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A new current affairs show covering topics critical to Taiwan and the implications for Asia and beyond. Every episode, we’ll invite a veteran journalist for 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.

The Taiwan Take Ghost Island Media

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A new current affairs show covering topics critical to Taiwan and the implications for Asia and beyond. Every episode, we’ll invite a veteran journalist for 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.

    6. Trade Policy and National Identity: Syaru Shirley Lin (“Taiwan’s China Dilemma”)

    6. Trade Policy and National Identity: Syaru Shirley Lin (“Taiwan’s China Dilemma”)

    *This interview was recorded before the Jan. 11 general election.   

    Although many countries have begun to reconsider how to balance what they get in return for trading with China, this question has always been existential in Taiwan. Trade policies have oscillated inconsistently between opening up and restricting access to the Chinese economy. 

    The challenges of doing trade with China is a global issue. And this is The Taiwan take. 

    Our guest is political scientist, Syaru Shirley Lin (林夏如), author of the book “Taiwan’s China Dilemma” (2016) and the forthcoming sequel “High Income Trap in East Asia.” Today, Lin maps out the economic ties between Taiwan and China and what drives policymaking in that area. 

    Lin retired as a partner at Goldman Sachs before becoming an academic. She now teaches world politics at the University of Virginia and global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

    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. 

    Follow us on Twitter @ghostislandme 
    Add to our tip jar at Patreon (www.patreon.com/Taiwan) 

    SHOW CREDIT 

    Host - J.R. Wu 
    Producer / Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu) 
    Researcher - Sam Robbins (Twitter @helloitissam) 
    Brand Design - Thomas Lee 
    Production Company - Ghost Island Media 

    https://ghostisland.media

    • 47 min
    5. Life and Times of: Kent Feng (former Minister of National Defense)

    5. Life and Times of: Kent Feng (former Minister of National Defense)

    Feng (馮世寬) is a top-gun and twice-appointed Taiwan cabinet minister. He was the Minister of National Defense from 2016-2018 and is currently the Minister of the Veterans Affairs Council. In this holiday special, Feng shares stories of his life and his times. It offers rare insights, in English, from this retired three-star general of the ROC Air Force.    

    Today’s episode is hosted by J.R. Wu - Chief of the Secretariat for INDSR (Institute for National Defense and Security Research) in Taiwan, where Feng was the inaugural chairman. 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.   

    Follow us on Twitter @ghostislandme   
    Add to our tip jar at Patreon (www.patreon.com/Taiwan)   

    SHOW CREDIT   

    Host - J.R. Wu   
    Producer / Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)   
    Researchers - Yu-Chen Lai (Twitter @@aGuavaEmoji) and Sam Robbins (Twitter @helloitissam)    
    Brand Design - Thomas Lee   
    Production Company - Ghost Island Media   
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    https://ghostisland.media

    • 46 min
    4. US-China Trade and Taiwan: Rupert Hammond-Chambers (US-Taiwan Business Council)

    4. US-China Trade and Taiwan: Rupert Hammond-Chambers (US-Taiwan Business Council)

    When it comes to US and China trade disputes, perhaps no country is feeling the effects quite as acutely as Taiwan. Amidst the uncertainty, how can players trapped in the middle make the most out of the situation they now find themselves in? These are global issues. And this is The Taiwan Take.   

    Our guest is Rupert Hammond-Chambers - president of the US-Taiwan Business Council. We discuss the on-going trade war and its effect on Taiwan. We walk talk high tech, which makes up a large part of the Taiwanese economy, and the difficult decisions this sector is making to adapt to the new business landscape.   

    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.   

