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2020/04/30 | Michael Beltran

Filipino Worker in Taiwan Defiant in Face of Deportation Threats

Elanel Ordidor is steadfast in her commitment to speak freely against a Philippine official's threats to have her deported from Taiwan.

2020/04/29 | New Bloom

Sunflower Activists Found Guilty, Overturning Previous Ruling

Taiwan's High Court has found 16 Sunflower Movement protestors guilty, overturning a previous ruling.

2020/04/28 | Hilton Yip

OPINION: Why Taiwan’s China Airlines and the CPBL Must Reflect Reality in Their Names

The names of China Airlines and Chinese Professional Baseball League have cast a shadow on Taiwan's lauded Covid-19 response. It's time to change these names to reflect Taiwanese reality.

2020/04/28 | Voice of America

Who Is Kim Jong Un’s Sister?

Kim Yo Jong has been quite visible around Kim Jong Un in the past two years, including during high-profile meetings between leaders of the U.S. and North Korea.

2020/04/27 | Daphne K. Lee

Not Tossing Around Coins: Taiwan’s Economic Stimulus In Light of Covid-19 Success

Taiwan's stimulus package is proportionately smaller than that of other countries affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the Taiwanese government and analysts think it's enough.

2020/04/27 | The Interpreter

Rumors Around Kim Jong Un Reveals Crisis in South Korean Media

Less than half of South Koreans trust their local media coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and even less trust their coverage of powerful entities. The reasons for this lie in South Korea's authoritarian past.

2020/04/24 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan's Response to Covid-19 Is a Lesson in Managing Risk

The Risk Governance Framework is a useful tool for evaluating Taiwan's management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

2020/04/23 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s POFMA Corrections Over Ho Ching’s Salary Raise Uncomfortable Questions

Taiwanese media sparked public debate about the salary of Ho Ching, Singapore’s First Lady. The Singapore government swiftly attempted to shut down debate with its “anti-fake news” law.

2020/04/22 | Patrick Ng

OPINION: Taiwan’s Future Depends on Using the Covid-19 Spotlight Wisely

Taiwan shouldn't just focus on the WHO. A greater opportunity presented by Taiwan's response to Covid-19 lies in drawing and retaining competitive talent.

2020/04/21 | Daphne K. Lee

2020 Press Freedom Index: A Decade of Uncertainty for Asia-Pacific

RSF has released its 2020 World Press Freedom Index, highlighting the restrictions that remain in the Asia-Pacific. The News Lens reporters and editors offer their insights and context for the report.

2020/04/20 | Voice of America

Could Virus See Rohingya 'Floating Coffins' Crisis Return to ASEAN?

Human rights groups are urging Malaysia and Thailand to accept the Rohingya refugees who are floating between the shores.

2020/04/19 | Deutsche Welle

Hong Kong Protest Figures Arrested: Reports

Hong Kong media say police have arrested a dozen pro-democracy advocates over "unlawful" protests held in August and October last year. Officers also arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily.

2020/04/16 | Deutsche Welle

South Korea Ruling Party Wins Election With Parliamentary Majority

The party of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has won a landslide victory in a parliamentary election. The vote had the highest turnout in decades despite being held under strict health controls due to coronavirus.

2020/04/15 | Xiaochen Su

How Covid-19 Reaffirmed the Dominance of the Dollar

Asset prices in the U.S. have not quite tracked economic activity during Covid-19. One factor is the movement towards the dollar.

2020/04/14 | Voice of America

Covid-19 Cases Near Zero in Taiwan, But Restrictions Remain

Although Taiwan's Covid-19 case count grows by only a few cases per day, emergency government policies will remain in place until the crisis overseas abates.

2020/04/10 | Daphne K. Lee

Animal Crossing Disappeared From Stores in China

China quietly removed Animal Crossing from the shelves overnight, prompting netizen outrage.