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2019/04/30 | Michael Beltran
Sarah Elago, the Youngest Lawmaker in the Philippines, Challenges Duterte's Boys Club
The youngest lawmaker in the 17th Congress of the Philippines is taking her party's fight for justice to the streets.
2019/05/01 | Roy Ngerng
Singapore: A Poor Man's Country in Rich Man's Clothes
Labor Day makes for a good time to dive into why Singapore remains one of the world's most unequal countries.
2019/10/16 | TNL Staff
Taiwan 2020: Who's Ahead in the Presidential Polls
A real-time estimate of who is likely to win Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election, based on an unweighted average of opinion polls conducted by various media outlets and political parties.
2019/08/23 | Paul Huang
How Much Would It Cost for the CIA to 'Create' the Hong Kong Protests?
The CIA would have to cut corners to pay for the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
2019/09/24 | TNL Staff
2019 Taiwan Pride: Taipei's LGBT Hotspots
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. You can join the annual pride parade in Taipei on 10/26, with the parade route starting at the Taipei City Hall plaza and ending in front of the Presidential Office Building. If you’re planning to celebrate pride (and halloween!) in Taipei, follow our Taipei Pride Map to experience what Taipei has to offer for the LGBT community.
2019/12/17 | Zoe T
Live Streaming Platform SWAG Reshapes Taiwan’s Sex Industry
Live streamers on adult content platforms are becoming goddesses and idols that are worshipped and paid by fans.
2019/12/02 | LWT
What Is Taiwan’s Legal Status According to International Law, Japan, and the US?
Legally, Taiwan is a piece of territory that was "never returned" properly. What roles have Japan and the United States played historically?
2019/10/08 | Daphne K. Lee
‘Weathering With You’ Is a Boring, Repetitive Cinematic Delight
Makoto Shinkai's 'Weathering With You' is a cinematic delight that also disappoints.
2019/09/20 | David Evans
Losing Solomon Islands and Kiribati Could Work to Taiwan's Advantage
The Solomon Islands and Kiribati have both switched allegiance from Taiwan to China, but is it really a loss for Taiwan?
2019/07/25 | Milo Hsieh
OPINION: Cigarette Smuggling Scandal Reveals Problems in Taiwan’s Bureaucracy, Not Politics
While the media and politicians attack the Tsai administration for the cigarette smuggling scandal, it is best to remember that the problem lies within Taiwan's deep-rooted bureaucracy.
2019/12/16 | Daphne K. Lee
Film Review: 'The Garden of Evening Mists'
The Garden of Evening Mists is a film we can watch and rewatch, and still can’t stop savoring the beauty of it like the Chopin record that never leaves the record player.
2019/01/21 | Michael Beltran
Serial Misogynist: The Dangers of Duterte's Tyrannical Crusade Against Women
Rodrigo Duterte lords over a society where, from the Presidential Palace to the streets of Manila, misogyny and violence against women run rampant.
2019/05/15 | Michael Beltran
Thailand's 'Can Do' Bar, Run by Sex Workers, Stands for Workers' Rights and Dignity
A bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand which is collectively owned by sex workers is pushing for human dignity and rights for workers throughout the country.
2019/09/09 | Andrew Maxey
How Should Taiwan Fix Its Broken Conscription System?
Under China's increasing military threats, Taiwan's current conscription system only requires draftees to serve for 4 months without any substantial training. How would Taiwan respond to conflicts with an undertrained military?
2019/09/19 | Paul Huang
Who Is Annette Lu and Why Is She Running for Taiwan's President?
Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) declared her run for Taiwan's 2020 presidential election just minutes before Terry Gou dropped out of the race, a decision that shocked the Taiwanese media and public. Who is she and why is she joining the presidential race now?