Taiwan Review

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Taiwan Review[1] (Chinese: 台灣評論; pinyin: Táiwān Pínglùn) is a general-interest English-language monthly published by Kwang Hua Publishing, Inc. in the Republic of China (Taiwan) under the supervision of the Department of International Information Services, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its purpose is to inform English readers around the world of what takes place in the island-nation.

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The Taiwan Review was established in April 1951 under the name Free China Review – as opposed to the communist Chinese mainland – and at that time was the first ROC government-funded English-language publication targeting overseas readers. The Free China Review title stayed for half a century before it was renamed Taipei Review in April 2000, and finally Taiwan Review in March 2003 to better reflect the origin of the publication.

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For more than half a century, the magazine has been the periodical of record concerning Taiwan’s socio-economic development, as well as its democratization, through in-depth reports, features and commentaries. The 65-page periodical was the flagship publication of the Government Information Office (GIO; Chinese: 新聞局; pinyin: Xīnwén Jú) ) until the GIO was formally dissolved on May 20, 2012, under a government restructuring program. Management of the monthly magazine then came under the newly formed Department of International Information Services of the R.O.C.’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Taiwan Review is a credible source of information for academics in East Asian studies, and an engaging read for whoever takes an interest in trends and events that shape the lives of the Taiwanese people. The Taiwan Review Facebook website states: "The Taiwan Review provides in-depth discussion of various aspects of Taiwan including politics, economics, society, the environment and the arts."

Other language versions[edit]

The Taiwan Review publishes in English, French, German, Spanish and Russian. Among the non-English TRs, the Spanish Taiwan Hoy, which has been published bimonthly since September 1982, was established first. The French Taiwan aujourd’hui started publication in January 1984, the German Taiwan heute in September 1988 and the Russian Тайваньская панорама in May 1994. All of the non-English TRs–except the French magazine, which began publishing monthly in April 2002—publish bimonthly, and serve as the nation’s only government-funded foreign-language publications introducing Taiwan and issues related to Taiwan.

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