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UBC Launches
2021/10/14
Partnered with the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles on the Spotlight Taiwan Project, the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Asian Studies launches eight virtual events titled "Indigenous Taiwan: Transpacific Connections” from October 14th to November 4th, 2021. Taiwanese indigenous novelist Badai is invited to be the speaker for the first two lectures, “Indigenous Literary Practices in Postcolonial Taiwan” and “Indigenous Culture in Modern Society.” Writer Ahronglong Sakinu and directors Wei Te-sheng and Laha Mebow will attend the following sessions. For registration and more information, please visit: https://asia.ubc.ca/events/event/indigenous-literary-practices-in-postcolonial-taiwan/

"Indigenous Taiwan: Transpacific Connections,” online series which focuses on two major themes, literature and movie, and represents various aspects of Taiwanese indigenous tribes, will teach the audiences more about their history, culture and current development. Badai’s novel “Sorceress Diguwan,” the first roman-fleuve ever produced by Puyuma writers, was the winner of the Taiwanese Literature Golden Award. Some of his works were collected in the book “Indigenous Writers of Taiwan.” Ahronglong Sakinu, who founded a hunter school, devoted himself to inheriting the Paiwan culture of living with nature. His famous works include “The Sage Hunter,” “The Man Who Walks with the Wind ― My Hunter Father” and “Hunter School.” Director Wei Te-sheng’s well-known epic film, “Seediq Bale,” portrays the Wushe Incident in 1930 which Mona Rudao led the Seediq tribe to fight against the long-term oppression by the Japanese authorities. The movie “Hang in There, Kids!” by director Laha Mebow follows 3 young boys from the Taiwanese Atayal tribe to discuss the issues of children’s education, environmental change and cultural heritage. In her documentary “Ça Fait Si Longtemps,” Taiwanese aboriginal musicians Suming Rupi and Baobu Badulu were invited to visit New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean. During this voyage, they had cultural exchanges with local Kanak musicians.

Initiated by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture in 2013, the Spotlight Taiwan Project seeks to establish long-term partnerships with global professional art, cultural organizations, and leading universities to host diverse events of Taiwan’s culture. Being the project partner this year, the UBC Department of Asian Studies is one of the leading Asian Studies programs in Canada as well as one of the largest Asian Studies institutes in Northern America. It provides programs about Sinology, Japan, Korea, East Asia, Buddhism, the Chinese language, and Taiwan-related courses such as “Fiction and Film from Modern Taiwan” and “History and Culture of Taiwan.” For further information about the series, please follow the UBC Department of Asian Studies’ website: https://asia.ubc.ca/news/a-virtual-speaker-series-indigenous-taiwan-transpacific-connections/

Filmmaker: Wei Te-sheng 魏德聖
Thursday October 21 (4:00pm PDT; Online), in conversation with Professor Renrenyang
Friday October 22 (4:00pm PDT; Online), in conversation with Professor Aynur Kadir
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Writer: Ahronglong Sakinu 亞榮隆 · 撒可努
Thursday October 28 (4:00pm PDT; Online), in conversation with Professor Christopher Rea
Friday October 29 (4:00pm PDT; Online), in conversation with Professor Alison Bailey
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Filmmaker: Laha Mebow 陳潔瑤
Wednesday November 3 (4:00pm PDT; Online), in conversation with Yuqing Liu
Thursday November 4 (4:00pm PDT; Online), in conversation with Professor Aynur Kadir
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Taiwanese-American Artist Shu Lea Cheang’s “UKI Virus Rising” Featured at “Witch Hunt” at the Hammer Museum
2021/10/06
The exhibition “Witch Hunt” will take place at the Hammer Museum from October 10, 2021, to January 9, 2022. Organized by Connie Butler, Hammer Museum Chief Curator, and Anne Ellegood, Institute of Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles Executive Director, this exhibition will present the works of 16 women artists from 13 countries, who use feminist, queer, and decolonial strategies to investigate current and historical political events, social conditions, and overlooked or suppressed artistic legacies. With the support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, Taiwanese-American artist Shu Lea Cheang will display her installation “UKI Virus Rising.” The Hammer Museum will also provide one virtual artist talk with Shu Lea Cheang during the exhibition. For more information, please visit: https://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/2021/witch-hunt

Shu Lea Cheang is a prominent Taiwanese-American artist and filmmaker who employs various art mediums and film formats in her works. Her project “Brandon” (1998-1999) was the first piece of web art commissioned and collected by the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2019, her project titled "3x3x6" represented the Taiwan Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition “Witch Hunt” will feature Cheang’s three-channel video installation “UKI Virus Rising” which was firstly presented in Gwangju Biennale 2018. It was also displayed in her solo online exhibition titled “Virus Becoming” at the Departmental Museum of Asian Arts in Nice. The virus is the exploratory subject of Cheang’s works since the 2000s. As part of this series of works that respond to all kinds of chaos caused by the pandemic, “UKI Virus Rising” proposes dialectical thinking to the virus. As a source of contagion, the virus is not only associated with invasion and attack but also inscribed with the potentiality to propagate, mobilize, and resist.

