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Ask This Taiwanese: “Why Care If Taiwan Is Independent?”

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Our new column Ask “This” Taiwanese answers: why do Taiwanese people care so much whether Taiwan is “independent”?

A Spirit of “Anything Goes”

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Brian Hioe spoke with Hojo about his recently taking up a post as music director of 23 Music Room in Taipei. The following article originally appeared on Electric...

The ‘90s and 2000s LGBT Party Scene in Taiwan: A Conversation with Victor Cheng

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Brian Hioe interviewed Victor Cheng, who organized the Paradise parties starting in 1995. The Paradise parties were the first regularly-held LGBT-focused party...

From Photography to Party Organizing and Back: A Conversation with Roshan Menon

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Brian Hioe spoke to Kuala Lumpur-based DJ Roshan Menon, who is the founder of SaturdaySelects and co-founder of Laksa Records. The following article originally...

Youth Tumult in Hong Kong

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“Lost Pearl” aims to discuss Hong Kong’s contemporary political issues with a story that is set during the same time at the 2019 protests, but avoids explicitly...

Taipei Learns to Say “Buen Provecho”

Taiwan Business Topics

Long devoid of options for authentic Latin cuisine, Taipei in recent years has seen the emergence of several restaurants serving up delicious fare from all over...

A Farewell to a City That Has Changed Forever

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Brian Hioe spoke to Rainbow Chan, whose EP Stanley was released on November 25th. According to the EP description, “Stanley is her exploration of a love past, a...

Best Taiwanese Indie Albums of 2021

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New Bloom members Peter Freestone and Brian Hioe pick some of their favorite indie albums from 2021, mainly focusing on bands from Taiwan. ​This is the fourth in a...

Annie’s T Cakes: Vegan East Asian snacks from your childhood

Taiwanese American.org

If you’ve been around town in the Bay Area, you may have noticed these cute packages of pineapple cakes (in compostable packaging!), that say Annie T’s Cakes....

All Hail the ‘BNS’: Meet Wil Chung of Impromptu Spices

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In the spring of 2020, a small group of Taiwanese Americans started the Taiwanese Home Cooking Facebook group in order to have a place for the Taiwanese diaspora...

Pushing the Envelope: Producer Derrick Sepnio on His Journey in Mandopop

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Producer Derrick Sepnio talks about his experience while “on his journey in mandopop.”

用電子音樂來推廣原住民文化:汝妮 Dungi Sapor訪談

No Man Is An Island

破土編輯丘琦欣採訪阿美族DJ汝妮 Dungi Sapor。原文於香港電子音樂雜誌 Electric Soul 11月3日刊登。

2020 Taiwanese American Holiday Gift Guide: Shop small, shop early!

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TAIWANESEAMERICAN.ORG DISCOUNT CODES & AFFILIATE LINKS: Save 10% at The Formosa Coffee with code "TAORG" Save 10% on Formosa Chocolates with code "TAORG" +...

Please, No More Sneakers from Enes Kanter

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Enes Kanter, the center for the Boston Celtics, made viral tweets earlier this week with photos of sneakers in support of Taiwan, having tweeted photos of custom...

Terry Gou and the Flying Apsara Chihuahua Happiness Society

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Animal memes increasingly seem to be an integral part of Taiwanese politics

Promoting Taiwanese Indigenous Culture with Electronic Music

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Brian Hioe spoke to Dungi Sapor, an Amis Indigenous DJ from Hualien. Dungi Sapor will be performing at the VIBE Party in Brain at Pipe Live Music on Friday,...

Breaking New Ground with a Shift Toward Ambient

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Orientations 向位 breaks new ground for Mong Tong. As the title itself suggests, Mong Tong has indicated a clear new direction with Orientations 向位—with a strong...

Change Taiwan Women’s Football Team Nickname from Mulan to Magpies

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Taiwan Women’s Football (Soccer) Team is nicknamed “Mulan,” a vestige of the Chinese Nationalist one-party rule. It’s time for a change.

A Mysterious Though Evocative Short Film

No Man Is An Island

“Sonata for Smoke” stands out for its mastery of the technical aspects of filmmaking, playing with viewers’ expectations through its proficiency. The film begins...

Warehouse Party in the City Center

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Brian Hioe spoke to Sonia Calico and Lee Yen-yi about the upcoming Synergy Festival, which will be held at Songshan Cultural And Creative Park on March 19th and...

From Classical to Electronic and Beyond: An Interview with XIAOLIN

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Brian Hioe spoke to XIAOLIN, the founder of Hex, who also DJs at 宀 Mihn Club. The following article originally appeared on Electric Soul, a Hong Kong-based...

Non-Binary Taiwanese Drag King Stars In Netflix’s Midnight Asia

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From buzzy soap operas and historical dramas to award-winning films, programming centered on Taiwan continues to proliferate across Netflix. The latest entry: an...

Crickets on the Menu, Worms on the Plate

Taiwan Business Topics

Although insects are not as big a part of Taiwanese food traditions as they are in some other parts of the world, a handful of companies and individuals are trying...

Trying to Capture the Sound of Jakarta

No Man Is An Island

Brian Hioe spoke to the members of Batavia Collective about how they formed as a band, their current projects, and future plans

The Ten Best Taiwanese Movies of 2021

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Discover the top Taiwanese movies of 2021 across genres like horror, romance, LGBTQ, comedy, documentary, and more—streaming links included

Film Preservation as a Struggle Against Inevitability

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Archiving Time, an hour-long documentary on Taiwanese film preservation currently available on Taiwan+, is a well-executed take on what could be a rather...

