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Niki J.P. Alsford

Niki J.P. Alsford

Reader in Asia Pacific Studies, Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies, University of Central Lancashire

Dr. Niki Alsford is Reader in Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies. He is also Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS, the University in London. He received his PhD in Modern East Asian History from SOAS and his research is grounded on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Taiwan social history. His most recent publications include: Transitions to Modernity in Taiwan: The Spirit of 1895 and the Cession of Formosa to Japan (Routledge, 2017); Buried Treasurers: Taiwan Indigenous Peoples’ Archives Held at the School of Oriental & African Studies, the University of London (2017); Torn Between Two Worlds: Rev. Shoki Coe, Domesticity, and the Taiwanese Self-Determination Movement, a chapter in Paul Woods’s The Shaping of Christianity in China (2017); and Carstairs Douglas (1830-1877) and his Chinese-English Dictionary of the Vernacular or Spoken Language of Amoy (1873), which he co-wrote with Bernhard Fuehrer for Translation Studies 1:1 (2017): 137-182.

Hong Kong: why the 'one country, two systems' model is on its last legs

Jun 23, 2019 14:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Protest organisers in Hong Kong claim that nearly two million people, most clad in black and many carrying white flowers as a symbol of mourning, took to the streets on June 16 as demonstrations continued over proposed...

How Japan's renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energy

May 20, 2019 22:36 pm UTC| Insights & Views Sports

Japan is aiming to host the first Olympic Games powered solely by renewable sources. If successful, this could help the country carve a new niche in the global order as a champion of climate action and environmental...

Global Geopolitics Series

Trump-Kim deal: why the two Koreas will probably never become one country again

Jun 13, 2018 02:50 am UTC| Insights & Views

It seems ages since a lingering handshake began across the demarcation line that separates North and South Korea. Much has happened since and now, the once unthinkable has happened with a summit between North Koreas Kim...

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Economy

Why every company needs a Chief Fun Officer

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers. As far back as the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Follett noted that...

How we consume electricity has changed dramatically in the past 20 years – and the market has failed to keep up

Its been more than two decades since Britains retail electricity market was opened to full competition in 1999. Before that, retail supply was provided by state-owned entities with regional monopolies. Today, all...

Australia’s headline inflation seen at 0.7 pct q/q in Q4, rise to 1.9 pct y/y: ANZ Research

Australias headline inflation is expected to come in at 0.7 percent q/q in Q4, with the annual rate rising to 1.9 percent, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. The largest contributor to the headline figure...

NZ headline CPI likely to rise 0.5 pct q/q in December quarter, says ANZ Research

New Zealands headline consumer price inflation (CPI) for the December quarter is expected to have risen 0.5 percent q/q, with annual inflation accelerating to 1.9% from 1.5% in Q3, according to the latest report from ANZ...

BI likely to maintain policy rate at 5 pct on Jan 23, remain open to future rate cuts: Scotiabank

The Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to maintain its policy rate at 5 percent at its monetary policy meeting on January 23, but with the door remaining open to future rate cuts amid Indonesias benign inflation outlook,...

Politics

Heading into Iowa: Where do the Democratic candidates stand on health care coverage?

As Democratic presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa for the seventh debate, Iran and foreign policy will likely play a central role. But health care will remain the most important topic of debate for many Americans. No...

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwes economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the countrys population has access to electricity. The country has access to vast and diverse possible...

Three reasons why Boris Johnson's promise to revitalise the north could come back to haunt him

For his forthcoming Budget on March 11, Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised to unleash Britains potential uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal. This was on...

Ivanka Trump revelation: the truth about the First Daughter’s relationship with Melania Trump

Ivanka Trump and her dads third wife, Melania Trump are rarely seen together and there are reports that the two do not see eye to eye which means they have personal issues. And because of this, it is easy to assume that...

Donald Trump's administration responsible for withholding the aid to Ukraine, GAO says

United States President Donald Trump is currently in the midst of an impeachment trial for several charges. A new report reveals that the Government Accountability Office has another charge to place against him. The...

Science

Black hole: Scientists spot strange objects near the Milky Way

Black holes reside in the heart of galaxies, and in a span of billions of years, can consume everything it can come across, including light. Recently, some scientists have spotted strange celestial objects lurking around...

UFOs: Leaked footage can threaten national security, says US Navy

The presence of UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects has continuously baffled many, from enthusiasts to government agencies. Recently, the United States Navy has warned that having to release more footage of these...

NASA: Hidden room at Cape Canaveral revealed agency's secret space reconnaissance mission

The Cold War saw the United States and the Soviet Union go head to head in what was deemed the Space Race in the early 1960s. A documentary reveals how a secret space mission by NASA was revealed. The documentary NASAs...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope captures Eta Carinae star system eruptions

If there is one thing to know about space, it is that the phenomena that take place within the galaxies and star systems can be amazing. The Hubble Space Telescope for one, recently captured one of the brightest star...

Technology

‘Wasteland 3’ release date, gameplay: inXile’ upcoming role-playing game to introduce a few changes

With the Wasteland 3 release date just four months away, interest about the upcoming squad-based role-playing video game from inXile Entertainment is starting to pick up. Heres whats currently known about the highly...

Are self-driving cars safe? Expert on how we will drive in the future

Cars are changing fast. But are innovations such as autonomous and flying cars a bright new dawn, or just a wild pipe dream? And if they become the futures way of getting from A to B, can we trust them to take us there...

Virtual reality could expand therapy options in remote areas

In recent years, experts have focused on finding better ways to improve remotely delivered mental health care. Now, virtual reality (VR) may pave the way for myriad new opportunities. Using VR for remote therapy...

‘Overwatch 2’ release date, rumors: New heroes joining the fray

Overwatch 2 has already been confirmed by Blizzard at the BlizzCon 2019. Since then, numerous rumors and speculations have been floating around, which includes the possibility that the title might already be out this...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ release date, rumors: Why Black Marsh could be an interesting location choice

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date will definitely arrive - Bethesdas Todd Howard already confirmed that the studio is working on it in E3 2018. But the bad news is, its going to be a long wait for fans. Bethesda Is...
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