suppose don't feel happy,
according to various studies on series food scandals, housing & commodity
prices, Taiwan's economy, human rights, women's rights, judiciary & prosecutor
unless you're black-heart politicians or business men......
Taiwan faces many internal problems.
First, low wages and high
housing costs are affecting the marriage rate and leading to decreases in
》editorial , 2022-4-27:
is up to 6.4% chinatimes.com/opinion/20220426004891-262101?chdtv
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen
reneges on her main policy, housing
- failures on building social houses, and the housing price has been rapidly
According to Academia Sinica,56% husbands
feel happy, 45% wives feel happy; Gov data: nearly half
of young people, , particularly female,
born between 1981 and 1990 are still single.
survey: More than 20% of
Taiwanese under the age of 40 say they lack savings and
65% report they are in debt,
only one-third of respondents said their income exceeds
their expenses,... Some 41.8%
of respondents said their debt was high enough that they
felt economic pressure.Taiwan's rising
housing costs have also made it difficult for young
Today, even small housing units in Taipei can command
prices exceeding $1 million,...housing
prices across six cities including Taipei rose more than
30% between 2019 and 2021.Much of the inflated prices in
housing is fueled by the long running problem of
property speculation in Taiwan and very little social
National Cheng Kung
41% students chose to embrace ‘Lying
Flat’( lie around like a couch
housing prices have become the biggest pain for young
people...the real wage is pretty low...
<United Daily >, 2022-1-1: Taiwanese
children's death rate 4.5/1000 is much higher than those
of Japan, Korea ord OECD countries (average number:
People seem to living in a pressure cooker, there is no
way out of pain and depression, social violence is
increasing day by day, the increasing suicide rate
reflects people's desperation or hopelessness in life.
Senior officials don't even try to solve these issues.
Taiwan's society is filled with disorder and violent
killing, social security is bad... (近來社會充滿失序與暴力殺戮，治安敗壞)
thousands old senior citizens were pinned in old
apartments without an elevator, therefore are hard to
get downstairs and walk out, the number includes
not the elderly in townhouse or row house(透天厝)。A retired
professor complained this and may do a "fake divorce" so
as to apply for a "social housing" ("Council
middle-class people have only a house but no cash in the pocket, how can they
deal with illness and something unexpected?
The government knew "aged persons were trapped in old
house" but did nothing. Social housing for the
elderly people actually are only for
of the pyramid”,
“middle of the pyramid”,
general social housing is used to gain youngster's
The sadness is
old people's brain, body
and pocket can not afford finding an appropriate place
to live or kept moving from one place to another.
Taiwanese landlord always rejects aged persons.
World Fact Book (cia.gov/the-world-factbook/field/total-fertility-rate/country-comparison),
Japan Times, 2021-4-21:
CIA estimates Taiwan's "Fertility Rate" in 2021
to be world's lowest. Taiwan
ranks No. 227, probably caused by many house-wives being
busy in work as well as in household duties, according to Liberty Times
Japan ranks 218, China 185, Singapore 225.
Medical expert 楊志良 project found out: under the circumstances of low
salary and high housing price, it will be less and less marriage and child born。
tw.appledaily.com/headline/20210306/HJMLA6LWAJGABED753Y4ZNFOHU/ In 2020,
12,2000 couples got married, nearly
52,000 couples divorced，the divorce rate of couples
married 10+ years is up to 43.4％。
The Apple Daily,
editorial, Dec. 9, 2020
Rising housing price recently will make the rich are richer, but those
youngsters struggling minimum wage even do not dare to have housing dream...
today's Taiwan has been polarizing
between the rich and poor, the middle class is moving downward, not to mention
the situation of service industry's
furlough and being jobless is getting worse and worse.
Daily>, 6-29-2020: Has President seen the sadness of old
people living alone ?
30.7% Taiwanese elderly live alone, or
just live with spouse, or care-giver
「 Social security network 」includes no the elderly living
alone, 「long-term care system」 services are limited and the quality varies，
Less than 20% elderly living alone were on govt.
profile to be care.
/ 聯合報 / 羅品善
★ The China Times, editorial》 The
hardship of Taiwanese youngsters 20:03 2020/07/12
differential (五等分法) : The highest
level is about 6+ times the lowest level, which worsen the number, 4~5 ,
in earlier years。
Times>, editorial opinion, 10-4-2019: The productivity of those consumer goods (lifestyle)
industries (such as general business, wholesales, retail, food,
logistics/distribution, cosmetology & hair salon, early childhood care, hotel,
etc industries with low salary and dark future ) most Taiwanese people
work on is pretty low in general； in contrast, the new rich in
Computer and electronics industries lead a great life，this leads to
an unstable society。
United Daily>, headline news, 12-7-2019
Word of the year 2019 in Taiwan is "chaos",
No.2 is "lie" (cheating) , No.3 is "worry".
