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Horse Dance Theater Invited to Present “FreeSteps – NiNi” “The Next Stage” at Webinar Series Episode 5
2021/11/16
After the pandemic closed many performance venues, many performing art artists turned to explore the possibilities in virtual space, site-specific creations and outdoor settings. The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA) partnered with Western Arts Alliance (WAA) to present a webinar event titled “Performance Beyond the Proscenium” which will be held at 4 PM PDT on Nov 22, 2021. Horse Dance Theater will be invited to share their outdoor production “FreeSteps – NiNi” with performing arts professionals in the U.S. and discuss the future role of non-traditional venues in the post-COVID-19 era. This event will be held through Zoom while livestreaming on WAA’s YouTube channel and Facebook. For registration and more information, please visit: https://www.westarts.org/news-updates/register-now-extending-our-reach-jy4nc

This webinar will be hosted by Erin Boberg Doughton, Artistic Director and Curator of Performance at PICA. Wen Huang, an independent producer based in Taiwan, is invited to present the production “FreeSteps – NiNi” by Horse Dance Theater - a dynamic dance project in which one lamp, one dancer and one small square stage come to people in their daily life. In January 2022, while the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) conferences takes place, “Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia” will feature this production at the New York Japan Society. Other panelists include Azul Amaral, the creative director of Grand Performances which is hailed as the “Best Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series” by Los Angeles Magazine and presents various dance and music performances in downtown; Christopher Rountree, the Artistic Director of modern music collective “Wild Up,” and the artistic director for a series of performances titled as “SILENCE” at Descanso Gardens; brooke smiley, an indigenous (Osage) artist and dance maker whose creations and workshops are mostly site-specific and close to nature.

It is the first time that TECO-LA partners with WAA to present a series of webinars titled “THE NEXT STAGE.” There are 5 sessions taking place from April to November 2021. The invited Taiwanese panelists include Cheng Tsung-lung (Artistic Director, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan), Lin Ting-Chun (Director of Programming and International Development at the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei), Chou Tung-yen (Artistic Director of Very Theatre), Kuen-Yean Hwang (Senior Member of Ju Percussion) and Austin Wang (Director of Taipei Performing Arts Center). To watch the previous 4 webinars of “The Next Stage” series, please visit:

Episode 1: Creation in Isolation - Adversity Meets Innovation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iQGcO3Z6JQ 
Episode 2: Extending Our Reach - Performance in a Digital Age
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVyKMuYq6uE 
Episode 3: Rethinking Residencies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDwhJVQmKxI 
Episode 4: International Collaboration in a Global Pandemic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV_51QUGug4 

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Taiwanese Artist Ling-Lin Ku’s Solo Exhibition “The Practice of Disguise” Launches at the 18th Street Arts Center
2021/11/13
Ling-Lin Ku’s “The Practice of Disguise” residency program received the Innovator Award Honorable Mention from the International Sculpture Center among artists from 44 countries. This exhibition launches at the Atrium Gallery of the 18th Street Arts Center from November 15th to December 17th, 2021. All are welcome to register online: https://reurl.cc/Q6GArb

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, Ku was selected for a three-month residency at the 18th Street Arts Center. Ku uses military camouflage design as the main axis of her work, and blends glitches of computer systems and photographic images to present the intersection of physical and digital. Her artworks allow the audience to search for the artist's hidden message in a grid of pixels like a treasure hunt. The exhibition includes Terrain Vague, which presents her perspective on the relationship between people and land, and her long-standing concern for the issue of housing justice. Other works are Which One is Ling-Lin Ku?,Invisiphilia, Vanishing Point and Invisible Friend.

Ku will host an artist conversation with special guests, including photographer and installation artist Ara Oshagan, and filmmaker and artist Cynthia Madansky, exploring the relationship between the seen and unseen, research and the creative process. The film will be shown on the 18th Street Arts Center website (https://reurl.cc/95Q4pO) on November 19 at 12 PM PST. A behind-the-scenes video will be released on Facebook on December 3 at 12 PM PST, featuring her studio, footage of her creative process, interviews with staff and artists, and other visual collages of research images.

