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2021/05/27 | Michael Cannings

An Elegy for Tehpen Tsai

The life of Tehpen Tsai, a teacher, writer, playwright, and former political prisoner provides a different kind of insight — as valuable as figures of wider renown — to Taiwan’s history.

2018/09/13 | Stellina Chen

CARTOON: Stretching the Truth

A viral firestorm over a Japanese man's leg movements has engulfed Taiwan.

2016/05/20 | 廣編企劃

Think You Know Chiayi? Check Out These Fun Facts!

How much do you know about Chiayi? Let's get to know Chiayi with the city's historical and geographic background along with some fun facts!

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.

2020/02/19 | TNL Feature

Explore Old Taipei With These 10 Hidden Gems in Dadaocheng

Dadaocheng is historic neighborhood that's being revived by a new breed of creatives and trendy shops. Here's our selection of secret hot spots for you.

2020/01/27 | Daphne K. Lee

'Parasite' Makes Another Leap for South Korea's Cultural Economy

The viral success of "Parasite" marks another one of South Korea's successful cultural exports. Many critics credit the film's popularity to its universal story of urban poverty, but it goes far beyond the plot twists.

2021/01/18 | The Interpreter

Boys’ Love Brings Edgy Drama To China, and a Backlash

As a genre, gay fiction has leapt from words to the screen with enormous popularity in China, but not beyond the censor’s reach.

2019/07/04 | Taiwan Insight

How Can Taiwan's Pop Music Enter the Global Market?

How can Taiwan step up its game in promoting local pop music overseas?

2019/08/05 | TNL Staff

A Visual Review of Hong Kong's Artful Protest

Protest art has been the creative backbone of Hong Kong's anti-extradition movement.

2021/03/17 | SueAnn Shiah

No Saviors, No Satisfaction in ‘Promising Young Woman’ — and Why That’s a Good thing

‘Promising Young Woman’ offers up no simple answers or victories, rather the sad reality in which there is no justice without acknowledging harm. The Oscar nominated thriller is an entertaining take on a time old tale.

2020/11/24 | Stephan Feuchtwang and Michael Rowlands

Can We Still Speak of Civilization?

Two eminent anthropologists with long-standing connections to Taiwan respond to a book review published in The News Lens.

2022/01/04 | CJ Sheu

‘Being the Ricardos’ Turns ‘I Love Lucy’ into the Nicole Kidman Show

‘Being the Ricardos’ has divided critics on everything but one point: Nicole Kidman is a revelation.

2019/10/28 | Ryan Drillsma

Spectrum Formosus Reclaims Electronic Music for Taiwan’s Queer Community

Queer music festival Spectrum Formosus will take place this weekend just outside of Taipei City, featuring a roster of top international DJs, drag queens and kings, as well as performance artists.

2019/07/24 | CJ Sheu

'Nina Wu' Brings Taiwan into the #MeToo Era

Nina Wu (灼人秘密) is the first Taiwanese film to stir conversations around the #MeToo movement.

2021/05/03 | CJ Sheu

‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’ A Solid Entry in a Stellar Series

‘Scarlet Bullet’ is the latest in the Detective Conan crime manga film series. Its action, humor, and formulaic plot are the main draws.

2018/09/07 | Stuart Heaver

China's One Belt, One Road Is One Dimensional Compared with the Maritime Original

Exploring the breadth and diversity of cultural and economic exchange enabled by the Maritime Silk Road reveals the comparative paucity of its modern-day counterpart.

2020/10/29 | Syrena Lin

Taiwanese Sculptor Ju Ming’s Last Act

From a hardscrabble youth in colonial Japanese Taiwan, Ju Ming ascended to the heights of the international art scene. His last act has been turning a wasteland in New Taipei City into a large-scale sculpture park — a "museum for everyone."