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2021/01/29 | Taiwan Insight

Why the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Conflict Should Matter to Taiwan

The way that the world reacts to Azerbaijan’s attempt to recover Nagorno-Karabakh represents a test case for how the world might respond to a Chinese attack on Taiwan.

2021/01/28 | Janine Sun Rogers

“Heaven on Fourth” Arrives in Taiwan Amid Controversy and Tragedy

Taiwanese artist Huang Po-Chih’s installation comes to Taipei’s Double Square Gallery as the latest contribution to the mythicization of Chinese American sex worker Song Yang.

2021/01/27 | Kirsten Han

From Victims To Villains: Singapore’s War on Drugs

Singapore’s War on Drugs posture has lasted for decades. It’s time for a different approach.

2021/01/25 | Roy Ngerng

Singapore’s Government Says Workers Are Pulling Ahead. Here’s What They Won’t Say.

Last week, a Singapore government minister said that the wages of lower-income and median-income Singaporeans have increased in the last 10 years. But when we compare Singapore with other wealthy, advanced countries, the situation does not look so rosy.

2021/01/25 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s “Wolf Warriors” Score Own Goals

An online spat over the origins of kimchi shows the Chinese Communist Party has made people at home hungry for news of China’s dominance.

2021/01/21 | TNL Staff

The Magician on the Skywalk: A Magical Realist Lens on Taiwan

The Magician on the Skywalk, a television series based on Wu Ming-yi’s work with the same name, is scheduled to be aired in February.

2021/01/21 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Transformation in Taiwan Requires Social and Political Transformation

Digital literacy training can mitigate many problems. But this can't be implemented without a thorough social and political transformation in Taiwan.

2021/01/19 | East Asia Forum

Rethinking Japan’s Refugee and Asylum Policy

Japan is unlikely to expand its refugee intake in the near future despite international criticism.

2021/01/18 | The Interpreter

Boys’ Love Brings Edgy Drama To China, and a Backlash

As a genre, gay fiction has leapt from words to the screen with enormous popularity in China, but not beyond the censor’s reach.

2021/01/15 | The Conversation

How China Is Controlling the Covid Origins Narrative — Silencing Critics and Locking up Dissenters

The WHO has sent a team to China to investigate the origins of Covid-19, but China's political environment makes a conclusive outcome unlikely.

2021/01/13 | Taiwan Insight

The Problem of Taiwan’s Lost-Contact Migrant Workers’ ‘Illicit Enjoyment’

Financially strained, migrant workers in Taiwan can turn to cheap drugs and alcohol after a day of backbreaking work.

2021/01/07 | CJ Sheu

In the Age of Digital Streaming, Will Literature Survive?

How to learn to stop worrying and love the literature of our new streaming-centric life.

2021/01/05 | Roy Ngerng

Digital Regulation Could Have Saved Taiwan’s Botched eID

A lack of transparency and regulatory oversight over data use beset Taiwan’s plans to launch an electronic national identification. What would it take to get it right?

2020/12/31 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: The Tactics Behind Red-Tagging

The military and government bureaucracy will never openly admit to it, but there is a stark and disturbing trend of mobilizing state resources against civil society in the Philippines.

2020/12/31 | East Asia Forum

The Year of Unexpected Successes in Taiwan

While the world waits to see how the Biden administration’s foreign policy team will approach China and Taiwan, President Tsai at least will be in a position to roll into 2021 confident in Taiwan’s firm global standing.