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2019/06/20 | Michael Beltran
What Do the Rebels Have to Say About the Philippine Mid-Term Elections?
While administration-backed candidates dominate the senate and the Duterte- aligned parties have gained seats in the lower house the rebels reject the elections as being largely useless to change a 'tyrannical regime'.
2019/06/19 | Antonio C. Hsiang
Time for Mexico to Show Machismo
Might Mexico choose to abandon trade ties with the U.S. in favor of stronger ties with China?
2019/06/18 | Jay Lin
Taking Taiwan's Progress to the Global Stage
Organizations in other Asian countries are looking to Taiwan to show the way forward for LGBT rights.
2019/06/10 | 破土 New Bloom
Massive Protest in Hong Kong Against Extradition Law
Late on Sunday Riot police with batons, shields, tear gas guns and pepper spray sealed off the Legislative Council. Clashes erupted between hundreds of demonstrators and police.
2019/05/24 | Cat Thomas
Marriage Equality: Love Wins, But Battles Remain
Can Taiwan’s democracy withstand attempts to sabotage Asia’s first same-sex marriage law?
2019/05/18 | Cat Thomas
The Highs and Lows, Tears and Cheers of the Marriage Equality Rally
On the ground at the Legislative Yuan as Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to approve same-sex marriage.
2019/05/17 | Waleed Tariq
Proposal to Export Donkey Hides From Pakistan to China Incites Outrage
A donkey export plan drawn up as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has incensed environmentalists and animal rights advocates.
2019/05/16 | Cat Thomas
FILM REVIEW: 'A Bread Factory' Gears Up for Urban Nomad Premiere
Patrick Wang’s epic two-parter 'A Bread Factory' has its Taiwan premiere at 2019 Urban Nomad Film Festival and is a compelling story for our times.
2019/05/16 | Cat Thomas
INTERVIEW: Hao Wu, Director of 'The People’s Republic of Desire'
SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning film 'The People’s Republic of Desire' will open this year’s Urban Nomad with its disturbing Black Mirror-esque look at the world of live streaming in China.
2019/05/15 | Michael Beltran
Thailand's 'Can Do' Bar, Run by Sex Workers, Stands for Workers' Rights and Dignity
A bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand which is collectively owned by sex workers is pushing for human dignity and rights for workers throughout the country.
2019/05/14 | Xiaochen Su
Emperor Akihito Was a Force for Peace in an Increasingly Nationalistic Japan
The now-bygone Heisei imperial era marked an impressive internal resistance to Japan's rising right-wing forces.
2019/05/11 | Daphne K. Lee
How Will Hong Kong's Controversial Extradition Bill Impact Taiwan?
While Taiwan looks to Hong Kong as a cautionary tale of 'one country, two systems,' its own lack of a refugee law is coming under scrutiny.
2019/05/09 | Nate Maynard
What Feed-in Tariff Controversy? Why Taiwan's Wind Power Future Looks Bright
At a recent conference in Taipei, January's controversy over feed-in tariffs did not dampen a sense of optimism over Taiwan's wind energy future.
All Bets Are Off: An Overview of Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Primaries
Besides the DPP and KMT primaries, there is still a lot left at play to determine who the candidates will be in Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election.
2019/05/03 | J. Zach Hollo
Meet the Foreign Workers Stepping in to Care for Taiwan's Aging Population
Care for Taiwan’s elderly used to be a family responsibility, but demographic upheavals and urbanization have ushered in an era of domestic caregivers from Southeast Asia. A look into that industry offers a snapshot of isolation, economic desperation, and mutual culture shock.