. In fact, Taiwan had successfully developed the…Full Article TAIWAN: Why Should the People Know?
In light of news that the Chinese military has been engaged in cyber-espionage attacks around the world, the publication Taiwan News asked both the Executive Yuan and the Taiwanese National Security Council what’s been done to ensure the country’s cyber safety. The National Security Council has yet to provide a…Full Article TAIWAN: We’re Protecting Our Cyber Security
Two issues ago, Asia Media covered the media monopoly in Taiwan. To combat this monopolization, many college students, activists, and opposition politicians are taking action to create an anti-media monopolization campaign through the usage of social media. This on-going protest campaign started in July of last year. With the acquisition…Full Article TAIWAN: Activism and Organizing Through Social Media
Elementary school teacher. Nurse. Lifeguard. Since her 1959 introduction, Barbie has served many roles. The Barbie that was both a bakery chef and a regular chef, has come to life in Taiwan. Barbie’s Cafe in Taiwan caused a media frenzy last week when it opened in Taipei. Media sources from…Full Article TAIWAN: Barbie Gets Sweeter
The dice has been rolled. Taiwan’s government advances four spaces and lands on Boardwalk. Will they purchase it and prevent the monopoly that Taiwan’s media group is after? Since the start of the new year, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has been submitting legislation to regulate cross-media ownership. However, other…Full Article TAIWAN: Monopoly Game for Media Investors
Recently, the national Hakka cultural and economic summit was held at Taipei’s Hakka Cultural Park, by the Cross-Strait Hakka Cultural and Economic Association. Among those who attended were former Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman Wu Poh-hsiung, Hakka Affairs Council Deputy Minister Lee Chao-ming, and China Review News Editor in Chief,…Full Article TAIWAN: Keeping the Hakka Tradition Alive
Following up on our “No Next Step for Next Media” article that appeared here in April, Hong Kong’s largest media company, ‘Next Media’, has recently confirmed the selling of its Taiwan-based Entertainment Services Ltd. Next Media’s largest Taiwanese publications, ‘Next Magazine’ and ‘Apple Daily’, are a huge part of the…Full Article HONG KONG: ‘Next Media’ Announces Goodbye to Taiwan
There are a few islands on the northeast side of Taiwan called the Diaoyu Islands, if you’re Chinese. But if you’re Japanese, you call it the Senkaku Islands. Both China and Japan claim the sovereignty of these islands, not only for national dignity but also the rich deposits of natural…Full Article China: Defending His Country
Reports of the Bo Xilai political scandal that is currently unfolding in China have been intentionally incomplete and superficial. Taiwanese media has focused solely on sex scandals and individual corruption, instead of addressing the serious political crisis that is afflicting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). At the heart of the…Full Article TAIWAN: Media Coverage Lacking in Bo Xilai Scandal
Next Media, publisher of Next Magazine and the scandal-crazy Apple Daily, was reported by Forbes on April 7th to be considering selling its operations in Taiwan for a low $500 million. The Hong Kong based company founded by Jimmy Lai, known for his blistering critiques of Beijing, has become one of the largest Chinese language media companies in…Full Article HONG KONG: No Next Step for ‘Next Media’
Publishing representatives in Taiwan are encouraging bilateral exchanges between their island democracy and mainland China, as a means of increasing readership and producing quality Chinese-language publications. According to the Taipei Times, the head of Taiwan’s Planter Press Co., Lee Ho states that one measure would be reducing taxes on books…Full Article TAIWAN: Cross-strait cooperation – Be careful how you use it?
It seems that Taiwan’s journalists are not in agreement about how “free” their island democracy really is.In fact, there is a trend surfacing in Taiwanese newspapers with many articles implicitly asking the same question of its readership: Are we a democracy? Certain journalists argue that Taiwan is far too influenced…Full Article TAIWAN: Free At Last?
There is no doubt that the recent elections in Taiwan have sparked a fire of controversy in the days following, as media personnel dispute the influence of both China and the U.S. on the election results.Full Article TAIWAN: Reporter Bares Pain of Election Results