Starting in March 2020, the Taiwanese government has implemented a temporary ban on entry for all foreign citizens as a preventive measure against COVID-19. This week, authorities have announced a partial relaxation of the travel ban. Starting on June 29, 2020, Taiwan will once again allow entry to business travelers with special permits, though travelers are barred from entering Taiwan for tourism or other social purposes. Concurrently, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education has also announced a phased reopening plan for foreign students to enter Taiwan. At present, only students from a list of 11 countries will be allowed to enter, not including the United States. Accordingly, the Consular Division at TECO New York will continue to temporarily suspend issuance of visas to US students. Please see the following announcement from the Ministry of Education for details: https://english.moe.gov.tw/cp-117-24066-b99d8-1.html
U.S. Military Academy at West Point holds 2020 graduation ceremony while marking another successful year of hosting visiting scholars from Taiwan
As the United States Military Academy at West Point graduated its cadets from the Class of 2020 on June 13, 2020, the ceremony also marked the end of another successful year of Chinese-language teaching collaboration between West Point and universities in Taiwan. Under a longstanding cooperation program with the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Foreign Languages, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education provides funding each year for teachers from universities in Taiwan to teach Mandarin Chinese at the Academy as visiting scholars. In 2020, three Taiwanese instructors were selected to teach at West Point: Bing-Fang Chu (祝冰芳) from Fu Jen University, Chao-Yi Hu (胡昭儀) from National Tsing-Hua University, and Jung-Jung Kang (康容榕), also from National Tsing-Hua University.
This year’s graduation ceremony at West Point was unique due to the measures put in place to contain COVID-19. For the first time since 1977, the ceremony was not held at the school’s football stadium, Michie Stadium, because the venue was not large enough to seat all graduates with social distancing. Instead, the ceremony was held on an outdoor parade ground with all 1,107 graduating cadets seated on chairs placed six feet (two meters) apart. No audience members were allowed to attend, including family and friends of the graduates. President Donald Trump attended the ceremony in person and delivered the commencement address. However, rather than the traditional practice of having each cadet walk onto the stage to shake the President’s hand, this year the cadets simply saluted him from below the stage while their names were called.
Since 2014, the U.S. Military Academy has selected visiting Chinese language instructors primarily from Fu Jen University in Taiwan, but the program has been broadened to include instructors from National Tsing-Hua University this year. Officials at West Point have praised the high caliber of these Taiwanese visiting scholars, applauding them for possessing the “quality, maturity, and discipline…[that are] exactly the preparation that young scholars participating in this program need.”
West Point is one of the leading institutions of higher education in the United States, and its graduates go on to become preeminent leaders in the U.S. military, government, and business. Thus, the Ministry of Education strongly values the collaboration between West Point and universities in Taiwan, providing Chinese instructors who not only train American cadets to acquire foreign language skills, but also help to shape the minds of these future leaders.
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Huayu 101, an online Mandarin Chinese learning platform established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) for foreigners on short-term stays in Taiwan, has launched six new learning scenarios this year for Chinese language learners.
Commissioned by the MOE in 2017, the University of Taipei has developed six chapters of learning scenarios that collect dialogues for everyday Chinese, encompassing “Greetings,” “Accommodation,” “Shopping,” “Order,” “Transportation,” and “Asking for help.”
This year, it added more everyday conversations to Huayu 101, including “City tour,” “Arts and cultural activities,” “Call and reservation,” “Exchange,” “Making friends,” and “Hospital and post office.”
The e-learning materials select the most practical conversations based on experiences of students from different countries, with scenarios spanning greetings, making friends, tourism, business, transportation, accommodation, shopping, reservation, and hospital. These sentences are dubbed by Taiwanese teachers and allow users to change the vocabularies they would like to practice for different scenarios.
Moreover, each text is paired with lively illustrations, leading users to learn Chinese effectively through contents presented simultaneously in both visual and verbal forms.
According to the MOE, demand for e-learning has surged due to impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Through just connecting to the internet, users can get easy access to learn Chinese phrases for daily use on Huayu 101.