United Daily>, <CTS> news, 2-20-2019
pic.: Taiwanese workers stuck at the same real salaries (wages) as
17 years ago for inflation of all prices/ UDN 2-20-2019
PS: CTS news 2-20-2019: Nearly 90% Taiwanese
workers complained about their low salaries.
United Daily>, headline news, 6-10-2019
The number of elderly citizens being abused is 300% larger than that 10
years ago, a horrible find-out ! The number is just a tip of a big
iceberg ! Most of those aged people suffering domestic violence
chose not to speak out ...
United Daily>, 10-25-2019: Kaohsiung city mayor (韓國瑜): People of four
classes (farmers, fishermen, plebs, labor-men) lead a good life, the whole
Taiwan will be happy (四種人 農、漁、勞工、庶民過好
Economic Daily (經濟日報)
survey of 2019 shows at 11-20-2019 that <Happiness Index> of Taiwanese
Taipei, No.2 Hsin-Chu, No.3 Tao-yuan, No.4 TaiNan.
8-26-2019, headline news:
afford buying a house,
salary remains, no solutions yet since 1989"
pic.: UDN, headline news,
still can't afford a house, salary remains the
same as 30 yrs ago,
New York Times>, 2-27-2018
Taiwanese are "in a near panic" over shortage of tissue paper,
which highlights high price sensitivity, Taiwanese
wages stagnated for years, but housing prices went up. (brief)
United Daily>, 2-8/9-2018,
Taiwan government (including local gov.)
has not well taken
its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property
why are there so
many tall buildings located on the fault-zone?
why are poor
architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ?
why are those
shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to
risk millions of old houses and human beings ??
Economist Intelligence Unit》UK
Taipei ranks No. 58 in the 2018 survey "The world's most livable cities".
"The 2017 global least and most stressful
cities rankings" shows Taiwan's "gender equality" No.113, "race equality" No.
78, "green space" No. 115, "social security" No.140, "physical health"
No.15, "mental health" No. 96, "air pollution" No. 92, "noise pollution" No.110,
"Density", No. 127, "public transport" No.2, "Debt per Capita" No. 43,
etc. ref to
China Times>, 4-7-2017
39.5% Taiwanese people felt blue (Melancholy)1-2 days per week,
39.2 1- days, 21.3% felt blue 3-7 days per week ; Only16.8%
won't hide their disease / 董氏基金會研究.
4-18-2017 headline news
It's the hardest time in Taiwan's history to buy a house... 40% monthly salary
eating nothing and drinking nothing for 33+ years to buy a new house in Taipei ! Taipei's Ratio of House
Price to Income is 33.3 times, New Taipei city is
<United Daily news
employee's real wages (average monthly) of last year is lower than that of 16
years ago. The average number of the real wages of about 70%
employee is less than NT40000, 36.72% is less than NT30000. The youth's
low salary is a serious problem, jobless rate is still high.
<United Daily news聯合報>,
head page, 12-10-2016
of 2016 selected is "苦"
("hardship", "pain"). ps:
The word of 2008 till now respectively is : 2008「亂」(mess)、2009「盼」(long
and 2015「換」(change). http://udn.com/news/story/1/2158738
Taiwanese people ( totally 23 million population) live in "potential danger"
Taiwanese people gave a "failure" score (53.5) on "living safety".
the starting monthly salary (NT27,655,
of college students is lower than that
(NT28,016 about USD900+)
of 16 years ago",
according to governmental statistics.
A survey found Taiwanese mother's "happiness index" is "D" score (68)
for economic burden, supports from partner and relatives are not enough, etc.
<United Daily news 聯合報>, 3-28-2016 Government
UDN poll found 89% Taiwanese agree the
gap/disparity between rich and poor is serious, only 7% disagree. 63%
Taiwanese agree social injustice/inequality. The youth are confused where
the opportunity is, the labor groups scream social injustice is from bad to
<United Daily news>, 4-28-2016
J.P. Morgan survey found Taiwanese " Happiness Index after retirement" is an
almost "Failure" score.
