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2020/10/29 | Bryan Chou

What Can Taiwan Learn From South Korea in Recruiting Migrant Workers?

Taiwan has had a labor brokerage system for migrant workers in place for around three decades, but calls are mounting for the government to replace it with a direct-hire scheme. How should Taiwan do it?

2020/10/29 | Syrena Lin

Taiwanese Sculptor Ju Ming’s Last Act

From a hardscrabble youth in colonial Japanese Taiwan, Ju Ming ascended to the heights of the international art scene. His last act has been turning a wasteland in New Taipei City into a large-scale sculpture park — a "museum for everyone."

2020/10/28 | Nicholas Haggerty

A Small Press That Seeks To Bring Taiwan To the World

Camphor Press is on a quixotic mission to bring Taiwan to the world through English-language publications.

2020/10/28 | James X. Morris

“Your Trend, My Normal”: A Review of ‘Black in Asia’

Through a series of 23 vignettes, 'Black in Asia' examines personal accounts of navigating Asia’s social spaces that lack the lived experience of what it means to be Black.

2020/10/27 | Daphne K. Lee

Netflix Underwhelms With ‘Over the Moon’

Besides its Moon Festival themes and a nearly all-Asian cast of voice actors, there's not much new in Netflix's 'Over the Moon.'

2020/10/27 | The Conversation

The Unfinished Chinese Civil War

Many frame China’s options against Taiwan as peace or invasion. This is a dangerous oversimplification.

2020/10/23 | Nicholas Haggerty

Two Bills, Two Approaches To Taiwan

The two most recent Taiwan-related bill before the U.S. Congress have been presented as further evidence of enhanced U.S.-Taiwan ties. Little has been said, however, on their telling differences.

2020/10/21 | Jenny Li

China Doubles Down on Fiji Incident

The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s response to its diplomats’ conduct was not only at odds with most media reports on the events, but also the image it wishes to project.

2020/10/19 | George Scialabba

George Scialabba: Democracy vs Plutocracy

The United States is a plutocracy. The climate is at stake. Will this election make a difference?

2020/10/16 | every little d

A Pirate House in the Matsu Islands Reimagined as Restaurant and Shop

Xiwei Peninsula opened its doors midsummer this year. It’s a small shop that can satisfy the stomachs of hungry travelers, along with offering imported and local goods for sale.

2020/10/15 | Jenny Li

Strengthening US-Taiwan Relations Without a Military Commitment

A bilateral trade agreement, government exchanges, and changing the name of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office are pro-Taiwan measures the U.S. should consider.

2020/10/14 | Joe Henley

Equal Rights for Migrant Workers Now

There are 800,000 Southeast Asian migrant workers in Taiwan doing the jobs locals don’t want or aspire to. They deserve equal rights.

2020/10/13 | Hiro Fu

The KMT Is a House Divided

The spectacle of the KMT veering between China and the U.S. for improved relations is more than a story of simply being swayed by criticism from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) or the press.

2020/10/08 | Zoe Lorimer

Sharing the Black Experience in Taiwan

Since the Black Lives Matter Rally in June, opportunities for sharing Black experiences in Taiwan have multiplied.

2020/10/07 | TNL Feature

South Korea Split Over Perception of Workplace Harassment

A new survey finds that men and women have very different perceptions of what constitutes sexual harassment at work in South Korea.

2020/10/06 | Randy Mulyanto

'The Jakarta Method' Tells of US Role in Indonesian Massacre

“Most people know very little about Indonesia, and almost nothing about what happened in 1965-66 in that archipelago nation.” 'The Jakarta Method' retells one of Indonesia’s most significant yet controversial chapters in history, holding Washington accountable for one of its worst atrocities.

2020/10/05 | Rath Wang

Epic Love: Taiwan’s LGBT Blockbuster ‘Your Name Engraved Herein’

'Your Name Engraved Herein' is deeply rooted in Taiwan's history. But the film’s popularity may be more derived from its message that resonates beyond time and place.