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) on the Spotlight Taiwan Project this year, featuring “Taiwan in Dialogue” lecture/dialogue series online. The first event “Reading The Story of the Stone with Pai Hsien-Yung and Susan Chan Egan” will be held at 8:00 pm PST on February 26, 2021. The well-known writer Pai Hsien-Yung and independent scholar Susan Chan Egan will be invited in dialogue with Michael Berry, Director of CCS, through Zoom while simultaneously livestreaming on CCS’s YouTube channel and Facebook. Viewers are welcome to register online at

As a noted writer and playwright, Pai Hsien-Yung is a professor emeritus of East Asian languages and cultural studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His books include Taipei People (1971) and Crystal Boys (1983). Some of his works have been translated into French, English and other languages. His efforts in revitalizing traditional Chinese opera have given birth to “The Peony Pavilion: Young Lover's Edition” in 2004, which has received great acclaim and toured in many countries, such as the United States and Europe. Pai has taught Dream of the Red Chamber (also called The Story of the Stone) for decades and is the author of the three-volume reader Pai Hsien-Yung on Dream of the Red Chamber. In 2018, he compiled Essays and Sources: Dream of the Red Chamber and co-authored Dreams and Illusions in the Red Chamber: The Structure of Myth in Dream of the Red Chamber in 2020. As an independent scholar, Susan Chan Egan co-authored A Pragmatist and His Free Spirit: The Half-Century Romance of Hu Shi and Edith Clifford Williams with Chou Chih-ping and co-translated with Michael Berry Wang Anyi’s The Song of Everlasting Sorrow: A Novel of Shanghai.

Over the past four years, Pai has worked closely with Susan Chan Egan to condense his three-volume Chinese reader, Pai Hsien-Yung on Dream of the Red Chamber, into a single volume English-language guide, A Companion to The Story of the Stone: A Chapter-By-Chapter Guide, adding comments that might prove useful to English readers. In correspondence with its publication in 2021, this event will discuss the history and the lasting cultural impact of the Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber with Pai Hsien-Yung and Susan Chan Egan.

Initiated by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture in 2013, the Spotlight Taiwan Project seeks to establish long-term relationships with global professional art and culture organizations, and leading universities to host diverse events to cultivate greater understanding and appreciation of Taiwan’s culture in the international community. This year in collaboration with CCS, the "Taiwan in Dialogue” Lecture/Dialogue Series comprises eight online events from February to November. 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. For further information about the Series, please follow CCS’s website, Facebook, and Youtube

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Four Taiwanese Short Films Selected for 2021 Dam Short Film Festival in the US
Four Taiwanese short films are selected for the 2021 Dam Short Film Festival, held virtually through February 11th to 15th. Presented in animation, drama, and international programs with short films from other countries, these four short films include Catch Your Heart!, about a toy bunny looks for her shining knight; Hope, about a lonely creature wishes for a friend; CODA, about a young man prepares for dance competition with deaf mom; and Nothing to Hide, about an abstract dance of life. These films will be available on-demand through the US, and the post-screening Q&As available for global audience. Welcome to enjoy the films and Q&As.

Founded in 2005 and being a well-known film festival in Nevada, Dam Short Film Festival is held every year in February at Boulder city, a place where the famous “Hoover Dam” is located. It has offered international filmmakers a platform to showcase their works and has screened more than 2,000 unique independent short films since its establishment. It was ranked in the top 1% of more than 9,000 film festivals and contests worldwide by FilmFreeway. 2021 Dam Short Film Festival will screen more than 160 short films, broken down into 25 thematic programs with categories including Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Horror, International, Love & Romance, Music Videos, Nevada, Sci-Fi and Underground. Viewers are able to experience screenings through an on-demand via Eventive, with free livestreaming Q&As.

Hope, Catch Your Heart!
➢ Program: ANIMATION A: Personal Journeys
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➢ Program: INTERNATIONAL C: Potpourri
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➢ Program: DRAMA F: Avant-garde
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Taiwanese Film “A Sun” Shortlisted in the Best International Feature for the 93rd Academy Awards
The 93rd Oscars Shortlists were announced today, among which the Taiwanese film “A Sun,” directed by Chung Mong-Hong, entered into the shortlist of Best International Feature Film, which consists of 15 titles determined from 93 eligible entries. This marks the second time that Taiwan’s selection enters the shortlist in this category since “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” earned the shortlist spot for the best foreign- language film in 2012.

