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


New survey shows Taiwanese divide regarding same-sex marriage

Results of an opinion poll released on 28 November show a profound divide in Taiwanese society as 46.3%  of respondents expressed their support for same-sex marriage, while 45.4% were against it.

French activists oppose HIV prevention campaign on the grounds of ‘minor’s corruption’

The picture displays two men locked in a tender embrace. Next to them, a few words: With a lover, with a friend, with a stranger… each situation is different. So are the means of protection. 

Over 2,000 disadvantaged students honored at Taipei’s Ciyou Temple

On November 19, Ciyou Temple in Songshan district held its biannual Scholarship and Grants award ceremony: a total of 2,479 students from disadvantaged backgrounds were awarded an NT$6,350,000 scholarship (approximately US$187,000).

Taiwanese students share their learnings after experiential education trip in Northern Europe

Reposted on The News Lens International

A group of senior high school students from Yilan county held a series of presentations from 12 to 13 November during which they shared the knowledge and insight gained through an experiential learning trip in Northern Europe.

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. 

Le genre documentaire à Taïwan, un milieu propice à l’avancement des femmes

Ce texte est inspiré de mon podcast « Les femmes dans le cinéma documentaire à Taïwan » réalisé pour Radio Taiwan International en mars 2016. Il reprend aussi des éléments de l’article (« teasing») écrit pour le blog.

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.

The Rise of Taiwanese Horror: Corpse Brides and Little Girls in Red

Originally published on The News Lens International

Two recent horror flicks suggest that Taiwanese directors are finally willing to break some longstanding taboos, with promising results.