Number of Taiwanese newborns taking mom’s family name increases

Number of Taiwanese newborns taking mom’s family name increases

Taiwan’s ministry of the interior announced on November 24, 2017, that 4.8% of babies born in January to October, 2017, in Taiwan have taken mom’s family name and 95.2% have taken dad’s family name.

Traditionally, women and their children are registered with the family name of the father.  Traditional wealthy families that have only a female heir and do not have any male heir would require the groom to change his family name and take the female heir’s family name.  The Chinese term for this practice is called “ru zhui”.

On Taiwan nowadays, children are allowed to take the family name of either the father or the mother by parental consent.  Among children whose last name was decided by parental consent, 97.85% were given the father’s family name and 2.15% were given the mother’s family name.

In 2013, 1.69% of newborns took their mother’s family name.

In Taitung county, 18.89% of babies born between January and October of 2017 were given the mother’s family name and in Hualien county, 16.28% of babies born between January and October of 2017 were given the mother’s family name.  The reason for these high percentages was unspecified.

One reason is that both Taitung and Hualien are on the east coast of Taiwan where Taiwanese aborigines live, and their tradition is matriarchy.


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Xi Jinping’s policy towards Taiwan

Xi Jinping’s policy towards Taiwan

The Taiwan affairs office of the Chinese Communist regime explained xi Jinping’s policy towards Taiwan to the “cross Strait media summit” in Beijing on November 24, 2017.  The policy is called the “six one’s”.

(1)  There is one fundamental goal, and that is to solve the Taiwan problem and realize complete unification of the motherland.

(2)  There is one fundamental guideline, and that is to continue to insist on peaceful unification and to establish the framework of “one nation, two systems”.

(3)  There is one main mission, and that is to push forward peaceful development of cross Strait relations, and push forward the progress of the motherland’s peaceful unification of Taiwan.

(4)  There is one basic principle, and that is the one China principle.

(5)  There is one clear bottom line, and that is to maintain the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, never to tolerate the replay of the historical tragedy of the country being split.

(6)  There is one important concept, and that is to affirm the concept that the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait are of one family.


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CJCU mess hall to become ecological education center

CJCU mess hall to become ecological education center

Taiwan’s Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) in Tainan is a private Presbyterian university.  It has decided to open its mess hall as an ecological education center in summer of 2018 to provide courses in agricultural food production, food management and ecological management.

The mess hall education center will be open to both international students and local students, and it will provide students with opportunities to experience cooking and kitchen waste management.  Kitchen waste will be gathered for compost and waster water will be collected in a purification pond for use as irrigation water.

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Interesting study

Interesting study

A research paper tried to explain a rather peculiar phenomenon about Taiwan’s economy:  Why has Taiwan’s labor productivity continued to increase while Taiwan’s wages have stagnated since 2002?

Before 2002, Taiwan’s labor productivity and actual wages grew in tandem.  After 2002, Taiwan’s labor productivity continued to grow but growth in actual wages began to stall to the point of stagnation and negative growth.

What are the causes of this disconnect between Taiwan’s actual wages and Taiwan’s labor productivity?

Using the GDP as a measure of actual productivity and actual wages to measure personal purchasing power, we notice that beginning in 1999, Taiwan’s GDP began to slide while CPI began to rise.  While the GDP kept on growing at a steady pace and wage increases remained stationary, the CPI kept on climbing, reducing individual purchasing power.  As the CPI rose while wages remained stagnant, the actual purchasing power of the wage earner reduced.

There are aspects of free market capitalist business psychology involved here that the economists who studied the phenomenon failed to consider.  One aspect is capitalist exploitation.  Taiwanese businesses are known to cut cost to maintain profit margin.  If a business sees productivity continue to increase while wages are kept low, why should the business increase wages and thus increase cost?  If business earnings continue to increase because of continued growth in productivity, why should the business increase wages?  This is typical free market capitalist exploitation.

The replacement of assembly line workers with mechanized production units, assembly line robots, production automation, should sustain continued increase in productivity without continual wage hikes for human workers.  Short term high initial investment in mechanization and automated production and installation of robots for production is easily recovered by lower production cost resulting from mechanization.

Personnel cost can thus be maintained at a minimum and assembly line worker cost near zero.

There seems to be two causes for this peculiar phenomenon.  One is capitalist exploitation to maintain the profit margin by keeping wages low.  The other is the degree of mechanized production.  The higher the degree of mechanization of production, the higher the productivity.

Taiwanese businesses now have a severe shortage of suitably employable workers.  The inadequacy of Taiwan’s technical and vocational education has been blamed.  The major complaint is that graduates from liberal colleges and universities lack suitable job skills.  One aspect may be that the job skills needed by businesses are now more sophisticated than simple manual labor skills.  That maybe why businesses cannot find suitably employable talent and graduates have difficulty qualifying for the jobs.

The dominance of sophisticated job skills may be the factor sustaining continued productivity growth while wages for workers with only manual labor skills have stayed low.



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Boris Vladimirovich Gusev visits Taiwan

Boris Vladimirovich Gusev visits Taiwan

On November 22, 2017, Boris Vladimirovich Gusev and his delegation of four high ranking officials from the Russian Academy of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Sciences were in Taipei to hold a Taiwan-Russia science and technology transfer cooperation briefing.

