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2022/07/13 | East Asia Forum

Can Egg Freezing Crack Singapore’s Demographic Decline?

Singaporean women and demographic observers may have cause for celebration, but medical technology does not present the ideal solution to what is, at heart, a social problem.

2022/03/24 | East Asia Forum

Philippine Party-list Elections Steal From the Poor and Give to the Rich

Instead of serving the poor in whose name they ran, many party-list representatives have been accused of corruption. They have also pushed for the closure of a leading broadcast network critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

2022/10/24 | The Conversation

Xi Cements His Power at Chinese Communist Party Congress – But He Is Still Exposed on the Economy

With a collapsing real estate sector weighing on a stretched banking system, the economy is Xi’s vulnerability.

2022/08/03 | East Asia Forum

China’s Vocational Education Woes

China has a long-standing culture of degrading vocational graduates and discouraging parents from sending their children to vocational institutes.

2022/02/23 | The Interpreter

Courting Change For Indonesia’s Invisible Brides

The country’s marriage statistics obscure a significant rise in unregistered unions involving children and adolescents.

2022/06/06 | The Interpreter

A Flare up in China’s Deliberate Pattern of Aggression

The intercept of an Australian patrol over the South China Sea escalates a “grey zone” conflict to a dangerous level.

2022/10/04 | The Conversation

One of the Worst Stadium Tragedies in History: An Expert Explains What Led to the Soccer Stampede in Indonesia

Indonesia’s football crowds are well-known for their excitability. The risk of crowds getting out of hand should be managed pre-emptively.

2022/12/06 | East Asia Forum

European Institutional Complexities and EU-Taiwan Relations

The European Union and its member states are enhancing their political relations with Taiwan, but it comes more expressly from the action of their legislative branches rather than their executive actors.

2022/12/30 | East Asia Forum

Southeast Asia’s Tech Industry Goes From a Gallop to a Canter

ASEAN’s economic growth is projected to be above 5% in 2022 and 2023, outperforming China for the first time.

2022/09/28 | East Asia Forum

Church Drama Is a Dilemma for Kishida

Distaste for Abe and his fellow politicians’ links to the Unification Church has propelled a moral panic about controversial religious organizations in Japan, bringing to mind the media-driven alarm following the sarin gas attacks in 1995.

2022/02/19 | CJ Sheu

Boredom Gives Rise to Experimentation in ‘The Cloud in Her Room’

Films in the quarter-life crisis genre often treat the drifting ennui of young adulthood as an aberration, or at most a regrettable rite of passage. But what if the ennui itself is what gets you through?

2022/05/03 | The Interpreter

Musk’s Twitter: Tweet Freedom for Asia?

Japan is the platform’s second biggest market with around 55 million accounts, followed by India.

2022/03/02 | TNL Research

Covid Outbreak Does Not Affect DPP’s Ability to Maintain Power

It may not be surprising that the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak cast a long shadow over Taiwan, as it has with the rest of the world.

2022/05/11 | TNL Research

OTT platforms reached 45 bil. minutes over Q4 2021

In the Q4 of 2021, Taiwan's total viewing minutes on the overall OTT platform reached 45 billion minutes. Youtube still has the highest viewing proportion, accounting for 63%.The share of subscription-based video platform services (SVOD) increased from 10% in the third quarter to 16% in Q4, mainly due to the growth of Netflix and the addition of Disney+. The three major platforms, Netflix, iQiyi and Disney+ , have their own strengths in the film and television content. Netflix has many exclusive Korean dramas, iQiyi has a rich selection of Chinese dramas, and Disney+ is more preferred by children.

2022/11/17 | CJ Sheu

Co-winner ‘Autobiography’ Complexly Explores the Corrosions of Power

Indonesian film ‘Autobiography’, the co-winner of the 2022 Golden Horse Asian Cinema Observer Recommendation Prize, explores relationships defined by power, both historical and intimate.

2022/11/02 | East Asia Forum

Japan Warily Welcomes Back International Travelers

In his parliamentary speech in October, Kishida presented his plan to revive the Japanese economy, including a pledge to increase international tourist spending beyond the pre-pandemic high in 2019.