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  • When the KMT called the shots in the Philippines (review of ‘Diasporic Cold Warriors’ for Taipei Times) Warriors )

    When the KMT called the shots in the Philippines (review of ‘Diasporic Cold Warriors’ for Taipei Times) Warriors )

    The following book review appeared in today’s Taipei Times.  In 1950, the overseas Chinese community of the Philippines numbered 230,000 — just over 1 percent of the country’s population. This made it among the smallest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. In comparison, Thailand had more than 3 million Chinese residents that same year. Yet, […]

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  • Toward a healthier information environment in Taiwan

    Toward a healthier information environment in Taiwan

    The following piece appeared in today’s Taipei Times: What lessons can Taiwan learn from the disinformation campaigns that have surrounded the war in Ukraine? At an Amnesty International Taiwan event in Taipei on Wednesday night, four speakers offered compelling insights into this and related questions. One of the main takeaways was the observation that disinformation […]

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  • The Cold War history behind Nicaragua’s break with Taiwan

    The Cold War history behind Nicaragua’s break with Taiwan

    The following piece appeared as the leader today in The Diplomat magazine: We touched down in Managua, Nicaragua, shortly before 7:50 p.m. on July 18, 2014. The tickets were originally booked for a cheaper flight the following day, but Pablo Morales was having none of it. “It’s Liberation Day,” he said. “You have to be […]

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  • Taiwan and Lithuania look to the long term on consumer goods trade

    Taiwan and Lithuania look to the long term on consumer goods trade

    The following piece article appeared in the Taiwan Business TOPICS, the magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan: What does Lithuania mean to Taiwan? Prior to 2021, perhaps only the presence of several of the country’s basketball players in the NBA. However, following donation in July and October last year of more than […]

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  • Hidden in plain sight: The extraordinary work of Hsieh Tong-liang (Part 1)

    Hidden in plain sight: The extraordinary work of Hsieh Tong-liang (Part 1)

    The follow article appeared in Guanxi Magazine: For years I’d been intrigued by the peculiar house on Chang’an Rd in Taichung’s Taiping District. As with most of my best discoveries in Taiwan, I’d stumbled upon it – in this case almost literally, when a scuffed pass had sent a football trickling down a sloping, paved […]

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  • Hand in glove: Taiwan-born movie star branches out to chart his own course

    Hand in glove: Taiwan-born movie star branches out to chart his own course

    The following article appeared in today’s Taipei Times: Ignacio Huang (黃勝煌) is a puppet master. But unlike Argentina’s political operators, he doesn’t pull strings. “It’s glove puppetry,” says Huang of budaixi (布袋戲, traditional Taiwanese puppetry), which in recent years has replaced the big screen as his bread and butter. Ahead of legislative elections in Argentina […]

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  • Fisherman’s friend? Film festival documentary fails to lift lid on industry abuses

    Fisherman’s friend? Film festival documentary fails to lift lid on industry abuses

    The following article was published by the News Lens on November 11: The Taipei International Labor Film Festival (TILFF) wrapped up on October 15 with minimal fanfare. Thanks to Covid – which saw proceedings switched to an online format – and a rather underwhelming publicity drive, this 15th installment of the two-week event slipped under […]

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  • Fictionalizing Taiwan’s White Terror (review of ‘Transitions in Taiwan’ for Taipei Times)

    Fictionalizing Taiwan’s White Terror (review of ‘Transitions in Taiwan’ for Taipei Times)

    The following book review appeared in today’s Taipei Times: Violence and oppression, we are told in the introduction to this collection of tales, are foundational to modern Taiwan, providing “a legacy that continues to influence its contemporary society.” It is interesting, then, that an anthology subtitled “Stories about the White Terror,” offers few instances of […]

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  • Taiwan’s free quarantine leaves little cause for complaint

    Taiwan’s free quarantine leaves little cause for complaint

    The following article was published in today’s Taipei Times  I’m writing this on a beachfront balcony with a spectacular ocean view. My hotel room is spotless, spacious and well-equipped. Meals are delivered to the door thrice daily, and my all-inclusive two-week stay is free. True, the beach remains tantalizingly inaccessible. But that’s the only downside […]

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  • Of pigs and prudery

    Of pigs and prudery

    Anyone who has lived in Taiwan long enough, or for that matter any place where they stand out in terms of appearance or culture, will probably have experienced Othering. In Taiwan, it’s rarely of the nasty, aggressive kind nor, necessarily, even of the intentionally discriminatory type– though, as I’ve made clear elsewhere, that obviously exists, […]

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