CTV , 3-14-2016 21:29, China Times, 4-28-2015
One Taiwanese got Karoshi (died from overwork) per 10 days in
Taiwan is an island of slave workers - Taiwanese salary low, long working hours
ranks world No. 3, estimate Taiwanese work 3 months more than Germany per
<Lloyd's >, 9-17-2015
City Risk Index 2015-2025 analyses the potential impact on the economic output
(GDP risk) of 301 of the world's major cities, Taipei was ranked world No.1 -
within the next 10 years, Taipei is estimated to loss 45% of GDP, about USD18120
billion, 44.78% of them is for typhoons, 16.38% earthquakes, 15.77%
(global) financial markets are volatile .
<the Liberty Times>, 8-4-2015
eating and drinking nothing for 16+ years to buy a house in Taipei !
5 major cities' (Taipei, New
Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiiung ) the Ratio of House
Price to Income and house load
affordability rate (房貸負擔率)
all reach new high since Taiwan's first-time survey being conducted in 2002.
Besides, Taiwanese payroll (compensation level薪資) retreated, so it's even harder
(higher misery index) for citizens to buy a house.
Ratio of House Price to Income (times) and house load affordability
of major cities in Qtr.1, 2015 : Taipei 16.16, 68.63, New Taipei City 12.78,
55.27, Taoyuan 7.17, 30.44, TaiChung 8.53,36.22 ,TaiNan 6.69, 28.42, Kaohsiung 7.88,
33.46, all these are higher than the number published in 5-12-2015.
"most expensive cities" report, Taipei was ranked No. 26. - but No. 42 in
the report of last time.
<the Liberty Times自由時報>, 8-5-2015
According to latest survey, Taiwanese
fathers work so hard that 76% of them prefer escaping from working field back
home for a rest. Some other findings include, in average 2.4 days for
overtime-working per week, 43% of
them don't have any pocket money to spend,
each week only 2.9 days they can
have dinner together with their children.
The China Times,
Taipei's High house price led to extremely low (超低) fertility rate in Taiwan.
The China Times, 9-21-2015
Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.
published rankings of OECD (2015), Taiwan's environmental quality was ranked
No.35 within 37 countries, Taiwan's air pollution index,
- PM10 being up to 41 ug/m3, already was ranked No. 36 for consecutively 2 years.
Besides, a drinking water survey conducted by Taiwan's government last year
57.2％ of Taiwanese complained their water smelling stinky, or/and like liquid-medicine,
54.1％ complained water containing precipitate,
impurity and something else,
complained bad taste, 22.3% complained their water with color or turbidity, 5.6％
don't even trust water quality.
United Daily News, 12-9-2015 headline
GermanWatch global climate change performance index published a
comparison of the 58 top CO2 emitting nations, Taiwan was ranked 52th among 58
in the list.
Taipei Times, 3-20-2015
foreign academic : Taiwanese are depressed ...
At the Fulbright Association's 37th
Annual Conference in Taipei, a foreign academic asked Taiwan president Ma's
opinion on what was causing the men (Chinese "悶" means "depressed" and
"unhappy", the academic said it "a feeling of
stagnation, or having no way
forward") which many Taiwanese said they were feeling. Ma's remarks
( he did not know of "such a widespread phenomenon”and so on) provoked
criticism: Taiwanese government policies continue to favor large corporations,
while workers' wages have regressed to the same level as 1999, people have
evidently had enough, which led to last year's mass protests and the storming of
the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. (brief
<the Liberty Times自由時報>, 12-7-2015
Taiwanese government policy, NT22000 monthly salary's Anchoring Effect, resulted
in youth income retreated about 18 years - average salary of youth
aged less than 39 is bit less than that of youth around 1999.
Liberty Times, 3-23-2015
Who depressed Taiwanese?
economy dependency (policy inclination) on communist China,
inanition/ hollowing-out, salary going back, losing
working opportunity, commodity prices having gone up
(inflation of prices), huge state
government debt, people can not afford buying house, can
not afford having marriage and children, young
generation becoming poor people, disparity between rich and poor became larger
United Daily News, 3-21-2015
We're all really
depressed and unhappy !
