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2020/02/18 | Taiwan Insight
City Pop's Indie Revival in Taiwan
The renaissance of city pop in the Taiwanese indie music scene is a nostalgic nod to the Japanese music style in 1980s.
2020/02/15 | Op-Ed
‘Parasite’ Symbolism Explained: Instant Noodles, Language, Basement
Bong Joon Ho's daunting observations of capitalism in "Parasite" are apparent. The Oscar-winning picture goes much further in exploring the depths of South Korean society.
2020/02/15 | The Interpreter
Singapore’s Quarrel Over Colonialism
The remnants of Singapore's British colonial era run deeper than just architectural influence. Some praise the British rule while critics seek to challenge this orthodoxy.
2020/02/14 | Joyce Toledano
Unity Will Prove Crucial to Hong Kong’s Fight Against Coronavirus
As scientists in China and the U.S. race to develop a coronavirus treatment, researchers in Hong Kong say they have already developed a vaccine soon to undergo clinical trials. In the meantime, unity is crucial for Hongkongers to navigate the crisis.
2020/02/13 | Roy Ngerng
Why Taiwan Handles Coronavirus Outbreak Better Than Singapore
Singapore has adopted decent preventive measures for the coronavirus outbreak, yet the lack of public trust in the government still trigged panic buying. What can Singapore learn from Taiwan?
2020/02/12 | The Conversation
Chinese Movie Studio Upturned Its Business Model Due to Coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak has shut down movie theaters during Lunar New Year, causing movie studios with New Year screenings to lose billions of dollars. But one of them thought of a brilliant alternative.
2020/02/10 | The Interpreter
Australia-Indonesia: An Uncertain World Makes for Firm Friends
Australia and Indonesia have more and more in common, a fact which should challenge old tropes about their differences.
2020/02/09 | TNL Staff
Oscars 2020 Predictions: 1917, Parasite, Joker
Who will be the biggest winner at the 2020 Academy Awards?
2020/02/06 | Xiaochen Su
Coronavirus: Time for Taiwan to Double Down on China Decoupling
Taiwanese firms based in China are further exposed to operational disruptions due to the coronavirus outbreak. It's time for the Taiwanese government to play up its reshoring initiatives.
2020/02/04 | The Interpreter
Authorities in Hong Kong Struggle to Win Trust Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The Hong Kong government's refusal to close the border has set off a public panic. Is it overreaction – or justified?
2020/01/29 | The Interpreter
Coronavirus: One Step Backward for the Global Economy
Beyond the human toll, fears will stop people from heading to shops, eating out, travelling, and cause other consumer costs.
2020/01/28 | The Conversation
Blue Acceleration: Our Dash for Ocean Resources
The "Blue Acceleration" is consuming ocean resources faster than ever, destroying million of marine species that could help develop the antibiotics and medicines of tomorrow.
2020/01/27 | Daphne K. Lee
'Parasite' Makes Another Leap for South Korea's Cultural Economy
The viral success of "Parasite" marks another one of South Korea's successful cultural exports. Many critics credit the film's popularity to its universal story of urban poverty, but it goes far beyond the plot twists.
2020/01/25 | Will Peyton
China's Growing Power: A Potential Response From the Anglosphere
One of the world's most dominant intelligence networks might be looking to expand in response to China's global rise to power.
2020/01/23 | The Conversation
Snakes Could Be the Source of the New Coronavirus Outbreak in China
Researchers have found that the protein codes in the new coronavirus to be most similar to those in snakes, and reports indicate that snakes were sold in the local seafood market in Wuhan.
2020/01/21 | Michael Beltran
Thousands of Filipino Families to Be Displaced by Chinese-Backed Construction Craze
The Philippines are preparing to jump into a manic building spree, backed by Chinese investments. The relocation of the native inhabitants seems like an afterthought.
2020/01/18 | Coco Dollanganger
Will Philippines Impose Plastic Ban in 2020?
Philippines is the world's third largest source of ocean plastics. How can it reduce plastic waste nationwide?