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2019/08/27 | Taiwan Insight

Teresa Teng, Taiwan's Legendary Singer and Sweetheart

Teresa Teng's angelic voice defied censorship and continues to reverberate through time.

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.

2020/02/15 | Op-Ed

‘Parasite’ Symbolism Explained: Instant Noodles, Language, Basement

Bong Joon Ho's daunting observations of capitalism in "Parasite" are apparent. The Oscar-winning picture goes much further in exploring the depths of South Korean society.

2018/10/27 | Cat Thomas

INTERVIEW: Steven Crook & Katy Hui-wen Hung on ‘A Culinary History of Taipei’

Catch up with the authors of a seminal book introducing the surprisingly diverse culinary history of Taipei and Taiwan to a global audience.

2018/09/10 | MuYi

Taipei Hosts Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Showcasing Asia's Best New Movies

Taiwanese films scooped up two awards, including Best Director, and the event spotlighted Southeast Asian hits like 'Bad Genius' and 'Respeto.'

2016/10/19 | Chen Jingnan

Chinese Writers of Children’s Stories Must Get with the Times

Established childrens’ authors are failing to capture changing attitudes toward marriage and gender.

2019/09/25 | TNL Staff

What's Coming to Netflix Taiwan in October 2019

Here's a sneak peek of what's coming to Netflix Taiwan in October 2019.

2018/09/28 | Saigoneer

ILLUSTRATIONS: Tokyo by Night in Watercolors

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

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.

2018/08/29 | 鄺健銘

Malaysian Singer's 'Motherland' Comments Stir Chinese Introspection

When Malaysian singer Priscilla Abby referred to China as her 'motherland' on a Chinese TV show, it whipped the overseas Chinese community into a frenzy.

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.

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.

2021/01/18 | 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.

2019/11/21 | Daphne K. Lee

‘Detention’: A Clichéd Salute to Freedom

“Detention” is a bold attempt to explore a sensitive topic but fails to achieve much beyond scratching the surface with its clichéd plot and didactic screenplay.

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.