Located in Westwood of Los Angeles County, the Hammer Museum is an art museum and cultural center which is one of three public art institutions of the School of the Arts and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is well-known for its rich collection and progressive array of innovative exhibitions in visual art. For decades, it has been devoted to promoting social justice and artistic freedom.


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Upcoming Taiwanese Literary and Cultural Fest at UCLA
2021/10/02
With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles partners with UCLA’s Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) to launch “Taiwan in Dialogue” lecture/dialogue series, which features eight online events from February to November 2021. Leading practitioners from a variety of Taiwan’s creative areas, including film, literature, theater, and art, will be invited to deliberate on the contemporary Taiwan culture. Following the four acclaimed events in February, April, and May, 2021, four more events will be held consecutively in September and October, 2021. Please see below for information on the speakers and events:

Tell the Good Taiwan Story--Prof. David Der-wei Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor in Chinese Literature and Comparative Literature at Harvard University
4:00 PM (Pacific Time), September 30, 2021
This lecture seeks to tell the stories of and from Taiwan, rethinking the terms of narrativity and polity, from territorial sovereignty to indigenous identity, and from historical precarity to environmental crisis. The works of writers such as Wu Mingyi, Chen Yaochang, Luo Yijun and Chen Xue highlight how storytelling constitutes the essence of our capacity to imagine a different world, and therefore, transform the status quo.

Writing Taiwan, Translating Taiwan: A Forum with Wu Ming-yi and Darryl Sterk
6:00 PM (Pacific Time), October 4, 2021
Wu Ming-Yi is a multidisciplinary Taiwanese artist, author, Professor of Sinophone literature at National Dong Hwa University and environmental activist. His ecological parable The Man with the Compound Eyes (2011) was published in English in 2013. His 2015 book The Stolen Bicycle has been described as a study of history in Taiwan during World War II through a missing bicycle, and in 2018, the book was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. Darryl Sterk translates Mandarin-language fiction from Taiwan into English. Writers he has worked with include Wu Ming-Yi (The Man With the Compound Eyes and The Stolen Bicycle), Sakinu (Hunter School), Horace Ho (The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane), and Lay Chih-Ying (Home Sickness). He hopes to branch out into natural science and natural history translation.

From Wild Fire to the Big Sea: In Conversation with Lung Ying-tai
7:00 PM (Pacific Time), October 15, 2021
Lung Ying-tai is one of Taiwan’s most popular and beloved writers, a literary critic and a public intellectual. Her 1985 book The Wild Fire created a major cultural stir for its honest and introspective look at the social and political problems facing contemporary Taiwanese society and is often credited for helping to usher in a more critical and democratic spirit in the 1980s. Her bestselling 2009 book of historical non-fiction Big River, Big Sea has been awarded numerous book prizes, including the Hong Kong Book Award. She served as Taiwan’s inaugural Minister of Culture from 2012-2014. She will discuss her body of work, from The Wild Fire (1985) to her most recent book Under Dawu Mountain (2020), along with broader reflections on the relationship between literature and social change in the Chinese-speaking world.

Dialogue with John Balcom
12:00 - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time), October 29, 2021
John Balcom is an award-winning translator of Chinese literature, philosophy, and children’s books who teaches in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He was a past president of the American Literary Translators Association. His translation of Huang Fan’s Zero won the 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Award. 

The four above-mentioned events will be held through Zoom while livestreaming on the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies’ YouTube channel and Facebook. All are welcome to register online: https://www.international.ucla.edu/ccs/events

For further information about the “Taiwan in Dialogue” lecture/dialogue series, please follow CCS’s website www.international.ucla.edu/ccs/home, Facebook www.facebook.com/uclaccs, and YouTube www.youtube.com/user/UCLAccs/featured






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Taiwanese Artworks Launched at  “ART RENZEI + POW!WOW! Long Beach”
2021/09/29
The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles and Creative Class Collective jointly present "ART RENZEI + POW!WOW! Long Beach,” officially opened on September 29, 2021. With the theme "RISE • PLAY • REPEAT," the event will present Taiwanese artist Chen Wan-Jen’s multimedia work Midnight Blue at the Long Beach City Hall and Hsu Tang-Wei’s mural creation at POW!WOW! Long Beach. It is hoped that in the post-pandemic era, the broken connection between people and nature will be repaired, and a new urban landscape will be created through this event.

