The Taiwan Take

The Taiwan Take

Ghost Island Media 鬼島之音

A current affairs podcast on Taiwan and the world. Every episode, we invite a journalist to a conversation with an expert to get the big picture context of what we need to know. These are global issues, and this is The Taiwan Take.

Nominated for Best News Podcast at 2020 Excellent Journalism Award in Taiwan. Produced by Ghost Island Media in Taipei, Taiwan.

2020年台灣卓越新聞獎 Podcast 新聞獎入圍者.這是一個專門討論臺灣時事的訪談性英文節目, 以「縱觀世界議題,以臺灣觀點論述」為主軸,由記者採訪跨領域專家、名人與來賓等,第一手將臺灣的故事推向國際.

鬼島之音製作播出.

所有集數

24. One China Policy? One China Principle? Dr. Yu-Jie Chen (Academia Sinica)

24. One China Policy? One China Principle? Dr. Yu-Jie Chen (Academia Sinica)

🄴 The Taiwan Take

As democratic support for Taiwan increases, so has Beijing’s message to the world about its “One China principle” and the myth of a global consensus regarding the sovereignty of Taiwan. The truth is, every country - including Taiwan - has its own “One China policy”. And that policy (according to each country) is not the same as the principle (according to the PRC).It can be confusing. In a fight about international discourse on Taiwan, Beijing’s diplomats and ambassadors are proactively trying to confuse the world. And this confusion is increasingly challenging for Taiwan’s participation in global affairs and organizations. It’s also challenging for different countries’ own One China policy. Beijing insists that its “principle” should be adhered to by every country in the world. The end goal is for the world to confuse Beijing’s’ “principle” with an actual international law. The PRC would later use international law to say: exactly, this is our internal affairs and we can do whatever we want to do. No such international law exists. The UN resolution 2758 doesn’t say that Taiwan is a part of China (despite what China says in its recent white paper.) The One China principle is PRC’s principle only - not international law. And each country has (and should) clarify their own positions on Taiwan's sovereignty. China’s “trying to say to the international society, to create a confusion that Taiwan belongs to China. So when China either sends out military aircrafts or flight jets around Taiwan, it's China's international affairs that other countries should not interfere with,” says Dr. Chen Yu-Jie. Dr. CHEN offers a solution. It’s very important that all countries, including Taiwan, that don't agree with the One China principle to speak up, says Dr. Chen. “It's important that countries should voice out their different opinions, because international law depends on international practice. So if countries don't object to something that's being said, in the long run when it becomes a practice it might become a norm.” Our guest today is Yu-Jie CHEN, a key legal expert on international law and diplomacy in the context of China-Taiwan relations. CHEN has a JSD from the New York University School of Law. She is an assistant research professor at Taiwan's prestigious Academia Sinica. In addition to publishing and academic journals in the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the UK, CHEN also writes op-eds and takes part in public facing discussions. Articles mentioned in this episode include: “I'm Taiwanese and I Want to Thank Nancy Pelosi”, op-ed by Yu-Jie CHEN (New York Times, August 5, 2022): https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/05/opinion/taiwan-china-pelosi-democracy.html““One China” Contention in China–Taiwan Relations: Law, Politics and Identity”, scholarly paper by Yu-Jie CHEN (China Quarterly, September 27, 2022): https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/china-quarterly/article/abs/one-china-contention-in-chinataiwan-relations-law-politics-and-identity/3D4369ACBC0E9062F2FB9462D8961763#“China Is Using a UN Resolution to Further Its Claim Over Taiwan” by Madoka Fukuda (The Diplomat, August 26. 2022): https://thediplomat.com/2022/08/china-is-using-a-un-resolution-to-further-its-claim-over-taiwan/China white paper on Taiwan: https://english.news.cn/20220810/df9d3b8702154b34bbf1d451b99bf64a/c.htmlToday’s host is JR Wu, a former journalist with two decades of media experience in the US and Asia. She has led news bureaus for Reuters and Dow Jones.Support the show by donating on patreon.com/taiwanEPISODE CREDITProducer, Host / Emily Y. Wu @emilyywuResearch / Min Chao @wordsfromtaiwanProduction Assistant / Gerald WilliamsA Ghost Island Media production / @ghostislandmewww.ghostisland.mediaSupport the show: https://patreon.com/TaiwanSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

