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Articles by Jamin Shih

Jamin Shih is a staff writer and university lecturer based in California.

Review: Zombie Movie “Get the Hell Out” Satirizes the Spectacle of Taiwanese Politics

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Screened at 2020’s Toronto International Film Festival, Taiwanese zombie flick "Get the Hell Out" offers cartoonish violence, absurdity, and irreverent political satire.

Taiwan’s Stylish Romcom “IWeirDo” Tackles Love and Mental Illness with a Strong Visual Aesthetic

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Taiwanese romantic comedy “IWeirDo” uses a unique aspect ratio and aesthetic to underscore the painful evolution of a budding relationship.

Philippine Documentary “A Thousand Cuts” Traces the Rise of Authoritarian Fascism

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"A Thousand Cuts" tells a disturbing story of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian attacks on the free press through an intimate look at Rappler founder...

Japanese Indie Drama “My Identity” Examines a Fractured Taiwanese-Japanese Immigrant Identity

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In her heartfelt debut film “My Identity,” which screens at Japan Cuts 2020, Sae Suzuki explores being misunderstood in a Taiwanese-Japanese immigrant coming-of-age story.

Netflix’s “TWogether” Highlights the Legacy of English in Asia

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Featuring Lee Seung-gi and Jasper Liu, Netflix reality show "TWogether" reveals the traces of colonial English in Southeast and South Asia.

Netflix’s “Rea(L)ove” Raunchily Reveals Japan’s Sexual and Gendered Taboos

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Often contrasted with “Terrace House,” Netflix dating show "Rea(L)ove" highlights the gendered anxieties in contemporary Japanese dating.

 
 
 

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