Ku has an M.F.A. in Art History and Visual Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Her works have been exhibited in New York, Austin, Barcelona, and Salzburg. Ku has received many awards; she is one of the four recipients of the Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts awarded by the American Austrian Foundation, winner of the Umlauf Prize in Austin, and the Artadia Fellowship in Houston.


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“After Hope Symposium: Future Forms and Alternative Methods” launches in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
2021/10/29
With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, partnering with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, launches “After Hope: Future Forms and Alternative Methods” from November 5 to 6, 2021.

This international interdisciplinary Symposium will invite artists, scholars, and art professionals to participate both physically and online, using the work of artists from across Asia and its diaspora as catalysts for inquiry to explore diverse expressions and legacies of “hope” in contemporary art. Due to the pandemic, Taiwanese artists are unable to participate in the physical symposium. Three artworks, including Isa Ho's Peony, Guang-ming Yuan's Occupation of the 561st Hour and Kuang-Yu Tsui's Stay Calm, have been exhibited in the "After Hope: Videos of Resistance" from March 4, 2021 to May 2, 2022.

Isa Ho's "Peony" juxtaposes two different images of Asian women. One is a Kunqu actress in traditional Chinese costume and the other a Korean K-pop singer. She uses her work to rethink the role and position of women in contemporary society, in relation to the unique development of popular culture. Despite the differences in temporal and spatial backdrops, the performance styles between the two genres did not transform over time. Guang-Ming Yuan's "The 561st Hour of Occupation" films a moment from the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement in Taiwan, during which students occupied Taiwan’s parliament for 585 hours. Yuan uses a slowed-down playback speed of the Taiwanese national anthem by 50% in the empty parliamentary chamber, creating a grandiose soundtrack that turns the space into a churchlike atmosphere, where protest slogans are enshrined and the future political ecology of Taiwan is impacted. In Guang-Yu Tsui's "Stay Calm," he lights a long fuse attached to his body in Chinatown, San Francisco. Amidst the homeless people, tourists, gamblers, and children that flock to this public gathering area, this absurdly dangerous scene of igniting the fuse elicits no reaction from the people around him. In comparison to the energetic words of blessings in the traditional buildings in the square, he feels that any absurdity does not seem to be so strange anymore when these contradictions become part of everyday life.

The Asian Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of more than 18,000 artifacts spanning 6,000 years of history from 40 Asian countries. In addition to the video exhibition, the museum has organized a symposium and set up the "After Hope" online platform to present highlights of the works on display, as well as audio and video recordings of the symposium and events. For more information, please visit: https://exhibitions.asianart.org/exhibitions/after-hope/ and https://reurl.cc/2ollm4
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Taiwanese Film “Moneyboys” Nominated for KAU KA HŌKŪ Main Competition at the 2021 Hawaii International Film Festival
2021/10/27
Taiwanese film, “Moneyboys,” has been nominated for the KAU KA HŌKŪ Main Competition at the 41st edition of the 2021 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). With its depiction of a subtle romance between two boys, the film not only had its world premiere in this year’s Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section but also been selected for A Window on Asian Cinema at Busan International Film Festival. It was co-produced by Taiwan, Austria, Frane and Belgium and shot entirely in Taiwan, with its tropical scenery drips with languid, sweaty sensuality.

“Moneyboys” is a story about a gay hustler Fei, who works illegally in order to support his family. His world collapses when he realizes that his family accepts his money but not his homosexuality. The subtle and delicate performance of Fei’s complex emotion by the leading cast Kai Ko made him nominated for Best Leading Actor of the 53rd Golden Horse Awards. The Chinese Austrian director, C.B. Yi, was also enrolled to Best New Director of the Golden Horse Awards with “Moneyboys” as his first feature.

