Out now: “Precious Freedom. Voices from Taiwan”

Taiwan is one of the West’s key democratic allies in Asia. But, looking beyond the looming threat from China, what makes this place unique and what do people in Taiwan dream of?

A country special on Taiwan

With contributions by writers Li Ang and Wu Ming-Yi from Taiwan, Yan Lianke from Beijing and others.

Also in the mix: British publisher Margaret Busby, Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo and many more! 

“Reporter Ho Hui-An reports that Taiwan is already ‘in the midst of an information war’ with China, and activist Hsi Jui-Ting says a (probably only half-joking) saying is doing the rounds in Taipei: ‘I have a hut in the mountains - let's all go there when the Chinese come.’

With this issue’s focus on Taiwan we want to avoid the trap that country expert Marcin Jerzewski warns against when he recommends that the island state ‘is not be seen only through the lens of its relations with China’. For that reason we feature a range of Taiwanese perspectives, to offer a close-up understanding of their homeland.”

By Kai Schnier, from the editorial

The big photography interview

One year of war: How is the Ukrainian cultural sector faring?


Culture clashes: Too much black and white thinking

How fairly do we all live together? Who has power, who is left on the sidelines? How do we deal with other people' s opinions? In our KULTURAUSTAUSCH issue on culture clashes, international authors wrote about their experiences and views on black and white thinking:

KULTURAUSTAUSCH in conversation

Afghanistan: Fear of women

Since Western troops withdrew, women in Afghanistan have been robbed of their rights. 

They have lost their jobs and are locked up at home.

But the new generation refuses to be quietly driven out of public life.

In our current issue, women are raising their voices! 


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