As a profound dark drama, "A Sun" was praised for its memorable and moving portrayal of parent-child relations, and was highly recognized by international film festivals such as the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, the Tokyo International Film Festival, and the 2020 Asian Film Awards.

"A Sun" has won prizes at the 2019 Golden Horse Awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Film Editing. Additionally, "A Sun" was considered as one of the top best films of 2020 by Variety, while The Hollywood Reporter listed it as one of "the 15 frontrunners in the international film race" for the Oscars 2021. It has also won Houston Film Critics Society award for the best foreign-language feature.

Mr. Lee Yung-te, Taiwan’s Minister of Culture, extends his congratulations to "A Sun," stating that he is proud of the film being shortlisted by the Academy and looks forward to the film winning the award. As an important catalyst for Taiwanese film industry, Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture will continue to enhance Taiwan’s film production with Taiwanese characteristics. Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) will work with the Ministry’s overseas offices to reach out to the international market, connecting Taiwan with the global film industry.

The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be revealed on March 15, 2021. The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will be held on April 25, 2021.
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Welcome to Join the Hot Pot Gathering with LunarFest in the Year of the Ox
The year of the Ox is coming! With the support of Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles collaborated with Asian-Canadian Special Events Association (ACSEA) to present 2021 LunarFest for celebrating the Year of the Ox. 2021 LunarFest, themed “Family is Everything!”, will bring a series of physical and virtual programming from February 11th to 28th. For the physical activities, there are outdoor exhibitions of “The Lantern City - Family Ties” and the Community Lantern project “We Are a Family”. Due to the pandemic, there are also a variety of virtual programs including “Firecrackers” school tour, a virtual hot pot dinner, storytelling sessions, Ox-picious lanterns, Fortune Telling-The Bullish Future and Lunar Craft Studio! Through those physical and virtual activities, people could experience the New Year holidays through various cultures.

As an artistic interpretation of the family theme, “The Lantern City - Family Ties” brings eight lanterns with designs from two remarkable indigenous art families, artist Susan Point of Canada and artist Sakuliu Pavavalung of Taiwan. Susan Point will lead her family with Thomas Cannell (son), Kelly Cannell (daughter) and Summer Cannell (granddaughter) to have an artistic and cultural dialogue with the Pavavalung family from Paiwan tribe in Taiwan with artists of Pairang Pavavaljung, Sakuliu Pavavalung (son), Etan Pavavalung (son) and Reretan Pavavaljung (grandson). Those Coastal Lunar Lanterns are based on indigenous culture and legends, illustrating the inseparable connection between nature and family.

To enhance the vision of making Vancouver a “Lantern City”, the lantern installations by six Canadian artists from different communities will be presented as part of the Community Lantern project – “We Are a Family.” Those lanterns symbolize that all the people belong to one family and celebrate the lunar New Year holidays together. “Lunar New Year isn’t just a celebration of an Asian tradition; it is an opportunity to bring our communities together regardless of who you are. Only until we accept the importance of treating everyone as part of a big family, can our city truly celebrate our diversity as the city’s strength and vibrancy,” said Charlie Wu, Managing Director of ACSEA.

It is the first time that LunarFest team produces virtual programs. “Melting Pot, I Think Not” is a virtual dinner that the multi-ethnic families in Taiwan and Canada find their connections through hot pot dishes. Hakka singer Wei Jie Huang, Japanese bassist Toru Hayakawa and Mongolian guitarist Jiya Urianghai create an online storytelling concert that describes the stories of common people "drifting" in a large environment such as Taiwanese indigenous peoples, migrant workers, and new residents. To pray for blessing and ward off bad luck, Taiwanese artist Yen-Chun Lu designs the Ox-picious paper lantern in combination with Taiwan paper cutting “Window Flowers” and Native American dreamcatcher images.

For more details of 2021 LunarFest, please visit and (Due to the pandemic, please check the website for venues of outdoor exhibitions.)

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Taiwanese Actor Yi-wen Chen Won the Best Actor Award of Short Film Category at 2020 Hawaii International Film Festival
The 40th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) of 2020 presented over 200 films from 45 countries during November 5th to 29th in a combination of online screenings, drive-in cinema, and live screenings at theatres. HIFF has also partnered with Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles for the ten consecutive year to launch “Spotlight on Taiwan,” showcasing 4 feature films and 2 short films, in which the actor Yi-Wen Chen of the short film“Growing Pains” won the Best Actor Award of the Short Film Category. This marks Taiwanese cinematic achievements in international platform.