With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles has launched the “Spotlight on Taiwan” at HIFF for the 11th consecutive year. This year, in addition to “Moneyboys,” the line-up of “Spotlight on Taiwan” also includes 2 feature films “Born to be Human” and “Listen Before You Sing,” a documentary “Sounds of Taiwan: A Symphony by Bao Yuankai,” and an episodic series “The Magician on the Skywalk.” All the films above will be available to watch online throughout the entire United States.

“Born to be Human” is a story about a 14-year-old boy accidentally diagnosed as intersex and then forced to operate a transgender operation becoming a girl. The inner struggle and the contradiction of gender identification makes her struggle very much since then. “Listen Before You Sing” is inspired by a true story about a suburban elementary school in the deep mountain area facing the crisis of closure. In an attempt to prove their value as an institution and keep their doors open, the school enters a choir competition with the hopes of winning. “Sounds of Taiwan: A Symphony by Bao Yuankai” chronicles a composer’s masterful work, inspired by the wonders and beauty of Taiwan. “The Magician on the Skywalk” is a 10-episode series with a focus on an imaginative elementary student who befriends an eccentric magician, and the various miracles or twists are explored with his active imagination and his magician compadre who brings these stories to life.

Entering its 41st edition, 2021 HIFF will present 123 features, 100 shorts, and for the first time ever, a new episodic series program from 36 countries, from November 4-28, 2021. For more information about Spotlight on Taiwan, please visit: https://hiff.org/hiff41-program-guide/#spotlight-on-taiwan
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3rd Taiwan Biennial Film Festival Launches Its Opening with Film Screening Man In Love Taiwan’s 2021 Biggest Local Hit!
2021/10/26
With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the third iteration of the Taiwan Biennial Film Festival (TBFF) is held by the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles in partnership with the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA). The US theatrical premiere of Man In Love will be held at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on the evening of November 3, 2021, followed by an exclusive recorded Q&A with the film director Chen-hao Yin. Additional sponsors include the Taiwanese United Fund and Watchbeem Inc.

The 3rd TBFF stays true to its mission to create and maintain a strong bridge between the Taiwanese film community and Hollywood, the center of the global film industry. For the first time, TBFF is displaying a festival logo, combining a butterfly (Taiwan is known as the kingdom of butterflies) with palm trees (an iconic image of Los Angeles) to represent Taiwan’s free creativity flying between East and West.

With the theme “Breadth of Life,” the 3rd edition of TBFF reveals the vitality and dynamic nature of Taiwan’s modern life. The butterfly represents the transformation viewers will experience through Taiwanese cinema. TBFF 2021 will be held in-person and online, from November 3-12, 2021. Opening the festival is Man In Love, which will be screened in person at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 3. Man In Love is a bittersweet romance of a debt collector who falls in love with the daughter of his debtor. Director Chen-hao Yin’s first feature film has reached almost NT$400M (US$14M) at the local box office, Taiwan’s biggest locally-produced hit this year. From November 4-12, 2021, TBFF will show an online festival on the global co-watching platform, Watchbeem.

In addition to the opening film, the festival lineup consists of 19 feature films and shorts, encompassing a broad range of genres reflecting the “Breadth of Life” that Taiwanese films represent. Included is A Leg, a dramedy about a wife’s journey to find her husband’s missing leg. Nominated for 4 awards at the 2020 Golden Horse awards, A Leg reveals the breadth of a marriage, how they met, how they fell in love, and how the relationship gradually shatters. As well as 2049, set 30 years in the future, 2049 is a trilogy of three separate but thematically related stories, and by presenting various views of Chinese social issues and the impact of technology, 2049 reminds viewers of the impact of unintended consequences; western viewers will find this familiar to Black Mirror broadcast on Netflix. Also, Phil’s Journey, a story between Taiwan and New Zealand, is a documentary that follows a father who travels thousands of miles to find his missing son. The kindness and assistance he experiences in Taiwan provide comfort to Phil. Moreover, My Missing Valentine – a whimsical tale of a girl who upon looking forward to her “hot” date on Valentine’s Day eve, wakes up to find that the day has mysteriously passed by, The Silent Forest – a social-psychological thriller adapted from real-life events, Get the Hell Out – a satirical zombie film that reflects the turmoil in Taiwan’s legislature, and We Are Champions – a film that symbolizes the strong bond of two siblings on the basketball court.

