Taiwan

Singapore, It Is Time for Answers on Operation Spectrum

It has been 30 years since officers from the Internal Security Department arrested, detained, interrogated, assaulted, threatened and bullied 22 young Singaporean activists and volunteers into confessing to a "Marxist Conspiracy." The claim that these Singaporeans had been Marxists out to subvert …

Asia

China Hits Speed Wobbles Driving the Silk Road through Sri Lanka

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) sets the bar high. It strives to connect Asia, Africa and Europe with the aim of achieving mutual development. Sri Lanka, with its valuable geographic position in the heart of the Indian Ocean, is a crucial participant in Beijing’s newest …

China

Taiwan just became the first place in Asia to rule in favor of gay marriage nationwide

Equality

In Historic Move, Taiwan Will Become First Asian Nation to Legalize Gay Marriage | Broadly

In a historic case with wider implications for the whole of Asia, Taiwan's constitutional court has ruled in support of gay marriage. When the ruling is implemented, Taiwan will become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex unions—although the hope is that many other countries will soon …

Equality

Milestone Court Case Puts Taiwan on Track to Become First in Asia to Legalize Gay Marriage

The Constitutional Court of Taiwan ruled Wednesday that the current laws of the island violate the national constitution by prohibiting same-sex …

Equality

Behind the Collapse of Taiwan's TransAsia Airways

<i>By Matt Fulco.</i><p>For Taiwan’s erstwhile No. 3 carrier, TransAsia Airways, the end came mercifully. For nearly two years before it declared bankruptcy last November, TransAsia had struggled to fill flights, its load capacity falling to 60%. Even slashing prices to as little as NT$1,500 (about US$50) …

Aviation

The Allure of Joget Gamelan

Gradually raising themselves from a sitting to a kneeling posture, acting in perfect accord in every motion, then rising to their feet, they began a series of figures hardly to be exceeded in grace and difficulty.<p>- Frank Swettenham, 1878.<p>Three years after witnessing a performance at the palatial …

Ballet

Re-Imagining the Formosan Flag

On this day in 1895, Tang Jing-song (唐景崧), governor of Taiwan during the Qing dynasty, was inaugurated as president of the Formosan Republic — a short-lived state established by Qing loyalists after China formally ceded Taiwan to Japan.<p>A flag of rag cloth, 3.1 meters long by 2.6 meters wide, was …

China

PHOTO STORY: Taiwan Reacts to Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling

A top Taiwan court ruled in favor of gay marriage today, in a landmark ruling that paves the way for the country to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions. The Constitutional Court Court said Taiwan's Civil Code, which says an agreement to marry could only be made between a man …

Equality

Taiwan just became the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage

Taiwan's constitutional court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, in the first such ruling to be handed down in an Asian …

Equality

Taiwan Is Officially the First Asian Country to Legalize Gay Marriage

Marking a first in history, Taiwan has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal — it was the first country in Asia to do so. Earlier today, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the current civil code restricting marriage between people of the same sex was in violation of "two articles of the …

Equality

Why Chinese Everywhere Rallied for Vietnamese-American Passenger

Be it for the Trump supporter, the anti-fascist activist, or the pro-Brexit crusader, the internet is frequently a battleground of polarized discourse. China is no exception, with outrage regularly erupting online over matters ranging from a talent show’s exclusion of Taiwan on a map of China to …

Racism

India win relay gold at Asian Youth Athletics Championships, finish with 14 medals

India finished the event in third place with five gold, five silver and four bronze medals.<p>Indian medley relay team comprising Gurindervir Singh, …

Olympics

Holy Places and Unholy Politics in Jakarta

As governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) faced off against Islamist opponents in Jakarta’s recent election campaign a remarkable story emerged from the grimy wharves and warehouses of the city’s harbor precinct. The story is, perhaps, a sideshow to the greater narrative of Ahok’s defeat and …

Indonesia

Rise of the Yuan: China’s Overseas Investment Proceeds Apace

Aspiring to expedite the emergence of their country as a global economic power, in late 2000 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders launched the "going out strategy" as one of the pillars of economic and social development, integral to which is the promotion of outward foreign direct investment. …

China

Opening men’s round fires at ISA World Surfing Games

<b>2017 ISA World Surfing Games</b><p>International Surfing Association<br>Grande Plage, Biarritz France<br>20 - 28 March 2017<p><b>Newcomer nations Afghanistan, Greece,</b> …

