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Daring to Drone in Myanmar
There are many reasons to worry about the rights of journalists in Myanmar, but last week’s drone arrests are not among them.
2017/11/15 | Camely Arta
Indonesia Opens its First Modern and Contemporary Art Museum
Indonesia’s first museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art has opened its doors for public, giving art enthusiasts the chance to view the works of Indonesian and international artists.
2017/11/13 | Leora Joy
REVIEW: Spectrosynthesis Exhibition: Is this LGBTQ Rainbow Fragmented?
The exhibition in Taipei aimed to improve the condition of human rights in Taiwan and other Asian societies through dialogue about diverse gender issues, but opened questions about equal representation within minority groups.
2017/11/11 | David Green
Q&A: Reflecting Taiwan's LGBTQ Progress in 'taipeilove*' Documentary
Flush with the success of shooting footage at the Pride parade in Taipei, The News Lens sat down with young German filmmaker Lucie Liu to discuss her vision for 'taipeilove*', a documentary asking how it feels to be gay in Taiwan, both for her protagonists and the people closest to them.
2017/11/09 | Jeffrey Warner
Fashion as Activism: Fusing Indigenous Textiles with the Modern World
A blend of high fashion and tradition is helping some Taiwan indigenous groups reinvigorate and restore their millennia-old cultural heritage.
2017/11/03 | Julia Chien
Taiwan's Arts Scene Left Bereft by Foreign Talent Law
The passage of the Act Governing Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals is a missed opportunity to resolve problems involving unpaid foreign artists coming to Taiwan as part of cultural exchanges. If the government is serious about galvanizing Taiwan's cultural economy, a focused discussion that addresses problems with the country's tax system is required, writes Julia Chien.
2017/11/02 | David Green
Q&A: Beauty, Scandal and Revenge in 'At Road's End'
After two years working on their movie, 'At Road's End', director Pratik Suketu and producer Gideon Welles discuss Taiwan's inspirational mist-veiled mountains, compelling female antiheroes and the island's history of economic success and environmental shame.
2017/10/30 | Jennifer Creery
FILM REVIEW: Tale of the Lost Boys
Filipino filmmaker Joselito Altarejos tackles issues of identity and belonging, embodied by the profoundly moving stories of a Filipino mechanic and a gay Taiwanese aborigine student.
2017/10/16 | Craig J. Reynolds
Book Review: Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration
Readers of this book cannot fail to reflect on today’s accounts of refugees forced from their homelands by repression and civil war.
2017/10/14 | Jennifer Creery
A Guide to LGBT Hotspots in Taipei
Jennifer Creery takes a look at some iconic LGBT community spaces in Taipei.
2017/10/13 | Julia Mayer
'Dangerous Dancing': Malaysian Dance Battles against Ban
It’s been described by UNESCO as a ‘masterpiece of humanity,’ yet the Malay dance-drama style Mak Yong is still banned in Kelantan, its place of origin. Julia Mayer looks at whether international attention can change repressive local laws.