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2020/09/23 | Jason Wang

Behind the Hype on “New Space”

'New Space' is the next big thing that governments, businesses, and venture capital are betting on to transform the structure of the global flow of information.

2020/09/23 | East Asia Forum

Covid-19 Exposes Gaps in South Korea’s Social Security System

Covid-19 has exposed a weak point in the South Korean social security system. One option on the table is a universal basic income.

2020/09/22 | TNL Staff

Staycation in Taiwan: An Alternative to Flying Nowhere

Some tourism experts think staycations will become part of a more long-lasting change in travel behavior.

2020/09/21 | every little d

Cantine Marais: A Home Goods Store That Does Fine Dining Right

Good restaurants can be defined by how little they need on top of the simple act of eating. Whether you’re dining alone or celebrating a special occasion — this new spot in Taipei may be the ideal.

2020/09/18 | Derek Sheridan

Do China and Africa Allow Us to Bring Back the Idea of Civilization?

There is much at stake in defining what a civilization is, who is included, who is excluded, and who can claim to speak for one.

2020/09/18 | Taiwan Insight

The Growing Complexity and Diversity of Taiwanese Families

Taiwan currently vies with South Korea for having the lowest total fertility rate in the world.

2020/09/17 | every little d

‘Pizza Has a Face’ Is New York Pizza in Old Taipei

Bookended by an old shoe shop and a Chinese medicine pharmacy in one of Taipei’s oldest districts is a relatively new pizza restaurant with a most intriguing owner.

2020/09/16 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Bird Conservation Group Expelled From BirdLife International

Taiwan's Chinese Wild Bird Federation declined demands to change its name and sign a statement "not to promote or advocate for Taiwan independence."

2020/09/15 | Brian Hioe

Let a Hundred Collectives Bloom!

A seemingly endless stream of parody accounts of a pro-Chinese Communist Party group called Qiao Collective appeared on Twitter. Here's the backstory.

2020/09/15 | The Interpreter

The Making of Prime Minister Suga

Shinzo Abe's “Mr. Fix-It” has the top job. Will he make his own mark in a country famed for its revolving door of PMs?

2020/09/14 | every little d

The 3 Pregame Street Food Shops To Hit Before Clubbing at Pawnshop

Within 15 minutes walking distance of the Taipei nightclub Pawnshop are three food vendors with Michelin 'Bib Gourmand' status. Here's what we ate and saw.

2020/09/11 | SueAnn Shiah

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Dishonors a Beloved Folktale

'Mulan' is a cringe-inducing misrepresentation of Chinese history and culture.

2020/09/10 | Will Peyton

What Is China’s Polar Strategy?

The central question surrounding the Xuelong 2 seems to be whether it is an innocuous display of China’s soft power or signals geopolitical storms to come.

2020/09/10 | The Interpreter

Rising Protests and a Sinking Economy Spell Trouble in Thailand

A wave of dissatisfaction with the ruling elite and a Covid-induced recession have shaken the country’s foundations.

2020/09/09 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Rigged Economy Dampens Innovation

Taiwan’s workers have taken the lowest share of GDP among comparable countries for the past two decades.

2020/09/08 | Roy Ngerng

Are Singaporeans Getting Ripped off by Their Social Welfare Programs?

Even though the money in Singapore's retirement and health insurance schemes continues to grow, Singaporeans can only withdraw a pathetically small amount.

2020/09/07 | James X. Morris

This Taiwanese Family Is Fighting for Their Lost Ancestral Tomb

Across Taiwan, burial grounds are being demolished to make way for developers. One family is putting up a fight.

2020/09/04 | every little d

Abao Shatters Boundaries in Taiwan's Mainstream Music Scene

Abao, a Paiwanese singer, reinterprets traditional folk songs with contemporary arrangements, creating something different from the usual Mandopop.