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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.

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.

2020/03/12 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

Taipei’s Pay Phones: A Relic of the Past?

Taipei's pay phones are slowly disappearing from the street view.

2020/01/24 | Jeremy Van der Haegen

'The Misused 2.0' Reinvents Taiwanese and Dutch Hardware Design

Taiwan was often referred to as the “world’s hardware store," and two Taiwanese industrial designers are retaining this part of history with an annual exhibition that provokes viewers to reimagine daily objects.

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.

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.

2020/02/12 | The Conversation

Chinese Movie Studio Upturned Its Business Model Due to Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has shut down movie theaters during Lunar New Year, causing movie studios with New Year screenings to lose billions of dollars. But one of them thought of a brilliant alternative.

2020/02/09 | TNL Staff

Oscars 2020 Predictions: 1917, Parasite, Joker

Who will be the biggest winner at the 2020 Academy Awards?

2020/10/01 | Cat Thomas

Urban Nomad Fall Freakout Promises the Weird and the Wonderful

The Urban Nomad Fall Freakout, held Saturday, October 3 at Tiger Mountain, promises music, performance art, and arts and crafts.

2020/09/01 | Deutsche Welle

BTS ‘Dynamite’ Breaks Record to Top US Singles Chart

BTS has become the first Korean pop act to hit the top spot on Billboard's singles charts in the US, a day after the group lifted four awards at the VMAs.

2020/07/17 | CJ Sheu

Tsai Ming-liang's 'Days': A Diary of Connection and Loneliness

Tsai Ming-liang's new film 'Days' makes us nostalgic for a time when loneliness and alienation had a romantic tinge.

2020/04/14 | Daphne K. Lee

'Tigertail' Review: A Stillborn Romantic Idea

Alan Yang's feature debut explores a slew of important themes but fails to tell a coherent story.

2020/04/21 | Milo Hsieh

'Tigertail' Missed These Opportunities to Tell Taiwan’s History

A brief guide to the language issues and glossed over history in 'Tigertail'.

2020/05/28 | Op-Ed

What Can 'The Last Emperor' Teach Us About Life in Confinement?

The digitally remastered version of 'The Last Emperor' is now in Taipei theaters, and it has climbed to second place in the city's box office chart.

2020/06/02 | CJ Sheu

Bong Joon Ho’s 'Memories of Murder' Is a Film for Our Moment

Bong Joon-ho's 'Memories of Murder' will be rereleased in Taiwan on June 12. It couldn't have arrived at a more fitting time.

2020/08/02 | Nicholas Haggerty

‘Taiwan in 100 Books’ Is Not Really About Taiwan

The observations will amuse those of the author's background. Everyone else can appreciate the book for what it is, drawing from it what they wish.

2020/05/27 | TNL Staff

Terrace House Star Hana Kimura Could Not Escape Cyberbullying

Terrace House star Hana Kimura, 22, committed suicide on May 23. Like many reality show stars, her reputation may have been smeared by what South Koreans have dubbed “devil’s editing,” leading to an outpouring of abusive comments.