Taiwanese Comic Creators Penguin Noodle and Mukeke Attend 2022 San Diego Comic-Con International Taiwan Exhibit
“Comic-Con International: San Diego” (SDCC), the largest comics and animation event in the United States, will come up at the San Diego Convention Center from July 21 to 24, 2022. This year, the Taiwan Exhibit is themed "Jump! Taiwan Comics," with comic creators Penguin Noodle and Mukeke as special guests. Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles will be collaborating with Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) to promote the "Taiwan Comic City" themed website (, which features a free book preview of 33 Taiwan comics by 14 publishers and 10 audio comic short videos.

Penguin Noodle, a popular graphic creator, published his first book Crispy Fried ABC: Your English Ability in Pieces in 2021, which has been ranked No. 1 in sales of online bookstores in Taiwan. With over 200,000 channel subscribers, he specializes in transforming trivial things in life into funny stories. This year, he has been invited by the organizer to hold an official panel to share the secrets of how he creates immensely popular graphic content for his channel.

Comic artist Mukeke has received many awards, including CCC (Creative Comic Collection) Original Comics and Script Awards and Special Jury Prize in the Comic Stars Open Category, Special Jury Prize in the Comics Category of Bahamut ACG Creation Contest, and Ching Win Magazine Original Comics Award finalist. He has recently been selected as an artist-in-residence at “La Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image” from 2022 to 2023, and has collaborated with Raichu Lawyer on several short comics.

This year’s event is the first post-pandemic reopening which definitely will draw large crowds of people. Taiwan Exhibit will host autograph sessions and SDCC exclusive giveaways. We welcome you to join us at booth 5524!
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Taiwan Film “Moneyboys” and Series “Fragrance of the First Flower” Selected in the Largest LGBTQ Film Festival in the World
The San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognized LGBTQ+ film exhibition event in the world. Frameline46 has partnered with the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles for 3 consecutive years, and this year, 4 Taiwanese works were selected in Frameline46, including “Moneyboys”⸻ which had premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, the lesbian miniseries “Fragrance of the First Flower,” and short films “Tank Fairy” and “Kiss.”

This year, Frameline46 will include an in-person experience from June 16–26, with Streaming Encore on June 24, and be available to view anywhere in the US until June 30. Among Taiwan films, “Moneyboys” was selected in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2021 Cannes and also was nominated for Best Leading Actor and Best New Director of the 58th Golden Horse Awards. The director C.B.Yi will be at the post-screening Q&A to meet the audience and share behind-the-scene stories.

“Fragrance of the First Flower” is not only the first Taiwanese show to be nominated at the SERIES MANIA International Festival but also has been named by Variety as one of the best international TV shows of 2021. The story is between two women who, separated in high school by prejudice and fear, reunite later in life and become open to the possibility of a blossoming love they never dared to dream of.

“Tank Fairy” depicts that once upon a time, the magical Tank Fairy delivered tanks of gas. Her arrival upends the life of Jojo, a lonely ten-year-old who dreams of dancing and drag. “Kiss” is about an impossible kiss in an era when physical contact is strictly forbidden.

With an annual attendance of 60,000+, Frameline is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ+ arts program in the Bay Area. For more screening and ticket information, please visit:
“Fragrance of the First Flower”: 
“Tank Fairy” (which is screening in “Fun in Shorts: Tutti Frutti”) 
“Kiss” (which is screening in “Constant Craving”) 

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Taiwanese Artist Tehching Hsieh and Writer Yi-Chin Lo Invited to Attend UCLA
With the cooperation between the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Taiwanese legendary artist Tehching Hsieh and Writer Yi-Chin Lo are invited to attend "Taiwan in Dialogue” Lecture Series on June 8 at 6 PM and June 10 at 4 PM (PT). The topics are “Lo Yi-Chin on Literary Creation” and “The Path of Performance: In Conversation with Tehching Hsieh.”

As one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary Taiwan literature, Yi-Chin Lo is the author of The Western Xia Hotel, Kuang Chaoren, Daughter, Surname of the Moon, The Third Dancer, The Ming Dynasty, Cab Driver, and Us. He is the recipient of the Dream of the Red Chamber Prize (Hong Kong), Taiwan Literature Prize, and the Taipei Literary Prize. In 2021, Columbia University Press published Faraway (translated by Singapore novelist and translator Jeremy Tiang), Lo’s first novel to be translated into English.

