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2018/10/06 | Taiwan Insight

Inside Taiwan's Indie Music Scene: Is It Truly 'Independent'?

Taiwan's indie scene has coalesced with the mainstream, sometimes muddying the distinction between 'indie' and 'independent.'

2019/02/04 | Saigoneer

Vietnamese Ditch Fake Money to Burn Paper Bikinis for Deceased Ancestors

One professor slammed the flashy new fad as 'offensive, against traditions and wasteful.'

2018/09/25 | Jennifer Yang

INTERVIEW: Taiwanese Fashion Designer Sami Chen Charms New York Fashion Week

The concert pianist turned fashion designer introduces us to her new collection, and Miffy the adorable bunny.

2021/01/28 | Janine Sun Rogers

“Heaven on Fourth” Arrives in Taiwan Amid Controversy and Tragedy

Taiwanese artist Huang Po-Chih’s installation comes to Taipei’s Double Square Gallery as the latest contribution to the mythicization of Chinese American sex worker Song Yang.

2019/11/15 | CJ Sheu

'The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead' Runs on Queerphobic Jokes

Perhaps "The Gangs, the Oscars, and the Walking Dead" shouldn't have been produced in the first place.

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.

2018/11/02 | Atlas Obscura

Frozen in Time: Solving the Mystery of China's Most Remarkable Fossils

Unravel the series of cataclysmic events that resulted in a treasure trove of Cretaceous period fossils in northeast China.

2018/12/21 | Atlas Obscura

How Exiled Chinese Muslims Gave Kyrgyzstan Its Culinary Crown Jewel

The Dungan people brought their signature noodles to Kyrgyzstan, much to the delight of Kyrgyz people.

2016/11/22 | Wang Lianzhang

Sino Sequel to Emma Watson Book-Sharing Story

‘Harry Potter’ actress inspires Chinese netizens to leave books in metro stations and train carriages.

2018/10/07 | Global Voices

INDONESIA: Indie Film Festival Acts as a Lens Into Indigenous Papua

A new indie film festival gives a deeper look into the hardships and triumphs of Papua's indigenous amid ongoing land disputes and conflict with Jakarta.

2019/01/26 | Nick Aspinwall

INTERVIEW: '10 Years Taiwan' Directors Dish on Taiwan's Future and Its Present

The News Lens caught up with '10 Years Taiwan' directors Lekal Sumi and Rina Tsou, who discussed what inspired them as directors and how Taiwan can avoid the film's dismal vision of the future.

2019/07/18 | Saigoneer

Connecting With Cities Through Urban Sketching

Louis Barnard no longer takes photos to share with his family, opting instead to share intimate urban sketches to document Vietnamese culture.