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Reporting and Essays on Society, Culture, Lifestyle. Plus a dash of creative non-fiction with questionably funny pictures.

Society

Jinwen University under fire as students denounce degrading hazing rituals

On a weekend getaway organized by Jinwen University of Science and Technology, a group of senior students from four different faculty departments subjected over a hundred new students to degrading practices as part of a ‘welcome ceremony’ (yingxin).

Hadiqa Bashir wins the Asian Girls Human Rights Ambassador Award

On October 10th, one day before International Day of the Girl Child, four young activists originating from different corners of Asia convened at Tainan, Taiwan for the Asian Girls Human Rights Ambassador Award. 

Taiwan’s War on Drugs: Harsh Approach or Tolerance ?

Originally published on The News Lens International

At a time where Taiwanese prisons are overpacked with people serving drug-related sentences, a newer, more tolerant approach is gaining popularity.

Taiwan’s Drinking Culture: the Tale of the Unfortunate Goldfish

Originally published on The News Lens International

While Taiwan isn’t particularly known for having a strong drinking culture, a growing number of voices has been expressing concerns regarding the rise of alcoholism in recent years.