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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.”

2021/02/18 | East Asia Forum

Political Repression and Authoritarian Legalism in Hong Kong

Defenders of Hong Kong’s legal system will insist that judicial independence is a prerequisite for the region’s continued wellbeing, but Beijing may reason that modern China has done well enough with its captive courts.

2021/02/17 | TNL Feature

Building an ASEAN Identity: A Proposal

Here are several policy proposals for the United States to help ASEAN countries build a common identity and strengthen ties with the bloc.

2021/02/17 | Clarissa Wei

To Curtail Fear of Water, Taiwanese Children Are Being Taught How To Build Canoes From Scratch

A few friends came together to teach children in Yilan to build canoes. Their mission, though, is about much more than boat building.

2021/02/15 | OCF Lab

On the Use of Digital Identity in Asia (3) – Digital Identity in Singapore & South Korea

What can Taiwan learn from South Korea and Singapore in implementing a digital ID scheme?

2021/02/11 | Daphne K. Lee

What Clubhouse Achieved When It Slipped Behind China’s Firewall

The tolerant and open space on Clubhouse, however short-lived, prefigured a world in which prejudice and regional conflicts can be resolved, or at least managed to a less volatile level, through dialogue.

2021/02/10 | OCF Lab

On the Use of Digital Identity in Asia (1) – Digital ID in Taiwan

Taiwan's plan to issue digital identification cards in July has been suspended due to calls to establish a legal basis. But civic organizations have raised other concerns for the policy.

2021/02/08 | Brian Hioe

Is the Success of PUI PUI Guinea Pig Cars Because of Capitalism?

The appeal of the children’s show PUI PUI Guinea Pig Cars cannot be denied. It may be a sign of discontent with capitalism in Taiwan.

2021/02/05 | Sylvie Tanaga

Chinese New Year in Indonesia Is Political

After Suharto’s New Order collapsed, Chinese New Year became a national holiday. It could only be celebrated at home before.

2021/02/05 | Bart Dashorst

‘Facing the Calamity’: The Story of a Malaysian Taiwanese Under KMT Rule

The autobiography and witness testimony of Fred Him-San Chin, a Taiwanese of Chinese descent born in Malaysia, offers a view of pride in being Taiwanese despite the hardships of false imprisonment.

2021/02/05 | East Asia Forum

Protecting the Taiwan Strait in the 21st Century

Whether the U.S. should maintain strategic ambiguity or embrace strategic clarity on Taiwan is an important but distinct question. Neither policy stands a chance of long-term success without sustained U.S. military capabilities in the Asia Pacific.

2021/02/04 | The Interpreter

Myanmar’s Empty Promise of Constitutional Reform

Democracy campaigners tried to play by the military’s rules. They suffered for it anyway.

2021/02/03 | Dr. Bonny Ling

The EU-China Investment Agreement Is a Missed Opportunity To Advance Business and Human Rights

There should be no illusion that the EU or China concerned themselves with improving fundamental rights at work and human rights.

2021/02/02 | Xiaochen Su

GameStop and the Social Media-fication of Finance

Individual investors are fighting against the potential efforts of Wall Street to profit by exploiting and even worsening the economic misery of Covid-19, as it did during the 2008 financial crisis.

2021/02/02 | Aye Min Thant

Myanmar: The Stupid Coup

Myanmar elders understand on a visceral level that the military is not a rational actor. Those of us lucky enough to be young enough to have only passing memories of pre-transition Myanmar are just starting to internalize this.

2021/02/01 | Brian Hioe

What Does a Trending T-shirt Say About Taiwanese Identity and Politics?

りしれ供さ小, pronounced lí sī-leh kóng-siánn-siâu, would be a Taiwanese Hokkien phrase meaning “The heck are you saying?” Here’s what its ubiquity signals about Taiwan’s youth culture.

2021/01/29 | Michael Fahey

Taiwan Can Reclaim Its Place as a Center of Mandarin Education

The decline in American students in China is a unique opportunity for Taiwan to reclaim its place as a center for Chinese language studies and organically deepen relations with its most important ally.