Taiwan

Chinese People Are Losing Faith in Marriage

With the number of divorces skyrocketing and marriage rates on a steady downward slope, China is experiencing a crisis of faith in the ideas of love and marriage. This predicament has only been exacerbated by a recent hoax that tragically ended the life of programming entrepreneur Su Xiangmao, who …

China

China: No Country for Old Men?

On Oct. 18 the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party will kick off, and the new makeup of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) will be revealed. The policy direction and success of President Xi Jinping's next term depend on who makes the cut.<p>A mostly informal set of rules govern …

China

Unique Soup Restaurants in Taipei

Taiwanese beef noodle soup has gained international fame in recent years, and CNN Travel has recently featured an article on "World's Most Expensive Beef Noodle Soup" sold in Taiwan.<p>But Taiwanese cuisine has much more to offer. From intestines to seafood, herbal-tasting broth to pig blood, Taiwan's …

Taipei

Lodging in Taipei: A Journey into History

Taipei is home to uniquely regenerated old spaces — inviting the new while preserving the old. A few hotels around the city are also doing the same, bringing its visitors back to historical eras with vintage-themed interior designs.<p>“Good Eye Taipei,” a new bilingual Taipei city guide, introduces …

Taipei

Mountaineering, A Fad for China’s Rich

On May 23, Wang Jing, co-founder of the Chinese outdoor equipment brand Toread, published a post on Weibo, China’s wildly popular microblogging website: “Right now, it has been exactly three years since my 2014 ascent of Mount Everest,” she wrote. The status was accompanied by a photo of Wang …

China

India paddlers win gold, two silver at Slovenia Junior and Cadet Open

India boys’ A and B teams made it to the final, where the former prevailed even as the cadet girls got past Korea Republic B to claim silver.<p>India’s …

India

'Suit' You with Trend: Henry Amouriq for Esquire Taiwan

French-Canadian model <b>Henry Amouriq</b> delivers a dapper edge as he stars in a fashion editorial. He graces the pages of <i>Esquire Taiwan’s</i> September 2017 …

China

Why 'Wolf Warrior II' Beat Up 'Founding of an Army' at the Box Office

This summer, the Chinese cinema was not short of home-made explosives. Military-themed Chinese movies marked the PLA’s 90th birthday, and thanks to the Domestic Film Protection Month, no Hollywood blockbusters or other foreign movies diverted the attention of Chinese moviegoers.<p>One such film, <i>The …

Movies

Creating Visual Effects for China’s Billion-dollar TV Industry

China’s television industry is a billion-dollar business, especially with the explosive growth of online streaming sites. Yet for years, Chinese audiences have mocked the low production value of visual effects (VFX) in domestic shows as wumao texiao — “50-cent VFX.”<p>Whenever a clumsily animated …

Filmmaking

U.N. General Assembly live updates: Iran unveils new missile and vows to defend itself

The annual U.N. General Assembly has generated sometimes powerful comments by world leaders on issues involving North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and the flight of minority Muslims from Myanmar as more than 100 heads of state and government gather in New York.<p><b>What's happening</b>:<p><b>Yemen is a humanitarian</b> …

China

CARTOON: Aung San Suu Kyi's Head Buried in the Sand?

Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sept. 19 made her first national address on the recent Rohingya crisis, in which more than 400,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25.<p>The recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize said she is aware that the "world's attention" is on Myanmar, …

Asia

Why Chinese Internet is in Uproar over a Leaky Old Temple

This year, Chinese scholars of architecture and archaeology organized a series of events celebrating the 80th anniversary of Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin’s discovery of Foguang Temple, an ancient Buddhist place of worship located deep in the mountains of northern China’s Shanxi province. …

Archaeology

How a Mega Scandal Pushed Taiwan to Reform Money-laundering Controls

In a victory for the nation’s regulators, Taiwan in July was removed from a regional list of countries judged to have insufficient money-laundering controls. Taiwan had spent months revising legislation and pushing its financial institutions to crack down on money laundering as it sought to be …

Corruption

Myanmar Must Accept Responsibility for Rohingya alongside Openness to Diversity

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has been labeled a terrorist organization. It has caused a number of deaths—local civilian as well as security personnel. It is to be condemned and rooted out—no doubt about that at all. Indeed, since over two years ago, think tanks and diplomats in …

