A film review: How does Joker make us feel?

Film review by Lan-Hanh Nguyen. Abstract: This article discusses the film Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, which had its first public screening on October 4, 2019. The paper attempts to refute a part of the media’s claim that the film is too dark and could incite violence. It invokes many film productions whose selling point is […]

Networks as a methodology: Examining the Sino-Philippine relations and the Belt and Road Initiative through a relational framework

Article by Fernan Talamayan. Abstract: The article used networks as a methodology since it offers a relational framework for analyzing the regional and global political economy. Using the Sino-Philippine relation and the Belt and Road Initiative as examples, it explained the theoretical considerations, as well as the potential applications of a relational framework in studying territorial […]

Repositioning Hong Kong Studies in Southeast Asia through the Lens of Cultural Politics: Review on Geopolitics and Film Censorship in Cold War Hong Kong (Book review)

Book review by Ip, Po Yee. Abstract: This article is a book review on Zardas Shuk-man Lee’s recently published book Geopolitics and Film Censorship in Cold War Hong Kong, an extensive historical research regarding the institution of film censorship in Hong Kong during the 1940s-1970s. From the perspective of film censorship studies, Lee’s ambitious work […]

Blazing as Fire: A Love Story Before Dawn (Book Review)

Book review by Christine Chow. Abstract: How should we comprehend Taiwanese literature under Japanese rule (1895-1945)? What was the meaning of literature for Taiwanese writers at that time? Furthermore, how could we evaluate the significance of their works? For those who are interested in the above questions, the latest published book of Lai Hsiang-yin(賴香吟), A […]

Sinophone studies: the voice of subaltern?

Article by Lin Shih Chun. Abstract: Sinophone, a concept that has been quite popular in Taiwan in recent years. The goal of this studies is to reveal the “voice” of minorities in the literature. However, the so-called “multilingualism” doesn’t actually resolve the problem brought by the “national language”. Based on this problematic, this article will […]

Asian Model of Democracy, Changing of Old Notions

Article by Hazem Almassry. Abstract: The Asian model of democracy presented special experiences that are at odds with the prevailing notions about democracy derived from Western experiences, like democracy brings prosperity and development, and democracy is not suitable for all societies, like Muslim societies… etc. In this study, we will learn about the reasons that […]