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2017/08/10 | Wanning Sun
From Mao to TV Health Shows: The Changing Chain of Command Facing China's Elderly
Having lived through the Maoist decades when the Party-state told them how to live their private lives, senior citizens are now learning to become self-governing subjects, writes Wanning Sun.
2017/08/07 | Guo Quanzhi
Homeless Take Shelter in China’s 24-Hour Bookstore
As rents soar, the city’s homeless, ‘hukou’-less and house poor find refuge between the shelves of a bookstore in China.
2017/08/07 | Tyler Prochazka
Curing the ‘Ghost Island’: Why Taiwan Needs Basic Income
Sun Yat-sen believed that the benefits from natural resources, monopolies and property should be shared amongst all citizens. This is precisely the philosophy behind UBI, argues Tyler Prochazka.
2017/08/30 | Wong Chin Huat
A Roadmap for Breaking Malaysia's 'One Party State'
With the right balance of change and continuity guided principally by a two-stage roadmap, there is hope that PH may just garner enough Malay and non-Malay voters to end UMNO’s corrupt party-state.
2017/09/04 | Samantha Hoffman
Managing the State: Social Credit, Surveillance and the CCP’s Plan for China
While advances in artificial intelligence and the growth of the surveillance state are all noteworthy on their own, China’s social credit program explicitly links them as parts of a broader political control process known as 'social management.'
2017/09/11 | Rosemary Chen
Missing Taiwanese Activist Lee Ming-che Goes on Trial in China
Lee Ming-che at the trial confessed to 'spreading malicious articles and speech attacking the current Chinese Communist Party and government' and 'writing articles that were intended to defame the system and subvert state power.'
2017/09/27 | James Gomez
A False Dawn for Media Freedom in Myanmar?
Myanmar faces a range of human rights which needs a free press and activists who can operate peacefully without fear of repercussions.
2017/12/11 | Jay Lin
OPINION: Is Taiwan Really a Beacon for LGBT Rights in Asia?
Taiwan's LGBT community has an easier time than many, but more needs to be done for such progress to receive international recognition.
2018/02/12 | Coco Dollanganger
OPINION: Here's What You Don't Know about Why Filipinos Support Duterte
A chance to understand why Filipinos still love Duterte despite the constant negativity surrounding his policies and rhetoric.
2018/02/08 | Liang Chenyu
Bucking a Global Trend, China's Trust in Media Soars
Globally, distrust of media was alarmingly high. However, Chinese viewers seem to trust their media more than you'd think.
2018/02/18 | Sam Swash
REVIEW: 'The Authoritarian Public Sphere' Ponders the Resilience of Dictatorships
In this book, Alexander Dukalskis offers insight into the efforts of three of Asia’s longest standing authoritarian regimes to legitimize and maintain their rule.
2018/02/21 | Oiwan Lam
Malaysian Government Uses Barking Chicken to Celebrate Year of the Dog
Some believe that the use of a barking rooster in the Chinese New Year ad is meant to avoid insulting some Muslims, who consider dogs unclean.
2018/02/22 | Pamela Mar
OPINION: Asia's Factory Workers Will Struggle to Adapt to an AI-Driven World
Artificial intelligence and advanced automation are going to come down hard on the working class, but governments can take a few steps to soften the blow.
2018/02/23 | Peter Wood
China's One Child Policy Is Gone, but Aging Concerns Remain
China sees its looming population crisis as the end of the window to accomplish important national goals.