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Reclaiming Halal and the Commercialization of Islam
Hew Wai Weng takes a look at what constitutes halal in contemporary Malaysia — a certification that today is less about faith and more about the commercialisation of Islam.
The Hunt for Chou Doufu and other Taiwanese Food in London
After spending two decades in Taiwan, three years ago TOPICS contributor Mark Caltonhill returned to live in the UK. Within weeks, he was missing “three-cups” slow cooking, kongxin cai (空心菜), and perhaps most of all, stinky tofu (臭豆腐). Here is his report.
Visiting Disney World is the Modern Version of Making a Medieval Pilgrimage
Most Disney patrons would probably call their trip a vacation, but that is not the case to some anthropologists, religious studies experts, and art historians.
Chelsea Bringing the Football Blues to Taiwan
'They need to build a whole system...That includes creating footballing parents, who know how to take care of their kids and help their talent.'
Here’s How Not To Get Stuck in Taipei’s Xinyi District On New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is a big event in Taiwan, capped off by the fireworks display at Taipei 101. Unfortunately, big events lead to big crowds that end up clogging the streets and messing up your schedule.