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2020/12/24 | Kirsten Han

Singapore’s Government Wants a Conversation on ‘Women Development.’ Here’s What They Don’t Want to Talk About.

It’s one thing to boost “women development” — a term with echoes of a “lean in” mentality that places the onus on women to work even harder to succeed in environments predominantly catering to men — but quite another to truly challenge the patriarchy and live up to feminist principles.

2020/12/23 | Sylvie Tanaga

Celebrating Christmas and Pluralism as an Indonesian Minority

Christmas in Indonesia this year arrives as pluralism and tolerance in the country are under attack.

2020/12/21 | Tyler Prochazka

Basic Income Is an Investment in Taiwan’s Most Valuable Asset

Basic income is an investment in Taiwan’s most critical and valuable resource: its people.

2020/12/18 | East Asia Forum

ASEAN in the Driver’s Seat in the South China Sea

After decade-long disputes, what can we expect to see in South China Sea in the upcoming year?

2020/12/17 | Kuan-lin F. Liu

Was ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’ a Missed Opportunity To Discover LGBTQ Talent?

'Your Name Engraved Herein' has catapulted Edward Chen and Tseng Jing-hua to a new level of fame, but this also may be a missed opportunity for gay representation in Taiwanese film.

2020/12/16 | Luke Harrington and Chieh-chi Hsieh

UBI as a Voucher: The Case Against Universal Basic Income

UBI promises more choice, but it doesn't allow people to change the terms on which choices are offered. Taken with the particularities of Taiwan's financial system, UBI may not be an idea well-suited for the country.

2020/12/14 | Louis Lo

Did US Election Polls Fail Again?

What’s often missing from discussions of the reliability of polls is the social atmosphere in the United States and polling methodology.

2020/12/08 | Rath Wang

‘Your Name’ First Gay Film in Taiwan To Earn NT$100 Million

Earning NT$100 million is not just a reflection of the movie's individual success. It will lay the foundation for more films that bring LGBT+ topics mainstream in Taiwan.

2020/12/04 | Chieh-Chi Hsieh

Is Universal Basic Income Feasible in Taiwan?

Universal Basic Income provides economic stability and is believed to address social inequality, but Dr. Chieh-Chi Hsieh makes a case against the idea to launch such a program in Taiwan.

2020/12/04 | Clarissa Wei

How Taiwan’s Largest Wet Market Was Torn Down and Came Back Stronger Than Ever

Jianguo Market — located in the center of Taichung — was considered one of Taiwan’s largest wet markets. Thanks to local activists, it has thrived despite a relocation.

2020/12/03 | Daphne K. Lee

Desire for Perfection: Asia’s First iPhone Feature Film ‘I WeirDO’

Touted as Asia’s first feature film to be entirely shot on an iPhone, 'I WeirDO' examines human affection through a relationship built upon obsessive-compulsive disorder.

2020/12/02 | Nicholas Haggerty

Behind the Kao Chia-yu Saga

The media-driven spectacle surrounding Kao Chia-yu belies real political forces at play.

2020/12/02 | East Asia Forum

Why RCEP Is a Big Deal

The RCEP trade deal, signed on November 15, shows deep commitments to trade liberalization and regional economic integration, but challenges to implement it lie ahead.

2020/11/24 | Op-Ed

Why Taiwan Should Include Migrant Workers in Its Stimulus Program

Investing in blue-collar migrant laborers along with diplomats and permanent residency holders would not only improve Taiwan’s economy, but it could also solidify the country’s reputation as a progressive, inclusive nation of equals.

2020/11/24 | Stephan Feuchtwang and Michael Rowlands

Can We Still Speak of Civilization?

Two eminent anthropologists with long-standing connections to Taiwan respond to a book review published in The News Lens.

2020/11/23 | Sylvie Tanaga

‘Man of Contradictions’: Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo

Ben Bland's biography of Indonesia's president Joko Widodo is a study of compromises made to ascend the heights of political power.

2020/11/23 | East Asia Forum

Can Suga Lead on Japanese Foreign Policy?

Suga can be one of the many typical post-war premiers who focuses on domestic policy, but the regional security environment around Japan will not allow this indefinitely.

2020/11/19 | Yuri Takahashi

What David Graeber Means for Hong Kong and Taiwan

Democracy is often assumed to be a Western idea. Not for David Graeber.