Chen Wan-Jen's redesigned Midnight Blue will be exhibited until November 5, 2021. Chen uses aerial photography to show the various postures of the swimmers in a repetitive cycle. The swimmers, some in professional attire and some mixed with their own styles, make the long lane a runway. Although the individuality of the swimmers is withdrawn, the swimmers still have their place in the artwork, as if they are entering another level of eternity.

Hsu Tang-Wei's mural creation The Native Island of Robots metaphorically represents buildings as abstract carriers, containing people and things of different cultural backgrounds. Especially in Long Beach, where various ethnic spaces fused together, each unique building is filled with diverse and unknown stories. In Hsu's on-site work, he uses black contour lines to create his unique mechanical painting, as if he has equipped the house with a motor and a time machine, ready to make the house alive.

Chen Wan-Jen graduated from the Fine Arts Department of National Taiwan University of Arts and received the Grand Prize of the Taipei Art Awards in 2006. In 2012, Chen attended a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. He is accustomed to using the video cycle to focus on the numb and repetitive state of people in society, which is disturbing but also implies infinite possibilities. His work has been exhibited in New York, Berlin, Saint Petersburg, and Tokyo.

Hsu Tang-wei holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts in Visual Arts at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He specializes in creating visual images and spatial relationships. Large stainless steel sculptures and organic patterns of black and white lines are his unique style. His works have been installed in Taiwan's MRT stations, train stations, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, and Treasure Hill Artist Village. He was the recipient of the 2009 Asian Cultural Council Award. In 2013, he was invited by the New York City Department of Transportation to exhibit his work "Magic Monkeys," the first public artwork by a Taiwanese artist to be installed in New York City.

Creative Class Collective is a non-profit organization in Long Beach that promotes, supports, and encourages innovative ideas in the arts, music, education, and other creative fields to help enhance community planning and economic vitality. It has hosted five years of the “POW!WOW!” and is committed to facilitating exchanges between local artists and the international arts and cultural community, with a particular focus on building dual connections between the American and Asian arts and cultural communities.

For more information about the event, please visit https://www.artrenzei.com/about and http://www.powwowlongbeach.com/.
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Slamdance Joshua Tree Opens with Taiwanese Film Taipei Suicide Story
2021/09/14
The Slamdance Film Festival announced 2021 award winners in February, with the Taiwanese film Taipei Suicide Story directed by KEFF taking both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Narrative Feature; the leading actor, Tender Huang, also earned the Acting Award. Taipei Suicide Story is about a receptionist (played by Tender Huang) at a suicide hotel who forms a fleeting friendship with a guest (played by Yunhua Sung) who can’t decide whether to live or die. The film was also in the official Cinéfondation selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. The Taiwanese short film There was also selected in the official competition. There depicts Taiwan’s traditional funeral that confuses and alienates a foreign immigrant.

Slamdance Joshua Tree, to be held from September 24th to 26th, is an outdoor screening event featuring award-winning and audience-favorite films from the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. The three-day event will be held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, located at 59700 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, and will present the festival’s opening night screening of Taipei Suicide Story and There on September 24th, followed by a Q&A with the director KEFF. All participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be required to show a vaccination card and form of picture identification before entry.

Established in 1995, Slamdance has nurtured filmmakers that have generated over $18 billion at the box office over the last 25 years. Filmmakers who have shown their early short films and debut features at Slamdance include Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Ari Aster (Midsommar), Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), and Christopher Nolan. Besides the film festival, Slamdance also hosts screenplay competitions, workshops, mentorship, and year-round programs to discover the next generation of cinema talent. The upcoming Slamdance Joshua Tree will present 12 features and short films from 5 countries (Canada, Norway, Spain, Taiwan, and the United States) from the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival. For more information, please visit https://slamdance.com/joshua-tree/#about.