(1) Can't afford housing by our
salary (2) Lousy administrative efficiency
and legislative efficiency (3) Lousy quality of entertainment (4)
Unclear nation's positioning (5) Politicians of both sides dish the dirt about
each other (6) Bad prosecutors and judiciary system, too many vultures and
not-real-world judges/bad prosecutors ... (7) Food scandals
Chang 張瑞雄／台北商業大學校長 http://udn.com/news/story/7339/779404-%E8%AA%B0%E5%BE%88%E6%82%B6%EF%BC%9F%E6%88%91%E5%80%91%E7%9C%9F%E7%9A%84%E9%83%BD%E5%BE%88%E6%82%B6 (brief
United Daily News, 4-25-2015 Eat &
drink nothing, See & hear no evil, Taiwanese feel happy this way?
an editorial critique questioning & responding to TW's ranking no. 38 in UN survey
/ critic 孫亦文
... Only if you had nothing
breakfast containing animal drugs more than maximal residue allowed or virus/germs (Escherichia
coli), tea drink with over-limited-of-detection pesticide, mineral water made by
Illegal import of banned (suspiciously polluted) food products from Japan...
moreover, if you don't care politics, don't watch TV news ... most important of all,
win a lottery, that will be the happiest thing ! Who said Taiwanese are unhappy?
details pls. ref. to http://udn.com/news/story/7339/861333-%E4%B8%8D%E5%90%83%E4%B8%8D%E5%96%9D%E3%80%81%E4%B8%8D%E7%9C%8B%E4%B8%8D%E8%81%BD-%E5%8F%B0%E7%81%A3%E4%BA%BA%E9%80%99%E6%A8%A3%E5%BF%AB%E6%A8%82%EF%BC%9F
★ Liberty Times,
According to a
survey conducted by John Tung Foundation
every 1 out of 4 or 5 university students
United Daily News, June 5, 2014
(Living edition A6)
1/3 Taiwanese feel
to a local survey. (MD suggests having Vitamin C,
fruits/vegetables to help emotional stability) (brief
4-3-2015 evening news, 19:22pm
A survey concerning Happiness found that 30%
Taiwanese children only have less than 3 days per
week to eating together with their parents, nearly
25% children are
not satisfied at
United Daily News, 5-22-2015
According to a
survey conducted by John Tung Foundation
about every 1 out of 2 Taiwanese women is
physically unhappy (身體不快樂)
The China Times, 8-3-2014
Taiwan's Happiness Index Top,
Taiwanese said "No Way !"
According to Taiwanese Happiness Index published by Taiwan's government,
Taiwan ranked the 18th in 37 countries joining the poll.
report provoked Taiwanese people criticisms: "Is it possible ?
happiness? No way !" (「怎麼可能幸福？」),
"Totally phony survey" (根本是「編來被罵的」). http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20140830000346-260102
about 80% unmarried female are not satisfied about their sexual life, nearly 40%
Taiwanese women are not satisfied their sexual life.
Central News Agency, Taiwan(<中央社>)
For this national Women's Day,
DPP legislative members in a press conference
listed Taiwan's 5 problems leading to
Taiwanese women's unhappiness ― reduced
income, food (birds-flu chickens, Paylean beef, etc) may get illness,
unequal pay for female ( salary 17.6%
for same work by the male), workplace not
( female victims accounted for 97.15% of all sexual
harassment cases ) , difficult to get promotion ( women only 1/4
of high-end civil
- International ranking 2006 : Taiwan
Singapore No. 53,
Hong Kong No. 63, China No. 82; top 3 nations are Denmark, Swiss, Austria,
The US No. 23.
The Satisfaction with Life
Index was created by Adrian G. White, an analytic social
psychologist at the University of Leicester, using data from a
metastudy. It is an attempt to show life satisfaction in different
calculation, subjective well being correlates most strongly with
health (.7), wealth (.6), and access to basic education
This is an example of directly
measuring happiness—asking people how happy they are—as an
alternative to traditional measures of policy success such as GDP or
GNP. Some studies suggest that happiness can be measured
This Index, however, is not
solely based on directly asking "how people feel", but also on its
social and economic development
Happy Planet Index (HPI) ― New Economics Foundation (NEF)
world No. 84, score 43.41 , China ranks No. 31, score 55.99 in 2006
The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an
index of human well-being and environmental impact that was introduced by the
New Economics Foundation (NEF) in July 2006. The index is weighted to give
progressively higher scores to nations with lower ecological footprints.
The World Happiness Report ―
the United Nations
In 2013, Taiwan ranks
the 42th (score 6.221), South Korea ranks 41th
(6.267), Singapore 30th (6.546), US 17th (7.082);
Denmark, Norway, Swiss,
Holland, Sweden are top 5, China is not included in the list.
The World Happiness
Report is a measure of happiness published by the United Nations Sustainable
Development Solutions Network. The report is edited by Professor John F.
Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute for
Advanced Research; Lord Richard Layard, Director of the Well-Being Programme at
LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance; and
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University,
Director of the SDSN, and Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General...