Olympics

Book Review: 'Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion'

"Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion" is the most recent output of the continuing Myanmar Update (formerly Burma Update) conference series run by Australia National University. The volume offers 17 chapters written by native Myanmar and non-Myanmar scholars selected from the participants …

Asia

OPINION: Thailand Army Please Release the 14-Year-Old You Secretly Detained

Thai authorities should immediately end the incommunicadomilitary detention of a 14-year-old boy and three others for allegedly “insulting the monarchy." Abhisit Chailee, 14, has been detained since May 15, 2017, without any effective safeguards against abuse or mistreatment.<p>Thai soldiers and …

Children's Rights

OPINION: Time for Taiwan Lawmakers to Act on Gay Marriage Now

Taiwan is at a historical moment today.<p>Justices of the Constitutional Court have ruled the ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.<p>While traditional prejudices against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community are still deeply ingrained in society, I firmly believe that …

Equality

Chinese pressure leaves Taiwan out of WHO Annual Assembly this year

<b>Geneva:</b> Despite impassioned pleas from several countries, the World Health Organization's annual assembly refused to even discuss admitting Taiwan to …

China

WeChat 'Red Envelopes' Scandalize a Student Election in Sydney

A Chinese student was temporarily barred from standing for Sydney University’s student representative body earlier this month after offering small amounts of money to potential voters via WeChat.<p>WeChat’s “Red Envelope” feature, introduced in 2014, allows people to exchange money electronically. The …

China

China, the Good Neighbor? What China is Up to in Nepal

April 2017 marked the two-year anniversary of the powerful earthquakes that devastated Nepal and set the stage for China to act as a global humanitarian player. The earthquakes inflicted significant damage in Nepal’s central and northern districts and motivated Beijing to mobilize its largest-ever …

China

Q&A: Pi Square, the Taiwan Startup Rendering Animations in Real-Time

If you’re an architect, designer, animator, or anyone who has experience with animation and modeling software, you probably understand the pain of waiting for your work to render.<p>But a Taiwan startup is aiming to save your time by rendering your animations or models in real-time, as you create them.<p>…

Game Development

Waiting for Answers after 30 Years: Singapore’s Operation Spectrum

Singapore is a little country with an outsized reputation on the international stage. It’s lauded as a clean, corruption-free, safe city with great infrastructure and impressive levels of urban development. The city-state’s darker periods of history are less well known.<p>The police made their …

Asia

Can China Save Hollywood?

Summer is supposed to be Holly­wood’s most glorious season, a time for tentpole franchises to showcase A­-list actors implausibly escaping from expensively produced explo­sions. But this year, even the slew of superhero flicks careering toward the big screen can’t fight off Hollywood’s most …

Movies

China’s One-Way Trade Street

Boxers throw feint punches, and magicians misdirect to the dummy hand. Such was the intention of the Belt and Road Forum which took place in Beijing on May 14 and 15. China intended to project an image of a multilateral trade project of mutual benefit while obscuring the initiative’s problematic …

China

Viral Video Triggers Debate Over Patriotic Education in China, Again

A video showing a schoolboy crying while reciting the biography of communist heroin Lui Hulan went viral online last week in China.<p>The boy was reading the textbook in a “crying tone,” a recital skill widely taught in schools, and ended up bursting into tears while his classmates burst into laughter.<p>…

China

A Delicate Balancing Act: President Tsai’s First Year

It was late afternoon one day in February. People crammed into a classroom in a red brick building in one of the oldest campuses of National Taiwan University (NTU) on Hsu-chou Road. They were not here to take exams; it was late in the day anyway. They were awaiting their alumna, Tsai Ing-wen …

China

Cold Shoulder: Why Beijing Snubbed Singapore at the Belt and Road Summit

Among the 29 Heads of State who converged on Beijing for the Belt and Road Summit earlier this week were leaders of seven of the ten ASEAN states. One leader was noticeably missing: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.<p>Various observers have noted this absence, including Hugh White, who …

China

Hidden in Plain Sight: Taipei has a Glue Sniffing Problem

If there's a more accomplished flâneur in Taipei than my old pal Bede, I have yet to meet the person. Anchoring his perambulations around convenience-store pit stops, he literally stumbles upon scenes and characters that most Taipei natives would scarcely credit.<p>As with several revelations …

Asia