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2020/10/05 | Rath Wang

Epic Love: Taiwan’s LGBT Blockbuster ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’

'Your Name Engraved Herein' is deeply rooted in Taiwan's history. But the film’s popularity may be more derived from its message that resonates beyond time and place.

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.

2020/09/28 | Daphne K. Lee

Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’: An Oscar-Deserving Ode To the American West

Arriving at major film festivals during a time of heightened alienation, 'Nomadland' offers a quiet salute to human connection.

2020/09/18 | Derek Sheridan

Do China and Africa Allow Us to Bring Back the Idea of Civilization?

There is much at stake in defining what a civilization is, who is included, who is excluded, and who can claim to speak for one.

2020/09/11 | SueAnn Shiah

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Dishonors a Beloved Folktale

'Mulan' is a cringe-inducing misrepresentation of Chinese history and culture.

2020/09/04 | every little d

Abao Shatters Boundaries in Taiwan's Mainstream Music Scene

Abao, a Paiwanese singer, reinterprets traditional folk songs with contemporary arrangements, creating something different from the usual Mandopop.

2020/09/01 | CJ Sheu

‘Tenet’ Gives You Seven Heist Films for the Price of One

After the multi-paced reverse-heist of Inception, Nolan has upped the ante by folding time back on itself to create seven heists — count them with me: opera house, penthouse, warehouse, convoy, convoy again, warehouse again, pit.

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.

2020/08/27 | Peter Buckets

'The Good Daughter' Is an Indictment of Global Capital, Patriarchy, Racism

'The Good Daughter' depicts Azhe’s defiance as she's caught up in capitalism, patriarchy, and racism.

2020/08/26 | Bart Dashorst

Will the ‘Detention’ TV Adaptation Address Its Gender Problems?

The TV adaptation of 'Detention' is not just a sign of success, but an opportunity to address its troubling take on gender.

2020/08/14 | CJ Sheu

2020 Is Wild. 'Bacurau' Is Wilder.

'Bacurau' starts with a truckload of coffins spilled across the road and ends with a burial. It's a wild tale well told.

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.

2020/07/27 | TNL Staff

Taiwanese Indie Band Deca Joins Rolls With '2020 Canceled Tour'

Taiwan's music industry is in the doldrums because of Covid-19. But one indie band, Deca Joins, is taking the challenge as an opportunity to show the importance of live music.

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.

2020/07/10 | every little d

Animal Crossing Movies May Be the Next Big Trend in Video Gaming

Beneath all the attention on eGamers and Twitch streams, there has been a rise in new professions within the gaming industry. In-game photographers, and video game directors are at the vanguard of the industries increasing focus on art.

2020/07/10 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Film Festival in Australia Is Happening Now

Taiwan Film Festival in Australia is bringing 19 sensational titles to viewers who will be able to enjoy a taste of Taiwanese cinema from the comforts of their home.

2020/07/07 | Nicholas Haggerty

Book Review: ‘Migrante’ Narrates the Exploitation of Taiwan’s Migrant Fishermen

Joe Henley has an anthropologist’s eye for interpersonal power dynamics, documenting the mistreatment of Taiwan’s migrant fishermen in his new novel, Migrante.

2020/07/06 | The Conversation

Rethinking K-pop Industry’s Silence During the Black Lives Matter Movement

The K-pop industry has generally tried to stay apolitical, but its expanding American fan base has encouraged some K-pop stars to express their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.