Apple Daily (<蘋果日報>)
"Taiwan is not happy !" (Politics edition,
scores of Taiwanese happiness fell, according to the 4th QTR survey conducted by
most Taiwanese people are not happy, and pessimistic about our society...
According to the
World Happiness Report conducted by the Earth Institute (EI) of Columbia
University, entrusted by the United Nations General Assembly,
Taiwan ranks 46th happiest country in the world.
EI revealed that happiness could not simply be achieved by
acquiring monetary wealth. Instead, at a national level, happiness — or
well-being (幸福) — is built on an array of factors, including political freedom,
strong social networks and an absence of corruption. On the
individual level, having strong mental and physical health, trustworthy
relationships, job security, and stable families are all crucial factors that
contribute to personal happiness.
DPP opinion polls <the
Taiwan, May 8, 2011
female (age 20-49) : Taiwanese mother are
Taiwanese mother "kind (bit)
unhappy" : 34.5%
(2) "very unhappy": 20.4%
(3) "kind (bit) happy" :
(4) "very happy" : 7.4%
(5) Not willing to have
baby at present : 87.3%
― reasons include having enough kid(s), economic burden,
not married yet, cannot have baby for age or health etc,
not willing to give birth, living environment not good ...(brief
ECA int'l "the best place to reside"
Not Taipei ranked behind !
According to 2009 ECA International "the best place to reside", Taipei
ranked world No. 57, Singapore
ranked world No.1 , Asia's No.
2 and 3, Hong Kong, Tokyo, both ranked world No. 15.
Taipei ranked No.55 in 2010, Singapore still ranked world No. 1.
Taipei Times, 8-31-2013
Index shows Taiwanese are moderately happy
People in Taiwan enjoy a “moderate
level” of happiness compared with their peers in nations in the Organisation for
Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), according to the national happiness
index released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS)
results also showed Taiwan's material living conditions are better than its
quality of life.
Apple Daily News, editorial ,
Sept. 23, 2011
Sexual Prison "(「國立性煉獄」)
: What a shame on Taiwanese government !
many sexual harassment crimes , and sexual assault cases in
...... far more than
the number reported by media,
we can say
Taiwan has already became a society
hostile to the female. Shame on all Taiwanese,
particularly, shame on Taiwanese government......(brief
USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,
April 8, 2011
Violence against women, including rape and domestic
violence, remained a serious
the total number of rape, spousal rape was 10 times the number
reported to the police,
USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,
Rape and Domestic Violence: The law
criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence. Because
victims were socially stigmatized, many did not report the crime, and the
Ministry of Interior estimated that the total number of sexual
assaults was 10 times the number reported to
Reporters Sans Frontieres and US. Freedom
Paris-based <Reporters Sans Frontieres>:
Taiwan’s ranking for press freedom fell three notches from last year.
Freedom House: Taiwan's
media freedom declines again
(BBC: declines for consecutive 3 years).
Taiwan's poll, 2012 ~2013
2013 survey (Dec. 10, 2013)
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD )
that shows a
"F" score (rating 2.7/5.0 points) on
overall human rights status
decline for a third consecutive year
non-corruption, communication privacy, health rights... all
fail). According to
2012 survey (Dec. 4, 2012)
by the Taipei-based Chinese Association for Human Rights, 43.4% of
the respondents rated Taiwan's overall
performance in human rights protection this year as either “bad”
or “very bad”
, only 38 percent of
Taiwanese held positive views on Taiwan's
human rights of this year, which is far worse
than 57 percent of last year... <Apple daily News> comments
Taiwan's freedom of speech is in retreat,
and scholars worry about Taiwan's democracy doesn't work well, <Taiwan News>
uses the headline "Taiwan's human rights get
thumbs-down in poll!"...
Foreign Policy, 2015
Taiwan Not democratic!
In <Foreign Policy>, Taipei's new mayor Ko
expressed "Does Taiwan have
democracy? Real democracy means
politics belongs to the people. Taiwanese politics belongs to corporations and
is controlled by political parties."
Common Wealth Magazine,
6-29-2012 Scholar: It's a "Pass" score/grade.
Taiwan Happiness Index
65.94 - A Middling Score on Happiness
Closer analysis of the
five main metrics comprising the index shows that Taiwanese feel happiest about
"Family Life," which accounted for 16.65 points of the overall happiness score.
That was followed, in descending order, by "Physical and Mental Health" (16.13
points), "Social Relations" (13.47 points) and "Employment Situation" (12.74
points), with the lowest score being "Political and Economic Climate" (6.95