History and culture are the frames that prescribe how we understand what is happening around us. The Ketagalan Project presents in-depth interviews and thoughts on how art, culture, history and politics intertwine through time and space to connect us. Find out about the cosmopolitan modern Taipei downtown in the 1920s, the gay subculture in the 1970s, the future of aboriginal culture and more, below.
Tony Chen, the third-generation of Taiwanese textile factory owners, went abroad but returned to the family business. Weavism is a product of his efforts.
On a rainy September morning eleven years ago, I woke up alone. I’d been in Taiwan for two weeks, and it was my birthday. I hadn’t made any friends yet.
Randy Blythe, vocalist for the metal band Lamb of God, talks about Neruda and finally tells how he really feels about stinky tofu.
Randy Blythe, vocalist for the metal band Lamb of God, talks about his writing, travel, surfing, and Standing Rock.
How did Randy Blythe, vocalist for Lamb of God, one of America’s biggest metal acts, land a role in a cult comedy halfway across the world in Taiwan?
The labor law protest won’t reverse legislation, but expands the boundaries of Taiwan’s civil discourse and add momentum to the social movement scene.
Taiwanese DIY cider making startup, Alchema, teamed up with one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars Alchemy last Saturday for a night of innovation and fun.
Find out what the youth is doing in Taoyuan, Taiwan’s fastest growing city. “I believe Taoyuan is the best place for youth, and that’s my vision.”
There are now close to 30 private breweries in Taiwan. How did beer come about in Taiwan and what does the scene look like in Taiwan today?
How Asia’s longest running art show, ART TAIPEI, is more than just art. We interview its International Curator, Annie Ivanova.
The parade not only re-energized marriage equality movement, it also shows that Taiwan’s LGBTQ movement continues to inspire the rest of Asia.
At Road’s End tells a story about a photographer’s quest to save her village after discovering that a factory caused a mysterious sickness among villagers.
Taiwanese youth today, who have grown up in a democracy, have developed a suspicion of China in defense of their identity and democratic values.
The formation of a Taiwanese identity is creating space for marriage equality and progressive causes outside conservative aspects of East Asian tradition.
In her performance piece “Scribe” artist Jesha Prekop hopes to raise awareness of preserving and teaching Taiwanese and other indigenous languages today.
Asia’s first LGBTQ art exhibition at a major museum is on at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei: “Spectrosynthesis – Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now.”
With several LGBTQ related events scheduled in the next few weeks, the marriage equality movement will likely regain momentum after a four month hiatus.
China’s actions in Africa certainly passes for neo-colonialism: the appearance of national sovereignty is preserved, but vast economic control allows China to wield undue political influence.
We visit the Shaoxing Community, one of the last settlements in Taipei, days before it is demolished to make way for NTU’s new hospital and facilities.
The KMT’s decision to transition Taiwan from dictatorship to democracy was not a benevolent choice, but a calculated move for survival in a changing world.
The Taiwanese students originally only expected to introduce Taiwan to foreigners. We had also discovered so much more of our home country than we knew.
We spoke with organizers of the Sydney Taiwan Festival Roger Huang, Minna Hsu, and co-founder Frank Wang about what the festival and Taiwanese Australians.
Taiwan is a wonderland of mish-mashed tastes from all over the world, but hidden in the alleys of Taipei are modern day takes on Japanese craft cocktails.
Now that the 2017 Summer Universiade is over, did you know that two-thirds of the opening ceremony had references to Taiwanese indigenous culture?
The memories and human connections made during this gathering have instilled confidence and segues into more successful international events held by Taiwan.
Uganda first banned athletes from the Summer Universiade in Taiwan due to the “One China Policy.” There is an unsung hero behind the dramatic overturn.
Taiwan National Treasure (TNT) is a free database where people can access a wealth of US federal documents relating to Taiwan’s history.
Taipei Feast Week hopes to combine unique Taiwanese culinary experiences with Taiwanese history, culture and entrepreneurship.
Taiwan has always been connected to the the world through its alcoholic beverage culture, freely taking trends from abroad and even more freely transforming them into something uniquely Taiwanese.
Skyrock Projects is a new school for kids to learn technology creatively. We talk with the founders about their concept and experience as entrepreneurs in Taiwan.
Emre Özsöz is an industrial designer from Turkey living in Taipei, hoping the island holds the key to bringing his bicycle dreams to life.
Bikes wars, children’s voices, labor problems, and where to watch sunsets in Taipei, in this week’s Taiwan Uniquely.
John Yuyi, an up-and-coming Taiwanese model, photographer and designer based in New York, was handpicked by GUCCI because of her unique work with temporary tattoos that combines ink with social media.
It’s not every day that President Tsai opens a design exhibition, but given the talent in Taiwan, Tsai wants “design to be Taiwan’s national strength.”
They’re not like anyone else. They are FireEX (滅火器), an indie band that has become a symbol for youth empowerment and activism in Taiwan.
The online comic “Pataauw: The Witches of Beitou” follows seven girls living in Taipei–ordinary cosmopolitan ladies, except that each of them carries indigenous ancient powers.
Chieh-Ting Yeh is the co-founder of Ketagalan Media. After working in think tanks and political parties in London and Taipei, he earned his law degree from Harvard. He has been a long time thinker of Taiwan's history, politics, and nationalism. He is currently...
Taiwan’s Christian community has been more vocal and visible than ever in the past 18 months, as the topic of marriage equality continues to be at the center of social discussion. Making up roughly 4.5% of the total population, the conservative factions within the...
In the summer of 2016, some 4,500 people in New York were introduced to Taiwanese music, possible because of Ms. Mia Min Yen, the founder and organizer of Taiwanese Waves.
Plastico, whose recycled plastic vessels were selected for the Golden Pin Concept award this year, has already garnered a strong online community with its concept.
When asked what Taiwan looks like in the eyes of Americans, Chang says potential customers have a limited scope of what the country he calls his home entails.
‘My mom saw the picture I posted on Facebook, kissing and holding hands with my boyfriend. She said it was like I was using a knife to tear her heart open.’
The 2017 Migrants May Day Rally in Taiwan was held on Sunday April 30th, one day before the International Labour Day. As early as 10:30am, volunteers and members of the Taiwan International Workers’ Association (TIWA) gathered on Yanping North Road in front of the...
In 2014, we spoke to Pai Hsien-yung, the author of Crystal Boys, a novel about a gay high school student in 1970s Taiwan, the gay subculture, and his father, an old soldier.
We talk to Jennifer Lu and Miao Poya, LGBT activists and Social Democratic Party legislator candidates, about Marriage Equality, Innovation, Social Democracy and Trump.
On the eve of Taiwan’s historic marriage equality court decision, we interview activists to get their thoughts on the road thus far.