James Baron
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James Baron is a contributing writer for The News Lens. He is a Taipei-based freelance writer.
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2017/04/21 | James Baron
From Caracas to Taipei: The Strange World of Ignacio Huang
The life of the Taiwan-born Argentine actor spans across continents and cultures.
2017/03/27 | James Baron
Expat Outrage: Changes to Nationality Law Irk Taiwan's Foreign-born Residents
The announcement that foreigners will no longer have to renounce citizenship from their country of origin to gain Taiwanese nationality should have been a cause for celebration.
2017/03/23 | James Baron
Airbrushing Taiwan’s History: Can Japanese Colonialism Ever Be Justified?
'Amazingly,' wrote Kaori Shoji, 'Taiwan is the one country where the Japanese imperialists managed to do more good than harm.'
2017/02/28 | James Baron
Ghosts of the Stronato: Asunción's Taiwanese Expats a Dying Breed
In 1986 the Taiwan leader was granted his own effigy in Paraguay's capital. But what of Taiwan's expats in Paraguay today?
2017/02/15 | James Baron
Odd Couple: Fuxing's Flak Towers Provide Blast from Taiwan's Past
While the towers are unlikely to scoop an award for aesthetics, they provide a glimpse of a period of Taiwan's modern history that, like their embrasures, expands to offer a macroscopic view when probed.    
2017/01/14 | James Baron
Dark Shadows and New Hope: Taiwan and El Salvador
'Taiwan's questionable role in Salvadoran politics is not limited to this dark period of the country's modern history.'
2017/01/09 | James Baron
Chelsea Bringing the Football Blues to Taiwan
'They need to build a whole system...That includes creating footballing parents, who know how to take care of their kids and help their talent.'
2016/12/23 | James Baron
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.'
2016/12/18 | James Baron
All Eyes Return to Gambia
Could Gambia’s opportunistic streak see it shun China and return as a diplomatic ally of Taiwan?
2016/12/07 | James Baron
On the Cards: Taiwan's Dating App Scam of Choice
'I'm Mi-Mi, 21 years old, 166 cm, 47 kg, 36-24-34, a student but moonlighting. I offer a bathing and massage service and compensated dating. 3,000 for 90 minutes, 7,000 for an overnight stay. Want to make an appointment?'