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2017/02/16 | Liam Gammon

Jokowi’s Stake in Jakarta’s Gubnatorial Race

After the results of the polls yesterday, Ahok and Anies will compete in a runoff election in April. An Ahok victory was and is Jokowi’s ideal scenario

2017/02/16 | Kazuhiko Togo

‘Comfort Women’ After the Fall of Korean President Park Geun-hye

The demise of Park Geun-hye’s presidency since October 2016 due to the ‘Choi Soon-sil affair’ is an astonishing development in South Korean politics. Many Korea-friendly Japanese have watched it with a sense of concern, hoping that the South Korean people would find a way to overcome their present difficulties and come back to Northeast Asian politics with invigorated energy.

2017/02/15 | Rosemary Chen

‘We Don’t Always Agree’: A Much-Needed Dialogue on Stray Dog Issues in Taiwan

Underfunded and understaffed animal shelters were the focus of a documentary “Twelve Nights” released in 2012. The film sparked public outrage over the practice of euthanasia in stray dog shelters in Taiwan and eventually led to the ban of euthanasia practice that came into effect this February.

2017/02/15 | James Baron

Odd Couple: Fuxing's Flak Towers Provide Blast from Taiwan's Past

While the towers are unlikely to scoop an award for aesthetics, they provide a glimpse of a period of Taiwan's modern history that, like their embrasures, expands to offer a macroscopic view when probed.    

2017/02/15 | Matthew Walsh

Chinese Couples Put Insurance Premium on Love

Insurance plans have proven particularly popular among young couples — especially college students.

2017/02/15 | Lavanya Garg

India: 5 Percent of Women have Sole Control over Choosing Husband

A woman’s power to make decisions is greatly influenced by the role of social norms in India, though it may differ between regions there has been little improvement since the Indian Human Development Survey conducted 12 years ago.

2017/02/14 | Duan Tao

Why China Should Legalize Surrogacy, Now

Infertile couples should not be denied the opportunity for a family of their own.

2017/02/14 | Victor Shih

China Faces the Impossible Trinity

The People’s Bank of China is walking a tightrope.

2017/02/13 | The Japan Times

Reversing Population Flow to Tokyo

The Abe administration's efforts to reduce the flow of people into the greater Tokyo area from other prefectures are not having much success.

2017/02/13 | Jeffrey Hutton

In Indonesia, Women Take a Stand Against Everyday Graft

When it comes to fighting corruption, a group of women are challenging their peers to look in the mirror.

2017/02/13 | Sarah Karacs

The Thai Occult Taking Hong Kong by Storm

The Thai amulet trade is growing in Hong Kong, making waves in China, and has factions in Singapore and Malaysia.

2017/02/13 | TaiwaneseCulture.org

OPINION: Towards Safer Traffic in Taiwan — It's Not the Culture that Kills

For traffic safety to radically improve in Taiwan, rather than design the streets to be convenient mostly for cars, the built environment of cities and towns should be re-oriented so that it is convenient for pedestrians, mass public transit, and small size vehicles.

2017/02/13 | David Paulk

This Un-American Life: China’s Struggling Podcast Industry

What’s keeping Western-style podcasts from carving out a mobile entertainment niche in China?

2017/02/12 | Mark Harrison

How Taiwan’s Authoritarian History Could Affect its Current Geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people.

2017/02/11 | Hera Diani

Islamic Populism Won’t Reign in Indonesia: Scholar

Failure to create a cross-class alliance is why Islamic populism may fail in Indonesia.

2017/02/10 | Zi Yang

Rural China and the Asian Methamphetamine Trade: A Case Study of Lufeng

Despite the growth of China’s security budget in recent years, the state’s seemingly inability to stamp out the drug business shows us the corrupting effects of the trade on local administrators who protected traffickers for financial gains.