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2017/08/14 | Jules Quartly
(Re)Naming Yourself in Asia and Beyond
The millennial obsession with multiple online identities is balanced by the fact that 'real' names still mean something.
2017/08/09 | Shannon Lin
The Last of Taiwan's 'Blind Masseurs'
'Blind massage' was first introduced to Taiwan by the Japanese during the colonial era. More than 100 years later, signs for blind massage parlors remain a common sight in the underground malls and streets of Taiwan but the number of masseurs is declining.
2017/08/02 | Dinah Gardner
BOOK REVIEW: 'Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy to a City'
'Dear Hong Kong: An Elegy for a City' spans five decades, two husbands, a dozen other lovers, a handover to the Motherland, the dementia of the author's mother and the death of her father.
2017/07/26 | Marta Colombo
From Hong Kong to Italy and Back: Heidi Li Sings Her Multicultural Journey
'Jazz is similar to Cantonese opera […] the singer takes over the pace, creating an amazing atmosphere that is almost spiritual.'
2017/07/25 | Jason Hsu
OPINION: Culture as a New Diplomatic Strategy for Taiwan
Taiwan’s culture potentially provides it with a unique diplomatic power, if it can harness it.
Pain Still Runs Deep as Taiwan Marks 30 Years Since Martial Law
Official records state around 140,000 people were tried by military courts with as many as 8,000 executed during the 38-year crackdown. Many believe the actual numbers are higher.
Korea's First Black Model is Facing Widespread Racism
Some mixed-race children in South Korea are bullied at school and constantly taunted as 'tuigi,' a derogatory term that literally means cross-bred animals.
On the Front Lines of Taiwan's History in Kinmen
Once the focal point of hostilities between China and Taiwan, the Kinmen archipelago has evolved into a fascinating tourist destination.
2017/05/25 | Shannon Lin
Re-Imagining the Formosan Flag: Taiwan's First Appeal for International Help
'The difference between the two tigers is hidden in their eyes; the obverse side has undilated pupils while the reverse has dilated ones. Researchers believe this contrast is a metaphor for day and night, symbolizing constant vigilance.'
2017/05/23 | Kuan Chen
WeChat 'Red Envelopes' Scandalize a Student Election in Sydney
Worlds collide: A university election in Australia was marred by allegations of bribery involving a Chinese student and a popular WeChat feature.
2017/05/19 | Shannon Lin
Blending In or Standing Out: Immigration and the ‘Cultural Quality’ Problem in Taiwan
Are the dazzling traditional gowns and tours in native languages just a weak attempt to distract Taiwan’s newest arrivals from institutionalized discrimination?
2017/05/11 | James Baron
In the Shade: Exploring Taipei's 'Little Indonesia'
Check out the mouth-watering offerings and curious bicultural idiosyncrasies in Taipei's little slice of Jakarta.
2017/05/10 | Jenna Cody
OPINION: Don’t Delete the Generalissimo, Contextualize Him
'His legacy ought to be studied and analyzed, if only to remember the horrors and agonies of the history of this island nation, and to educate ourselves on the importance of avoiding a backslide into totalitarianism.'
2017/05/09 | Adam Hatch
OPINION: Deleting the Generalissimo from Taiwan is the Wrong Move
'Chiang Kai-shek was the greatest single fighter of the CCP, bar none. He also led China through one of the darkest periods of its history, including a brutal war with Japan and two periods of civil war, which wrapped together were a central part of the greatest conflict in human history.'
2017/05/01 | Edward Columbia
Carrying the Torch: Clashing Horns at a Grasslands Festival in Sichuan
[Nonfiction] For China's Yi communities, largely concentrated in the southwestern provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan, the Torch Festival is among the biggest events of the year.