For more than a century, mainland China's desire to bring Hong Kong and Taiwan fully into its fold has been thwarted by various events: opium wars, conflict with Japan, civil war.
As we celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year on Feb. 8, it's in with the Year of the Monkey and out with the Year of the Sheep. But before the lunar year past fully recedes into memory, we take our annual look back at the people and events that made headlines across Asia, for good and for bad.
As I write these words, a student at National Taiwan University (NTU) lies comatose in a hospital, the result of a role play of a ghost hanging that went awry several days ago. The accident happened as part of a multi-level skills-training effort, call it a workshop or college-sponsored vacation camp, or whatever.
"We have met the enemy and he is us." That is an appropriate statement to sum up the wild U.S. Republican presidential race to date, including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's extremely bizarre rhetoric in endorsing Donald Trump on Jan. 19.
Around 80 percent of the world's men and boys will become fathers during their lifetime, and virtually all men have at least some connection to children in caregiving relationships. Despite this, the practice of engaging men in caregiving is virtually invisible in public policies and discourses.
Five years after the onset of the purportedly pro-democracy revolts against authoritarian rulers in much of the Middle East, the heady warm breezes of the Arab Spring have been replaced with swirling ill winds sweeping the region from Tunisia to Iraq. Governments were toppled, chaos ensued, and the genie of pent up political frustrations soon turned violent. Syria, Libya and Yemen are wracked by violence.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping's pledge to beef up the country's rule of law is in serious doubt with the "extreme" practice of airing televised confessions before a court conviction, say analysts.
America is changing. It is becoming more diverse, more socially tolerant. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, whites will cease to be a majority by 2041.
The vote has reaffirmed the public mood, and in the manner of Greece, the new left-wing government that is scheduled to assume power in Spain mirrors the angst against anti-austerity measures and cuts in public spending.
During the campaign leading up to the Jan. 16 elections, Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), took part in singing the national anthem at public events, but her lips visibly stopped moving when it came to the words "our party," since they referred to the Kuomintang (KMT), which had been in power in Taiwan since the 1940s, save for eight years.