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Bryan Chou is an editor for The News Lens International.

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2021/03/02 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan’s Domestic Pineapple Consumption Closes Gap From China’s Ban

With Taiwanese people and businesses on a buying spree, the domestic demand for pineapples has surpassed the total export that was supposed to be sold to China this year.

2021/06/24 | Bryan Chou

Lithuania’s Vaccine Donation Sparks a Shopping Spree in Taiwan

Taiwanese people thanked Lithuania for the donation of Covid-19 vaccine by buying Lithuanian chocolate and beer. Some proposed visiting the Baltic country after the pandemic.

2020/12/30 | Bryan Chou

Unraveling Taiwan’s Stories of Pain and Tears: An Interview with Aephie Chen

Many Taiwanese may lament that European audiences understand their hometown as no more than a remote island in Asia, but Chen took it as an opportunity to construct Taiwan’s identity with cinema.

2020/12/11 | Bryan Chou

Cyberpunk 2077 Accused of Insulting China, but Not Banned

While some Chinese netizens lashed out at the game for not recognizing Taiwan as a part of China, few wanted it to be banned.

2021/06/16 | Bryan Chou

A Taiwanese Mural Artist’s Journey Home

For his solo exhibition in Taiwan, Wang Liang traveled to cities and towns he had never set foot upon, on the lookout for images characterizing the people and their surroundings in the place he had come to feel, in some sense, that he had never left.

2020/11/23 | Bryan Chou

China’s List of Taiwanese Independence Advocates Is Meant To Divide Taiwan

The function of the list appears to be provoking Taiwanese to question the Taiwaneseness and pro-independence stances of those who are not on the list.

2021/04/23 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan’s Food Delivery Workers Campaign for Labor Union and Better Pay

Foodpanda and UberEats started implementing a new method of payroll calculation in April, and some workers said this would reduce their pay.

2020/12/07 | Bryan Chou

Australian Wine Is the Latest Democratic Unifier

Politicians around the world have been calling on consumers to buy a bottle of Australian wine to show support for Australia’s fight against China’s punitive sanctions.

2021/04/09 | Bryan Chou

‘The Power Of the People Will Prevail’: The Activist Building Taiwan-Myanmar Solidarity

“As an overseas Myanmar person, all I can do is to get the voices from Myanmar heard, noticed, and have foreigners come together to help my country,” Thomas Chen said.

2020/12/03 | Bryan Chou

Taiwanese Students Caught in the Middle as Norway Cozies up To China

The controversy over the legal identity of Taiwanese citizens in Norway started in 2010, when the Norwegian government first changed their nationality on residency cards from Taiwan to China.

2020/11/17 | Bryan Chou

The KMT’s Emblem Becomes an Issue Again

The longstanding controversy over the KMT and ROC emblems exemplifies the complexity of Taiwanese politics.

2020/12/28 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan to Regulate China’s State-Affiliated Publications After Children’s Book Controversy

Taiwan’s government plans to amend legislation to make it clear that companies must apply for approval before publishing books associated with the Chinese Communist Party and People’s Liberation Army.

2020/12/11 | Bryan Chou

A Symbol of Pandemics Conquered Paraded Through Taipei

In celebration of his birthday, a palanquin of the Qingshan King was taken on a tour to inspect and give blessings to the city.

2021/02/24 | Bryan Chou

With Confucius Institutes Shuttering Across US, Can Taiwanese Teachers Fill the Gap?

Taiwanese teachers of Mandarin are in high demand in the U.S., but opinions vary over whether they can fill the gap left by Chinese teachers.

2020/11/27 | Bryan Chou

Why Taiwan Has No Absentee Voting Yet

While most democratic countries provide certain forms of external voting for their legislative or presidential elections, Taiwan is catching up to make voting more accessible to its citizens no matter where they live.

2022/01/09 | Bryan Chou

Taiwan: Lin Ching-yi Prevails in Win for Pan-Green Forces

Lin’s victory reflected the voters’ approval of her call to “end the politics of corruption,” which the DPP has made a central part of her campaign platform.

2021/08/12 | Bryan Chou

What Tokyo Olympics Means for Taiwan

China will continue blocking Taiwan’s participation as a country in international sports events, but it cannot prevent the Taiwanese contingent from advancing to the final games and contesting a medal with its athletes.

2021/05/07 | Bryan Chou

Taiwanese-Japanese Gay Couple Latest in Legal Movement for Transnational Partners

The couple is one of the many that a local civil rights organization has recruited to test the limits of Taiwan’s same-sex marriage bill.