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Foreign voices

Foreigners are increasingly reporting on and representing the nation. But can Taiwanese accept it?

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff reporter

Furthermore, a significant number of artists chosen after 2001, when China forced Biennial organizers to boot Taiwan out of the “national pavilion,” live outside of Taiwan. The reality is, this year’s biennial is simply another example of how Taiwan has become adept at adjusting to international standards while remaining engaged. Should non-Taiwanese represent the country? Sure, if they are good artists who can contribute something unique.

There is indeed a tradition of this and as the world becomes more globalized, the likelihood that expats will in some way represent a host nation will only increase. Taiwan, like all countries, might as well embrace it.

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