TO THE EDITOR:
Taiwan gained attention recently due to a controversial call from President-elect Donald Trump. Far from being a bargaining chip, Taiwan matters to both the United States and North Carolina.
Taiwan is not just the home of Boba Tea, beef noodle and General Tso’s chicken.
As the only democracy in the Chinese-speaking world, Taiwan just elected its first female president in early 2016, held the largest LGBTQ+ parade in Asia, and is legalizing same-sex marriage.
The existence and development of Taiwan are the direct evidence that democracy can thrive across cultures.