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Taiwan in Time: The iron councilor’s demands

By Han Cheung

FEB. 26 to MARCH 4 Best known for petitioning then-Taiwan governor Chen Yi (陳儀) after the 228 Incident with 32 demands, Ong Thiam-teng (王添灯) paid the ultimate price when he was arrested in his sleep on March 11, 1947. He was neverFULL STORY

Like father, like son2018-02-24

By Paige Lim

Growing up, Taiwanese filmmaker Hsiao Ya-chuan (蕭雅全) shared a rocky relationship with his father. Solemn and overly frugal, his father was consumed with saving money, and faced difficulties communicating with his children, recalls the now 50-year-old. “He was a very thrifty person because he grewFULL STORY

Off the Beaten Track: Taipei’s twin ghost towns2018-02-23

By Richard Saunders

The great popularity enjoyed by the Gold Ecological Park (黃金博物園區) in New Taipei City’s Jinguashi (金瓜石), which opened in 2004, is proof that Taiwan’s gold fever era continues to exert a strong pull on the public’s imagination. Countless other long-forgotten miners also risked their livesFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2018-02-23

By Sheryl Cheung

Puppet and You (偶與你之間) is a one-day exhibition of over 100 Taiwanese glove puppets from the collection of Chang Yi Fang Puppet & Pattern Creations (彰藝坊偶相與花樣工作室). The founder of the studio, Chen Yi-hsih (陳羿錫), has extensive knowledge of the puppet-making craft, owing to his fatherFULL STORY

Highlight: Bouncing paws and feline jetes are back2018-02-23

By Diane Baker

It has been almost 37 years since the first feline-costumed dancer did a grand jete across the junkyard-filled stage of the New London Theater in the British capital, and life for dog lovers has never been the same since. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical adaptation of TSFULL STORY

Highlight: Bloom Within2018-02-23

By Han Cheung

Due to societal stigmas toward mental illness, many people feel that they are struggling alone and don’t know where to turn for help. Established in December last year, WARM (Women Anonymous Reconnecting Mentally), has provided a safe support group for women with mental health issues.FULL STORY

When words are not enough2018-02-22

By Diane Baker

The Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA) opens this weekend at the National Theater in Taipei with a harrowing tale of addiction, loss, anguish, darkness and joy: the dance-theater production Betroffenheit. On the surface such a show would not appear to be the logical choice toFULL STORY

Christmas in February2018-02-22

Afro-Colombian communities in the southwest of the Latin American country are celebrating Christmas, like every year, a little later than the rest of the world. The mid-February festivities are a tradition that dates back to the days of slavery, when their ancestors were banned fromFULL STORY

Non-white casts and the global market2018-02-22

Marvel’s Black Panther opened as the most successful movie with a primarily non-white cast of all time, industry data showed Tuesday, raising hopes for a new era of storytelling by filmmakers and actors of color. The 18th release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened atop theFULL STORY

Book review: A not-so-subtle slice of historic fiction2018-02-22

By Bradley Winterton

Sometimes what lies behind a book is more interesting than what it contains. And so it is with The Jing Affair, a Cold War thriller first published in 1965 and set almost entirely in Taiwan. Two background features stand out, the first concerning Taiwan’s formerFULL STORY

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