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2017/02/22 | Olivia Yang

INTERVIEW: Fighting a Country with Words, 4 Years a Chinese Prisoner

'The history of mankind has gone on for thousands of years, and that of the Communist Party only a few decades. Perhaps one day when they collapse, your books will still exist.'

2017/02/22 | Michael Beltran

Who Started the Manila Fires? (Part One)

'Someone wanted them to happen, someone stands to profit, and hardly anybody is talking about it.'

2017/02/22 | Jay Lin

Let’s Talk About Love and Family, Ms. President

One year after Tsai’s election campaign in which she publicly voiced support for same-sex marriage, we now got to see how firmly she stands on the issue.

2017/02/22 | Dong Heng

Whistleblowing in China — A Gamble Few Dare Take

Those who take the risk of speaking out sometimes pay a high price.

2017/02/21 | Sarah Karacs

Should Hong Kong Keep its Zoo?

The debate around the existence of Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden comes at a time of shifting values towards animal rights in the city and across Asia.

2017/02/21 | Rosemary Chen

Thousands Show Up for Air Pollution Protest in Taiwan

In 2015, more than 6,000 people in Taiwan died from diseases directly related to poor air quality, making up 19 percent of the death toll that year.

2017/02/21 | Ramesh Bhushal

New Threats Emerge as Rhino Numbers Recover

Rhino numbers have slowly recovered after stringent steps against hunting and poaching, but climate change and invasive species offer new threats.

2017/02/20 | Andrea Baldini

Postindustrial Masterpiece: Shanghai’s Power Station of Art

The museum’s eclectic mix of old and new reveals an offbeat official approach to urban redevelopment.

2017/02/20 | Timothy Ferry

Blueprint of a Heist: Cracking Taiwan's US$2.5m ATM Hack

Looking back at the First Bank’s ATM heist, one of Taiwan's biggest ever robberies.

2017/02/20 | TNL Staff

New Suspects in North Korea Assassination; Chinese Uproar on Dalai Lama's US Visit; Japan-US Ties Under Trump

Asia Morning Update: A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.

2017/02/19 | TaiwaneseCulture.org

RECIPE: Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

This special snack is one of Taiwan's must-have street foods today.

2017/02/18 | Cara Giaimo

The Little-Known Passport that Protected 450,000 Refugees

Between 1922 and 1938, the 'Nansen Passport' allowed stateless people to make a new life.

2017/02/18 | Rosemary Chen

Uber Reaches New Agreement with Taiwan Government

Uber’s ride-sharing service has been considered illegal in Taiwan and suspended operations on Feb. 10. But the company may have found a way back in after a recent meeting with the government.

2017/02/18 | Sarah Talaat , Ye Yuan and Liang Lianfen

Migrant Food-Delivery Workers Struggle to Belong in Beijing

Changes to Beijing’s household registration system aim for greater inclusiveness, but some service-industry workers remain vulnerable.

2017/02/17 | Poppy McPherson

Chainsaw Injuries in Myanmar Tied to Illegal Logging

Despite Myanmar’s nationwide commercial logging ban in 2016, illegal loggers continue to find work cutting down trees with chain saws, imported largely from China and often obtained illegally and used without training or protective gear, according to a months-long investigation by Mongabay.

2017/02/16 | The Japan Times

Japan's Adult Guardianship System Needs More Attention

Japan's system for providing guardians for incapacitated adults is both under-used and in dire need of improvement.