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Jiufen Old Street: A 2022 Pandemic Profile from a Taiwanese American Tourist

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If you've heard of Jiufen, you might know it is the site of filming for many Taiwanese movies, most notably City of Sadness. You might have heard it has wonderful teahouses, and maybe from a friend you heard to try the taro balls there. But you probably first and foremost know it as where Hayao Miyazaki allegedly drew inspiration from in Spirited Away.I

From No Man Is an Island
On September 21, 2022
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Rainie Yang Controversy Prompts Netizens to React by Posting Photos of Seafood on Social Media

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A recent scandal involved singer Rainie Yang (楊丞琳) claiming not to be Taiwanese, but a “Guangdong person that grew up in Taiwan” on a Chinese program. Yang claimed this despite being born in Taipei in 1984 because her father is of Cantonese descent.

From No Man Is an Island
On September 6, 2022
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“Demigod: The Legend Begins” Breathes New Life Into Taiwanese Puppetry

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Pili Puppetry is a well-known Taiwanese glove puppet series, which transposes wuxia tales of martial arts chivalry to a fantasy setting.

From No Man Is an Island
On August 22, 2022
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The Politics of Food and the Pelosi Visit

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Although most discussion of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has been about geopolitical implications, a bizarre undertext to the visit were the times food came up as part of political attacks.

From No Man Is an Island
On August 10, 2022
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“Terrorizers” Pales in Comparison to its Edward Yang Namesake

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This is a No Man is an Island film review written in collaboration with Cinema Escapist as part of coverage of the 2022 New York Asian Film Festival. Keep an eye out for more!

From No Man Is an Island
On August 5, 2022
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台灣的環境歷史作為藝術:在聚合世代採集時間

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Taiwan’s Ecological History as Performance: The Collection of Time in the Polymer Age

From No Man Is an Island
On July 19, 2022
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“Before Next Spring” Humanizes the Lives of Chinese Students in Japan

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Part of coverage of the 2022 New York Asian Film Festival.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 16, 2022
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Tankies Praise Hong Kong Police After Supreme Court Ruling

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The latest online blow-up by authoritarian leftists–commonly referred to as tankies–proves a bizarre one.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 2, 2022
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What Would “Cultural Sovereignty” Mean for Taiwan in an Age of Digital Media?

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Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te made comments at the recent National Culture Congress earlier this month that might strike as somewhat unusual.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 22, 2022
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The Journey Matters: A Conversation About Earthfest

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Brian Hioe spoke to Blaine Whiteley about Earthfest, which will take place in Miaoli from July 21st through July 24th.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 11, 2022
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The Sound of Ambient Rain with a Progressive Beat: NYORAI’s 雨の音

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雨の音 (rain sound) is a compact EP, but it manages to take listeners on a unique aural journey.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 5, 2022
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Taiwan Reliant on Voluntary Measures to Contain COVID-19

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As COVID-19 spreads throughout Taiwan as part of the current outbreak, what may be particularly of note is the degree to which the outbreak has interfaced with personal behavior.

From No Man Is an Island
On May 28, 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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