Brian Hioe

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
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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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A Hundred Hours of the Ministry of Health on Nightcore

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For how long had I been doing this? A hundred days, or 10,000 years?

From Popula
On September 5, 2021
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A Powerful Look into the Struggles of Two Generations in China

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FATHER (爺爺和父親) is a standout documentary, whose strengths primarily derive from the revealing moments it manages to capture on camera. This is due to the fact that director Deng Wei is filming his father and grandfather as the documentary’s subjects.

From No Man Is an Island
On August 20, 2021
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A Competent but Problematic Adaptation

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A Review of Episodes One and Two of SEQALU: Formosa 1967 (斯卡羅)

From No Man Is an Island
On August 17, 2021
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Taiwanese Celebrities Come Under Fire from Chinese Netizens for Congratulating Olympics Athletes

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SINGER-SONGWRITER Jolin Tsai and television host Xiao S, whose real name is Dee Hsu, are among the Taiwanese celebrities to have come under fire after expressing support for Taiwanese athletes at the Olympics.

From No Man Is an Island
On August 3, 2021
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A Cross-Genre Thriller About Life After Death

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THE SOUL (緝魂) stands out among recent Taiwanese film as an effective and well-executed commercial thriller.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 27, 2021
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