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2016/11/30 | Michael Beltran

FEATURE: Portrait of a Filipino Artist in Captivity

Juan Paolo Verzosa, his wife and hundreds like them are being used as a bargaining chip for the state to gain the upper hand in ongoing peace negotiation in the Philippines.

2016/11/29 | Francesco di Bernardo

Book Review: 'Leadership in the Cuban Revolution: The Unseen Story'

Antoni Kapcia’s 'Leadership in the Cuban Revolution: The Unseen Story' is a book that provides a new perspective on the Cuban Revolution. It offers insightful views that challenge classic analyses of the Cuban leadership, writes Francesco di Bernardo. It is an essential reading for academics, students and experts on Cuba.

2020/11/13 | 廣編企劃

Taiwan Sets First Creative Content Fest Dedicated to All Modes of Creativity

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might have paralyzed global travel but that has not stopped Taiwan from flexing its muscles and putting its film and entertainment content on the world stage.

2016/11/27 | Melissa M. Smith

BOOK REVIEW: 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail'

Is there too much money behind U.S. political campaigns or is it more a question of where the money flows? In 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail' Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner present their argument in favor of giving more, rather than less, money to political parties in order to reduce the polarization that characterizes the U.S. political system. While she questions the extrapolation of state-level analysis to the federal level, Melissa M. Smith praises the cogent delivery of the book’s central claim, even if it remains to be seen if the authors’ points will make it into practice.

2016/11/26 | Jordan Todorov

This Artist Used over 6,500 Scents to Recreate The Smell of 35 World Cities

Inside the very comprehensive smell library of Berlin-based olfactory expert Sissel Tolaas.

2020/11/13 | 廣編企劃

TAICCA Initiatives Help Taiwanese Content Ride Cultural Wave to Global Distribution

In July, TAICCA initiated the First Mile program, linking publishers, scriptwriters, and investors for the Print-to-Screen Adaptation Content Development Plan to boost TV and film production in Taiwan. The program extends to the 2020 Taiwan Creative Content Fest.

2016/11/26 | Vanja Hamzić

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State'

In 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State' Iza R. Hussin traces a riveting history of Islamic law as it encounters, and is inevitably transformed by, British colonialism in Malaya, Egypt and India. It is a work of unique critical sensibilities, setting the scene for future interdisciplinary research of colonial and postcolonial Islamic law as fruitful analytical categories, finds Vanja Hamzić.

2016/11/24 | Lin Qiqing

NGO Sues Dalian to Protect Historic City Street in China

The case marks a second time courts accept a group’s suit against the government over protection of cultural relics.

2016/05/20 | 廣編企劃

Think You Know Chiayi? Check Out These Fun Facts!

How much do you know about Chiayi? Let's get to know Chiayi with the city's historical and geographic background along with some fun facts!

2016/11/23 | Joseph Savirimuthu

BOOK REVIEW: 'Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead'

In 'Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead' Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman reflect on the possibilities and risks posed by the new horizon of automobile technology: the driverless car. This insight into the potential future of transportation is well-researched, sprinkled with interesting anecdotes and accessible for both policymakers and the wider public, finds Joseph Savirimuthu.

2016/11/22 | Sarah Laskow

Why Did Ancient Italians Bury Thousands of Clay Body Parts?

Feet, hands, eyes, ears, arms, legs, uteri, heads...thousands upon thousands of body parts.

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.

2016/11/20 | Dr. Chris Brisbin

The Cultural Functioning of Chinese Architectural ‘Knock-off’ Practices

China's reputation as the 'knock-off' nation has been taken to new heights.

2016/11/20 | Antonio De Vito

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens'

In 'The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens,' Gabriel Zucman makes a provocative argument about the large-scale evasion of taxes as well as how to tackle this global issue. Antonio De Vito highly recommends this concise, nontechnical and clearly argued book to everyone interested in understanding how the international financial system is making illegal use of tax havens.

2016/11/19 | Peter Carrol

BOOK REVIEW: 'Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives'

On an average day in the USA, seven children and teenagers will be shot dead. In 'Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives,' journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of ten lives lost on one single day: November 23, 2013. This is a powerful, timely and important contribution to the debate on U.S. gun culture and how US society particularly treats its African American citizens, writes Peter Carrol.

2016/11/18 | Olivia Yang

PHOTO STORY: Art Taipei 2016

The annual exhibition had 'fewer attendees, but better quality.'

2016/11/17 | Nina Huang

Why Localization Is Essential for Chinese Fashion to Go Global

The case of Taoray Wang shows how a lack of foreign market expertise can hinder the growth of designer brands in China.

2016/11/17 | Yao Han

BOOK REVIEW: 'China’s Next Strategic Advantage'

In 'China’s Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation to Innovation', George S. Yip and Bruce McKern suggest that China has leapt successfully from being an imitative to an innovative country. As Chinese companies become increasingly innovative and perform better in domestic and international markets, the authors argue that other countries need to learn from China or risk lagging behind. Besides analyzing both Chinese firms and MNCs in China, the book also taps into questions of open innovation and intellectual property protection practices. Yao Han appreciates the use of detailed examples and cases in illustrating the process towards innovation in China.

2016/11/15 | Ingyu Oh

Saudi Arabia, the Korean Wave and Gender Control

Despite government efforts to curb the popularity of Hallyu across the world, its loyal fan base looks set to grow even further.

2016/11/14 | Edward White

Let's Talk About Sex, Taiwan

Government health experts in Taiwan want to normalize conversations about sex and relationships in hope of stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS.

2016/11/08 | Olivia Yang

Modern Twist on Taiwanese Traditional Ballad Singing Wins International Award

A team of three students from National Yunlin University of Science and Technology hopes to revitalize a dying traditional art in Taiwan through a creative music video project.