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Strolling Sip by Sip Along Taiwan's Tea Trail
From expensive high-mountain oolong to humble roadside tea stands, Taiwan does not mess around when it comes to perfecting the art of tea.
2018/03/02 | Ali Wyne
OPINION: US Must Supplement Might with Statecraft in Asia-Pacific
Without a coherent trade policy to back it up, Pacific nations may well regard US muscle flexing as an anxious superpower’s unsustainable effort to contain China.
The Road to Revitalizing Taiwan's Creative Industries
Taiwan’s once-prolific film and television industries have ebbed in recent years, but new business models could help Taiwan compete with Japan and South Korea.
2018/01/25 | Julia Chien
Tales of Taiwan's Comic Artists: Persecution, Isolation and Endless Talent
Oppressed under martial law and underappreciated in their native land, Taiwan's comic artists still managed to leave their mark on the minds of millions across Asia.
2017/12/01 | Damien Spry
Social Media has Become a Powerful Tool to Undermine Democracy
Social media has transformed from a pro-democracy beacon to a powerful tool for meddling in elections.
2017/10/03 | Anne-Marie Brady
Resisting China’s Magic Weapon
Foreign influence activities (of any state) can only thrive if public opinion in the state being influenced tolerates them.
2017/09/27 | Marcella Ho
Could Hong Kong’s Popular Culture Connect with the Global Market?
Whether Hong Kong has the same conditions, energy and vision to become the entertainment capital of Asia is debatable. Yet, it is worth noting that the popular cultures that are internationally successful all have very strong regional characteristics.
2017/09/25 | Brian Hioe
Attacks on Pro-independence Demonstrators Protesting China Singing Competition
The protest saw violence against students from members of the Chinese Unification Promotion Party and the Concentric Patriotic Association, pro-unification groups with a history of political violence against pro-independence demonstrators, members of the Falun Gong and others.
2017/09/13 | Dave Hicks
China’s Famous Foreigners Doubling as Diplomats
Much-loved foreign celebrities are helping the country project its soft power more authentically than state-sponsored charm offensives.
2017/09/05 | Marcella Ho
If South Korea's Pop Culture Can Make It, What About Hong Kong?
If Hong Kong’s popular culture was once a sharp sword, does its society have any interest in sharpening the rusty weapon?
2017/08/31 | T J Pempel
Trump's Wrecking Ball Hits US–Asia Relations
'By the six-month mark, the Trump administration is well on its way to upending 70 years of regional partnerships, institutional allegiances and soft power appeal through cavalier neglect and wilful destruction.'
2017/08/28 | Olivia Yang
Taiwanese Fashion Designer on Disrupting Fashion, Eastern Traditions, Soft Power
'Every place in the world is looking for its own unique feature now,' says fashion designer Justin Chou. 'You need to go back to your roots to create something different.'
2017/08/18 | Sacha Cody
China Tries New Tactics as it Loses its Soft Power War on the West
The percentage of people around the world who hold a favorable perception of China declined from 48 per cent in 2007 to 40 per cent in 2016.
2017/06/29 | Shuhei Omi
FEATURE: Inside Beijing's Project Teaching Thai Students Chinese
Thousands of Chinese college graduates, sponsored by the Chinese government, teach Chinese in Thai public schools. But does it help China’s soft power?
Kung-Fu Yoga: China's Soft Power Drive Goes Awry
Reviews have slammed it as a "mangled mess" and a "snoozefest masquerading as a film," but what else does it say about China's soft power drive?
2017/01/06 | ZiQing Low
Taiwan Filmmaker Denies ‘Pro-Independence’ Claim by Chinese Media
The Taiwanese director is now being accused of bowing to Chinese pressure.