The genre is often taken to mean English gloom ? but a robust hybrid version, taking in everything from local folklore to classic cinema, is flourishing among the art-school introverts of Shanghai, Tokyo and Taiwan
Perched at the edge of Shanghai?s Kaixuan Road, between Tianshan Park?s leafy calm and the imposing weight of the elevated West Yan?an Road metro station, sits Yuyintang Livehouse, a mainstay of the city?s underground music scene. Signposted by the electric glow of a polar bear holding a guitar, this indie music destination ? in a city short on such venues ? recently hosted the fourth East Asia Shoegaze festival.
Organised by Lulu, guitarist of the Shanghai shoegaze quartet Forsaken Autumn, and Japan-based Luuv Label, this year?s lineup featured an eclectic range of new and known bands from the region, including rising stars RUBUR, Japanese shoegaze royalty Cruyff in the Bedroom and the diffuse Taiwanese dream-pop outfit U.TA.
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Chinese students react with great emotion if they feel China is being criticised. There?s concern that this erodes freedom of speech on Australian campuses
The recently released Chinese student?s recording of the argument he has with his teacher about using the word ?Taiwan? illustrates how issues of sovereignty and territoriality can be very emotional for Chinese students.
In the video, the Chinese student says, in a calm voice: ?You have to consider all the students ? Chinese students are one third of this classroom. You make us feel uncomfortable.? He goes on to argue, ?You have to show your respect.? The discussion becomes somewhat unclear, but it sounds like the student then says, ?It really makes us feel terrible.? His next comment sounds like he is getting frustrated and upset: ?Why do you always keep saying that? ?Taiwan!? As if it is a separate country.?
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We want to hear from readers living in the region about what life is like around the time of North Korean nuclear tests and missile launches
Tensions in the Korean peninsula have reached new heights, with Seoul expecting further missile launches after a sixth North Korean nuclear test was confirmed on Sunday.
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Students from New Taipei City collected samples from urban rivers, creeks and ports which they then froze in moulds and preserved in resin. ?We hope when more people see this they can change their lifestyles,? said one of the groupContinue reading...
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Office of the chief economist projects market will grow by 8.7% by 2022, but Institute for Energy Economics says this is based on out of date analysis
As Australia mulls the building of its biggest-ever export thermal coal mine, its biggest foreign buyers look set to reduce their consumption, driving down the price of Australian coal, and the profitability of its mines.
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan together buy about 30% of the world?s exported thermal coal, including 70% of Australia?s export coal.
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The president is laying down crude reminders before his meeting with Xi, but Beijing tends to react badly to bullying
The US announcement of a $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan is a not-so-subtle warning shot across the bows of China?s president, Xi Jinping, who is due to meet Donald Trump for potentially tense bilateral talks at next week?s G20 summit in Hamburg. But Trump?s pre-emptive strike could backfire badly.
Official confirmation of the arms sale, under consideration since January, coincided with Xi?s officiation at an ostentatious military parade in Hong Kong on Friday, celebrating China?s reunification with what until 1997 Beijing regarded as a ?renegade province? similar to Taiwan.
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Experts say relationship is cooling between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping as US loses patience over North Korea and South China Sea
Relations between the world?s two largest economies look to be entering a new phase of turbulence after the US punctured Chinese celebrations of the anniversary of Hong Kong?s return by unveiling sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and a major arms sale to Taiwan .
The US state department on Thursday gave the green light to a total of $1.4bn in arms sales to Taiwan, a self-governing island which China considers its own territory.
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The sale is the first of its kind since Donald Trump took office and will upset China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory
The US state department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4bn, the first such deal with the self-governing island since Donald Trump took office.
The sale announced on Thursday will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
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Joint statement between President Juan Carlos Varela and Beijing says ?Taiwan is an inalienable part of China?s territory?
Panama has switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, handing a huge victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.
Panama?s president, Juan Carlos Varela, announced the change ? which entails breaking off formal relations with Taiwan ? in a televised address, saying it represented the ?correct path for our country?.Continue reading...
Leaked email to Taiwanese staff says airline has been instructed by Beijing to follow One China policy
Emirates airline has waded into a decades-old diplomatic spat after ordering Taiwanese cabin crew to swap flag pins worn on their uniforms for Chinese ones, sparking anger and calls for boycott on social media.
The airline sent an email to staff saying Emirates was ?instructed by the Chinese government? to ?follow the One China policy?.Continue reading...
A landmark judgment reflects how quickly attitudes can change ? but usually thanks to campaigners who persist against the odds
The crowd in Taipei on Wednesday was not huge; a few hundred people. But the joy and relief on their faces radiated around the world. The constitutional court had just ruled in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, in Asia?s first such judgment. The legislature now has two years to amend the civil code, which defines marriage as occurring solely between a man and woman, or pass laws addressing the issue. If it does not, same sex-couples will be able to wed anyway.
The news was all the more welcome given its backdrop. Just last week, in Asia alone, a South Korean army captain was sentenced for having sex with other servicemen following what campaigners describe as a witch hunt by the military, while in Aceh, Indonesia, two men were caned publicly for consensual gay sex. It is a matter of weeks since reports emerged of a horrifying anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya, involving well over a hundred men, some of whom are believed to have been killed.Continue reading...
Li Ming-che, a 42-year-old NGO worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in mysterious circumstances in China on 19 March
A Taiwan rights activist who was secretly detained in China in March has been officially arrested on suspicion of subversion, charges Taiwan said were vague and unconvincing.
The case has strained already poor relations between China and Taiwan, which have cooled since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, because she refuses to concede that the self-ruled island is part of China.
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Landmark ruling will mean country is first in Asia to allow gay couples to marry and cements reputation as beacon of liberalism
Taiwan is to become the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage, after the island?s constitutional court ruled current laws defining unions as between a man and a woman are invalid.
Taiwan?s highest court, the council of grand justices, said barring gay couples from marrying violated ?the people?s freedom of marriage? and ?the people?s right to equality?.Continue reading...
Landmark court case this week is likely to determine the success or failure of draft laws currently before parliament
Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success.
Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
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