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2017/05/22 | James Baron
Hidden in Plain Sight: Taipei has a Glue Sniffing Problem
'Most people are completely unaware that this is even an issue. I know this because I have seen flagrant sniffers in the middle of busy thoroughfares, their heads buried in larger carrier bags as oblivious hordes jostled around them.'
2017/05/22 | Justin Hugo
Tough Pill to Swallow: Why Singapore’s Healthcare Model Should Not Be Followed
[OPINION] Singapore’s healthcare system has become unnecessarily complicated but it can be reformed to provide more equitable healthcare and give its citizens peace of mind.
2017/05/22 | Phelim Kine
OPINION: Indonesia, Please Stop Public Flogging of Gay Men
The president should denounce punishment of 85 lashes for ‘sodomy’ in Aceh, writes Phelim Kine.
2017/05/22 | Bingqin Li
China's Social System Reform is Going Nowhere
China’s hukou (household registration) system is often criticized for hindering the free movement of labor and creating inequality. In recent years the hukou system has undergone considerable reform. But is this enough to turn around the trends in China’s regional inequality?
2017/05/21 | Simon Chadwick
European Clubs Search for the Goal in China’s Football Frontier
Collaboration is key for Europe’s football giants if they want to be on the winning side in China, Simon Chadwick writes.
2017/05/20 | Stellina Chen
CARTOON: Tough Times Ahead for Tsai in Year Two
President Tsai and the DPP are struggling to shake poor approval ratings despite Taiwan’s strong economic performance.
2017/05/20 | Graham Bond
Power, Money, and Fake News in China
News readers may have developed fairly robust fake news detectors when it comes to political manipulation of the news, but with a fundamental lack of separation between political and commercial power – it becomes hard to meaningfully assess the potential distortions within news copy.
2017/05/19 | Oiwan Lam
Why is China Home to Half of the Computers Infected With WannaCry Ransomware?
China official media outlets suggested that the spread of the ransomware was caused by university students using the school network to play online games, this does not explain why public security and oil service networks have also been infected.
2017/05/19 | Lin Fei-fan
Lin Fei-fan: Don’t Let The People Down Again
Lin Fei-fan, one of the student leaders in the 2014 protest that drew half a million people to the streets of Taipei, writes about the mounting dissatisfaction with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her government as well as the hypocrisy of the international community.
2017/05/19 | Morley J Weston
INFOGRAPHIC: Taiwan’s Cities are One Giant Heat Sink
If you want to keep cool in Taiwan, start growing some rice or fish.
2017/05/19 | Shannon Lin
Blending In or Standing Out: Immigration and the ‘Cultural Quality’ Problem in Taiwan
Are the dazzling traditional gowns and tours in native languages just a weak attempt to distract Taiwan’s newest arrivals from institutionalized discrimination?
2017/05/18 | Audrey Jiajia Li
A Few Home Truths Revealed in China's ‘House of Cards’
'With the clear aim of celebrating President Xi Jinping’s campaign to crack down on corrupt tigers and flies', the drama not only marked the end of a 13-year-long ban on the production and broadcast of corruption-themed TV shows, it was also granted unprecedented flexibility by the censors,' wrote Chinese independent filmmaker Audrey Jiajia Li.
2017/05/18 | Michal Thim
ANALYSIS: Tsai’s Defense and Security Challenges Line Up in Year Two
Boosting the national defense budget, avoiding a spending blowout on submarines, watching out for aggression in the South China Sea and keeping up Taiwan’s defense from cyber attacks; chances are Taiwan’s president will be kept busy keeping the country safe in the second year of her presidency.