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2021/05/27 | Michael Cannings

An Elegy for Tehpen Tsai

The life of Tehpen Tsai, a teacher, writer, playwright, and former political prisoner provides a different kind of insight — as valuable as figures of wider renown — to Taiwan’s history.

2021/05/12 | Deutsche Welle

Japan: Johnny Depp Film ‘Minamata’ Brings Industrial Disaster to the Fore

The film revisits the ongoing legal and health struggles of residents affected by an industrial mercury spill. Photographer Aileen Mioko Smith told DW she hopes the movie will reignite dialogue around the disaster.

2021/05/05 | Rath Wang

Queer East Film Festival, Only of Its Kind, Seeks To Forge Global Connections

The inaugural Queer East Film Festival launched in the late fall of 2020, with ambitions to forge transnational connections between queer communities.

2021/05/03 | CJ Sheu

‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’ A Solid Entry in a Stellar Series

‘Scarlet Bullet’ is the latest in the Detective Conan crime manga film series. Its action, humor, and formulaic plot are the main draws.

2021/04/27 | The Conversation

‘Minari’: Part of a Wave of Second Generation Storytelling About What It Means To Participate in America

Beyond Lee Isaac Chung, who directed Minari, second generation Asian American storytellers are are being candid about the challenges and benefits of pursuing their creative work, in the face of family hopes or fears, or a wider societal resistance to hearing marginalized narratives.

2021/04/21 | Judy Chen

How a Student Movement Gave Birth to Postcards of Taiwan’s Past

The postcards of Little Grass Art Academy, on the surface tributes to an older, colonial, or authoritarian Taiwan, can be traced to a radical student movement.

2021/03/31 | Judy Chen

Running at Bihu

Running in circles, and always ending up at the same place.

2021/03/26 | CJ Sheu

‘Our Story’ and the Possibilities of Literature

The manga-influenced ‘Our Story’ has the charms of a coming of age story, but also contemplates the power of literature.

2021/03/17 | SueAnn Shiah

No Saviors, No Satisfaction in ‘Promising Young Woman’ — and Why That’s a Good thing

‘Promising Young Woman’ offers up no simple answers or victories, rather the sad reality in which there is no justice without acknowledging harm. The Oscar nominated thriller is an entertaining take on a time old tale.

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.

2021/02/08 | Brian Hioe

Is the Success of PUI PUI Guinea Pig Cars Because of Capitalism?

The appeal of the children’s show PUI PUI Guinea Pig Cars cannot be denied. It may be a sign of discontent with capitalism in Taiwan.

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.

2021/01/21 | TNL Staff

The Magician on the Skywalk: A Magical Realist Lens on Taiwan

The Magician on the Skywalk, a television series based on Wu Ming-yi’s work with the same name, is scheduled to be aired in February.

2021/01/18 | The Interpreter

Boys’ Love Brings Edgy Drama To China, and a Backlash

As a genre, gay fiction has leapt from words to the screen with enormous popularity in China, but not beyond the censor’s reach.

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.