Asia

Digital Dialogue is Shaping China’s Public Spaces

Recently, a sculpture installed just outside the Shanghai Fashion Center, in Yangpu District to the north of the city center, has become an object of controversy. The dispute revolves around the content of this outdoor piece, which depicts an adult man urinating. Some parents who visited the park …

Public Art

Taiwan Semi dominates pure-play foundry market

Global pure-play foundry market sales will increase 7% this year driven mostly by an 18% increase in sub-40nm feature size devices, according to IC …

Business

Taiwan signs $576M wheat deal with United States

Taiwan has once again agreed to purchase a large share of U.S. wheat over the next two years, with most of it coming from Idaho, North Dakota and …

Business

Chinese Rap Breaking Free of Mandarin

On his recent track “Stupid Foreigners,” rapper Cai Zhenhong — better known as “Xie Di” or “Fat Shady” — rails against arrogant and entitled expatriates living in his homeland. Although it drew attention primarily for its provocative subject matter, the track is also notable for being entirely in …

China

DAWA judge profile: David Hsiao

David Hsiao, Head Sommelier at La Cocotte in Taiwan, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017<p>David Hsiao<p>David Hsiao is the Head Sommelier at …

Wine

Vans Taiwan Has the Best Slip-On of the Year

There have literally been hundreds of iterations of the Vans Slip-On. Yet each version remains unique, which is exactly the case with the latest <b>Vans</b> …

Shoes

Taiwan's export order growth eases, may pick up speed on iPhone X

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's export orders rose for a 13th straight month but at a slower pace in August, a boon for the region's tech-manufacturing economies riding the surge in global demand for electronics products.<p>Strong exports of chips and other tech devices will set the export-driven economy …

Business

New China Cyber Laws Will Finally Silence Exchange of Ideas Online

More than a decade ago, columnist and professor at Peking University Zhang Yiwu wrote on his blog that a new form of "comment culture" was emerging in China. Chinese citizens were web-enabled "netizens" who were empowered to comment critically on the pressing issues of the day.<p>Like Zhang, many saw …

China

We Are All Lee Ming-che

When I read through Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che’s (李明哲) confession made publicly in a Chinese court, all I could feel was frustration and fury. As a student, my hands are tied in terms of offering physical aid to my countryman. The least I can do is call attention to this outrageous show-trial. …

China

Fishermen, including from Indonesia, 'kept like slaves' in Taiwan

A group of foreign fishermen in Taiwan were locked in tiny windowless rooms around the clock to stop them escaping while not at sea, prosecutors said …

Asia

The United Nations Is Creating a Security Dilemma for Taiwan

Taiwan remains shunned by the UN, which insists on de jure sovereignty for membership and continues to operate under a “One China” policy.Taiwan and …

UN General Assembly

Female Roles in Religious Radicalism

On a recent sweltering afternoon in Cirebon, West Java, in a panel discussion inside a classroom that had neither air conditioner nor fan, Ummi Umairah, seemed unfazed while everyone else used whatever came handy to cool themselves off. At least that was the perception, as it was actually difficult …

Women's Rights

Finding Middle Ground Between US and Chinese Classrooms

In 2010, Shanghai garnered worldwide attention after the city’s 15-year-olds topped global rankings for the previous year’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam. People looked to Shanghai as a beacon of academic success, even as the Chinese education system faced age-old …

Education

China Pressure Gives Young HK Directors Space to Breathe

In an article published by the South China Morning Post in February 2016, Vivienne Chow highlighted the problems Hong Kong cinema is facing at the moment. The rise of the mainland Chinese film market has drawn funds and filmmakers from Hong Kong (Tsui Hark and David Chow for example) to the point …

Hong Kong

India paddler Diya Chitale wins bronze at Croatia Junior and Cadet Open

Diya and her Russian teammate Liubov Tentser lost to Chinese Taipei pair Feng-en Cai and Ci-Xuan Chen in the semi-finals of the Cadet Girls’ (U-15) …

San Francisco

Stranger Kings: Ancient Traditions of Chinese Power in Northeastern Myanmar

The world is transfixed by the appalling situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State, itself a story of sojourning populations, commercial networks that go back to ancient times, and the modern state’s desire to draw lines between insiders and outsiders. The frontier region along another national border, …

Asia