In addition to Huayu 101, the Office of Global Mandarin Education (OGME) established by the MOE also offers free online learning courses for teachers and learners, including “Start From Scratch,” “Intermediate Chinese,” “FLTA Story Book Series,” “Mandarin in 300 Sentences,” and “Fall in Love With Mandarin.”
Since the Huayu 101 website went live, it has attracted almost 90,000 active users and received positive feedback from students and teachers in Taiwan and overseas.
OGME (Office of Global Mandarin Education)
Tel No: +886-2-2391-1368 ext.1324
As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to seriously affect the New York region, widespread shortages of face masks and other personal protective equipment have been reported. In response to the situation, members of the Taiwanese community in New York have generously donated 20,000 face masks through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO), to be distributed to Taiwanese students studying in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
The donation of masks was sponsored by the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of New York (TCCNY), Chinese American Business Association, and the Eastern U.S. Fine Tea and Wine Association, as well as Overseas Taiwanese Community Liason Mr. Wen-chung Chung.
The donated masks were presented to TECO on March 30 by representatives of these Taiwanese community organizations, and were received by Ambassador Lily Hsu, Director-General of TECO New York, and Dr. Min-Ling Yang, director of the Education Division. In accepting the donation, Ambassador Hsu expressed her view that the virus could not prevent humans from caring for one another, and she conveyed her admiration and thanks to the Taiwanese community members for their concern over the welfare of Taiwanese students.
After receiving the donated masks, the Education Division at TECO New York contacted Taiwanese student organizations across universities throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut to determine the need for masks among Taiwanese students at each school. Masks were then expeditiously shipped to students via their campus Taiwanese student organizations.
2020 Taiwan Fashion Design Award (TFDA), a major annual event in Asia’s fashion industry, is organized by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan and is executed by Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF). The registration is now open to worldwide new generation fashion designers until June 30.
To encourage contestants to pay more attention on global environmental issues, promote sustainable fashion, and observe social trends in depth, a self-selected theme will be great to connect with CREATIVITY, SUSTAINABILITY, FUNCTION and PERFORMANCE. 12 outstanding designers will be chosen into the final selection this year.
TFDA has been extended to be an international contest since 2013. More and more students from well-known fashion schools would participate in this contest. For instance, Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing in Italy, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in China and Academy of Art University in the US, etc. And the winner of 2018 TFDA, Wilson Choi, from Hong Kong, said that he had learned more than designing through this competition and would help to promote it.
Worth to be mentioned, the second prize was won by the designer from Italy in 2015 and from Russia in 2016. The best use of fabrics in 2018 was the designer from Indonesia. The first prize and the best pattern making were won by 2 talented designers from Mainland China last year. The collections from international new talents have offered more diversities of global culture, have stimulated fashion designs to be more competitive, as well as more design potential.
The official website of TFDA has been updated and revised. In addition to being visually refreshing, the registration system has also been upgraded. Contestants can register, upload design sketches and photos through mobile devices online, and temporarily save or modify the registration content in the cloud drive anytime. The convenience of registration has been greatly improved.
TFDA has been supported by Taiwan’s textile and fashion industry over the years to encourage more contestants to participate in this contest. The sponsorship of Fortune Industrial and Commercial Development Foundation, Coddy Global Ltd. and Yi Jinn Industrial Co., Ltd. contribute the total prize of US$ 43,000. It offers a US$10,000 reward for the first prize, 2 US$5,000 rewards for the second prize, and 3 US$3,000 rewards for the third prize, which are best use of fabric, best pattern making and best market potential. The rest of the finalists will be awarded US$1,000.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.tfdaward.com/
Taiwan Textile Federation
TEL: +886-2-2336-7599 #18
TEL: +886-2-2341-7251 #2964
How Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic: Taiwan’s Initial Success Is a Model for the Rest of the World
The spread of the novel coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic have provided a powerful test of social and governance systems. Neither of the world’s two leading powers, China and the United States, has been particularly distinguished in responding. In China, an initial bout of political denial allowed the virus to spread for weeks, first domestically and then globally, before a set of forceful measures proved reasonably effective. (The Chinese government also should have been better prepared, given that viruses have jumped from animal hosts to humans within its territory on multiple occasions in the past.) The United States underwent its own bout of political denial before adopting social-distancing policies; even now, its lack of investment in public health leaves it ill-equipped for this sort of emergency.
