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2017/04/25 | Peter Wood
Philippines Choose Chinese Investment Over Territorial Defense
Duterte’s acceptance of Chinese investment in exchange for not challenging territorial claims has important security implications for the rest of Southeast Asia.
Creating Facts on the Sea: China's Plan to Establish a New City in the South China Sea
China’s behavior in the Paracels is important to analyze because of its role as a blueprint for developments in the Spratlys.
2017/04/24 | Rosemary Chen
Burying a Dictator: Fresh Bid to Remove All Statues of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan
'Statues [of Chiang] are the final remnant of the [Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)] authoritarian regime, which has to be removed if a full-fledged democracy is to be realized.'
2017/04/23 | Deng Jian
Video Game Taps China’s Disaffected Urban Youth
Nostalgic Stardew Valley lets Chinese gamers find meaning through chopping wood and growing vegetables, writes Deng Jian.
2017/04/23 | Timo Duile
Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia
At the end of 2016, two large demonstrations organized by reactionary Muslim groups took place in Jakarta. The protesters called for the arrest of the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, an ethnic Chinese man commonly referred to as Ahok, whom they accused of blasphemy.
2017/04/21 | Keith Menconi
Lives of Resilience: Reimagining Taiwan’s Comfort Women
'The history is indeed horrific; estimates vary, but the most commonly cited figure places the total number of comfort women at 200,000.'
2017/04/20 | Olivia Yang
Q&A: The Startup that Wants to Enable ‘Superhero Citizens’ in Taipei
From finding the closest public restroom to reporting a full waste bin or typhoon damage, Mapgea does it all.
2017/04/20 | Mong Palatino
Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences
The government told Thai Internet users to stop following and sharing posts from the social media accounts of three overseas critics of the military-backed government
2017/04/19 | Edward White
Chinese Activist who Failed to Gain Asylum in Taiwan Faces 'Legitimate Threat'
'One thing that makes political asylum from China widely accepted in many other countries – the United States and many European countries – nowadays is because it is quite difficult to predict what might happen when they go back; that itself is a clear danger for that person.'
2017/04/19 | Kuan Chen
Airline’s Indigenous Name Bungle Reveals Taiwanese ‘Ignorance’
'When I go to Starbucks and order my drink with my indigenous name, the staff ask me politely if they are not sure how to pronounce my name. That’s called respect.”
2017/04/19 | Saigoneer
Cambodia is Losing its Buddhist Monks to Modernization
Where once young Cambodian men would often join the monkhood as teenagers as a rite of passage, studying both Buddhism and Khmer culture before moving into adult life, today fewer young Cambodians are doing so.
2017/04/19 | Wang Lianzhang
Students Hold Anti-Gay Banner at Chinese University
Homophobic message angers LGBT students and reveals ongoing discrimination on Chinese college campuses.
2017/04/18 | David Green
Dive Shipwrecks in Taiwan Without Leaving the City
'Divecube is the only place in central Taiwan to get a diving license, unless you want to go and give it a try in Taichung harbor.'