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Innovation didn't seem like Taiwan's strong suit as the tech industry largely remained conservative and stagnant since the 2000s. However, a new breed of entrepreneurs in Taiwan is changing the startup landscape with fresh ideas and ambitious vision. In our brand new series, we'll bring you bi-weekly stories about these startup founders and how they started their businesses in Taiwan.

Taiwan 2020: Women Running for Legislature

2020/01/03

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Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan's first female president in 2016 and she's now running for re-election. But female politicians are not a rarity in Taiwan. In 2020, even more women are running in the legislative election in an attempt to bring about reforms and changes for the public. Who are they, and what do they have to say?

Is Taiwan For Sale?

2019/11/25

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Whenever a presidential election happens in Taiwan, discussions about whether a certain candidate can sell out the country would often ensue. However, does a Taiwanese president have that much authority to put an entire country up for sale? Is being pro-China the equivalent of betraying Taiwan? What about someone leaning towards the United States and Japan — is that less of a crime?

2019 Golden Horse Awards

2019/11/15

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Established in 1962, the Golden Horse Awards are among the most prestigious and time-honored film awards in the world of Sinophone cinema. This year, China banned the Golden Horse Awards and withdrew all the Chinese and Hong Kong films from the competition. Despite Chinese censorship and suppression, the Golden Horse will still honor the talents from Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and other countries. The final results will be revealed at the Golden Horse Awards Ceremony on November 23, 2019.

2019 Taiwan Pride: Queerness in Asia

2019/10/04

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In May 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, which makes this year’s pride month all the more meaningful for the LGBT community. To celebrate Taiwan's pride month, we're going to cover queer culture and LGBT progress in Taiwan and the rest of Asia.

2019 Women Make Waves Film Festival Taiwan

2019/10/03

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The 26th Women Make Waves Film Festival (WMWFF) takes place in Taipei's SPOT Huanshan Cinema from 10/4 - 10/14 this year. Founded in 1993, WMWFF has emerged as one of the major film festivals in Taiwan, and has established itself as the biggest one dedicated to the promotion of female talents. By covering a wide range of genres, issues, and representations of women, WMWFF seeks to promote great cinematic art by female directors, and to advocate gender equality through films with a feminist consciousness from a variety of subjects.

Trafficked to Extinction

2019/09/24

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Criminal syndicates in Africa and Asia are working together — and competing — to meet the seemingly insatiable demand for pangolins in China and other markets. Over 30 journalists from the Global Environmental Reporting Collective investigate how illegal pangolin trafficking is leading the species to become extinct.

Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement

2019/07/01

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At the end of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, Hongkongers promised they will be back. In June 2019, Hong Kong mobilized one-third of the population to protest against the government's extradition bill. The News Lens is covering the on-going movement and rallies in collaboration with our Hong Kong-based team.

Taiwan's 2020 Presidential Race

2019/04/18

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Presidential hopefuls are gearing up to challenge incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen. The News Lens is taking you inside Taiwan's heated 2020 presidential race.

5 Years After Sunflower Movement

2019/03/28

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The News Lens looks back at the 2014 Sunflower Movement - what has happened since then?