Highlights from the shorts collection include Swingin’, a coming-of-age story about a boy with two gay dads. Sixth-grader boy Qiu is determined to show the world he is, unlike his parents, straight and manly. Also, Melody’s Melody, a love story for the times of a lonely silver-aged lady falling for the man of her dreams over the internet.  And, for family members who are at their wit’s end being at home with each other, Dear Brother reveals the breadth of a family’s bond with each other. In addition, pre-9-11 New York is shown in Dance Dance Dance, our 16mm retro-short entry for 2021; Man, Monkey, Mannequin is a story of life circumstance and philosophy, surrounded by a man who hikes up a mountain after his friend’s passing and ends up with a broken leg, while the monkeys make fun of him; and Paint Again depicts how a mid-aged couple finds their passion toward life in their empty nest age. Additional features and shorts consist of various genres including dark comedies, heart-warming family dramas, LGBTQ, all of which represent Taiwan in the most contemporary and realistic manner.

This year’s Biennial was curated by Douglas Montgomery, CEO of media consulting company, Global Connects, and founder / Executive Producer of the Japan Connects Hollywood Film Festival. Using his experience working at Warner Media for over a decade, Montgomery will host two industry panels, discussing the potential of foreign language content and international co-productions around the world. “The changes in the global entertainment industry have been accelerated greatly by the effects of COVID-19 and the work-from-home-culture.  Audiences more than ever are open to content from different cultures and Taiwan is perfectly positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. We are very excited to show the wonderful Taiwanese films curated in TBFF 2021,” Montgomery comments.

Rounding out the festival will be two online industry panels, taking not only Taiwanese, but all film fans deep into Hollywood and the global entertainment business outlined below:

Foreign Content Potential
Lisa Pak – Partner Manager from Parrot Analytics
Jay Tucker – Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES)
Titles such as Parasite, Squid Game, and others have taken the world by storm. The speakers will give their thoughts on the seemingly exploding demand for foreign language content.

International Co-Production
TPaul Miller - SVP of Strategy and Operations of A+E Studios, who has over 25 years of experience in this area working for MGM, Sony, Amazon Studios, Warner Media and now A+E Studios.
Eric Barmack - founder of Wild Sheep Content, following 8 years as Vice President, Head of Netflix Originals. Netflix VP and head of international original series,
This panel will focus on international co-production with two experts from Hollywood.

Additionally, TBFF is featured for the first time with a tech forum entitled “When tech meets the filming—what technology can offer?” to embrace the technology advancement in film making and showcase how technology may shape the cinema industry. The forum is led by the top-tier animation experts including Oscar winners for Scientific and Technical Achievement Award, Prof. JP Lewis and Alex Ma, together with Iris Wu, CEO of the innovative sound company Ambidio, and Professor Anita Hu from both industry and academia. The forum will be joined by a special guest, Dr. Chia-Chen Kuo, from National Center for High-performance Computing NARLabs Taiwan to provide insights on how Taiwan can provide the technology resources for the global filming industry. The forum is organized by the Science and Technology Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.

From its beginning in 2017, the Taiwan Biennial Film Festival has become the exclusive event showcasing Taiwanese films on the west coast of the United States. The third iteration of the festival lasts for 10 days, including film screenings, discussion panels, and a reception at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.

For more information regarding TBFF 2021 and ticketing, please visit: https://tbff2021.watchbeem.com/

Opening Night》 TCL Theater – Invite Only
  Time:November 3rd, Wednesday 6pm to 10pm
  Venue:Screening: TCL Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA)
    Reception : JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles (6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 in the same complex as TCL Chinese Theatre on the 5th floor)
  Content:Man In Love, with Q&A with director Chen-Hao Yin (recorded)

Film Screenings
  Nov 4th and Nov 11th, 7:30pm online at https://tbff2021.watchbeem.com/, geo-blocked to California only
    --We Are Champions, Director Jung-chi Chang
      *This is a special screening free for students.