“Growing Pains” is a film about the subtle father and son relationship. The director Po-Yu Lin was born in Taipei in 1990, with a master’s degree from the Department of Motion Picture in National Taiwan University of Arts. He has written and directed a number of shorts and commercials. “Growing Pains” is Lin’s semi-autobiographical film starred by the actor Yi-Wen Chen as the father. Being a director, screenwriter, actor, and playwright, Chen has won the Best Leading Actor Award by the feature film “A Sun” at the 56th Golden Horse Awards of 2019. This time in “Growing Pains,” Chen played exquisitely the father being deep in debt while struggling to earn his son’s recognition.

The Short Film Category jury includes the actress Kelly Hu, the senior producer-director Erin Lau, and the writer-director Alika Maikau. “The power in Yi-Wen Chen’s performance came through in not only the dialogue, but also in his moments of silence. He gave us the ability to bear witness to both a burdened man and a loving father in the same breath,” praised by the jury. “We are honored to acknowledge this incredibly vulnerable and raw performance by Yi-Wen Chen in "Growing Pains" from Taiwan.”

“HIFF is the only statewide independent film festival in the United States. It has been regarded as the gateway for Asian films into the American market and the foremost festival that bridges the Eastern and Western culture,” said Emmy Yang, Director of Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles. “We are pleased with the award winning achievement by“Growing Pains”and will endeavor to promote outstanding Taiwanese films to the world through HIFF.”

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Taiwanese Artist Nung-Hsin Hu Explores Her Incurable Nostalgia in New Exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center
Taiwanese artist, Nung-Hsin Hu, produced Incurable Nostalgia as a multimedia project, including a 16mm film loop installation, videos, drawings, and sculpture during her 3-month residency at the 18th Street Arts Center. This project is a reflection of the artist's current status after losing her childhood home and the processes of rethinking and searching for the meaning of home, both literal and metaphorical. Incurable Nostalgia is currently on view at the 18th Street Arts Center’s (Olympic Campus, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica) Atrium Gallery through January 22, 2021.

Nung-Hsin Hu’s exhibition and residency are supported by Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles and the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan. Hu’s project takes inspiration from The Future of Nostalgia by Svetlana Boym, which describes how Modern Nostalgia has transformed from being a curable disease in the 17th century, then going beyond individual psychology and eventually becoming a public epidemic, mourning for an impossible return.

Hu intends to reflect on how we are experiencing the collective grief and longing for the world we knew, and the normality that we may never return to under the current pandemic era. Hu also examines how the months-long lockdown, stay-at-home orders, climate crises, and travel restrictions have shifted our notion of home and altered the relationship between our body and space.

Incurable Nostalgia will also include site-specific performative elements where the artist will utilize her temporary “home,” the studio space and new surroundings, to create multimedia work juxtaposing the past and present, dreams and everyday life representing her processes of adaptation.

Hu will host a dinner party conversation with special guests Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the Queens Museum), Jessica Kairé (Artist and Co-founder of Contemporary Art Museum in Guatemala, NuMu), and Frida Cano (Assistant Curator / Artist Residency Coordinator at 18th Street Arts Center) on Thursday, December 3rd at 5 PM PST/ 8 PM EST/ Friday, December 4th at 9 AM Taiwan time via Zoom.

Nung-Hsin Hu, born in Taiwan, is a U.S.-based interdisciplinary artist who interweaves video, sculpture, performance, and installation in her practice. Her work intends to reveal the invisible status, articulate the unconsciousness, and perform the vulnerability through a poetic and whimsical approach. Her current projects utilize analogue film combining traditional and direct film-making techniques to address a sense of loss, archive the ephemeral and discuss the subjects of time and memory. Hu has exhibited and screened widely both in the U.S. and abroad, including Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York, Videoformes Festival in France, Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, and Oil Street Art Space in Hong Kong.