Animated Shorts at the Golden Horse Film Festival

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The following animated shorts were shown at this year's Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei

Creating Musical Spaces of One’s Own

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Brian Hioe spoke to Ani Hao, who DJs as Ani Phoebe, and is a writer, feminist media strategist, as well as one of the founders of Bad Times Disco and New Wave

Gold Leaf Succeeds Where SEQALU and Island Nation Did Not

No Man Is An Island

Despite no international marketing blitz comparable to Island Nation or SEQALU, Gold Leaf proves the same kind of work, in seeking to dramatize a pivotal period of...

Dignity, Belonging, and Meaning-Making in a Pandemic: What Learning Taiwanese Taught Me in a Season of Loss and Hate

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] FEATURE PHOTO PROVIDED BY AUTHOR[/caption] When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the East Coast last spring, I...

The Cultural Politics of Medigen

No Man Is An Island

In retrospect, it was probably inevitable that Taiwan’s domestically developed and manufactured vaccine, Medigen, would encounter difficulties in public reception

轉換的闡述與體驗——評鄭先喻北美館個展 「Injector after NULL」

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臺灣藝術家鄭先喻正以臺北科技藝術圈難以企及的步調創作引人入勝的作品。他於 2019 年獲得第二屆銅鐘藝術賞,並於 2020 年夏季於臺灣當代文化實驗場 (C-LAB) 舉辦該獎項的個展。接著,於 2020 年 12 月加入由 C-LAB 舉辦、鄭淑麗策展的 「LAB KILL LAB...

A Look into the Life of a Taiwanese Leftist Revolutionary

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The Su Beng Memorial Museum is small, occupying the two-floor apartment in Xinzhuang that Su Beng lived in at the time of his death in 2019. The museum may not...

A Haunting Meditation on Fukushima: Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Is Your Time”

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Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani’s art installation, “Is Your Time,” proves a powerful meditation on the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This is presented...

Now accepting submissions: 2022 Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes celebrate Taiwanese American student writers

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TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to announce the 2022 Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes. Created in 2021 in collaboration with Taiwanese American...

市中心辦倉庫派對:新能祭訪談

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丘琦欣採訪Sonia Calico與李彥儀關於3月19至20日在松山文創園區舉辦的新能祭。本採訪3月10日刊登在於Electric Soul,一本香港電子音樂雜誌。

Emotionally Gripping, if Didactic: A Review of Revolution of Our Times

No Man Is An Island

Revolution of Our Times is not a particularly artful film, if it is often a moving one. And it is one that is highly successful on these merits. The Hong Kong...

A Taiwanese Diasporic Family Drama

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American Girl is a family drama, following a family of two girls and their mother and father after they return to Taiwan following a significant stay in the US,...

Immortality

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For a week she stood inside a room at the Taichung train station. There was something quietly defiant about her stance, left foot crossed over her right, the...

Film Shorts at the Golden Horse Film Festival

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The following film shorts were shown at this year's Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei

A Look Back at 2021: Ten Highlights from Electric Soul’s Last Year

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Look back on the past year of Asian electronic music with the top ten articles from our partner publication Electric Soul! Electric Soul is a Hong Kong-based...

Best Club EPs of 2021

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New Bloom member Peter Freestone picks some of his favorite club EPs from 2021, mainly focusing on music producers from East Asia. ​This is the second in a series...

The History of Queer Parties in Taiwan

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Brian Hioe spoke to Levin Lo, or DJ Rainbowchild, a veteran of the queer party scene in Taiwan. Among other things, Rainbowchild was the DJ that played at the...

Even Death Is No Escape From Capitalism

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Fruit Chan's Coffin Homes (鬼同你住) is unlikely to find success on the international film festival circuit. For one, the film is likely to be billed as a comedy...

Future Media Arts Festival Presents Engaging Takes on Incipient Futures

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The Future Media Arts Festival at the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab, or C-Lab, offers a panoply of attempts to investigate the new, digital future that we seem...

Nnadi Samuel: “Subject Lessons” (Poems)

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We are so honored to share "Subject Lessons," a collection of poetry by Nnadi Samuel. Samuel is a recipient of the prestigious Falun Gong Poetry Prize, which got...

Please, No More Sneakers from Enes Kanter

No Man Is An Island

Enes Kanter, the center for the Boston Celtics, made viral tweets earlier this week with photos of sneakers in support of Taiwan, having tweeted photos of custom...

“Elegy for a Century Egg” and Other Poems by Katy Hargett-Hsu

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  Kathryn Hargett-Hsu 徐凯蒂 is an incoming MFA candidate in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. A 2018 Best New Poet, she is the recipient of fellowships...

Breaking New Ground with a Shift Toward Ambient

No Man Is An Island

Orientations 向位 breaks new ground for Mong Tong. As the title itself suggests, Mong Tong has indicated a clear new direction with Orientations 向位—with a strong...

Toward an Architecture of Sound

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Editor Brian Hioe spoke with Petr Danda, a Czech artist currently doing a residency at the Treasure Hill Artist Village in Taipei, about his ongoing Soundctuary...