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LGBT+ in Taiwan: Life After the Referendums

2019/02/11

The News Lens Feature

Taiwan's LGBT+ community was dealt a major blow in November's referendums as a vote to enshrine same-sex marriage rights in the Civil Code failed at the polls. However, the fight is far from over to become the first country in Asia to legalize marriage equality.

Understanding Taiwan's 'Blue Wave' of 2018

2019/01/18

The News Lens Feature

Taiwan's opposition KMT swept back to power in several municipalities, delivering a series of humiliating losses to President Tsai Ing-wen and her ruling DPP. What does it all mean for Taiwan's future?

Taiwan's High Seas Hell

2019/01/11

The News Lens Feature

Taiwan's enormous high seas fishing industry is responsible for much of the world's tuna catch. It's also come under fire for illegal fishing, human trafficking, and abuse of its migrant workforce.
In the past two or three years, China’s televised reality singing competitions have taken the region by storm. These shows boast high-flying artists as judges and mentors while promising audiences fresh cream-of-the-crop talent. Shows such as ‘Sing! China’ and ‘I Am Singer’ boast viewerships in the hundreds of millions, and are rapidly solidifying their reputation as a viable source of opportunity and success for artists both established in the Mandopop scene and amateurs looking to find fame. Yet we are left with mixed feelings about the wider cultural impacts of these shows, so in this three-part series, we’ll explore their pros and cons in relation to three issues: brand China, the reality show format and finally their impact on the Mandopop industry. The purpose of this series is to encourage us all to think more critically about the entertainment we consume. Good entertainment is not necessarily good music, and when money talks, it's always worth having a care for those who listen.
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