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......
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
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