The response of the bureaucratic and often technophobic European Union may prove even worse: Italy, although far from the epicenter of the outbreak, has four times the per capita rate of cases as China does, and even famously orderly Germany is already at half China’s rate. Nations in other parts of the world, such as information-manipulating Iran, provide worse examples yet.
Focusing on the countries that have done worst, however, may be less useful at this point than considering which country has so far done best: Taiwan. Despite being treated by the World Health Organization as part of China, and despite having done far broader testing than the United States (meaning the true rate of infection is far less hidden), Taiwan has only one-fifth the rate of known cases in the United States and less than one-tenth the rate in widely praised Singapore. Infections could yet spike again, especially with the global spread making visitors from around the world vectors of the virus. Yet the story of Taiwan’s initial success is worth sharing not just because of its lessons for containing the present pandemic but also because of its broader lessons about navigating pressing challenges around technology and democracy.
Taiwan’s success has rested on a fusion of technology, activism, and civic participation. A small but technologically cutting-edge democracy, living in the shadow of the superpower across the strait, Taiwan has in recent years developed one of the world’s most vibrant political cultures by making technology work to democracy’s advantage rather than detriment. This culture of civic technology has proved to be the country’s strongest immune response to the new coronavirus.
TECH FOR DEMOCRACYThe value of Taiwan’s tech-enabled civic culture has become abundantly clear in the current crisis. Bottom-up information sharing, public-private partnerships, “hacktivism” (activism through the building of quick-and-dirty but effective proofs of concept for online public services), and participatory collective action have been central to the country’s success in coordinating a consensual and transparent set of responses to the coronavirus. A recent report from the Stanford University School of Medicine documents 124 distinct interventions that Taiwan implemented with remarkable speed. Many of these interventions bubbled into the public sector through community initiatives, hackathons, and digital deliberation on the vTaiwan digital democracy platform, on which almost half the country’s population participates. (The platform enables large-scale hacktivism, civic deliberation, and scaling up of initiatives in an orderly and largely consensual manner.) A decentralized community of participants used tools such as Slack and HackMD to refine successful projects. (Much of our analysis is based on open interviews through these tools with leaders in the g0v community of civic hackers.)
One of the most celebrated examples is the Face Mask Map, a collaboration initiated by an entrepreneur working with g0v. To prevent the panicked buying of facemasks, which hindered Taiwan’s response to SARS in 2003, the government instituted a national rationing scheme of two facemasks per week per citizen. Anticipating that this national policy would be insufficient to avoid local runs on pharmacies, the government (via its prestigious digital ministry) released an application programming interface (API) that provided real-time, location-specific data to the public on mask availability.
Digital Minister Audrey Tang then proceeded to work closely with entrepreneurs and g0v hacktivists in a digital chatroom to rapidly produce a range of maps and applications. These tools showed where masks were available, but they did more than that. Citizens were able to reallocate rations through intertemporal trades and donations to those who most needed them, which helped prevent the rise of a black market. As often happens in the world of hacking, the initial deployment crashed after being overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of queries in the first hours of operation, but the effort was not wasted. The broad interest stimulated the government to provide the necessary computational resources and bandwidth to allow a version of this service that could serve the whole population. The result has not just facilitated a more effective distribution of masks but also reduced panic and generated widespread, and justified, pride.
A second example is a platform that helps citizens work together to reduce exposure to the virus. The work on this platform (which again grew out of a collaboration between a group of entrepreneurs, the digital ministry, and the g0v movement) was motivated in part by the arrival of passengers from a cruise ship with a high rate of infection. Individuals used the platform to share reports, voluntarily and in real time, about symptoms using a variety of media (such as a call-in line and smartphones); this information was quickly verified and collated. The result was then combined with more community-created apps that allowed users to download their smartphone location history to determine if they may have been exposed. It was a common-sense design that encouraged proactive behavior. Users who worried about exposure limited their subsequent interactions to protect others.
