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Hong Kong protests spark mental health crisis

By Lily Kuo

Niko Cheng was ready to die in August. The 22-year-old nursing student and her fellow protesters known as “fighters” for their willingness to confront police in Hong Kong, had decided to make their last stand on Aug. 31. Exhausted and weary after months of protesting, sheFULL STORY

Japan imperial couple face heavy burden of tradition

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito begins his reign facing the delicate task of balancing modernity with the traditions of the world’s oldest monarchy, including protecting his family from the palace’s rigid rules. The 59-year-old has not been shy about criticizing the sometimes stifling lifestyle imposed on royals,FULL STORY

Riding the K-pop wave2019-10-22

By Davina Tham

When Tom Tsai (蔡曜竹) collected the pay from his part-time jobs this summer, the 18-year-old shunned instant gratification for an investment in his future. He spent all NT$8,000 (US$262) of his earnings on a class teaching Korean pop music (or “K-pop”) performance techniques. “I’ve never comeFULL STORY

Owl vs owl2019-10-21

As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perchedFULL STORY

Taiwan in Time: White Terror in late October2019-10-20

By Han Cheung

Oct. 21 to Oct. 27 While many Hong Kong residents desire to move to Taiwan in pursuit of freedom and democracy today, it wasn’t that great an idea three decades ago. In January 1988, two days after arriving in Taiwan on business, Hong Kong citizenFULL STORY

The new Raffles: A look inside one of the world’s most iconic hotels2019-10-19

It’s clear a visit to Singapore’s Raffles Hotel is going to be special when your car pulls into the circular driveway. The crunch of gravel gives the place an air of Downton Abbey, but the hotel’s famed Sikh doormen, in their white turbans and ornateFULL STORY

Highways and Byways: There’s something fishy about Budai2019-10-18

By Steven Crook

Most people associate Budai (布袋) in the southwestern corner of Chiayi County with fish, but that isn’t the township’s only claim to fame. It’s an excellent place to see waterbirds, among them the endangered black-faced spoonbill. There are also relics of the now-defunct salt industry. EcotourismFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2019-10-18

By Sheryl Cheung

Tsong Pu (莊普) is known for creating meticulous geometric paintings. His signature method of composition is to organize arrangements of color fields using one-centimeter squared grids. Although abstract and minimal, the works reference histories, sentiments and perspectives that relate to relationships between man, nature andFULL STORY

Highlight: Facing up to life —and death — with a song2019-10-18

By Diane Baker

Taipei City-based Punctum Drama (刺點創作工坊) and C MUSICAL last weekend launched a revival of their 2016 hit musical, One Fine Day (最美的一天), which continues this weekend and next. A musical about a woman raising her daughter as a single mother and the choices that theFULL STORY

Waiting for Taiwan’s manga superstar2019-10-17

By Han Cheung

Taiwan needs a superstar comic character, says Chang Min-hui (張敏慧), manager of Basisbooks (基地書店), which is exclusively devoted to Taiwanese comics. Japanese heavyweights such as Doraemon, Son Goku and Naruto are not only household names in Japan, but are also wildly popular globally. The averageFULL STORY

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