ASIA

Sticking the Landing of the Pandemic in Taiwan

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Moving past COVID-zero into a safer future.

From Popula
On May 25, 2022
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Ethnography in the Club

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A Review of Dance Music Spaces

From No Man Is an Island
On May 18, 2022
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The Many Repetitions of Hong Kong History

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There are few words fit to describe Blue Island (憂鬱之島), apart from “masterpiece.” The film stands out as an example of its genre, while also managing to be highly powerful and personal.

From No Man Is an Island
On April 22, 2022
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A Miao Church Choir Thrust into the Spotlight

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A Review of "Singing in the Wilderness" written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist, as part of coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Keep an eye out for more!

From No Man Is an Island
On April 16, 2022
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Immortality

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FOR A WEEK she stood inside a room at the Taichung train station. There was something quietly defiant about her stance, left foot crossed over her right, the weight of her body slightly on the back foot, as if she were just about to take a small step forward.

From No Man Is an Island
On March 8, 2022
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On Initiation Rites and Child Marriage

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There are 18.6 million people in Malawi. Many of them are subject to some sort of initiation ceremony. These ceremonies are religiously followed and form the basis of a version of cultural survival.

From Preachy
On February 22, 2022
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Non-Binary Taiwanese Drag King Stars In Netflix’s Midnight Asia

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From buzzy soap operas and historical dramas to award-winning films, programming centered on Taiwan continues to proliferate across Netflix. The latest entry: an episode of “Midnight Asia,” a six-part docuseries by InFocus Asia celebrating the diverse nightlife found in Asian metropolises, such as Seoul, Mumbai, Tokyo, Manila and Bangkok.

From No Man Is an Island
On February 11, 2022
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The KMT Enters the Metaverse…With Chiang Kai-shek NFTs

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At a time in which it is debated what should be done with symbols dating from the authoritarian period, the KMT proposes to bring these symbols into the digital age–with a dash of the party’s continual cringeworthy attempts to appeal to young people.

From No Man Is an Island
On January 18, 2022
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Best Taiwanese Indie Albums of 2021

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New Bloom members Peter Freestone and Brian Hioe pick some of their favorite indie albums from 2021, focusing on bands from Taiwan. ​This is the fourth in a series of Best Album lists compiled by New Bloom.

From No Man Is an Island
On January 7, 2022
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The Ten Best Taiwanese Movies of 2021

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Rounding Up the Year in Taiwanese Film with New Bloom and Cinema Escapist

From The Brick House Cooperative
On December 21, 2021
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The History of Queer Parties in Taiwan

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Brian Hioe spoke to Levin Lo, or DJ Rainbowchild, a veteran of the queer party scene in Taiwan. Among other things, Rainbowchild was the DJ that played at the wedding banquet party that celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in Taiwan in May 2019, as the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage.

From No Man Is an Island
On December 17, 2021
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Life Goes On in the Most Dangerous Place on Earth

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Some anchor or host might ask, in tense, worried tones, about what people are thinking or feeling on the ground in Taiwan, and I’m just like, “Uhhhhhhh, people are calm. Nobody is freaking out. Life goes on.”

From No Man Is an Island
On December 9, 2021
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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
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