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In case you missed it, a selection of the best writing from The News Lens this week.
Forgotten Hero: Remembering Sun Li-jen
'Indeed, dashing, brave and a natural leader of men, Sun was an immediate favorite with the British and the Americans, and one of the few Chinese commanders that the Allies saw as tactically adept. It was for these reasons that MacArthur, Rusk et al promoted Sun as the only way of staving off disaster in Taiwan.'
The Subtle Manifestation of HIV Marginalization
Taiwan has been celebrated for being at the forefront of LBGT rights in Asia, but an underlying current of discrimination against HIV/AIDS is still prevalent.
Taiwan Startup Breaking from Confucius Tradition to Build the Future of Education
Ten questions with the founder of disruptive Taiwan education technology company Hahow, which just inked a significant seed funding deal.
Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident
A high-profile Chinese dissident sees U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as a potential game changer for human rights in China.
HIV in Asia – A Tale of Two Cities
The cultural and institutional headwinds suggest Indonesia’s HIV-AIDS epidemic will get worse before it gets better, writes Jeff Hutton.
Taiwan Nazi Parade Continues Decades of Ignorance; Netizens Defend Students
Taiwan's Jewish leaders say the incident is 'a cause for great concern,' while some Taiwanese are defending the students.
PHOTO STORY: Taiwan's Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Committee Review amid Protest
More than 30,000 supporters of same-sex marriage gathered near the Legislative Yuan while more than 10,000 protesters occupied the street in front of the building.
Shout-out to the Philippines: Make 2017 a ‘Year of the Boomerang’
'Just the other day I received my first death threat from a loyalist of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos,' writes Michael Beltran. When the police come knocking at the doors of the people in 2017, the response might not be as friendly as those in power hope. We should be scared for 2017, but also up for the fight.
TNL Editor: Edward White