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Submission for the 2022 ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship: Literature from Taiwan is Open!
2021/09/03
Founded in 1978, American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is an organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to literary translation. With over 900 members, including individual translators, academic institutions, presses, and others working in literary translation, it aims to bridge cultural communication and understanding among countries and languages through the art and craft of literary translation. The annual ALTA conference is the largest gathering of literary translators in the United States, which brings together nearly 500 attendees each year. The ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program was initiated to establish and facilitate a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a project selected by the emerging translator. Since its inception in 2015, the program has supported translators from various languages, including Arabic, Norwegian, Chinese, Dutch, Kazakh, Greek, Catalan, French, Korean, Polish, Russian, Singaporean national language, Occitan, and Indonesian.

After the first collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Taiwan's Ministry of Culture, this year, ALTA partners with the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles to launch the 2022 ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship: Literature from Taiwan. The selected Taiwanese emerging translator (someone who has published no more than one full-length work of translation) is expected to choose a project that can be completed during the mentorship with their mentor, and at the conclusion of the mentorship period, the mentee and mentor present their work at the annual ALTA conference in fall of 2022. The relevant fees of the Mentorship Program will be supported by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture at no cost to the mentee. The mentor will be Steve Bradbury, an American translator who taught Modernist literature in Taiwan for many years and translates the work of contemporary Chinese-language poets. His most recent book-length translation, Taiwanese poet Amang’s Raised by Wolves: Poems and Conversations, won the 2021 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

The 2022 Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is now open for online submission until November 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm PT. The program is being offered in 2022 by ALTA in partnership with other international organizations, including Amazon Crossing, Institut Ramon Llull, Literature Translation Institute of Korea, National Arts Council Singapore, Polish Cultural Institute New York, the Russian Federation Institute for Literary Translation, Kulturrådet (Swedish Arts Council), Québec Government Office in New York, and the Yanai Initiative at UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. The Taiwanese mentee will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with international translators and reach out to editors and publishers participating in the ALTA conference for possible publication. All are welcome to apply through ALTA Submittable page by November 30: https://alta.submittable.com/submit. For more information about the ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program, please visit: https://literarytranslators.org/mentorships
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16 Taiwanese Performing Arts Groups Featured at the 2021 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference
2021/08/24
The 2021 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference will take place from August 30th to September 2nd with both virtual and in-person events. With the support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles programs the virtual booth, “Story Island,” to attend the annual conference. The booth will present 16 Taiwanese performing arts groups that are slated for touring through America, including Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, B.DANCE, HORSE, Huang Yi Studio +, Bulareyaung Dance Company, Tjimur Dance Theatre, Hung Dance, Resident Island Dance Theatre, Basiwali, Twincussion, Jin Kwei Lo Puppetry Company, Puppet Beings Theatre, Hong Puppet Theatre, Shan Puppet Theatre, Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group and Taipei Puppet Theater. Through dance, music and puppetry, these groups invite the attending industry professionals to explore more about Taiwan a storied island with various tales. All are welcome to register online: https://conference.westarts.org/

Additionally, the conference will hold a workshop entitled “International Collaboration in a Global Pandemic” at 10:15 AM PDT on September 2nd. This workshop will invite Kuen-Yean Hwang (Senior Member of Ju Percussion) and Austin Wang (Director of Taipei Performing Arts Center) with moderator Cindy Hwang (Founder & President, Impulse Creatives) and three other speakers including Alicia Adams (Vice President of International Programming, The Kennedy Center), Hone Kouka (Artistic Director of Kia Mau Festival), and Fabiola Pazmiño (Chief Academic Officer of Galapagos Music Conference). For more information, please visit : https://conference.westarts.org/workshops/#international-collaboration-2021. “International Collaboration in a Global Pandemic” is also the 4th webinar of “The Next Stage” series co-presented by WAA and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles. Welcome to check the three previous webinars here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMk9BRsCSO9cAhUqkDx4R2w

Established in 1967, Western Arts Alliance (WAA) is a membership association of performing arts professionals throughout the Western United States. WAA’s annual conference takes place each year in August. Since 2017, the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles has participated in these conferences to promote Taiwanese performing arts groups and create future international touring opportunities, elevating the cultural influence of Taiwanese performing arts.
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Taiwanese Artist Jennifer Chia-ling Ho’s Solo Exhibition “How Are You?” Featured at the 18th Street Arts Center
2021/08/11
Taiwanese artist Jennifer Chia-ling Ho’s new solo exhibition “How Are You?” will take place at the Atrium Gallery of the 18th Street Arts Center (Olympic Campus, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica) from August 16th to September 24th, 2021. Ho contemplates how identity is discussed through language and integrates her reflection into creation; hence, this exhibition explores the sense of belonging, nationality, and the complex and sometimes conflicted experience of Asian immigrants in the American discussion of racial identity. All are welcome to register online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jennifer-chia-ling-ho-how-are-you-tickets-166083749967