  Nov 4th thru Nov 12th, the following films are available on-demand, geo-blocked to the US
   --2049, Directors: Li-Da Hsu & Chien-Ching Chu
   --A Leg, Director: Chang Yaosheng
   --Get The Hell Out, Director: Wang I-Fan
   --The Last Thieves, Director: Jack Hsu
   --My Missing Valentine, Director: Yu-Hsun Chen
   --Phil’s Journey, Yeong R. Chen
   --The Silent Forest, Chen-Nien Ko

《Shorts Screenings》
  Nov 4th thru Nov 12th, the following shorts are available on-demand, geo-blocked to the US:
   --Bin Bin, Director: Chi-Chieh Han
   --Dance Dance Dance, Director: Ming Lang Chen
   --Man, Monkey, Mannequin, Director: Dan Chi Huang
   --Love After Time, Director: Tsai Tsung Han
   --Dear Brother, Director: Wei Chi Fang
   --Melody’s Melody, Director:Chih Yu Chen
   -- Paint Again, Director:Po Yu Chen
   -- State of the Cat, Director: Hsing-Che Lin
   -- Swingin’, Director: Guo Shang-Sing
   -- Tilapia, Director: Jing An Hung
   -- Good Day, Director: Zhi-teng Zhang

《Panel Discussions》
  Nov 4th thru Nov 12th, the following panel discussions will be moderated by Douglas Montgomery and are available on-demand:
   --Foreign Content Potential, Guests: Lisa Pak, Jay Tucker
   --International Co-Production, Guests: TPaul Miller, Erik Barmack

《Screening / Reception Venue》
  TCL Chinese Theatre: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
  JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles: 5th Floor Reception, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

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    Taiwan Film Showcase at 2021 San Diego Asian Film Festival Makes a Comeback to Theaters
    2021/10/23
    The 22nd edition of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) will kick off from October 28 to November 6, 2021, showcasing more than 130 films from over 20 countries in 30 different languages. The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles has collaborated with SDAFF to present the “Taiwan Film Showcase” for the 10th consecutive year. This year, the “Taiwan Film Showcase” will present 5 features and 1 short at the UltraStar Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Dr #100, San Diego, CA 92108) with an outdoor Taiwan reception held on November 1, 2021. All are welcome to explore Taiwanese cinema!

    The line-up of “Taiwan Film Showcase” includes Listen Before You Sing, a Taiwanese musical drama that champions its indigenous people and their way of life; The Moon Represents My Heart, a documentary about the journey to Taiwan by the Taiwanese Argentinian film director, who sought to clarify the truth behind the death of his father through his mother. The online Q&A discussion with the director Juan Martin Hsu will follow the film screening. As We Like It, a romantic comedy adapted from Shakespeare's play; Days Before the Millennium, a story about the marital status of female Taiwanese new immigrants; Execution in Autumn, the winner of 5 Golden Horse Awards in 1972 for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Color Cinematography; and Girl in the Water, an animation short that depicts how a woman nurses the wounds of heartbreak. Besides Taiwan Film Showcase, there will be 6 additional Taiwanese short films playing at SDAFF, including the new Tsai Ming-liang film The Night, Night Bus, Reliving the Past by Sea, Paik-lak e-poo, Off (I don’t know when to stop), and Swingin’.

    Founded in 2000 by the Pacific Arts Movement, SDAFF has grown to be the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States and has showcased films from around the world to give audiences unique opportunities to discover international cinema. This year, with the return to in-person programming, the festival reflects on a “post-pandemic world” and reinvigorates a sense of community that is much needed after a year of isolation, social unrest, and anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. For more screening and ticketing information about the “Taiwan Film Showcase,” please visit https://sdaff.org/2021/home/film-guides/
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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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