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ShinSight Trio x Soft Lipa: Gaining Momentum in Alternative Hip-Hop

7 Dec 2010

After Soft Lipa burst onto the mainstream music scene, one could say the Taiwanese hip-hop scene has since truly transformed.

Now, a new band, ShinSight Trio, comes to Taiwan with their recent album Where’s There A Moon That Is Mine. Originally from Japan, the group released their first album in 2006, which quickly gained traction in the country’ alternative hip-hop stream, featuring big names such as the late Nujabes.

This time, they take their soulful and alternative craft to explore Taiwan’s music scene. I’m ashamed that I didn’t discover this band earlier.

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Kimchi and Hyundai to Go Free Trade

7 Dec 2010

President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that a free trade deal between the United States and South Korea has finished negotiations. This will be the largest free trade deal since NAFTA.

Of course, not everyone is pleased by the news. Boeing and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spoke out in favor of the deal, while the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition and Ford Motor Co. pressed for continued protection of the American market.

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The WikiLeaks Fallout: What Happens Next?

6 Dec 2010

With the amount of press and opinions generated recently by the cables leaked by WikiLeaks, the question now becomes what will happen when the dust settles.

Though it is true that though such leaks can adversely affect the government and national security, so far the reactions from the government seem to be blown out of proportion. As Kiron Skinner notes in a CNN op-ed, “Historical analysis cautions against accepting a single document as a smoking gun. It compels the investigator to study primary and secondary sources, and it is a reminder that what is left unstated in a document may be far more revealing than what is stated.”

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The Best Ending for a Made-For-Television Action Movie You’ll See Today [Video]

6 Dec 2010

Filmmaker Freddie Wong has released what allegedly are the last two minutes of his made-for-television action movie, Beach Justice: The Academy, and it’s the most profound viewing experience I’ve ever had (these last two minutes). The wicked are always punished.

Freddiew on YouTube

Survey Says, Asian Americans More Optimistic About the American Dream

5 Dec 2010

According to a recent survey conducted by MetLife on the American Dream, Asian Americans clocked in as the ethnic group most optimistic about the future’s promise. Nearly one-half, or 47 per cent, reported that they believed their personal situation would improve this year over 2009. In comparison, only 35 per cent of the general American public believed the same.

This comes on the heels of a discouraging report this summer, which suggested a greater number of college-educated Asian Americans are struggling to find employment. As 2010 draws to a close and we find ourselves on the cusp of a new, anxious decade, have Asian Americans found what they’ve been searching for?

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Taiwan’s Economic Brilliance: Pay Your Taxes, Win the Lottery

5 Dec 2010

“Hi everyone! We are the poor’s dream to wealth! INVOICES!”

It has come to my attention that this year is the 60th anniversary (on the 12th of December to be exact) of a Taiwan staple: the 統一發票, or the Uniform-Invoice. Not many people outside of Taiwan would know about this brilliant technique to increase and maintain tax revenue, but if it works so successfully in such a small country, imagine it being implemented in a larger country such as China, India, or the United States!

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WikiLeaks: Top Chinese Officials Ordered Hacking of Google

5 Dec 2010

WikiLeaks recently released a secret cable entitled “Google China Paying Price for Resisting Censorship,” sent from the American Embassy in Beijing to Washington on May 18 of last year. One of numerous leaked cables that suggest the CCP’s insecurity over the power of the internet, the document reveals that Chinese officials directed a recent online assault against Google.

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