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2020/12/08 | Rath Wang

‘Your Name’ First Gay Film in Taiwan To Earn NT$100 Million

Earning NT$100 million is not just a reflection of the movie's individual success. It will lay the foundation for more films that bring LGBT+ topics mainstream in Taiwan.

2020/12/03 | Daphne K. Lee

Desire for Perfection: Asia’s First iPhone Feature Film ‘I WeirDO’

Touted as Asia’s first feature film to be entirely shot on an iPhone, 'I WeirDO' examines human affection through a relationship built upon obsessive-compulsive disorder.

2020/11/26 | Luke Hein

Melbourne Meets Taipei in a New Music Collaboration

Yeo, a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer whose heritage winds back from Australia to Malaysia to Southern China, makes a foray into Mandopop with Taiwanese-Australian artist Chendy.

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.

2020/11/23 | TNL Staff

Chen Shu-Fang, Mo Tzu-Yi Biggest Winners at Golden Horse 2020

Chen Shu-fang, starring in Dear Tenant and Little Big Women, is the first actress to win awards for both the best leading and supporting actresses at a time since the Golden Horse Awards started in 1962.

2020/11/09 | TNL Staff

New Art Museum Opens in Chiayi To Reconstruct Taiwan's Art History

The Chiayi Art Museum is a part of Taiwan’s plan to reconstruct the island’s history of art.

2020/10/29 | Syrena Lin

Taiwanese Sculptor Ju Ming’s Last Act

From a hardscrabble youth in colonial Japanese Taiwan, Ju Ming ascended to the heights of the international art scene. His last act has been turning a wasteland in New Taipei City into a large-scale sculpture park — a "museum for everyone."

2020/10/28 | Nicholas Haggerty

A Small Press That Seeks To Bring Taiwan To the World

Camphor Press is on a quixotic mission to bring Taiwan to the world through English-language publications.

2020/10/28 | James X. Morris

“Your Trend, My Normal”: A Review of ‘Black in Asia’

Through a series of 23 vignettes, 'Black in Asia' examines personal accounts of navigating Asia’s social spaces that lack the lived experience of what it means to be Black.

2020/10/27 | Daphne K. Lee

Netflix Underwhelms With ‘Over the Moon’

Besides its Moon Festival themes and a nearly all-Asian cast of voice actors, there's not much new in Netflix's 'Over the Moon.'

2020/10/09 | TAIPEI

Blue Note Taipei: Hallowed Ground for Lovers of Jazz

The 2020 Taipei Jazz Festival is happening right now — and Blue Note Taipei is the place to start.

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.