    Follow us on Twitter @ghostislandme   
    Add to our tip jar at Patreon (www.patreon.com/Taiwan)   

    SHOW CREDIT   

    Host - J.R. Wu   
    Producer / Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)   
    Researchers - Sam Robbins (Twitter @helloitissam), Yu-Chen Lai   
    Today’s Guest - Rupert Hammond-Chambers (Twitter @RJHCUSTBC)   
    Brand Design - Thomas Lee   
    Production Company - Ghost Island Media    
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    https://ghostisland.media

    • 34 min
    3. Making a Political Drama: Sylvia Feng (“Island Nation”)

    3. Making a Political Drama: Sylvia Feng (“Island Nation”)

    Sylvia Feng is the producer of a new political TV drama, “Island Nation" - which looks at Taiwan from 1990-94 during its transition to democracy. Today, Sylvia and J.R. discuss the media industry in Taiwan and the challenges media and creative professionals face today. Feng has had over three decades of experience in broadcast journalism, including a long career in Taiwan’s public television network, of which she helped to build and later came a president.   

    The challenge of balancing politics, profit, and creative freedom in an ever-changing, increasingly competitive market is a global issue, and this is The Taiwan Take.   

    Trailers to “Island Nation"「國際橋牌社」:   
    https://youtube.com/channel/UCxGyAsGkYR8X4pAU5kDQy3A/videos   
    Facebook: https://fb.com/IslandNation1990/   

    This 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.    

    Follow us on Twitter @ghostislandme   
    Contribute to our tip jar at: patreon.com/Taiwan   

    SHOW CREDIT   

    Host - J.R. Wu   
    Producer / Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)   
    Researcher - Sam Robbins (Twitter @helloitissam), Yu-Chen Lai   
    Additional Production Support - Allison Chan   
    Today’s Guest - Sylvia Feng 馮賢賢   
    Brand Design - Thomas Lee   
    Production Company - Ghost Island Media   
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    https://ghostisland.media

    • 41 min
    2. China Infiltration: Jeremy Hung (INDSR)

    2. China Infiltration: Jeremy Hung (INDSR)

    Today, we look at Chinese influence and infiltration. Our guest is Dr. Jeremy Hung - a researcher at INDSR (Institute for National Defense and Security Research). We discuss the role of proxy agents (ie. intermediaries) and how they may be helping China to influence media, impact politics, and strengthen its control over Taiwan.  

    China’s expanding influence into politics and societies around the world is a global issue, and this is The Taiwan Take.  

    Our host today is J.R. Wu - Chief of the Secretariat for INDSR 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. At INDSR, Wu advises the institute’s leadership, handles international outreach with external stakeholders, and supports project management.  

    Donate to us at Patreon http://patreon.com/Taiwan  
    Follow us on Twitter @ghostislandme  
      
    SHOW CREDIT  
      
    Host - J.R. Wu  
    Today’s Guest - Dr. Jeremy Hung  
    Producer / Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)  
    Researcher - Sam Robbins (Twitter @helloitissam)  
    Production Support - Allison Chan  
    Brand Design - Thomas Lee  
    Production Company - Ghost Island Media  
      
    https://ghostisland.media

    • 30 min
    1. National Security: Kharis Templeman (Stanford University)

    1. National Security: Kharis Templeman (Stanford University)

    Welcome to the first episode. Today, we discuss the changing landscape of Asia-Pacific security, its implications on Taiwan, and the role that partners like the U.S. plays.
      
    Today's guest is Dr. Kharis Templeman - a political scientist and an advisor on the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project at Stanford University.
      
    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. At INDSR, Wu advises the institute’s leadership, handles international outreach with external stakeholders, and supports project management.
      
    This is a current affairs show covering topics critical to Taiwan and the implications for Asia and beyond. These are global issues, and this is “The Taiwan Take.”
      
    Follow us on Twitter @ghostislandme
      
    Send your feedback to web@ghostisland.media
      
    SHOW CREDIT
      
    Host - J.R. Wu  
    Researcher - Sam Robbins (Twitter @helloitissam)  
    Producer / Editor - Emily Y. Wu (Twitter @emilyywu)  
    Today’s Guest - Kharis Templeman (Twitter @kharisborloff)  
    Brand Design - Thomas Lee  
    Production Company - Ghost Island Media  

    https://ghostisland.media

    • 34 min

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