The guiding principle was not top-down control but mutual respect and cooperation. Privacy was carefully protected, and the movements of an individual were not visible to others. This approach supported an astonishing degree of social coordination, which reduced transmission. And despite being an open, participatory system, the platform did not spur the spread of disinformation or panic. By ensuring reported histories of movement corresponded to plausible patterns, without recording their details, trolls were excluded, thereby avoiding the dysfunctions that degrade commercial social media in times of crisis. The availability of this information dramatically reduced the economic burden of achieving containment by avoiding uniform and extreme social-distancing policies. Instead, citizens were able to avoid or disinfect compromised locations; those who had visited them could self-quarantine.
These are only two examples. Dozens of community-created apps helped reduce the intensity of government-enforced interventions and at the same time supported the world’s best response to the pandemic. They allowed Taiwan to avoid the lack of coordination and the misallocation of supplies and tests that have characterized the U.S. and European responses, as well as the secretive, hierarchical approach of centralized Chinese planning. By making the health-crisis response extremely transparent—Digital Minister Tang livestreams all her meetings—Taiwan built public confidence. By communicating challenges faced by the government, rather than projecting an aura of invincibility, it encouraged a range of decentralized actors to contribute to solutions and build on official information. And by tightly targeting responses to locations and types of activities that posed a threat, made visible by data from the community, it was able to act early without paralyzing economic activity, causing political division, or stoking fear.
THE POWER OF PARTICIPATIONWhy has Taiwan succeeded where others have faltered? It is too early to claim either definitive success in or a thorough understanding of a still unfolding crisis. But it is clear that the Taiwanese approach has, in the early stages of the pandemic, proved more effective than those in China, elsewhere in Asia, Europe, or the United States.
In theory, China and the United States—“AI superpowers,” as the Taiwanese-born industrial maven Kai-Fu Lee has put it—ought to have better capacity to deal with complex, rapidly evolving problems, given that they have the biggest computers running the most advanced artificial intelligence programs. Yet tiny Taiwan did better than either of them by emphasizing the social inputs to coordination instead of machine learning alone.
It is possible that the AI prowess of China and the United States in fact stood in their way. Both have a technocratic, top-down vision of the future of AI, in which a small digital elite, concentrated in a few tech hubs and largely separated from the concerns of the rest of the population, produces tools meant to be used by the rest of the population. While the locus of this elite is the Communist Party in one case and West Coast tech hubs in the other, the logic is similar.
One problem with technocracies of this sort is that although they are good at crunching and propagating data, they tend to be myopic when it comes to context and motivation. Tech elites in both China and the United States were at first slow to perceive the importance of events in a somewhat removed field of knowledge—medicine. Even once the issue was on their radar screens, the narrowness of the elites led to an initial blindness to the world beyond their immediate experience.
The most striking example was the Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, one of the first to perceive the danger of the virus, who was reprimanded by the police and then, after he died, became a national martyr. The shortsightedness of the elites is also evident in the United States, in the botched rollout of the COVID-19 triage app by Alphabet’s Verily: its capabilities were initially oversold, it is distrusted by many as a data grab, and it turns out to cover only the Bay Area.
In contrast, the Taiwanese response, based on an ethos of broad digital participation and community-driven tool development, was fast, precise, and democratic. By spreading participation in digital development broadly through society, Taiwan avoided both technocracy and technophobia, maintaining trust and the two-way flow of information in the face of a crisis.
THE TAIWAN MODELTaiwan’s success has precedents. One example comes from the United States: the rapid mobilization after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The country turned on a dime and outstripped the more centrally directed efforts of Germany, Japan, and later, the Soviet Union, through a range of government and citizen-driven industrial and technological innovations. The key, for both the United States then and Taiwan now, was catalyzing the widespread desire among citizens to be useful producers, and not just consumers, of the tools needed for victory over an enemy—whether a foreign military or a lethal virus. Societies that fail to do so in a time of crisis are wasting their most critical resource.
