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2019/09/03 | Brandon Kemp

2019 TIQFF Shorts Explore Queer Life In Straight Spaces

The 2019 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival runs from 8/28 to 9/8 in Kaohsiung. Here's a review of this year's short film selections.

2020/02/10 | Voice of America

Parasite Makes History at Oscars

In a historic victory, Parasite is the first non-English film to win best picture, the Academy's most prestigious award.

2018/09/28 | Saigoneer

ILLUSTRATIONS: Tokyo by Night in Watercolors

Polish expat Mateusz Urbanowicz illuminates a side of Tokyo less seen.

2019/07/16 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'The Missing Body Episode 1' and the Future of Taiwanese VR Cinema

A review of the VR film The Missing Body Episode 1, featured in the 2019 Taipei Film Festival.

2021/03/26 | CJ Sheu

‘Our Story’ and the Possibilities of Literature

The manga-influenced ‘Our Story’ has the charms of a coming of age story, but also contemplates the power of literature.

2019/11/22 | Deutsche Welle

Artworks by Renowned German Artists Disappear in China

Art worth hundreds of millions of dollars by renowned German artists has allegedly vanished in China, German media report. A shady case, a German art expert says.

2018/12/25 | TIME

Why Are Red and Green the Colors of Christmas?

Turns out Coca-Cola has a lot to do with modern Christmas decor.

2019/10/29 | Taiwan Insight

How Did Fire EX Become a Symbol of Taiwan’s Youth Activism?

Fire EX, a Taiwanese band that rose to popularity during the Sunflower Movement, is forging a Taiwanese identity for the progressive, democratic generation.

2020/12/03 | Daphne K. Lee

Desire for Perfection: Asia’s First iPhone Feature Film ‘I WeirDO’

Touted as Asia’s first feature film to be entirely shot on an iPhone, 'I WeirDO' examines human affection through a relationship built upon obsessive-compulsive disorder.

2019/05/16 | Cat Thomas

FILM REVIEW: 'A Bread Factory' Gears Up for Urban Nomad Premiere

Patrick Wang’s epic two-parter 'A Bread Factory' has its Taiwan premiere at 2019 Urban Nomad Film Festival and is a compelling story for our times.

2019/12/13 | New Bloom

Q&A With KEFF, Director of 'The Secret Lives of Asians at Night'

"The Secret Lives of Asians at Night" is a short film featured in the 2019 Taipei Film Festival. Taiwanese-American director KEFF talks about his upbringing and the inspiration for the film.

2019/02/18 | New Bloom

Authors Jimmy Liao and Tian Er Swap Stories at the 2019 Taipei Book Fair

Taiwanese author Jimmy Liao and Chinese author Tian Er discussed their origins at Taipei's recently wrapped 2019 book fair.

2019/02/18 | Global Voices

Searching for the True South Asian Origins of Biryani

Its true birthplace is a topic of hot debate, but everyone agrees that biryani is delicious.

2021/07/06 | CJ Sheu

‘Longing for the Rain’ Makes You Long for a Shorter Film

Shot in Beijing and Changchun, Longing for the Rain’s explicit treatment of female desire clearly distinguishes it as a Hong Kong film.

2018/11/16 | The Conversation

Borneo Cave Paintings of Wild Cattle Emerge as World's Earliest Figurative Art

Cave paintings discovered in Malaysian Borneo in the 1990s have been revealed to be much older than first thought.

2019/11/29 | The Interpreter

Brilliant Time: Bridging the Cultural Gap Between Taiwan and Southeast Asia

A bookstore in New Taipei City is creating a community for Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan and encouraging local Taiwanese to learn about Southeast Asian cultures.