TTF’s English Website Suspended Effective May 20, 2016


Following Dr. Tsai’s election to the Office of the President last January, and as part of TTF’s overall post election reorganizational plan, the English section of Thinking Taiwan ( website will be suspended effective May 20, 2016.

On behalf of TTF’s board and management, we like to take this opportunity to thank every one of our readers and contributors out there, for your kindest and diligent support over the past two years. You are an integral part of TTF’s highly distinguished international community, and we thank you for that.

Our special thank goes to our editor-in-chief J. Michael Cole for his accomplishment in building the highly acclaimed TTF English website. We are especially appreciative for his knowledge and insights of Taiwan’s affairs and his care for the people of Taiwan. We wish him every success in all his future endeavors.

While majority of the website will be suspended, the TAIWAN INSIDER (, a weekly newsletter will continue to keep readers abreast of events in Taiwan.

Thinking Taiwan Foundation
Angela Chang – CEO

9 Responses to “TTF’s English Website Suspended Effective May 20, 2016”

May 09, 2016 at 3:14 pm, Stefan Sonnerhed said:

Although Thinking Taiwan will be missed, the reason for suspending it must be one of the best possible–KMT’s defeat and Tsai’s and DPP’s win.


May 09, 2016 at 8:19 pm, Chiang Hwa-Chien said:

How come you attribute shutting down this website about Tsai Ing-wen’s victory in the presidential election – implying this website’s purpose has been fulfilled – yet your “About Page” claims that you provide non-partisan information? That does not seem very partisan to me. (In all honesty, I would not expect that from the English-language outlet of a DPP-affiliated organisation, but then please be honest enough not to claim otherwise as that reeks of Pravda-style journalism)


May 10, 2016 at 12:24 am, jade said:

Please explain the reasons for shutting down Thinking Taiwan English website in a more justifiable fashion. The wording of the announcement sounds as if TTF, due to the DDP’s victory in the presidential election, is abandoning its ideals to give refreshing voices to Taiwan politics. The appreciative readers and those who have made huge contributions to the website’s success are bound to feel ditched.

If it has become inappropriate for the foundation of the President of Taiwan to fund mass media, maybe some other foundations or business with good reputation, such as Chi Mei (奇美) or Yi Mei (義美), could give the financial support while allowing the website to continue operating objectively.


May 10, 2016 at 2:21 am, Orange said:

If it’s any consolation, it’s only the English section that is being shuttered. The Chinese section will still be up and running.


May 10, 2016 at 7:55 am, shiyali said:

If Thinking Taiwan really thinks it “is the nation’s premier source of nonpartisan analysis and commentary about politics, society and culture in Taiwan and the region” as the About Us page states, why would the DPP’s election victory be reason to close it? Or was it just a campaign tool that has outlived its usefulness?


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