With the support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, Ho was selected for the artist-in-residence exchange program at the 18th Street Arts Center. Ho’s solo exhibition was inspired by her recent life living in the US and the concept of the exhibition was developed during her 3-month residency. Ho’s constant reminder of her identity as a Taiwanese and a foreigner is due to her accent and inability to speak “perfect” English. “How are you?” is one of the first sentences taught to non-English speakers; however, in a racially conscious society, the production and pronunciation of this sentence reveals deeper connotations than a simple casual greeting. This exhibition will feature Ho’s newest work “Check the Box,” an installation of five plaster sculptures–representing i, u, y, ə, and a, the five vowel-like sounds used in Mandarin Chinese –combined with mesh wire and file cabinets. The other work, “Nest,” is the extension of three previously created pieces, including “Here and There,” “On Display” and “In Proximity.” For more information, please visit: https://18thstreet.org/event/jennifer-chia-ling-ho-how-are-you/

Ho will host an artist conversation, “Repeat After Me,” with special guests including Taiwanese artist Tzu-Huan Lin and two Los Angeles-based artists, Dan S. Wang and Siru Wen. They will share their experiences on communication and language learning. The video will be released on September 10th via the 18th Street Arts Center’s official Vimeo channel https://vimeo.com/18thstreetarts.

Jennifer Chia-ling Ho received her MFA in Sculpture from Pratt Institute, New York. Ho’s works reflect her experience of cultural displacement as she adapted to US society and encountered the textual history built in the Western context. In 2019, she co-founded “We Narrate Us,” a curatorial collective that aims to develop expanded methods and horizons to discuss Asian identity. Ho’s works were exhibited in New York and Taipei, and she is attending the residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2022.
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2021 Comic-Con International: San Diego, to Be Held Online with 10 Taiwanese Comic Creations Building a ‘Future Island’
2021/07/16
America’s biggest comic convention, Comic-Con International: San Diego, will be held on July 23-25, 2021, as a free, online event, Comic-Con@Home, due to the pandemic. Participating in its third consecutive year, the virtual Taiwan Exhibit has taken “Future Island” as its theme and will present 10 original works of science fiction brimming with mystery and hope. It will also hold an online talk to discuss the original Taiwanese animation, Mayfly Island, to present the unique cultural charm and stories of Taiwan, and to uncover some of the secrets and perseverance behind the animation process. Stay tuned!

This year, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, the Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association (CCPA) has helped programmed a virtual Taiwan Exhibit which will present 10 brilliant, handpicked creations, including FIRST DIVORCE, THEN MONSTERS? (Aniyong), DE BUG (Chou Yen), SOUL (Chiyou), OPUS: THE DAY WE FOUND EARTH 1 (PN Chen), Pirate Town (Richard Metson), Mayfly Island (Evergreen Yeh), Mechanical Souls (Yu-Yu Hsu), Pigsy Express (Li-Wei Chiu), MU Empire (KCN) and Zigma (Oscar Tsai & 6 co-creators). The Exhibit signals a Taiwanese cyber-punk vision of the future and takes the audience on an escape from reality and the hardships of the pandemic, through hope and the unexpected future of the world to come. All 10 works are included in the limited edition 2021 Taiwan Exhibit Guide, and available to viewers in Taiwan and abroad to browse and download: https://reurl.cc/qgpOVy

Moreover, there will be an online talk on “Survival is the Adventure! Mayfly Island's Dream of Near-future Animation.” Dr. Wan-Chun Ma, winner of the Scientific and Technical Achievement Award at the Academy Awards, Klimt Lin, director of the Taiwanese animation Mayfly Island, and its screenwriter, Shang-Chiao Li, have all been invited to share on Mayfly Island’s story and worldview, ecological crisis and Austronesian culture. They will also discuss the power of Taiwanese animation, challenges faced during the animation process, how 2D and 3D technologies complement each other and how they can innovate animation content and special effects production. The exclusive animation sketches of Mayfly Island will also be disclosed during the talk. All are welcome to watch the online talk through the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxEfHKoDsDUXsROj_QGTPzA. For more highlights and the latest updates from the Taiwan Exhibit, please visit: https://www.comic-con.org/
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