Chinese Taipei?

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Every four years, whenever the Summer Olympics comes along*, I inevitably get the question, “why is Taiwan called Chinese Taipei in the Olympics?”

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Taiwan’s official flag, Chinese Taipei Olympic flag, and the Olympics rings

CNN provides an explanation for this, but I want to give it more context. Continue reading “Chinese Taipei?”

Kuo Hsing-chun won bronze in Rio!

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2016 Getty Images – Lars Baron

Kuo Hsing-chun, 22, of Taiwan won the bronze medal for women’s 58 kg weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 9 August 2016. Kuo is of the Amis indigenous tribe from Taitung. She previously competed and won gold medal in the same category in the 2013 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, and the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships in Wrocław, Poland.

Taiwan currently has one gold medal and two bronze medals.

Hsu Shu-ching won gold at Rio!

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2016 Getty Images – Lars Baron

Hsu Shu-ching, 25, of Taiwan won the gold medal for women’s 53 kg weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 7 August 2016. Hsu previously competed in the same category in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and tied for second place for total weight lifted but was awarded the silver medal due to lower body weight. Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan, who was first place in 2012, has been accused of doping and was stripped of her gold medal, making Hsu the gold medal winner for 2012.

On the same day, Taiwan’s women archery team, Tan Ya-ting, Lin Shih-chia, and Le Chien-Ying won the bronze medal against Italy.

Taiwan President apologizes to indigenous peoples

On behalf of the Government of Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen today issued a formal apology to the country’s indigenous peoples in a ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Taiwan is home to about 550,000 indigenous peoples (~2.3% of Taiwan’s population), who research suggests started living on the island about 8,000 years before the Sino-Tibetan Han migration began in the 17th century. They are Austronesian peoples. Much like indigenous peoples in other parts of the world, these native peoples became victims of forced land acquisition, mass murder (some may say genocide), forced cultural assimilation and acculturation, and culture, language, and identity lost when different colonizing powers and populations started arriving on the island. Today, they face economic and social barriers, including a high unemployment rate and substandard education. Continue reading “Taiwan President apologizes to indigenous peoples”

Team Taiwan’s Olympic uniforms

As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is only about two weeks away, Taiwan’s Olympic team debuted its uniform for this year last week.

Usually I try to post nice things about Taiwan, and technically it’s not entirely the designer’s fault that the word “Taiwan” isn’t shown anywhere, but I wasn’t expecting the team to go to a neon party. Let’s just hope that we excel better at the different events than designing this year.

Tsai Ing-wen Interviewed by the Washington Post

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was interviewed for the first time since taking office in May. The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth mainly focused on Tsai’s views on the China-Taiwan relationship. The most important takeaway from the interview, I think, is for the world (including China) to recognize that “Taiwan is a democratic society in which the leader has to follow the will of the people” and “It isn’t likely that the government of Taiwan will accept a deadline for conditions [so-called 1992 consensus] that are against the will of the people.”

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office responded during a daily briefing with the usual “we will only talk to you if you accept the 1992 consensus.”

Read the full report here: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen: Beijing must respect our democratic will.