Tehching Hsieh is a pioneer of Performance Art in Taiwan. In 1974, he jumped ship to a pier near Philadelphia. He was an illegal immigrant in the United States for fourteen years till an amnesty was granted in 1988. Starting in the late 1970s, Hsieh made five “One Year Performances” and a “Thirteen Year Plan” in his studio in New York City. His radical approaches to use long durations of time made Hsieh a regular name in contemporary art. The work One Year Performance 1980-1981 (Tate Modern’s permanent collection) was exhibited at MoMa and the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2009. His recent exhibition Doing Time was presented by Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Art Biennale 2017.

The “Taiwan in Dialogue” Lecture Series is hosted by UCLA Professor Michael Berry. These two events will be held on Zoom while livestreaming on the YouTube channel All are welcome to register online:
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Chang Sheng's Manga “Oldman” Selected for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) is the annual celebration of comics and graphic novels. This year, VanCAF 2022 will kick off from May 16 to May 22 with online and in-person events. Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles joins VanCAF with Chang Sheng's fantasy comics Oldman, which will be presented online, featuring the mysterious story and its creation process. All are welcome to follow the official website of VanCAF to enjoy the charisma of Taiwanese comics in Vancouver.

The story of “Oldman” is set in the 17th century, as a beautiful queen rules her country with an iron fist. Unmarried and without an heir, she adopts orphans as a way to prove that even commoners can reign as kings. Yet, as the years progress, she shows no sign of aging. Only one man knows the dark secret to her eternal youth: Oldman, a bearded magician the queen has locked in her darkest dungeon. One night, Oldman steps through the bars of his prison and disappears before the queen's very eyes. Enraged, she sends her army after him in a desperate campaign to keep her secret hidden.

Having read comics from a young age, Chang Sheng has always preferred science fiction stories best. He admits to being deeply influenced by the work of Yukinobu Hoshino. His drawing style is exquisitely detailed and extremely realistic video game-like. Chang Sheng has represented Taiwan at the Angoulême International Comics Festival many times and has won several prizes overseas. Oldman was a finalist in the 2013 International Manga Award in Japan.

Oldman has been translated into Japanese, Korean, and French, and is now being translated into English. The beautiful artwork and elegant story-making of Chang-Sheng's Oldman are ready for the global audience it deserves.
VanCAF is an annual celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, including an exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, panels and workshops. For more information, please visit:

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The Aleph Festival of Arts and Science Premier “After sea-level rise, I…” and “Whisper of Trees” by Taiwanese Young Artists
The Aleph Festival of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) focuses on the fusion of arts and science. With its theme “The Frontiers of the Environment” in 2022, Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles partners with National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) to present the programs “After sea-level rise, I…” and “Whisper of Trees” from May 19 to May 29, 2022.

“After sea-level rise, I…” is a short film piece created by artists including Weiwuying Artist-In-Residence Shu-yi Chou on the roof of the Weiwuying architecture. Chou, attempting to share his perspectives on the future of climate change and floods, states, “perhaps one day, this would become the refuge of life.” The program “Whisper of Trees” is the cross-collaboration between Young composer Hsuan-hung Chou and young film director Zhao-yi Wei. This creation research, supported by National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), focuses on trees and consists of the conducting of recording, filming, soundscaping, and music writing in Kaohsiung. Both programs indicate the coexistence relationship between human beings and nature.

UNAM is the largest public university and was ranked the best in Latin America. Founded in 2017, UNAM holds The Aleph Festival of Arts and Science in May. “The Aleph” refers to the story written by world-known Argentina writer Jorge Luis Borges. The in-person screening event of these two programs will take place at National Pavilion of Biodiversity (which just had its official opening in 2021) and the Julio Bracho cinema. For more information, please visit:
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1960s Taiwanese-Language Film Series Virtual Screening at LACMA
The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles partners with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to launch a virtual Taiwanese-language film series titled "Dreaming Impossible Dreams" from May 18 to May 31, 2022. It is the first time that LACMA features Taiwanese-language films to celebrate Asian-Pacific American (AAPI) Heritage Month. This program will screen 6 restored black and white films, including “The Husband's Secret,” “Fantasy of the Deer Warrior,” “Little Heroes vs. Two Masked Villains,” “Romance at Lungshan Temple,” “The Best Secret Agent” and “Six Suspects.”

The 1960s was the golden age of Taiwanese-language film production, but most reels have been lost or destroyed. In recent years, the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI) began the digital restoration project. The theme of this premiere in the Western US represents Taiwanese citizens’ fantasies and filmmakers’ creativity during a conservative time under martial law. To lead American audiences to know more about these films from various aspects, the curators produced 6 bonus content videos with guests such as the author of “Interior Chinatown” and the 2020 National Book Award winner Charles Yu.

