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2017/03/27 | James Baron
Expat Outrage: Changes to Nationality Law Irk Taiwan's Foreign-born Residents
The announcement that foreigners will no longer have to renounce citizenship from their country of origin to gain Taiwanese nationality should have been a cause for celebration.
2017/03/27 | Sorpong Peou
Cambodia: Towards Single Party Dictatorship?
'Cambodia’s ruling party is seeking to shore up its chances of electoral success with recent changes to the rules governing political parties,' Sorpong Peou writes.
2017/03/26 | Jessica Levine
War, Detention, Revolution: Foreigner Recounts Shanghai History
Fifty-year Shanghai resident Betty Barr on living in a World War II internment camp and publishing her mother’s diary from the era.
2017/03/26 | Zhou Hongcheng
Why the Chinese Are Still Not Sweet on Chocolate
Pitching European-style products as luxury brands won’t change sugar-shunning consumer habits.
2017/03/25 | Sally Tyler
'Lock Them All Up': Mass Imprisonment in US and Philippines
New mass incarceration policies in both the Philippines and the United States threaten to erode years of progress, writes Sally Tyler.
Double-Edged Sword: Urbanization Brings Malnutrition and Obesity Problems to India
In India, distress migration to urban areas is creating food security problems and the urban poor is deprived of nutritious food.
2017/03/25 | John J. Stremlau
Africa Offers a Point of Cooperation for Xi and Trump
Xi and Trump should explore trilateral cooperation with African governments since both parties have extensive and often complementary interests in the continent.
2017/03/24 | The Japan Times
Japan's Plans to Penalize Uncommitted Crimes
The potential law amendment will widen government surveillance of its citizens and is being questioned for intruding people’s privacy.
2017/03/24 | David Green
From Fiction to Reality: Universal Basic Income Gaining Traction in Asia
The idea is gathering global popularity after a landmark trial in India showed a basic income of as little as US$5 per month had a powerfully positive effect on health, community action and investment decisions in target communities.
2017/03/24 | Kyodo News
Language Schools to Help Japanese Athletes Prepare for 2020 Games
'The push is aimed at overcoming concern about athletes' struggles to communicate in English during international competitions, while the schools see it as an opportunity to tap into a new market and revenue stream.'
2017/03/24 | Steven Yet
Hong Kong Election: A Choice Between Lesser Evils
If Beijing continues to run a shallow election, picking a ‘lesser evil’ is just another façade.
2017/03/24 | Baogang He
What is the Official Chinese Take on Trump?
There may exist a diverse range of Chinese opinions but only one really matters.
2017/03/23 | Mark Stocker
Taiwan’s International Sporting Goods Show Missing A Trillion Dollar Market Opportunity?
While TaiSPO was once the go-to show for sports equipment buyers from around the globe, a repositioning is needed to deliver a new generation of meaningful growth for the industry.
2017/03/23 | James Baron
Airbrushing Taiwan’s History: Can Japanese Colonialism Ever Be Justified?
'Amazingly,' wrote Kaori Shoji, 'Taiwan is the one country where the Japanese imperialists managed to do more good than harm.'