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2019/10/01 | Brandon Kemp
Long Live Love: Approaching the Films of Tsai Ming-liang
Where should one begin to understand Tsai Ming-liang? From the beginning.
2019/09/27 | The Interpreter
Australia's and China's Economic Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
Australia's tourism power over Indonesia might have played a role in the Indonesian government's delaying the criminalization of sex outside marriage. But how much is Australian tourism dollar worth nowadays with a rampant increase of Chinese tourists?
2019/09/27 | Will Peyton
Beijing's Overreach in Australia: From 'Chinese Influence' to 'Beijing Interference'
Australia's peculiar relationship with China alludes to a lack of discussion between the Australian society and authorities.
2019/09/26 | The Conversation
More Countries Have Banned E-Cigarettes Following Vaping Deaths in the US
Following the vaping deaths in the U.S., over 20 countries have banned the sale of e-cigarette products. But researchers still have a hard time evaluating the actual health impact of e-cigarettes.
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.
2019/09/24 | East Asia Forum
How China Manipulates Geopolitics With Tourism Control
China is holding its outward tourism hostage to pressure other countries to succumb to its influence and policies. Is there a way to retaliate China's "tourism kidnapping"?
2019/09/23 | TNL Feature
Hongkongers Living in Taiwan: It's Not All Sunshine and Rainbows
Hong Kong activists have been calling for asylum law in Taiwan. What is the reality for those Hongkongers who have already immigrated to Taiwan?
2019/09/23 | The Interpreter
Did China Win the Pacific Race by Snatching Solomon and Kiribati?
Behind Taiwan's loss of diplomatic allies, what have China, Australia, and the U.S. each gained or lost over last week's Pacific drama?
2019/09/20 | 破土 New Bloom
OPINION: Annette Lu Belongs In the Dustbin of History
Annette Lu is a politician of the yesterday who's still sticking around past her given screen time. 0-
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?
Hong Kong Protests Revive the Spirit of the Arab Spring
Hongkongers have been resisting the authorities for over 100 days, inspiring many around the world to keep fighting for democracy and human rights. Hong Kong's movement is essentially a continuation of the spirit of the Arab Spring.
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?
2019/09/19 | The Conversation
How Technology Turned Its Back on Uyghurs
When the Chinese government first implemented cellphone networks in Xinjiang, social media platforms like WeChat became a major communication tool for Uyghurs — but it turned out to be a trap.
2019/09/17 | Daniel Kao
Why Hong Kong Should Keep Defending Its Democracy
Why are Hongkongers desperately fighting for democracy? For those living in the shadow of an authoritarian regime, democracy represents societal progress in terms of wealth, education, human rights and more.
2019/09/17 | New Mandala
The Dual Fronts of Myanmar's Authoritarianism
In Myanmar, democracy is interpreted in a different capacity where diversity does not matter.
2019/09/16 | The Conversation
Joker Represents the Absurdity and Horror of Our Times
Clownish figures have surged in popularity both in cinema and in politics. What does this imply for our society?
2019/09/12 | Michael Beltran
Duterte Shoved the Philippines Further Into the Dragon's Mouth
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth visit to Beijing resulted in a failure to assert territorial claims, again.
2019/09/12 | Adam Hatch
How Can We Transform Taiwan Into a Bilingual Country?
The Taiwanese government is determined to improve the country's English competency in the next decade. Beyond education, what kind of policy changes are necessary to facilitate the reform?