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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.

2016/11/08 | M. Bob Kao

BOOK REVIEW: 'Taiwan’s Democracy Challenged' a Must-Read

In 'Taiwan’s Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years', editors Yun-han Chu, Larry Diamond and Kharis Templeman provide a reassessment of Taiwan’s political landscape between 2000 and 2008: the years in which Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan’s first non-Kuomintang president, was in office. This new systematic, impartial and evidence-based evaluation of Chen’s presidency is a must-read for students and scholars researching contemporary Taiwanese politics, finds M. Bob Kao.

2016/11/04 | Olivia Yang

INTERVIEW: Pianist Rueibin Chen Calls for Taiwan to Use Arts for Diplomacy

'After China opened up, the arts and sports became diplomatic tools for the country, but the Taiwanese government hasn’t been doing the same. This has been the case for the last forty or fifty years.'

2016/11/03 | Hydar Saharudin

Confronting 'Chinese Privilege' in Singapore

Can coming face-to-face with a complex issue ensure justice, equality, and racial harmony in the Southeast Asian island state? Hydar Saharudin takes a look.

2016/11/01 | Kathy Cheng

[PHOTO STORY] A Redesigned Chinese Medicine Shop in Taipei

The popularity of Chinese medicine has been waning, but this traditional medicine clinic is rejuvenating itself through interior design.

2016/10/28 | Hsu Chia-yu

TNLI Listing of Weekend Events (10/28-30)

What's on this weekend in Taiwan.

2016/10/23 | Brian Hioe

EXHIBIT REVIEW: Taipei Biennial 2016

‘The Taipei Biennial 2016 not only fails to live up to its claimed aims, but in and of itself, does not cohere as an exhibition.’

2016/10/22 | Andy Wright

How 'All the President's Men' Defined the Look of Journalism on Screen

As we enter the final leg of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, let us examine one of the iconic film portrayals of press and politics.