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2017/03/23 | James Baron
Airbrushing Taiwan’s History: Can Japanese Colonialism Ever Be Justified?
'Amazingly,' wrote Kaori Shoji, 'Taiwan is the one country where the Japanese imperialists managed to do more good than harm.'
2017/05/31 | Rebecca Catching
Mute Museums: Why China’s Institutions Fail to Connect with Visitors
The country’s exhibition halls burst with world-class artifacts but fail to weave engaging stories around them, leaving visitors confused and alienated.
2017/01/04 | Cinema Escapist
INTERVIEW: Colin Offland on Making a Documentary in North Korea with Dennis Rodman
Colin Offland, director of the documentary 'Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang' talks about his experiences making this hilarious documentary in North Korea and following around Dennis Rodman.
2017/05/27 | Saigoneer
A Very Vietnamese Take on Adult Coloring Books
The ambitious project has produced a set of vector files for 250 of the most common patterns from Vietnam’s various imperial eras.
2017/02/14 | Hunter Marston
Lifting the Shadows on a Secret War
BOOK REVIEW: Joshua Kurlantzick's 'A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA' (New York, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017), reviewed by Hunter Marston.
2017/02/25 | Beyonder Times
Senior American Theater Professional Engages Taiwan with Passion for Theatrics
Ruth Giordano moved to Taipei at the age of 54 in 2009. She had never lived in Asia and did not speak Chinese. Without a job and local friends, she felt lost and worried about her life as a senior immigrant. “My job was my everything. I didn’t know what I could do in Taiwan.”
2017/05/01 | Edward Columbia
Carrying the Torch: Clashing Horns at a Grasslands Festival in Sichuan
[Nonfiction] For China's Yi communities, largely concentrated in the southwestern provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan, the Torch Festival is among the biggest events of the year.
2017/02/16 | Kyodo News
'Dekotora' Art Trucks Find Way into Gucci's Commercial Video
Dekotora trucks became known across Japan due to the popular movie series "Torakku Yaro" (Truck Guys) in the 1970s, featuring a trucker who drove his flamboyantly decorated truck across the country.
2017/03/23 | Huang Wei
Why China Is Right to Dispense with Its Tea Masters
A poorly policed accreditation system has made the Chinese lose sight of the essence of tea culture.
2017/04/14 | Kuan Chen
Two Years in Jail for Calling Xi Jinping a ‘Steamed Bun’
It is a dangerous game playing fast and loose with nicknames in China, even with your friends online.
2017/05/17 | ZiQing Low
Remembering Green Island’s First Political Prisoners
Today marks 66 years since the first group of political prisoners were taken to Taiwan’s Green Island.
2017/04/12 | ZiQing Low
Is Eating Dog Meat Really on the Way Out in Asia?
Taiwan's dog meat ban has been welcomed but China’s largest 'dog meat festival' is set to enter its eighth year, and Indonesia sees an increase in dog meat consumption.