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American Girl Selected for Taiwan Academy Fellowship to “Fast Track” American Film Industry
Los Angeles, CA (November 16, 2020)—With the support of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles partners with Film Independent to first launch “Taiwan Academy Fellowship.” After opening submission from April, Film Independent selected projects for further interview in August based on submitted projects’ contents and quality. The interviews took into consideration many factors such as the characteristics of filmmakers, the progress and developing potential of projects, the relevance to and timing for participating in Producing Lab or Fast Track, and the connection with Taiwan. Based on the above-mentioned factors, American Girl, a project by Taiwanese producer Clifford Miu and director Feng-I Fiona Roan, has been selected for Taiwan Academy Fellowship to participate in Fast Track program during November 16th-19th, 2020.

The storyline of American Girl is set in Taiwan, centering on a thirteen-year-old girl uprooted from Los Angeles, who struggles to adjust to life in Taipei and conflict with her family amidst the SARS epidemic. Both the producer, Clifford Miu, and the director, Feng-I Fiona Roan, are based in Taiwan. Clifford Miu was graduated from Tisch Undergraduate Program in NYU and majored in Film & TV with a minor in Producing. His short film Ah Gong (2019) was selected by the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 25th Palm Springs International Short Fest, and 42nd Asian American International Film Festival. The Last Ferry from Grass Island (2020) received the Jury Special Mention at Tribeca Film Festival and has recently been selected by Cannes Cinefondation Selection 2020. Feng-I Fiona Roan, with a Bachelor degree from National Taiwan University in Chinese Literature and a MFA degree from American Film Institute in directing, her latest short film JIEJIE focuses on the conflicts among three newly immigrated mother and sisters, winning the HBO Asian American Visionary Award in 2018. Distributed in the U.S. through HBO, JIEJIE gained wide popularity amongst the Asian-American community. The film also won the Audience Award at Short Shorts & Asia (Tokyo), and the 1st Prize of Children’s Jury: Best Live-Action Short at the Chicago International Children’s Festival.

Fast Track is a fast-paced four-day film finance market event where participants pitch to established agents, financiers, production companies, distributors, top executives, and other film industry professionals in intensive time intervals to move their current projects forward. During the one-on-one meetings, participants are connected with the executives, gaining valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films toward completion. According to Film Independent, Clifford is very eloquent in how he spoke about and put together the financing for American Girl and his ambition as a Producer. Fiona also showed her talent as a director. And because the project has completed legal and financial consultation with strong financial support, it would be the best timing for them to build relationships with executives that can help promote their projects towards finding a life theatrically and develop their careers through Fast Track.

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2020 HIFF Launches Spotlight on Taiwan with Live Screenings “I WeirDo” and “A Leg” and Online VR Spotlight Conversation
With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has launched “Spotlight on Taiwan” at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) for ten consecutive years. This year, “Spotlight on Taiwan” will kick off online via HIFF’s streaming platform from November 5th to 29th, showcasing 2 feature films “Detention” and “Get the Hell Out,” and 2 short films “Growing Pains” and “See You, Sir” in “Shorts Program: Turning Point,” as well as a conversation with the Taiwanese VR master, John Hsu. All the above online contents will be available to watch through the entire United States. In addition to online screenings, two feature films “I WeirDo” and “A Leg” will be presented as live screenings at the Consolidated Theatres, reflecting Taiwan as an international front leader in pandemic prevention, and its robust and growing creative contents.

Being the first Asian feature film shot entirely on an iPhone, the fantastical and realistic film “I WeirDo” depicts the story between two lovers who both suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It was selected by the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, the Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada, and has won the NETPAC award at South Korea's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. “A Leg”, being selected by the 2020 Golden Horse Film Festival as the opening film, is about a husband and wife who met each other while ballroom dancing, and the wife has to fight hospital bureaucracy to keep the body intact when the husband dies during a leg amputation. “Detention,” adapted from a video game, is a horror-thriller about the darkest moments on campus in the history of Taiwan, which has won five awards from the 2019 Golden Horse Awards including the best new director and the best adapted screenplay. “Get The Hell Out” is a zombie movie that satirizes politics. “See You, Sir” explores young inmates’ plight in the juvenile detention house. “Growing Pain” deliberately portrays a father through a young man’s lense.”