23. Steve Chen (Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund 2022)

23. Steve Chen (Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund 2022)

🄴 The Taiwan Take

Steve Chen was born in Taiwan in 1978 and moved to the U.S. at age eight. After working at PayPal, he co-founded YouTube in 2005 and sold it to Google next year. Steve moved back to Taiwan in 2019 and lives here now with his wife and two sons. Today’s conversation was a part of the 2022 Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund (TASF) ceremony, a scholarship fund for Taiwanese American students from low-income families. If you are a student in need, please apply: https://tascholarshipfund.org/Steve Chen was this year's recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award - a recognition of a Taiwanese American with extraordinary achievements. Previous recipients included Patrick Lee, co-founder of Rotten Tomatoes, Debby Soo, CEO of OpenTable, California Congressman Ted W. Lieu, and philanthropist Joseph Fan.We caught up with Steve Chen over video. We talked about fitting in, quitting school, and setting up YouTube as dating service. We asked him about leadership and teamwork, and what it means to him now to be reconnecting with Taiwan. Support "The Taiwan Take" by donating on patreon.com/TaiwanEPISODE CREDITProducer, Host / Emily Y. Wu @emilyywu Production Assistant / Gerald WilliamsIntern / Sophia Zuo A Ghost Island Media production / @ghostislandmewww.ghostisland.mediaSupport the show: https://patreon.com/TaiwanSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22. That Way You Talk: Alice Yeh (PhD candidate, U Chicago)

22. That Way You Talk: Alice Yeh (PhD candidate, U Chicago)

🄴 The Taiwan Take

Alice and Catherine are two anthropologists whose “jobs” is to write about other people-types… but they can’t stop obsessing over their own sociocultural categories - working-class or elite, Chinese American or Taiwanese American - and whether or not you can hear it in the way(s) they talk. Alice was an intern on The Taiwan Take and Metalhead Politics. This episode was originally aired as a part of “In Training 小鬼登島” - our program for and by emerging creators / interns: https://ghostisland.media/#intern. Writing by: Alice YehProduction Coordinator: Trevor LiuSupervising Producers: Ghost Island MediaHappy Lunar New Year from all of us at Ghost Island Media!!Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/taiwanFollow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ghostislandmeA Ghost Island Media production | www.ghostisland.mediaSupport the show: https://patreon.com/TaiwanSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21. Security 3 - Influence Operations on PTT: Oddis J.F. Tsai + J.M. Hung (INDSR)

21. Security 3 - Influence Operations on PTT: Oddis J.F. Tsai + J.M. Hung (INDSR)

🄴 The Taiwan Take

PTT is one of the most open social media platforms in the Chinese language. Though it’s not more populous than Facebook, it’s arguably more impactful than Facebook here in Taiwan. It’s a reflection of Taiwan's spirited democracy, and it’s used heavily as a source for local journalists.We speak with two INDSR researchers on a year-long project, “A Pilot Study on PTT in the Context of Influence Operations” (批踢踢影響力作戰前導研究)which attempts to identify CCP state actors on the platfor. The researchers are Oddis J.F. Tsai (Policy Analyst at the Division of Defense Strategy and Resources) and Dr. Jui-Ming Hung (Assistant Research Fellow at the Division of Defense Strategy and Resources).The paper lays out mechanics and - through quantitative analysis - identifies types of suspect behavior on the world’s largest non-commercial, forum-based, open-source online bulletin board system in the Chinese language. This interview was recorded in January 2021 after the paper was published by INDSR. The paper is available here: https://indsr.org.tw/en/News_detail/2181/A-Year-of-Influence-enToday’s host is J.R. Wu - a non-resident advisor at INDSR (Institute for National Defense and Security Research) in Taiwan. Wu is a former journalist with nearly two decades of media experience in the US and Asia. She has led news bureaus for Reuters and Dow Jones.Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/taiwanFollow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ghostislandmeEPISODE CREDIT | Producer & Editing, Emily Y. Wu @emilyywu | Host, JR Wu | Research, Alice YehA Ghost Island Media production | www.ghostisland.mediaSupport the show: https://patreon.com/TaiwanSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

20. Security 2 - Disinformation: Puma Shen (Doublethink Lab)

20. Security 2 - Disinformation: Puma Shen (Doublethink Lab)

🄴 The Taiwan Take

“Democracy is a failure” - that’s the narrative the Chinese Communist Party has been trying to plant over the past year and hopes to take root in international discourse and in the minds of its 1.4 billion citizens. This disinformation has heavy implications for democracy in Taiwan, and it’s never been as serious as it is now.CCP disinformation methods are detailed in a report issued late last year titled “Deafening Whispers” by Doublethink Lab, a Taiwanese organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy through digital defense. The report has just been made available in English.This interview was recorded in January 2021 when the Chinese-version of the report was first published.Online disinformation and influence operations affect offline real-world defense and security. Fake news is a global issue and this is The Taiwan Take. Today’s guest is Dr. Puma Shen (沈伯洋), chairman of Doublethink Lab (台灣民主實驗室) and an assistant professor at National Taipei University.Today’s episode is hosted by J.R. Wu - Chief of the Secretariat for INDSR (Institute for National Defense and Security Research) in Taiwan. Wu is a former journalist with nearly two decades of media experience in the US and Asia. She has led news bureaus for Reuters and Dow Jones.Support us by donating on patreon.com/TaiwanFollow us on Twitter @ghostislandmeEPISODE CREDIT | Producer, Emily Y. Wu @emilyywu | Host, JR Wu | Editing & Research, Alice YehA Ghost Island Media production | www.ghostisland.mediaSupport the show: https://patreon.com/TaiwanSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.