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2022/07/20 | The Interpreter

What a Waste! Japan’s Food Sustainability Challenge

Imported food has an environmental cost. A nationwide effort is needed to drastically cut the amount discarded.

2022/07/19 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 3): Taiwan’s Economy and Profits Have Stagnated Because Wages Have Not Recovered from the 1997 Crisis

The 1997 Asian financial crisis is a distant memory to most countries. But Taiwan hasn’t fully recovered from it because wages have been kept low.

2022/07/15 | Anthony Kao

Dignity at the Margins: Exploring Kosovo Through a Taiwanese Lens

Like Taiwan, Kosovo is a partially recognized country—but what does that mean for everyday life? When statehood falls into question, the mundane becomes less so.

2022/07/13 | East Asia Forum

Can Egg Freezing Crack Singapore’s Demographic Decline?

Singaporean women and demographic observers may have cause for celebration, but medical technology does not present the ideal solution to what is, at heart, a social problem.

2022/07/12 | The Conversation

Shinzo Abe’s Killing: The History of Political Violence in Japan

Shinzo Abe’s murder is the latest political attack in Japan, a country which has strict gun laws.

2022/07/07 | Timothy S. Rich

How Does the Taiwanese Public View Efforts Against Misinformation?

Survey results have identified a crucial element in Taiwan’s fight against misinformation: the use of fact-checks.

2022/07/07 | The Interpreter

Under Pressure: Chinese International Graduates In a New China

Uncertainty about Covid, high unemployment rates, and shifting workforce expectations challenge China’s youth in 2022.

2022/07/05 | Ian Murphy

How the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Works — And How It Will Affect Taiwan

The IPEF represents a deepening of the U.S.’s economic ties with countries in the Indo-Pacific. Though Taiwan has not been included, there are opportunities for similar initiatives.

2022/07/04 | The Interpreter

Taking on Cambodia’s “Lady Liberty”

The American human rights lawyer sentenced to six years in a Phnom Penh prison may cause Hun Sen no end of trouble.

2022/07/01 | Hiro Fu

Taoyuan Mayoral Race Illustrates Hypocrisy in DPP and KMT Strategies

The Taoyuan mayoral race has featured hypocritical partisan attacks that speak to real problems in Taiwan’s democracy.

2022/06/23 | James X. Morris

A Gotad Picnic With Ifugaos Living in Taiwan

Ifugao Filipinos recently gathered in Taipei to celebrate Gotad, a holiday of thanksgiving. The occasion was day of respite for mostly blue-collar and domestic workers. “Our goal is to help one another in physical, spiritual, and monetary help,” organizer Barbie Bren Dulnuan said.

2022/06/22 | CJ Sheu

‘After Yang’ Is Infused With Asian Americanness

‘After Yang’ is a sci-fi grounded in a plausible future history, conveying an uncanny sense of frisson familiar to Asian Americans, American Asians, or indeed anyone caught between two cultures in hard-to-delineate ways. The film is part of the 2022 Taipei Film Festival.

2022/06/22 | Graham Oliver

From Folk Hero to Video Game Character: ‘The Legend of Tianding’

Based on a Taiwanese folk hero, ‘The Legend of Tianding’ is a game with stunning period aesthetics, engrossing action, and political relevance.

2022/06/17 | Roy Ngerng

Taiwan’s Lost Growth (Part 2): How Stagnant Wages are Throttling the Economy

Taiwan has one of the lowest GDP growths since 1995 among emerging economies. This is not going to change if wages don’t grow.