B. V. Gusev and his delegation introduced advanced technologies in photo-electricity, wind power, nano technology, and high efficiency animal feed technologies to seek Taiwanese cooperation.



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Shift in political attitude noted among Taiwanese

Shift in political attitude noted among Taiwanese

A shift in political attitude among the Taiwanese was noted in a November 13-15, 2017, poll.  After the opening address to the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress by Chinese leader Xi Jinping (October 18-24, 2017), 29% of Taiwanese now have a “favorable feeling” towards Xi Jinping, 39% have “no feeling either way” and 19.9% “feel aversion” towards him.

The nearly 10-point difference shows a tremendous shift in attitude towards China and its autocratic leadership.

A November 19, 2017, Taiwanese commentary notes that Taiwanese public opinion about the way Tsai Ing-wen is handling relations between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland from 2016 to 2017 has also shifted by a big margin.  In 2016, 48% were dissatisfied with her way of handling the relations and in 2017, 56% are dissatisfied, 47% now question to appropriateness of Tsai Ing-wen’s policy towards the Chinese mainland, 40% of the public are willing to go to the Chinese mainland to work, and 38% of parents are willing to send their children to the Chinese mainland to study.

Taiwan’s TVBS poll of 808 responses out of 947 potential respondents contacted with 139 refusals or 14.6779% refusal rate conducted on November 17-18, 2017, shows that 28% are satisfied with Tsai Ing-wen’s performance, 49% are dissatisfied with her performance, and 23% have “no opinion”.  Among politically neutral voters, 23% are satisfied with her performance and 48% are dissatisfied.  This shows a continuing drop in support for Tsai Ing-wen and a shift towards having “no opinion”.  Even public opinion about her second choice for chief cabinet minister Lai Ching-wen who took office on September 8, 2017, is only 45% “satisfied” with his performance, 25% “dissatisfied” with him and 30% have “no opinion”.  Among those who are politically neutral, satisfaction with Lai Ching-de is at 43%.

Xi Jinping essentially ended the past political attitude of the Chinese Communist regime towards Taiwan and shifted gears from a “passive unification campaign” to an “active unification campaign”, forcing Taiwan into “passive self preservation” in face of the Chinese Communist regime’s “active” campaign showing the Taiwanese the regime’s resolve in achieve prosperity, in creating a middle class society, and in offering sociopolitical inducements to young Taiwanese to go to the Chinese mainland to study and work and be creative and innovative.  This inducement campaign has been launched against the backdrop of the anti-China brainwashing of the young Taiwanese conducted by Tsai Ing-wen’s government of her Democratic Progressive Party since May 20, 2016.

Indeed, young Taiwanese see no future in Taiwan, and they see no future in their personal development and achievement of their ambitions.

An economic review of Taiwan’s economic growth notes that the Taiwanese are not alarmed by the fact that Taiwan lags behind in global economic development.  Taiwan has a serious brain drain problem and unclear policy to stimulate industrial transformation.  Taiwan seems to be unable to boost its economic growth dynamics.

The most recent expression of Taiwanese political pundits is “Taiwan du zui”, which can be interpreted to mean “Taiwan drunk alone”, “intoxicated by Taiwan independence” or “intoxicated by its own myopic outlook”.

A Taiwanese commentator is urging the Taiwanese to wake up and drop the Cold War mentality of political confrontation.  He cites a November 13, 2017, data on the number of supercomputers in the world with China now surpassing the United States in the number of supercomputers.  China now has 202 supercomputers and the United States has 143 with Japan following third with 35 supercomputers.

The political agenda and emotionally charged anti-China propaganda of Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party’s government is being seen as leading Taiwan towards hopeless self destructive demise while the Chinese mainland under the leadership of Xi Jinping is offering hope and a future for the Taiwanese.

Indeed, the Taiwanese have been politically intoxicated by the political agenda and the political drug of Taiwan independence, and now, more people are making comparisons and seeing the contrast of doom versus prosperity and gloom versus hope.

While Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party’s government offers doom and gloom, Xi Jinping’s one party autocracy offers prosperity and hope.

Taiwanese pundits are asking:  Which side would you choose?  Doom and gloom or hope and prosperity?




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Taiwan considers “labor immigrants”

Taiwan considers “labor immigrants”

Taiwan is considering plans to accept “labor immigrants” to solve Taiwan’s severe manpower shortage in agriculture, fishery and long term home care.

The Chinese term for foreign workers in Taiwan is “wai lao” or “wai ji lao gong”.  They are allowed to work in Taiwan for 14 years.  When the time is up, they have to leave.

If the “immigration” plan is implemented, those who come to Taiwan will be referred to as “lao dong yi min” or “labor immigrants”.

Taiwan’s current unemployment rate is 3.77% and there are already over 660,000 foreign workers in Taiwan, but there is still a severe labor shortage.

One proposal for the “labor immigration plan” is to recruit foreign high school and college students to come study in Taiwan.  When they graduate, they will immediately be given a work permit to work in Taiwan, and if they do so, they can obtain immigrant status and be given permanent residency.  Another proposal is to import foreign workers as immigrants and be immediately give residency or Taiwanese ID.

The plan would constitute a labor immigration policy.

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