Taiwan has demonstrated the same capacity when confronted with other challenges. Its recent presidential election, for example, might represent the democratic world’s greatest victory yet over digital disinformation. Facing the world’s highest volume of disinformation (flowing mostly from mainland China), Taiwan harnessed citizen-built and operated platforms, powered by voluntary reporting, to check and rebut false claims. The citizenry also collaboratively designed and quickly deployed a new media-literacy curriculum ahead of the election. A populist, Beijing-backed candidate lost the election by 20 points.
Taiwan has achieved similar successes in a range of other policy areas, including in striking a balance between protecting privacy and enabling citizen-organized “data collaboratives”; achieving exceptional environmental standards and climate emission abatement; protecting workers in the “gig economy” without preventing the rise of innovative digital services; and fostering civic participation with creative engagement and voting tools.
This emerging Taiwanese model holds powerful promise beyond the current crisis. Debates about technological development tend to focus on the leading competitors in the race for global prestige, holding the Chinese technocratic-authoritarian surveillance state up against the corporate-capitalist approach in the United States. Taiwan offers another path—one that should hold appeal across ideological lines in democratic societies, including the United States. The left will appreciate that the g0v civic-hacker movement grew out of work with the Sunflower Movement, Taiwan’s answer to Occupy Wall Street. (In contrast to Occupy, g0v ended up giving Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement the tools to gain a lasting institutional foothold in the digital ministry.) At the same time, by showing how a small, young, and scrappy democracy can thrive in the shadow of Beijing’s growing authoritarianism, Taiwan provides an example that should appeal to China hawks on the right.
Taiwan offers an alternative to both the top-down surveillance of the Chinese state and the advertising-driven Western tech giants. It has harnessed technology as a tool of democratic creativity (rather than, like Europe, focusing just on limiting the frightening harms of surveillance). And by doing so, Taiwan has created a model that holds great promise in the ongoing fight not only against the coronavirus but also against menacing dystopian technological futures.
Source: Foreign Affairs Magazine https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/asia/2020-03-20/how-civic-technology-can-help-stop-pandemic
Professor Yeh Jiunn-rong, former Republic of China (ROC) Minister of Education, spoke to a group of Taiwanese students at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York on Feb. 22. The event, titled After the Election: From the 8.17 Communique to the will of 8.17 million people, was jointly hosted by the Education Division of TECO alongside the Federation of Taiwanese Student Associations in New York (FTSANY). Professor Yeh, who is currently a law professor at the National Taiwan University, spoke of his experiences as a law student in the United States during the late 1980s and his subsequent career as an academic legal scholar.
The title of the event was chosen to symbolize Taiwan’s democratic transition, paralleling Professor Yeh’s own career. The 8.17 communique signed on Aug. 17, 1982 between the U.S. and China occurred during the period of Martial Law in Taiwan, which was lifted in 1987. At the time, Professor Yeh was studying law at Yale University under a full scholarship from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. After graduating, he returned to Taiwan with a strong desire to contribute to the democratization process. He became a legal scholar specializing in environmental law, constitutional law, and the constitutional process. His work contributed to the many important changes in the ROC constitution that have facilitated the democratic transition of Taiwan’s political system, both through constitutional amendments passed by the Legislature and through Constitutional Interpretations issued by the Council of Grand Justices, Taiwan’s supreme court. These constitutional changes paved the way for key milestones such as the 1992 popular election for national legislators, the first direct presidential election in 1996, and the first transfer of the presidency to an opposition party in 2000. As a potent symbol of the success of Taiwan’s vibrant democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen was recently reelected in January with a total 8.17 million votes cast in her favor, comprising the second part of the event’s name. Professor Yeh has also served in several government roles, including as the Minister of the Interior from 2016-2018, and as Minister of Education in 2018.
In addition to past changes in the ROC Constitution that facilitated democratic changes, Professor Yeh expressed his confidence that the Constitution would be able to address social issues. In a recent landmark case, the Council of Grand Justices issued a Constitutional Interpretation in May 2017 which declared that prohibiting same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, paving the way for Taiwan to become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
The event was open to the public and attended by many Taiwanese students studying at universities in the greater New York area. TECO Deputy Director Andrew Yang welcomed Professor Yeh, while Education Division Director Min-Ling Yang delivered the closing remarks.
