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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.

2020/07/03 | Ian Chen

Taiwanese Cinema Revival: Moving Beyond State Subsidies and Arthouse

After two decades of decline, Taiwanese cinema has seen a revival. We have to look far back at the Motion Picture Act and government grant scheme to understand how this happened.

2020/06/18 | every little d

Everyday Movement: Masakazu Murakami’s ‘Subway Diary’ Photo Exhibition in Taipei

If we place a mirror before reality, our existential anxieties may be casually revealed in images. Photographer Masakazu Murakami organized the photographs taken in Tokyo between 1999 and 2019 and created the photo book Subway Diary.

2020/06/02 | CJ Sheu

Bong Joon Ho’s 'Memories of Murder' Is a Film for Our Moment

Bong Joon-ho's 'Memories of Murder' will be rereleased in Taiwan on June 12. It couldn't have arrived at a more fitting time.

2020/06/01 | TNL Staff

What to Watch on GagaOOLala, Taiwan’s LGBT Streaming Platform

GagaOOLala, a Taiwan-based LGBT-focused streaming service, has launched internationally. Here are three highlights from its lineup of films.

2020/05/28 | Op-Ed

What Can 'The Last Emperor' Teach Us About Life in Confinement?

The digitally remastered version of 'The Last Emperor' is now in Taipei theaters, and it has climbed to second place in the city's box office chart.

2020/05/27 | TNL Staff

Terrace House Star Hana Kimura Could Not Escape Cyberbullying

Terrace House star Hana Kimura, 22, committed suicide on May 23. Like many reality show stars, her reputation may have been smeared by what South Koreans have dubbed “devil’s editing,” leading to an outpouring of abusive comments.

2020/05/14 | every little d

The Design Concepts Behind Taiwan's Inaugural Beer and Stamps

Taiwan's presidential inauguration is traditionally celebrated with commemorative stamps and a special design of Taiwan Beer. This practice into groundbreaking territory, showing appreciation for contemporary design and representing Taiwan's democratic pluralism.

2020/05/06 | Daphne K. Lee

6 Taiwanese Drama Series Available on Netflix Now

Taiwan's TV dramas seem to gone through a relative dry spell. Here are some exceptions.

2020/04/28 | Nicholas Haggerty

‘A Stormy Petrel’: Hong Kong Governor John Pope Hennessy

P. Kevin MacKeown's biography 'A Stormy Petrel' (City University of Hong Kong, 2020) argues for John Pope Hennessy as a character full of contradictions, bridling against his historical circumstances but never quite transcending them.

2020/04/26 | Luke Hein

Roots of Life and Music in Yilan

Jipo, a sheng player from Yilan County in Taiwan, forsook a career in the capital to make music with his community.