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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.

2020/09/03 | The Interpreter

A Biden Presidency and the US–South Korea Alliance

Can Joe Biden, if elected, heal the rift between the two countries, or will he make it worse?

2020/09/02 | Daphne K. Lee

Violent Waves Can't Stop Keelung's Midsummer Ghost Festival

Once a year, spirits from the underworld are released into the world for a monthlong "summer vacation."

2020/09/01 | CJ Sheu

‘Tenet’ Gives You Seven Heist Films for the Price of One

After the multi-paced reverse-heist of Inception, Nolan has upped the ante by folding time back on itself to create seven heists — count them with me: opera house, penthouse, warehouse, convoy, convoy again, warehouse again, pit.

2020/08/31 | Coco Dollanganger

Serial Corruption Plagues Philippines National Health Insurance

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), a state healthcare insurer affiliated with the Department of Health, is embroiled in a Senate probe involving thousands of fraudulent claims and mismanagement of funds.

2020/08/28 | Roy Ngerng

The Pay in Taiwan Is Too Damn Low

Taiwan’s minimum wage is not just lower than the international standard. Its rate of growth has lagged.

2020/08/28 | Brian Hioe

How Trump and Biden Differ on Taiwan

No matter who wins in November, the U.S.-Taiwan relationship will remain a relationship of convenience.

2020/08/27 | Peter Buckets

'The Good Daughter' Is an Indictment of Global Capital, Patriarchy, Racism

'The Good Daughter' depicts Azhe’s defiance as she's caught up in capitalism, patriarchy, and racism.

2020/08/27 | Catherine Chou

Don’t Blame Jeremy Lin. The Problem Is Taiwan’s ROC Nationality Laws.

If Taiwan does not want to be seen simply as a “Chinese democracy,” giving a permanent stake in society to those who migrated from other parts of the world is an important step towards shedding that label.

2020/08/26 | Bart Dashorst

Will the ‘Detention’ TV Adaptation Address Its Gender Problems?

The TV adaptation of 'Detention' is not just a sign of success, but an opportunity to address its troubling take on gender.

2020/08/25 | Hiro Fu

OPINION: Does the DPP Victory in Kaohsiung Mark a Return To Normal?

The by-election has brought a few aspects of Taiwanese politics into focus: party domination, the KMT's failed choice in choosing a candidate, and the high expectations that Mayor Chen will be facing.

2020/08/24 | Nicholas Haggerty

EDITORIAL: The Sexist Media Coverage of Jane Lee

There is no doubt that sexism was driving a media narrative to gin up attention and web traffic for an undramatic race.