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2022/10/27 | The Interpreter

Even Now, Standing Supreme, Xi Has Limits to His Power

The very loyalists that have facilitated Xi Jinping’s rise could yet provide a constraint to his ambition.

2022/11/15 | CJ Sheu

2022 Golden Horse Asian Cinema Observer Report: Part 1

Our film critic CJ Sheu was at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival to review nominees for the Asian Cinema Observer Recommendation Prize. Here he gives the first of a two-part survey of the films, including entries from Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

2022/10/28 | CJ Sheu

‘August at Akiko’s’ Calmly Reflects on Hawai‘i’s Colonial Trauma

Trauma and dispossession are at the heart of ‘August at Akiko’s’. But a soaring jazz score and sweeping cinematography suggest new directions and the possibility of moving on.

2022/01/21 | The Interpreter

Japan’s Low-tech World

A glacial move towards digitalization has left much of the country’s workforce and public services in the last century.

2022/06/01 | East Asia Forum

As the World Sanctions Russia, China Takes Note

China’s reliance on the West and its capacity to withstand sanctions will be reduced if it has more control over the financial system. While it is working towards becoming less economically dependent on the West, it is not there yet.

2022/08/25 | The Interpreter

Will Thailand’s Prime Minister Defy Time?

Despite being suspended as prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha still holds the powerful position of Defense minister and will continue to attend cabinet meetings.

2022/07/20 | The Interpreter

What a Waste! Japan’s Food Sustainability Challenge

Imported food has an environmental cost. A nationwide effort is needed to drastically cut the amount discarded.

2022/03/04 | The Interpreter

China Needs To Rethink Its Russia Policy

Beijing may find it difficult to handle this troublesome “no limits” partner.

2022/09/15 | CJ Sheu

‘Mama Boy’ Is an Excellent Film With the Wrong Tone

A talented cast with an intriguing story of a sex worker and her client is undermined by a rmismatched tone of romantic fantasy.

2022/09/21 | The Conversation

Myanmar: What Can Indonesia Do as ASEAN Chair To Help End Overshadowed Conflict?

Indonesia, whose authoritarian leader stepped down from power in 1998, offers Myanmar an example of military reform.

2022/10/05 | The Interpreter

Hot Button Issue: North Korea’s Bold New Nuclear Stance

Regional leaders would do well to focus on engagement with Pyongyang after missile launches set a dangerous precedent.

2022/09/01 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Women Lawmakers Remain Seated

Japan’s celebration of record high number of women who won seats in the upper house may not stand up to close scrutiny.

2022/04/07 | Deutsche Welle

Ukraine War: How Russian Propaganda Dominates Chinese Social Media

In China’s cyberspace, Russian propaganda continues to influence the discourse over the war in Ukraine. Experts say the efforts could be Beijing’s attempt to trigger anti-Western sentiments.

2022/01/26 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar Tumbles Into the Abyss

The Myanmar army’s capacity to consolidate its rule appears more fragile than ever, with so many new armed groups now taking up to the fight to the military regime and its representatives.