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2020/03/02 | The Conversation

Korean Drama 'Crash Landing on You' Bridges the North-South Divide

"Crash Landing on You" tells a rare love story across the inter-Korean division and humanizes life in North Korea.

2018/09/23 | The Conversation

Indonesia's Rich History of Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Sexuality

They are considered binary in modern mainstream culture, but gender and sexual diversity in Indonesia have a history that predates Western influence.

2019/10/07 | The Conversation

China Granted Same-Sex Couples Legal Rights But Not Acceptance

Same-sex couples in China can now appoint each other as their legal guardians, but the Chinese government still insists that heterosexual monogamy aligns with Chinese moral traditions.

2019/09/09 | The Conversation

How Are the Hong Kong Police Trained for Riot Control?

Historically, Hong Kong police have responded to riots with a paramilitary mentality. The trust that was rebuilt between the police and the public since 1967 is destroyed again in the recent anti-extradition movement.

2020/03/13 | The Conversation

‘Cabin Fever’: The Social and Psychological Impacts of a Coronavirus Lockdown

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, mass isolation in virus epicenters is becoming a common tactic. The psychological and social impact of these measures are starting to emerge.

2020/01/23 | The Conversation

Snakes Could Be the Source of the New Coronavirus Outbreak in China

Researchers have found that the protein codes in the new coronavirus to be most similar to those in snakes, and reports indicate that snakes were sold in the local seafood market in Wuhan.

2019/01/21 | The Conversation

An Ebola-Like Virus Called 'Mengla' Has Been Discovered in China

Scientists believe the recently discovered virus has the potential to infect humans.

2019/10/02 | The Conversation

OPINION: A Possible New Script for Hong Kong Protesters

With no end in sight and the world losing interest, is there a possible solution for Hong Kong protesters?

2020/03/19 | The Conversation

The Real Economic Victims of Coronavirus Are Those We Can't See

Supply chain workers are not directly employed by the brands for whom they produce goods, and can be left destitute when the work stops.

2019/09/26 | The Conversation

More Countries Have Banned E-Cigarettes Following Vaping Deaths in the US

Following the vaping deaths in the U.S., over 20 countries have banned the sale of e-cigarette products. But researchers still have a hard time evaluating the actual health impact of e-cigarettes.

2020/02/12 | The Conversation

Chinese Movie Studio Upturned Its Business Model Due to Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has shut down movie theaters during Lunar New Year, causing movie studios with New Year screenings to lose billions of dollars. But one of them thought of a brilliant alternative.

2019/11/01 | The Conversation

How Can the UK Promote ‘Safe Migration’ for the Vietnamese Community?

The U.K. has such a big appeal for the Vietnamese that many are willing to risk their lives on a perilous journey. But has the U.K. done anything to resolve the migrant problem?

2019/03/01 | The Conversation

Hsieh Hsueh-hung: Taiwan's Communist Champion of Self-Determination

Remembering her life, her heroism during the 1947 uprising, and the legacy of the communist movement in Taiwan.

2019/07/23 | The Conversation

Why Does the U.S. Sentence People to 400 Years in Prison?

What's the point in giving out prison sentences of 400+ years if no one can live that long?