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Taiwan's Natural Side

Jeanine Barone | Posted 06.26.2014 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

Silence reigns as black swans glide on a creek-fed pond, walkways zig-zag this way and that, and elaborately carved wooden pavilions provide much welcome shade. Walking to the garden's upper level provides a sweeping perspective of this idyllic arrangement.

Tucking Into Taiwan: Ultimate Food Tour

Fathom | Posted 06.18.2014 | Travel

A little gem of an island, Taiwan is the ultimate food destination for Asian cuisine. So unless you're lucky enough to already have been introduced, get ready for an eye- and stomach-opening adventure.

Chen Shui-bian, Prison, and the Human Rights Choice Facing Taiwan

Jack Healey | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

By the end of the year, Taiwan's first (and to date, only) opposition president will have been held in detention or prison for seven years.

Twenty Five Years After Tiananmen

Jack Healey | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Jack Healey

The Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred 25 years ago, with troops moving into Beijing and the Square by late on the morning of June 3 and with a full assault going on by the early hours of June 4.

There Are No Asians in Asia, Are There?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.26.2014 | Education
Frank H. Wu

It can be conceded that "Asian American" is artificial, because human communities by definition must be.

Why Won't the Chinese Line Up?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.25.2014 | Travel
Frank H. Wu

I am persuaded there is another story. I was chatting with a renowned scholar of China, who has done extensive fieldwork there. He immediately named Communism as the cause of Chinese not lining up.

U.S. Alliances Encourage Asian Allies to Be More Antagonistic Toward China

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

President Barack Obama's "pivot" to Asia is directed at strengthening U.S. Cold War era alliances to tacitly contain a rising China. However, that means that even minor disputes between American allies and China could drag the United States into a shooting war with a nuclear weapons state.

Russia Is Worried About the Wrong Neighbor - A case of Continuously Poor Leadership

Edward Goldberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

Whether on account of poor leadership, or the curse of being blessed with extraordinary energy resources, modern Russia has for now lost the only power game that really counts today: the game of globalization.

Taiwan: Beware!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The world has watched in dismay as Russia's ruler, Vladimir Putin, has gobbled up Crimea. Now, he seems bent on dismembering Ukraine. Much of our attention has been focused on Putin and his next targets. Perhaps Taiwan is next.

Sunflowers, Symbols, and Nukes: A 2014 Taiwan Primer

Jack Healey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Only a month or so after the Sunflower Movement willingly ended their occupation of the Taiwanese legislature, there is another mass movement afoot, this one demanding an end to the attempts to complete another nuclear power plant on the island.

3 Passports for 3 Continents

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

The idea of citizenship and national identity is a complex one. Recently, I became a citizen of three countries on three different continents. I can now claim passports to the United States, the United Kingdom and Taiwan.

If You Want Penis Pudding, You're In Luck (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.22.2014 | Weird News

Welcome to Funny Sex, a restaurant in Taiwan where sex is in the air and penis pudding is always on the menu. NSFW images ahoy In the creepy NS...

Circling the Battlewagons Against China: US Defense, State Dept. Speak Out

T. Dean Reed | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

Both leading U.S. cabinet offices concerned with international security are joining in a steady drumbeat of calling China to task for its aggression just as President Obama prepares to travel to Asia.

Why Traveling the World Isn't as Perfect as it Seems

Staton Ann Mineshima | Posted 06.08.2014 | Hawaii
Staton Ann Mineshima

It amazes people how I am able to give up everything and go. There is a sense of freedom that people around me envy (especially you stay at home mommies). I know because they tell me so. They even tell me they want to be me. I am not flattered by this as my ego would like me to be.

A Cellist in the Clouds

Adele Scheele | Posted 06.04.2014 | Arts
Adele Scheele

When I asked him what he did, his answer ignited another kind of magic -- his journey as a talented musician to the world renowned orchestra. How could I resist interviewing him?

Taiwan's Straits: Democracy at a Crossroads

Jack Healey | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Jack Healey

These are all elements of expression and dissent that were mobilized by Chen Shui-bian from the moment he took office and which still represents the vital hopes of Taiwan's people. These protesting voices are the future of Taiwan. The world can not ignore them.

How China Benefits From the Ukraine Crisis

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Beijing's calculated silence on the Ukrainian crisis is based on several geopolitical issues: the ideological pillar of non-interference, the China-Russia alliance, Chinese investments in Ukraine, and concerns about ethnic separatism in western China.

LOOK: Taiwan's Massive Protest Is Also Strikingly Beautiful

Posted 04.02.2014 | World

Holding aloft sunflowers, over 100,000 thronged through the streets of Taiwan's capital Taipei on Sunday, accusing their government of ramming through...

Gay Marriage Ruling Angers Taiwanese Community: 'The Government...Makes No Progress'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices

A Taiwanese court has rejected a gay couple's appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their marriage in the latest setback for the...

Violence and Violence

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

A reader writes that I have failed to understand the extent of the "real violence" in Taiwan. She attaches a video of a policeman wielding a truncheon...

The Torture of the Torture-Excusers

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

It should be a matter of national and mass priority to pursue these things and the government that refuses to pursue them can scarcely be called a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" in any meaningful way.

Love Across the Waters

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

Perhaps the entire storming of the legislature has been one giant "show." Whether or not the actors are entirely conscious of their parts, yet the machine that governs the society is still functioning.

Potential Constitutional Crisis in Taiwan Erupts Over China Trade Pact

Brian Christopher Jones | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Brian Christopher Jones

Taiwan's Legislative Yuan is now literally under citizen control. Late Tuesday night protesters, unhappy with the scrutiny applied to a service trade pact with China, stormed the Legislative Yuan and have occupied the building ever since.

U.S. State Department Criticizes 'Provocative' China Move To Block Filipino Boats

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's blocking of supplies to a Philippine outpost in the South China Sea is "provocative" and raises tensions, the United State...

Save Taiwan

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

Taiwan must survive. It's not just democracy. It's not just five thousand years of culture. It's not just sweet-smelling hills and rivers like perfume. Nor is it cliffs like granite collapsing into oceans like glittering marble.