By Wu Ching-fang, Commonwealth Magazine The Formosa Plastics Group, the world’s 10th-largest petrochemical company, has announced its intention of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Considering that the conglomerate generates more than 50 million metric tons of carbon emissions a year, how does it intend to reach that goal? The Formosa Plastics Group is one of…

By Hannah Chang, Commonwealth Magazine Ambitions to manufacture in the U.S. closer to major customers have led TSMC to set up shop in America. The project and related supply chain relocation pose numerous challenges, from cost control to talent recruitment and management techniques in a different culture. Michelle Chang, director of the Taiwanese Chambers of…

Living abroad often involves numerous unexpected challenges and can be difficult for many, especially those with existing mental health issues. Fortunately, Taipei is now home to a growing number of mental health resources, including many with services in English and offering sliding-scale fees for lower-income clients. When Martha first came to Taiwan two years ago,…

Observers say that the signing of several economic agreements with countries in the region could result in new flows of technology and talent, both of which would be to Taiwan’s advantage. While China in recent years has showered Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) with investment pledges and memorandums of understanding (MOU), very few of these…

Five years after its implementation, the Tsai government’s flagship policy initiative aimed at boosting engagement with South and Southeast Asian countries has delivered some encouraging economic results. But observers say that to fulfill the policy’s goal of developing more comprehensive relations, a greater focus on people-to-people ties is needed. Taiwan’s Executive Yuan reported this September…

Taiwan this year experienced its steepest economic growth in more than a decade. But a slower pace is expected in 2022 due to the higher base, more normalized demand, and supply chain adjustments. Despite semiconductor shortages, shipping logjams, energy price hikes, and the uneven distribution of coronavirus vaccines, the global economy in 2021 has bounced…

As more countries, concerned about academic interference, begin to close down the China-facilitated Confucius Institutes on their university campuses, Taiwan is in a unique position to fill the gap by exporting its Chinese-language teaching expertise and drawing more students to the island for language study. At the end of 2020, then American Institute in Taiwan…