The 25th Dadun Fine Arts Exhibition is currently accepting entries for participation. Every year, there are more than 1,500 artists from around the world submitting works in eleven fine arts categories: Ink Wash Painting, Calligraphy, Seal Graving, Glue Color Painting, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Crafts and Digital Art.
The Cultural Affairs Bureau of Taichung first promoted the Da Dun Fine Arts Exhibition as a local exhibition in 1996. By April 2002 it had already grown into an internationally recognized annual event and become a globally important art exchange platform.
To ensure a fair and objective competition, the organizers invite experts and scholars to form jury committees. The exhibition entails planning, collecting submissions, judging, and finishes with an awards ceremony. In the end, a total of about two hundred exceptional works of art are awarded prizes: the top three prizes, awards of merit and short-listed for the eleven fine arts categories. Every first prize winner in each category is also automatically enrolled in competition for the five limited, Da Dun Prizes, which represent this exhibition’s ultimate honor.
For more information, please read the attached General Rules, Entry Form, and visit the exhibition's official website at: https://www.dadunfae.taichung.gov.tw/english/content/index.asp?Parser=1,9,25,20
The World School Children's Art Exhibition is a program to encourage artistic expression and creativity among children. The goal is to promote cross-cultural understanding and friendship among the younger generation through the exchange of children’s art work.
School children aged 6-15 years are welcome to submit entries to participate. The following types of artwork are accepted:
Medium: Oil paintings, water colors, wood cut prints, pencil sketches, crayon drawings, pastels, collages, etchings, graphic designs…etc.
Size: Within 55cm X 40cm
Number: One piece from each child
The final exhibition will be held in September 2020 in Taipei. The deadline to submit entries for consideration is April 30, 2020.
For further information, please see the application document and artwork label below, as well as the official website of the exhibition at http://www.kaearoc.org.tw/html/.
TECO New York co-hosts panel discussion on Taiwan’s 2020 elections with Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York co-hosted a panel discussion on Taiwan’s recent presidential and legislative elections with the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) at the TECO office on January 16, 2020. The event, titled Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Results and Implications, analyzed the significance of the Jan. 11 poll in which citizens across Taiwan voted for president and vice-president, as well as members of the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan’s national legislature.
The panel discussion was moderated by FPRI’s president, Carol Rollie Flynn. Distinguished panelists included: Jacques deLisle, Director of the FPRI Asia Program; David Rank, a Senior Fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs; Vincent Wang, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University; as well as Shelley Rigger, a professor of political science at Davidson College. The event was attended by over 100 politicians, academics, students, Taiwanese community members, and journalists from around New York.
In her opening remarks, Ambassador Lily Hsu, the Director-General of TECO New York, stated that the Taiwanese people had passionately exercised their democratic right to vote on January 11, with over 14 million voters casting ballots and a high voter turnout rate of 74.9%. The results awarded incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen another four-year term, and the Democratic Progressive Party retained its majority of seats in the Legislative Yuan. The electoral process was fair and transparent, demonstrating the Taiwanese people’s resolve to maintain their freedom and democratic way of life. Following the election, over 70 leaders and officials from around the world sent congratulatory messages applauding Taiwan on a successful election, including the U.S. Secretary of State, the Japanese Foreign Minister, the British Foreign Secretary, and the European Union External Action Service. Ambassador Hsu also noted that Taiwan’s election attracted a high degree of international attention, with particular focus on the values embodied by Taiwan. As President Tsai expressed in her acceptance speech, “All countries should consider Taiwan a partner, not an issue.”
Ambassador Hsu also thanked the FPRI for co-hosting the panel discussion with TECO. The discussion analyzed the significance of the election results and the implications on Taiwan’s domestic political and economic development, as well as its ramifications for Taiwan’s external relations, including the Taiwan-U.S. relationship, the Cross-Strait relationship, and regional ties. Panelists also raised the potential challenges that President Tsai will face in her second term, the future development of various political parties, and social issues in Taiwan. The Education Division of TECO New York invited Taiwanese students studying in New York to join this panel discussion and students demonstrated their enthusiasm about the 2020 Presidential Election by raising many thought-provoking questions.
Education Division (TECO-NY)