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2021/03/17 | SueAnn Shiah

No Saviors, No Satisfaction in ‘Promising Young Woman’ — and Why That’s a Good thing

‘Promising Young Woman’ offers up no simple answers or victories, rather the sad reality in which there is no justice without acknowledging harm. The Oscar nominated thriller is an entertaining take on a time old tale.

2021/03/16 | Taiwan Insight

How Well Does Taiwan Support People With Disabilities?

Taiwan's medical establishment views the disabled body as something that needs to be fixed, and this discourages people with disabilities from participating in society.

2021/03/16 | Nicholas Haggerty

‘In The Weeds’ Zoe Lee Wins “Best Show Host”

Zoe Lee, a lawyer and host of a podcast called “In The Weeds” on cannabis and its legal status in Taiwan, won “Best Show Host” at the inaugural KKBOX Podcast Awards. Her sights are fixed on the long game.

2021/03/13 | Patrick Ng

With Vaccines in Hand, What’s Next for Taiwan’s Covid-19 Response?

Patrick Ng speaks on what may be the final stages of Taiwan’s pandemic response — and how the healthcare system will be irrevocably changed.

2021/03/12 | Dolma Tsering

The Tibetan National Uprising Day and China’s Tibet Dilemma

This March marks the 62nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. It’s also an occasion to question the intentions behind the PRC’s policies.

2021/03/12 | Kirsten Han

What’s up With Singapore’s Response To the Myanmar Coup?

The Singaporean government has denounced Myanmar’s armed forces for using lethal weapons against protesters, but it is unlikely to take action against the military leaders.

2021/03/12 | East Asia Forum

Will Myanmar’s Coup Help China Influence ASEAN?

China is adapting to the situation in Myanmar by making good with the military government, but ASEAN’s quiet diplomacy is likely to prevent a surge in Chinese regional influence.

2021/03/08 | Janine Sun Rogers

Anti-Asian Attacks in US Repeat History, Motivate Community Action

In the face of recent violent attacks, the Asian American community reflects on systemic oppression and turns to community-based solutions.

2021/03/05 | Nicholas Haggerty

What’s Going on With Taiwan’s Influencers?

What’s unique about the latest tabloid dramas in Taiwan is the extent to which the medical establishment has taken interest.

2021/03/04 | Taiwan Insight

Keeping the Door Open: How Taiwan’s Gender Quotas Brought More Women Into Office – and Why We Need More

Unless Taiwan addresses the underlying social pressures that constrain would-be female politicians, gender quotas will only be able to nudge women just a little closer to equal participation.

2021/03/03 | Judy Chen

For “Subtle Taiwanese Traits,” Seeing Taiwan Anew Starts Within the Community

Arising from disillusionment with the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group, Subtle Taiwanese Traits has been a fertile and sometimes contentious ground for defining what it means to be Taiwanese today.

2021/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Global Vaccination Is Still a Jab in the Dark

Asian countries have largely done a good job containing Covid-19, but the slow rollout of vaccination programs threatens to undermine their successes.

2021/02/26 | Ellie Olcott

A Rural Taiwanese School Cycles To Stay Alive

A primary school in Yunlin, one of Taiwan’s poorest counties, fights to stay open as Taiwan’s population shrinks.

2021/02/25 | Hiro Fu

Jaw Shaw-Kong Wants To Make the Kuomintang Great Again. Can He?

Jaw has emerged as the latest figure touted as a savior of the KMT. There’s good reason to be skeptical.

2021/02/23 | Naina Singh

For Better Relations with India, Taiwan Must Support Indian Students

Supporting Indian students in Taiwan is key to the broader success of India-Taiwan relations and the New Southbound Policy. There is more the Taiwanese government can do.

2021/02/20 | CJ Sheu

‘Recipe for Happiness’ Shows How Muddling Through Life Can Keep Us Sane

Following the everyday life of openly unambitious and mediocre civil servant Namgoong Jin-Soo, 'Recipe for Happiness' captures what it’s like to be a young adult in the age of precarious neoliberal ecotastrophe.

2021/02/20 | The Interpreter

Myanmar’s Coup Will Test the Loyalty of the Security Forces

Armed forces organizations are not just a mindless mass prepared to do whatever they are told.

2021/02/18 | Janine Sun Rogers

‘Maid to Queer’ Explores Desire and Queerness Among Hong Kong’s Indonesian Domestic Workers

Maid to Queer provides profound insight into how systems of migratory labor beget “productive possibilities of queerness and norm.”