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2017/09/08 | Nevin Thompson

The Strange Case of the Japanese Plastic Surgeon Who Admires Nazis

'For the time being, Takasu, by all accounts, remains unapologetic about his statements, despite the overwhelming evidence of the Nazis’ atrocities, and despite criticism of his remarks both in Japan, and, increasingly, abroad.'

2017/08/18 | David Chapman

Japan's Invisible Children

The combination of historical notions of family and an unwavering adherence to myths of the purity of Japanese bloodline paralyse Japanese society

2017/08/10 | Wanning Sun

From Mao to TV Health Shows: The Changing Chain of Command Facing China's Elderly

Having lived through the Maoist decades when the Party-state told them how to live their private lives, senior citizens are now learning to become self-governing subjects, writes Wanning Sun.

2017/08/09 | Vincent Koen

How to Ensure China's Elderly are Not Poor

Progress with reform across a whole range of areas is needed, including health care, so that citizens can live longer active lives and avoid falling into poverty once they retire, writes Vincent Koen.

2017/08/07 | Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Does Thailand's Middle Class have a Distaste for Democracy

At this critical royal transition, both the middle class and civil society do not even hide their taste for authoritarianism. It manifests itself chiefly in politicisation and self-interest on their part.

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.

2017/08/01 | Morley J Weston

INFOGRAPHIC: Taipei is Traffic Heaven – No, Really

Morley Weston takes a close look at Taiwan's traffic accidents and finds some surprising results.

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.

2017/07/25 | Yuan-Ming Chiao

Bleak Outlook: Millions of Rural Chinese Children 'Left Behind'

Experts fear the psychological and developmental consequences on migrant children who are growing up without their parents.

2017/06/05 | Justin Hugo

Stark Reality: Singaporeans Waking from the Housing Dream

[OPINION] How Singapore's pension-housing financing model squeezes its citizens.

2017/05/22 | James Baron

Hidden in Plain Sight: Taipei has a Glue Sniffing Problem

'Most people are completely unaware that this is even an issue. I know this because I have seen flagrant sniffers in the middle of busy thoroughfares, their heads buried in larger carrier bags as oblivious hordes jostled around them.'

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.

2017/04/26 | Jeremy Olivier

Re-Evaluating the Legacy of Chiang Ching-kuo

Tomorrow marks the 107th anniversary of Chiang Ching-kuo’s birth. Jeremy Olivier questions whether the Generalissimo’s son was really the great initiator of democratic change so many politicians and academics like to say he was.

2017/04/23 | Deng Jian

Video Game Taps China’s Disaffected Urban Youth

Nostalgic Stardew Valley lets Chinese gamers find meaning through chopping wood and growing vegetables, writes Deng Jian.

2017/04/19 | Kuan Chen

Airline’s Indigenous Name Bungle Reveals Taiwanese ‘Ignorance’

'When I go to Starbucks and order my drink with my indigenous name, the staff ask me politely if they are not sure how to pronounce my name. That’s called respect.”