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2019/10/21 | Darice D. Chang

Reshaping Queer Culture: Meet Taiwan’s First Drag Kings

As Taiwan’s drag queen scene flourishes, propelled by the global success of Drag Race, the king scene is growing as well, providing much needed space and platform for lesbians and AFAB-people.

2019/10/22 | Cat Thomas

Celebrate 2019 Taiwan Pride: Parade Route, Seminars, and Parties!

2019 Taiwan Pride is kicking off this weekend with a wide range of festivities — follow our comprehensive guide and find something for your and your friends!

2019/12/16 | Daphne K. Lee

Film Review: 'The Garden of Evening Mists'

The Garden of Evening Mists is a film we can watch and rewatch, and still can’t stop savoring the beauty of it like the Chopin record that never leaves the record player.

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.

2019/11/15 | Toh Jin Xuan

China's Absence From Golden Horse Underscores Taiwan's Cultural Diversity

China has withdrawn from the Golden Horse Awards to undermine Taiwan's film industry, but it has only accentuated the diversity of participation this year.

2019/04/11 | Cat Thomas

The Ultimate Guide to Taipei's Urban Nomad Opening Freakout

Get your dancing shoes on for Taipei’s best-loved festival of all that is weird and wonderful: The Urban Nomad Opening Freakout. Here's all the info on the festival including the timetable, music clips and top tips.

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?

2019/07/23 | Cat Thomas

Taiwan's Journey to Same-Sex Marriage Inspires 24-Year-Old to Film Her First Documentary

Taiwan's same-sex marriage documentary taipeilove* was screened in Berlin during Pride month to a packed-out cinema – now, audiences will have the opportunity to catch it in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

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.

2019/06/27 | Taiwan Insight

Rap for the Machine: How the CCP Co-Opted Chinese Rap

Chinese Rap artists, such as CD Rev, are aligning their songs with the views of the CCP in terms of their Taiwan and Xinjiang narratives in return for access to the tools that will bring their groups wild success within the PRC.

2019/06/18 | Jay Lin

Taking Taiwan's Progress to the Global Stage

Organizations in other Asian countries are looking to Taiwan to show the way forward for LGBT rights.

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.

2019/10/23 | TNL Staff

Stroll Around Yilan for a Weekend Getaway From Taipei

Yilan is only a two-hour drive from Taipei but provides a completely different experience from the bustling capital city.

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.

2019/11/19 |

Tom Lin Searches for History and Humanity at 'The Garden of Evening Mists'

We sat down for an interview with Taiwanese director Tom Lin Shu-yu (林書宇) on his latest film, "The Garden of Evening Mists," a co-production between HBO Asia and Malaysia-based Astro Shaw.

2019/12/10 | Syrena Lin

Travel Back in Time With ‘Dadaocheng Museum’ This Weekend

The annual event “Dadaocheng Museum” will allow Taipei visitors to explores historical buildings that are usually closed off to the public.

2019/08/20 | CJ Sheu

FILM REVIEW: 'The Blond One' Crafts a Fleshed-Out Romance With Subtle Moments

The 2019 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival runs from 8/15 to 8/25 in Taipei and from 8/28 to 9/8 in Kaohsiung. This film review is based on a complimentary media screening.

2019/05/16 | Cat Thomas

INTERVIEW: Hao Wu, Director of 'The People’s Republic of Desire'

SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning film 'The People’s Republic of Desire' will open this year’s Urban Nomad with its disturbing Black Mirror-esque look at the world of live streaming in China.