Sin-ming Shaw

For Sin-ming Shaw's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dec 31, 2013

Thai opposition prepares a silent coup d'état

The sense that Thailand has seen extreme partisan politics played out in the streets before would be mildly reassuring were it not for a nagging fear that this decent and prosperous society may be set to destroy its democracy.

Apr 23, 2010

Thailand's political and social elite in denial?

BANGKOK — Thailand’s political and social fabric is fraying. Indeed, the country’s future looks as shaky as it has never been. In other prosperous democracies, the middle class provides the glue that holds society together. In Thailand, by contrast, the bourgeoisie, centered in Bangkok, ...

Sep 17, 2009

With Chen behind bars, Taiwan set to heal

BANGKOK — Last week, a Taiwanese court sentenced Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan’s president from 2000 until 2008, to life in prison for corruption. Chen had embezzled millions of dollars of public funds. He did not act alone. His wife, children and other relatives all helped ...

May 19, 2009

Crony capitalism has taken root in America

BUENOS AIRES — For 20 years, Americans have denounced the “crony capitalism” of Third World countries, especially in Asia. But, just as those regions have been improving their public and corporate governance — Hong Kong just witnessed a breakthrough court decision against a telecom ...

Dec 9, 2008

Thailand turns: next stop Banana Republic

BANGKOK — “Thailand’s future is up for grabs,” proclaimed the eminent Thai scholar Thitinan Pongsudhirak last week just before the country’s Constitutional Court ruled, in effect, that the ruling People Power Party (PPP) and its two smaller coalition partners are “illegal,” and hence must ...

Nov 15, 2006

Wasted chance as Taiwan's president

PRINCETON, New Jersey — Taiwan’s public prosecutor has indicted the wife of President Chen Shui-bian for embezzling public funds. Chen, as a sitting president, cannot be indicted even though the prosecutor says he has evidence to prove his guilt. But Chen’s legacy was already ...