Another highlight at “Spotlight on Taiwan” is the VR spotlight conversation with John Hsu, the Taiwanese transmedia filmmaker who directed the VR short “Your Spiritual Temple Sucks” in 2017 that was selected by the Sundance Film Festival. His feature film debut, “Detention,” also became a box-office hit. His latest VR work, “Great Hoax: The Moon Landing” has been shortlisted for the competition session of Venice VR Expanded at the Venice Film Festival this year. The VR spotlight conversation will chat with Hsu about his innovative work across many mediums and explore the new work flows that are happening in today’s filmmaking by Taiwan’s innovation in VR/XR technology and the new ways of storytelling. Two Hsu’s VR works, “Your Spiritual Temple Sucks” and “Great Hoax: The Moon Landing,” will be featured in HIFF XR Showcase. The conversation will be available on November 13th, free of charge. Welcome to register online.

In its 40th edition, 2020 HIFF will present over 200 films from 45 countries through November 5th to 29th. Featuring world premiere screenings, panel discussions, industry events, and virtual reality exhibitions, HIFF acts as the only statewide independent film festival in the United States. It has been regarded as the gateway for Asian film into the American market and the world’s foremost festival that bridges the Eastern and Western culture.

About Spotlight on Taiwan
Live screenings: Consolidated Theatres Mililani
A Leg: 5:00pm HST, Nov 22nd, 2020 ($14.00)
I WeirDo: 8:00pm HST, Nov 22nd, 2020 ($14.00)

Online screenings: Detention, Get The Hell Out, See You, Sir, Growing Pain ($20.00)

VR works and Conversation with John Hsu: 5:00 PM HST, Nov 13th 2020

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Taiwan Film Showcase at 2020 San Diego Asian Film Festival Presents Film “Days” and Drive-In Screening “Get The Hell Out”

The 21st edition of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) will kick off from October 23rd to 31st, 2020, showcasing over 125 films from 24 countries in 34 languages through their online platform, together with 2 drive-in screenings. Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has collaborated with SDAFF to present the “Taiwan Film Showcase” for the 9th consecutive year. This year, the Taiwan Film Showcase will feature an award-winning film “Days,” and a drive-in screening “Get The Hell Out,” a film that reveals a blood-spattered emotional and interest entanglements in Taiwan’s parliament unleashed by a zombie virus outbreak. In the spirit of Halloween, all audiences are encouraged to wear costumes to join this zombie fest at Zion Market on October 24th at 7 pm (PST).

“Days,” directed by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, received the Teddy Award at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival and has been selected by this year’s New York Film Festival. As a documentary fiction, it depicts an encounter between a man with an illness and an immigrant worker in exquisite examinations of the two men’s alienation, isolation, and daily routine. The film “Get The Hell Out,” is a dark comedy that has been selected by the Midnight Madness program at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. “Get The Hell Out” portrays a satire of Taiwan’s political system with an approach to an absurd zombie plot.

This year’s Taiwan Film Showcase will present 7 features and 4 shorts. In addition to “Days” and “Get The Hell Out,” the line-up of features includes “Nobody,” a story about the later years of an elderly queer woman; “Archiving Time,” a documentary about film preservation and restoration; “Love and Death in Montmartre,” a documentary about the life and work of a lesbian Taiwanese writer, Qiu Miaojin; and “The Reason Why I’m Home,” a film that reflects on the value of kinship and life; and a restored Taiwanese classic, “The Husband’s Secret.” The shorts program “Shorts: Taiwan America,” will feature “The Granddaughter Detective,” a short about language barriers brought by generational gaps; “Ahma & Alan,” a short about the self-identification journey of the 2nd generation Chinese immigrants in the United States; “Hello from Taiwan” centers on a family of Taiwanese American young girls and their mother who struggle to overcome family and cultural barriers; and “Smiling Buddha,” a story that raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Director Evans Chan and Ari Larissa Heinrich, the English translators of “Last Words from Montmartre,” will be present for the online Q&A discussion of “Love and Death in Montmartre.” Directors of the 4 shorts will also join the group’s online Q&A after the screening of the “Shorts: Taiwan America” program.

SDAFF was founded by the Pacific Arts Movement in 2000. Each year, the festival brings films from around the world to give audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema. Since 2012, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles has collaborated with the UCSD Chuan Lyu Foundation for Taiwan Studies and the UCSD Taiwan Studies Lecture Series to present the Taiwan Film Showcase as part of SDAFF and has grown to become the most important exhibition of Taiwanese cinema beyond Asia.

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$50 for the rest of the 6 features and 4 shorts:

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