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2017/03/24 | David Green
From Fiction to Reality: Universal Basic Income Gaining Traction in Asia
The idea is gathering global popularity after a landmark trial in India showed a basic income of as little as US$5 per month had a powerfully positive effect on health, community action and investment decisions in target communities.
2017/03/24 | Olivia Yang
PHOTO STORY: The Neon Lights That Once Lit Up Taiwan
Walking down streets in Taiwan, LED lightboxes dominate one’s sight, especially at night. Yet this wasn’t the case until the 1980s. Before that, it was neon lights that drew in customers.
2017/03/23 | James Baron
Airbrushing Taiwan’s History: Can Japanese Colonialism Ever Be Justified?
'Amazingly,' wrote Kaori Shoji, 'Taiwan is the one country where the Japanese imperialists managed to do more good than harm.'
2017/03/23 | Huang Wei
Why China Is Right to Dispense with Its Tea Masters
A poorly policed accreditation system has made the Chinese lose sight of the essence of tea culture.
2017/03/21 | Olivia Yang
Q&A with Creator of Taipei's First Bilingual 'Design Guidebook'
'Good Eye Taipei' is a collection of 300 locations to visit in Taipei and includes features on Taiwanese society and culture.
2017/03/20 | August Rick
Shanghai’s Maturing Art Market Shelters Galleries From the Storm
Amid a global economic downturn, China’s burgeoning contemporary art scene shows confidence in local talent.
2017/03/20 | Matthew Fulco
Trouble for Taiwan’s Paradise
With casino gaming off the table, the economy of the idyllic offshore islands of Penghu is more dependent than ever on shaky seasonal tourism.
2017/03/19 | Cinema Escapist
INTERVIEW: Bridging China and the West Through Documentaries
Zhao Qi is a Chinese producer and director who has helped bring four documentaries to Sundance Film Festival —including 2015's "The Chinese Mayor."
2017/03/18 | Olivia Yang
INTERVIEW: Facing Past Pain and Empowering Others Through 'Small Talk'
The intention behind making the Teddy Award-winning documentary, 'Small Talk,' was never to enter any film festival, but rather for the director to face the pain of her past and mend her relationship with her mother.
2017/03/17 | Olivia Yang
PHOTO STORY: The Iron Tracery Culture of Taiwan
They were once a decoration with more than 100 patterns and could be custom-made. But handmaking a tracery was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, so factories started using machines for production, making the once intricate embellishments stale and identical.
2017/03/16 | Jules Quartly
Fake News in China and Taiwan: Pot, Kettle, Black
China and Taiwan offer different models for tackling the worldwide problem of fake news, top-down or bottom-up. Take your pick...
2017/03/13 | Keith Menconi
Brothers Paid to Translate YouTube Silliness for Chinese Speakers
BC and Lowy on bringing English language YouTube silliness to a Chinese speaking audience.
2017/03/12 | Cinema Escapist
Why Anyone Who Cares About Taiwan Should Watch 'A City of Sadness'
'A City of Sadness' is not only one of Taiwan's most renowned films, but also a great way to learn about the island.