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2020/07/11 | TNL Staff

Singapore’s Ruling Party Wins Crisis Election, But Opposition Gains

Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party wins the general election again, continuing its uninterrupted streak. But it was also a massive victory for the opposition Worker's Party, which may hold over 10 percent of the parliament seats for the first time.

2020/07/10 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Film Festival in Australia Is Happening Now

Taiwan Film Festival in Australia is bringing 19 sensational titles to viewers who will be able to enjoy a taste of Taiwanese cinema from the comforts of their home.

2020/07/03 | TNL Staff

Taiwan to Resume Operations at Guam Office

Taiwan's Economic and Cultural Affairs Office had suspended operations in Guam in August 2017 due to budget concerns. The move comes as Taiwan-U.S. relations are seen to be on the upswing.

2020/06/22 | TNL Staff

Japan: Ishigaki City Council Votes to Inscribe 'Senkaku' Into Administrative Name of Disputed Islands

The Ishigaki City Council in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, voted to officially use the term "Senkaku" in the name of disputed island territories.

2020/06/10 | TNL Staff

Han Kuo-yu Accepts Fate; Revenge Recalls and Rally Planned by Supporters

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu will not challenge the results of the referendum that ousted him from office. But his supporters have applied to hold a rally in Taipei, and citizens groups have launched campaigns to recall politicians who supported Han's removal.

2020/06/04 | TNL Staff

Taipei Holds Tiananmen Vigil in Solidarity With Hong Kong

Taipei holds its annual Tiananmen vigil and shows support for Hong Kong, where the memorial was banned for the first time in 30 years.

2020/06/03 | TNL Staff

Taiwan to Offer Stimulus Coupons Targeting Retail and Leisure Industries

Starting July 15, Taiwanese citizens and foreign spouses can pay NT$1,000 for an NT$3,000 voucher that can be used at most stores.

2020/06/01 | TNL Staff

What to Watch on GagaOOLala, Taiwan’s LGBT Streaming Platform

GagaOOLala, a Taiwan-based LGBT-focused streaming service, has launched internationally. Here are three highlights from its lineup of films.

2020/05/27 | TNL Staff

Terrace House Star Hana Kimura Could Not Escape Cyberbullying

Terrace House star Hana Kimura, 22, committed suicide on May 23. Like many reality show stars, her reputation may have been smeared by what South Koreans have dubbed “devil’s editing,” leading to an outpouring of abusive comments.

2020/05/20 | TNL Staff

President Tsai Ing-wen Inaugural Address Pays Homage to Covid-19 Heroes

Tsai Ing-wen took the oath of office today for her second presidential term. In her inaugural address, she touched upon Taiwan's position in the world and its economic strategies in Covid-19's wake.

2020/05/19 | TNL Staff

Tsai Ing-Wen's Second Term Cabinet Announced Ahead of Inauguration

Tsai Ing-wen's second term Cabinet features many familiar faces, along with the appointment of the first indigenous Taiwanese to be the spokesperson for the Presidential Office, Kolas Yotaka.

2020/05/18 | TNL Staff

TSMC Ceases Huawei Orders After New US Restrictions

In ceasing Huawei orders, TSMC is taking the side of the U.S. in its trade war with China.

2020/05/13 | TNL Staff

Professor's Apology to Chinese Student Sparks Debate on Taiwan's Academic Freedom

A Chinese student in Taiwan demanded his professor make an apology based on Covid-19 comments during a lecture.

2020/05/11 | TNL Staff

New Cluster Infections in South Korea Reveal Dangers in Reopening Economies

The nightclub outbreak in Seoul shows that successes containing Covid-19 remain liable to setback.

2020/04/15 | TNL Staff

The Story Behind the 'Taiwan Can Help' Ad on New York Times

On Tuesday, the New York Times ran an ad funded by a grassroots campaign to highlight Taiwan's success in the Covid-19 pandemic despite exclusion from the WHO. Here's the background on how this came about.

2020/03/24 | TNL Staff

Netflix to Unveil More Korean Dramas for Quarantine Entertainment

Netflix will roll out more Korean drama series and films to keep people entertained during coronavirus quarantine.

2020/03/19 | TNL Staff

Coronavirus: What You Need to Know About Taiwan's Entry Ban

Taiwan has banned foreign travelers from entering the country to curb the spread of coronavirus. Here are some useful resources and information on what you can do.