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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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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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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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The High School Reunion (that No One Asked For)

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For the first time in a decade, I will travel one way. I have no clue how long I would stay, and what it meant for the life I had built in the States.

From No Man Is an Island
On January 25, 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 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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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
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The Kuomintang Does Not Know How to Dance

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Elderly politicians bust a move

From Popula
On November 4, 2021
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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
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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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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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