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2021/02/20 | CJ Sheu

‘Recipe for Happiness’ Shows How Muddling Through Life Can Keep Us Sane

Following the everyday life of openly unambitious and mediocre civil servant Namgoong Jin-Soo, 'Recipe for Happiness' captures what it’s like to be a young adult in the age of precarious neoliberal ecotastrophe.

2018/12/25 | TIME

Why Are Red and Green the Colors of Christmas?

Turns out Coca-Cola has a lot to do with modern Christmas decor.

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.

2020/12/17 | Bryan Chou

GOG Backtracks on Releasing ‘Devotion,’ Gamers Up in Arms

GOG announced yesterday that Devotion, first removed in February, will return to the platform, but it is no longer the case.

2018/11/17 | The Third Pole

REVIEW: The Himalayan Arc, Journeys East of South-east

Analysts, diplomats, journalists and authors give voice to a region that is growing in importance on the world stage.

2021/01/17 | every little d

Art Book Publisher nos:books Opens Space in Taipei

nos:books in Taipei has finally realized its long held wish of having its own space for exhibitions.

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.

2019/10/24 | The Conversation

Nezha Rises as the New Superhero and Role Model in China

“Nezha: Birth of the Demon Child” has set box-office records and it’s ultimately about how to raise a “good” child.

2021/01/07 | CJ Sheu

In the Age of Digital Streaming, Will Literature Survive?

How to learn to stop worrying and love the literature of our new streaming-centric life.

2019/09/16 | The Conversation

Joker Represents the Absurdity and Horror of Our Times

Clownish figures have surged in popularity both in cinema and in politics. What does this imply for our society?

2019/02/18 | Global Voices

Searching for the True South Asian Origins of Biryani

Its true birthplace is a topic of hot debate, but everyone agrees that biryani is delicious.

2020/11/24 | Stephan Feuchtwang and Michael Rowlands

Can We Still Speak of Civilization?

Two eminent anthropologists with long-standing connections to Taiwan respond to a book review published in The News Lens.

2019/10/08 | Daphne K. Lee

‘Weathering With You’ Is a Boring, Repetitive Cinematic Delight

Makoto Shinkai's 'Weathering With You' is a cinematic delight that also disappoints.