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In traditional farming villages, the communities are highly reliant on manual labor. Therefore, men in these communities tend to hold the major positions since they are generally considered as greater physical advantages. Within such an environment, women tend to play the role of assistants rather than central figures of rural economic activities.

Meanwhile, there is the innate idea in traditional Taiwanese society that “men are breadwinners, women are homemakers.” …


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Yuanli is a coastal village in central Taiwan with a population of less than 50,000. Once famed for the mass production and exportation of goods made with bulrush, Yuanli has transformed with the times and now faces the issues of an aging population and declining industries. However, a group of young people has begun to create new opportunities and invest in local revitalization.

From Social Movement to Local Revitalization

YUANLI HI HOME is a local revitalization organization founded in 2013 by two young women, Liu Yu Yu and…


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Released in Taiwan in 2017, Small Talk is a documentary spanning more than two decades, recording the lives of a lesbian mother and her daughter.

The daughter is the film’s director, Huang Hui-chen. Intending to talk to and reconcile with her mother, Huang picked up her camera in an attempt to understand her mother anew, as well as to reexamine their close, yet distant relationship.

The documentary tells the story of an older lesbian who experienced many challenges being herself in a…


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On Children is a 2018 Taiwanese anthology series that depicts the oppression of academic elitism on children and its destruction of parent-child relationships.

The drama anthology derives its English name from the title of Kahlil Gibran’s poem. The Chinese name came from a well-known line in the poem: “Your children are not your children.” This statement is a direct rebuttal against parents having absolute power and control over their children in traditional parent-child relationships.

Since its release, On Children not only gained…


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“It struck me as a surprise 15 years ago, when someone told me that I couldn’t touch the ball or stay on the field because I am a girl.”

“Does this still happen now? No way. That is the difference.”

— Liu Po-Chun, the Founder of Taiwan Sports Forward Association

From a Female Umpire to an Advocate

Liu Po-Chun is the first female baseball umpire in Taiwan. Over a decade ago, she chose the profession of a baseball umpire out of her love for baseball. Although her presence is…


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In 1994, the British Sports Council held the first International Conference on Women and Sport. Delegates from 82 countries/regions jointly endorsed the Brighton Declaration, hoping to improve women’s under-involvement in sports relative to men through international collaboration and promotion.

The conference members at the time formed an organization — the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) — which continues to promote concepts. …


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“Mommy said before that color pens are only for paper. Are your hands paper?” the mother asked while driving. Rubbing her colorful hands, the little girl beside her mother lowered her head and said, “No, I have to wash my hands when we get home.”

Arriving at home, without waiting for her mother’s commands, the little girl walked straight to the bathroom to wash her hands. The mother said something in Vietnamese to the girl, and she replied, “Okay!” in Mandarin.

“I…


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Chloe Yu is a lesbian and a mother from an indigenous tribe in the southern tip of Taiwan. With a head of short, pretty hair, she is accompanied by her partner, daughter, and pet dogs. Radiating confidence and excitement, she shares how she overcame a period of confusion and stress about self-identity and religious beliefs to now enjoy a happy and tranquil life.

The Dual Pressures from Family and Faith

The first time Chloe became aware of her attraction to the same sex was at the onset of puberty…


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Located on the southern tip of Taiwan, Zhutian Township is a small village with a population of just over 17,000. Looking over Zhutian from an elevated platform at the train station, all that is visible is a boundless betel nut field.

In the middle of this sparsely populated, serene countryside, TaiMei Education Foundation built a Parent Child Library, which has been attracting parents from hundreds of miles away, and who line up all night just to sign up for activities hosted by…


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In the alleys of a university town filled with a cultural ambience, an unassuming bookstore stands there for decades. Fembooks, as the first feminist bookstore in the ethnic Chinese world, is a bookstore specifically sales books selected according to the principle of “written by women, write about women, write for women” and has operated with humble confidence for nearly three decades.

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