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Contrasting conceptions of colonial rule

By Gerrit van der Wees

The Japanese colonial period (1895-1945) is perceived quite differently in Taiwan: while pro-China groups consider it negatively and emphasize the colonial aspect, pro-localization groups see it as a period of strict but fair rule, when Taiwan made major strides in infrastructure, health care, agriculture andFULL STORY

The sky’s the limit2018-12-10

By Natalie Obiko Pearson

Take a 35-minute ferry ride across the impossibly clear glacial waters of British Columbia’s Kootenay Lake, and you’ll find yourself on the East Shore. For generations, lush tracts of marijuana flourished here along the abandoned logging roads that snake through its craggy mountains. Not long ago,FULL STORY

Taiwan in Time: A political activist’s journey to the West2018-12-09

By Han Cheung

Dec.10 to Dec.16 After several setbacks — including falling off a donkey and injuring his arm — Lin Hsien-tang (林獻堂) finally set out from Keelung on May 15, 1927 with his second son in tow. With his oldest son studying in London, Lin felt that thisFULL STORY

The Gender Brief: Political daughter2018-12-08

By Davina Tham

Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) rapid rise to become the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) mayor-elect of Kaohsiung has been rivaled by only one other figure — his daughter, Han Bing (韓冰). The public has an insatiable appetite for the 23-year-old Han, whose telegenic looks and charm led observersFULL STORY

Nobel to honor champions of struggle against sexual violence2018-12-08

Champions of the fight against sexual violence, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a former captive of Islamic militants, will on Monday receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which this year highlights rape as a weapon of war. Murad, 25, and Mukwege, 63, willFULL STORY

Highways and Byways: Pioneer heritage in Pingtung’s ‘fifth ditch’2018-12-07

By Steven Crook

The name may put you off, but it’s one of the most picturesque villages I’ve come across in Taiwan. Wugoushuei (五溝水, “fifth ditch”) in the eastern half of Pingtung County has more than three dozen strikingly attractive traditional buildings, a main street that is windingFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2018-12-07

By Sheryl Cheung

Lin Yi-wei (林奕維) is a Taiwanese painter based in Frankfurt and Kaohsiung. His solo exhibition, Hourglass (沙漏), at Gai Art features a series of paintings that correspond to 11 journal entries written in the past year. In these entries, the artist reflects on the immigrantFULL STORY

Highlight: A view from the past more relevant than ever2018-12-07

By Diane Baker

In 1831, French aristocrat and historian Alexis de Tocqueville and nobleman Gustave de Beaumont traveled to the US, ostensibly on a mission for the French government to inspect prisons, returning home in February 1832. While they published their prison report the following year, it is theFULL STORY

A paradise delayed, but no less stunning2018-12-06

By Diane Baker

A year behind schedule, the one-act opera Paradise Interrupted (驚園) opens this weekend in Kaohsiung, with plenty of big names attached and lots of rave reviews from critics. The opera was jointly commissioned by the Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Spoleto Festival USAFULL STORY

Movie review: Xiao Mei2018-12-06

By Han Cheung

No matter how bad, art-house films are usually quite watchable for the first half hour or so. If nothing else, the innovative storytelling techniques and avant-garde aesthetics will keep the viewer’s attention for at least that long. But a good movie still requires a coherent,FULL STORY

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