Brian Hioe

Gold Leaf Succeeds Where SEQALU and Island Nation Did Not

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A Review of Episodes One and Two of Gold Leaf (茶金)

From No Man Is an Island
On November 23, 2021

Please, No More Sneakers from Enes Kanter

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The design of the sneakers suggests not having actually spoken to Taiwanese local voices about the symbolism.

From No Man Is an Island
On November 12, 2021

Burying Taiwan’s History by Digging It Up

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The Nanshan Public Cemetery in Tainan is the largest of its kind in Taiwan. The graveyard spans the entire history of Han settlement in Taiwan and includes within its premises the oldest known Han grave in Taiwan.

From No Man Is an Island
On November 5, 2021

The Kuomintang Does Not Know How to Dance

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Elderly politicians bust a move

From Popula
On November 4, 2021

Promoting Taiwanese Indigenous Culture with Electronic Music

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An Interview with Dungi Sapor, an Amis Indigenous DJ from Hualien.

From No Man Is an Island
On November 2, 2021

A Look into the Life of a Taiwanese Leftist Revolutionary

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Su Beng, considered one of the significant founding figures of Taiwanese independence, is best known for his four-volume magnum opus, Taiwan’s Four Hundred Year History. Born during the Japanese colonial period as Shih Chao-hui and having converted to left-wing political views while studying abroad in Japan, Su traveled to China to act as a spy for the CCP.

From No Man Is an Island
On October 22, 2021

A Haunting Meditation on Fukushima: Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Is Your Time”

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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO and Shiro Takatani’s art installation, “Is Your Time,” proves a powerful meditation on the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This is presented through the piano at the centerpiece of the installation, which was discovered by Sakamoto in the ruins of a building in the affected Fukushima prefecture, left behind by its owners—wherever they might be now.

From No Man Is an Island
On October 19, 2021

Terry Gou and the Flying Apsara Chihuahua Happiness Society

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I REMEMBER READING about a Google brain simulator, trained on the Internet, that automatically began to recognize cats. It goes without saying, but people sure do like their animal memes.

From No Man Is an Island
On October 15, 2021

Toward an Architecture of Sound

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An Interview About Soundctuary (音廟) at Treasure Hill

From No Man Is an Island
On October 12, 2021

“I Throw Everything into a Blender When I DJ”: An Interview with Misty Penguin

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No Man is an Island presents the first of a set of collaborations with Electric Soul, a Hong Kong-based electronic music magazine and ticketing platform. For our first cross-posted article, we spoke with Beatrice Wong, who DJs as Misty Penguin. Apart from being one of Hong Kong’s few transgender DJs, Wong is also a stand-up comedian and filmmaker. The following article was originally published on Electric Soul on September 10th.

From No Man Is an Island
On October 5, 2021

Stories of Survival from the Origin of the City

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A Review of A Century of Craftsmanship—The Wanhua Story

From No Man Is an Island
On October 8, 2021

The KMT Does Not Know How to Wear Pants

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Where Taiwanese politics are concerned, pants have sometimes been figured as a symbol of…masculinity. This is not just pan-Blue. Pan-green Taiwanese independence activist Koo Kwang-ming once lashed out at President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president, by claiming that he could not stomach a skirt-wearing woman leading the ROC military.

From No Man Is an Island
On September 28, 2021

Democratic Experiments in Action

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"Deliberative Democracy in Taiwan: A Deliberate Systems Perspective" by Mei-Fang Fan is a useful look at contemporary democracy in the Taiwanese context.

From No Man Is an Island
On September 24, 2021

Island Nation 2 Encounters Same Issues as Other Recent Taiwanese Historical Television Dramas

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Cameos of real-life political figures are sprinkled throughout the show—New Party youth spokesperson Wang Bing-chung, who faced charges of being a Chinese spy in 2017, is among those to appear so far in a role as a TV announcer. Legendary Taiwanese punk rock bank LTK Commune, known for its left-wing, pro-independence political stance, too, appears in the first episode.

From No Man Is an Island
On September 17, 2021

Telling a Story About Two Generations in Hong Kong

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No Man is an Island interviewed Kelvin Chan Kin-long (陳健朗), the director of Hand Rolled Cigarette (手捲煙).

From No Man Is an Island
On September 7, 2021