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Filip Noubel

As the managing editor for Global Voices, I explore new ways, formats and technologies to tell stories in order to make sure we can link them to our multiple audiences. I first started in GV in 2015 as a writer and translator.
Today I describe myself as a cultural nomad, language addict, literary translator and booktivist. I call all those places home, as I have reshaped my identities, and found love, friendship, inspiration, books, stories to share and my four cats in Athens, Beijing, Bishkek, Clogher Beach (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh), Istanbul, Kathmandu, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, San Francisco, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tokyo, Vilnius.
I also work as an Editor at Large for Central Asia at Asymptote Journal and have run two cafés in Beijing and Prague.

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Latest posts by Filip Noubel

30 January 2020

For Taiwan, the Wuhan coronavirus is also a diplomatic battle

Taiwan is one of the most vulnerable places for the spread of the virus after the PRC.

The Wuhan coronavirus is also an economic plague for China 

When an epidemic coincides with the spending spree that traditionally accompanies the Chinese New Year festivities, a country's economic health also comes under strain.

25 January 2020

A sea of red: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

The 2020 Lunar New Year, which began at midnight on January 24, will last for several days.

21 January 2020

Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

RuNet EchoAdvox

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

9 January 2020

Is Taiwan an unrecognized country?

"While today the international community is happy to maintain the current status-quo when dealing separately with Taiwan and China, certain political forces in both places are advocating for a change." 

8 January 2020

The media habits of the Vietnamese minority in the Czech Republic: interview with Professor Tae-Sik Kim

The sizable Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic contributes to the shaping of a new culture that fuses elements of both countries.

6 January 2020

What is at stake in Taiwan's January 2020 presidential elections?

The large questions of what should be Taiwan's political, social, economic, environmental, cultural model continue to dominate the political debate, and naturally surge at times of elections.  

2 January 2020

Taiwan January 2020 presidential elections: who are the contenders?

All three candidates represent strongly divergent views on social values, economic development, relations with China and the status of Taiwan.

Long live Večerníček: The enduring appeal of a 55-year-old Czech children's television show

The show's format has remained virtually unchanged and become a shared childhood reference for millions of then Czechoslovaks, and now for Czechs.

31 December 2019

A journey through Uzbek national identity on the Tashkent metro

In the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, the metro is much more than just a means of transportation — it's an open history textbook.

13 December 2019

Interview with Aleksandra Lun, a Polish native who became a celebrated Spanish-language writer

"A language is simply a world that you choose to live in. If you live in that world, you own its language."

12 December 2019

Interview with Bektour Iskender, co-founder of Kyrgyz outlet under attack for corruption investigation

Advox

The story's whistleblower was shot dead in Istambul in November, and Kloop.kg battles a defamation lawsuit.

5 December 2019

Encounters with devils, angels and saints on the streets of the Czech Republic

On the evening of December 5, streets and squares of the Czech Republic fill with unusual characters: devils, angels and saints wearing tall hats.

29 November 2019

China's new media world order: Interview with Cédric Alviani from Reporters Without Borders East Asia

Beijing trains foreign journalists in “language elements” to get them to “speak the same language” as Chinese outlets.

28 November 2019

Testing the limits of LGBT acceptance in Taiwan: Interview with filmmaker Ming Lang Chen

"The Teacher is about human communication, it shows a wide range of delicate emotions, I wouldn't say it is just a gay movie." 

26 November 2019

Will the upcoming Taiwanese presidential election bring an end to the death penalty?

Taiwan has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that calls for the abolition of capital punishment, yet it has applied death penalty in 34 cases since.

Why is Central Europe leaning towards illiberal democracy? Interview with Czech author Radka Denemarková

"My biggest hope was that we would adopt the Western democratic values. Yet what we took from the West after 1989 was a model of consumerism and not a democratic...

11 November 2019

Beirut demonstrations honored in a map showing protest as a process of live ‘city-making’

“Maps are important additions to the visual "magma" we're being exposed to because they allow us to summarize, reflect and put things in perspective."

16 October 2019

Deadly police raids in Guinea as President Alpha Condé clings to power

Deadly police violence in Guinea as the president attempts to modify the constitution to cling to power. The demonstrations killed six people, including one police officer, and wounded many others.

18 September 2019

Once hotbeds of political resistance, Czech secondhand bookstores are slowly disappearing

The few surviving "antikvariat" have turned into nostalgia museums.