For many years, LACMA, the largest public art museum in the Western US, has provided the public program “FILM at LACMA” to introduce historical and cultural visions of multiple communities. Its weekly screening presents documentary films, artists and international showcases. For free online registration, please RSVP at
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7 Taiwanese Literary Works Featured at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
The largest book festival in the United States, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, will take place at the University of Southern California (USC) campus on April 23-24, 2022. The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles partners with the National Museum of Taiwan Literature for the first time to present “Literature and Migration: Flowing Across Words,” featuring 7 Taiwanese literary works, including The Stolen Bicycle (Ming-yi Wu), Running Mother and Other Stories (Songfen Guo), Drifting (Dominic Cheung), The Soul of Jade Mountain (Husluman Vava), Sailing to Formosa: A Poetic Companion to Taiwan (edited by Michelle Yeh, N. G. D. Malmqvist, and Huizhi Xu), A Guide to Cultivating Well-Read Youth: A Taiwan Literary History Textbook (edited by the National Museum of Taiwan Literature), and Queer Taiwanese Literature: A Reader (edited by Howard Chiang).

Established in 1996, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is held every April at the USC, annually drawing approximately 150,000 attendees. This year, the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles joins with Taiwan Tourism Bureau at the Taiwan Booth, featuring travel literature from Taiwan and lifestyles of health and sustainability. All are welcome to explore Taiwanese literature at Booth #161 and post us on social media to receive a free book!

A whale is designed to be the key visual of the theme, as it flows and swims across the ocean and mountains to reveal the vividness and fantasy of Taiwanese literature. Moreover, associate professor Howard Chiang, editor and translator of LiFT (Literature From Taiwan), is invited to the University of California, Santa Barbara on April 27, 2022 to discuss Taiwanese literature.
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Taiwanese Directors Arvin Chen and Feng-I Fiona Roan Invited to Attend
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 to continue the second year of the "Taiwan in Dialogue” Lecture Series. As part of the Spotlight Taiwan Project, this series gathers remarkable Taiwanese artists from a variety of creative areas to share their creations and thoughts. This April, directors Arvin Chen and Feng-I Fiona Roan are invited to attend two sessions on April 14 at 4 p.m. PT and April 28 at 6 p.m. PT.

Taiwanese-American director Arvin Chen has an MFA in film production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. His thesis film Mei won the Short Film Silver Bear at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival (2007). Arvin’s first feature film, Au Revoir Taipei, was executive produced by Wim Wenders and had its world premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (2010), where it won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award for Best Asian Film. His current works include romantic drama Mama Boy and Loveboat, Taipei; the latter is based on the New York Times best-selling Young Adult (YA) novel written by Abigail Hing Wen and finished filming in Taipei in December last year.

Director Feng-I Fiona Roan received her Directing MFA degree from the American Film Institute. Her works focus on female protagonists and family relationships. In 2018, her short film JIEJIE won the audience award at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (Tokyo), one of the world's three major short film festivals, as well as a Special Mention at the Kaohsiung Film Festival and the HBO Asian Pacific American Visionary Award. She won Best New Director for her first feature film American Girl at the 2021 Golden Horse Awards. American Girl is based on her autobiographical family story and personal growth when she moved back to Taiwan from the United States.

The “Taiwan in Dialogue” Lecture Series is hosted by UCLA Professor Michael Berry. These two events will be held on Zoom while livestreaming on YouTube channel All are welcome to register online:
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6 Taiwanese Films Selected for the 2022 SIFF, Featuring the Diversity of Taiwan
The 2022 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will kick off on April 14-24, 2022, with 6 Taiwanese films, including Moneyboys, Listen Before You Sing, Execution in Autumn, Night Bus, Part Forever, and Tank Fairy. The films will be screened in person and available virtually for the whole festival.

Among the highlights are the films Listen Before You Sing, which reflects on the regional disparities in education through melodious singing by indigenous people; Moneyboys, which depicts a story of gay romance and was selected for Cannes and Hawaii International Film Festival; the classic work of 1972, Execution in Autumn, was the winner of 5 Golden Horse Awards including Best Feature Film; the horror animated short film Night Bus, winner of the Short Film Jury Award: Animation of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. The spotlight also features two short films: the queer work Tank Fairy was selected for this year's SXSW Film Festival; Part Forever, which confronts the darkness of humanity and was selected for the Sitges Film Festival of Spain. This year, the Taiwanese films for selection are attention-grabbing, digging deeper into multiple topics.

Founded in 1976, SIFF is among the top film festivals in North America traditionally attracting nearly 150,000 attendees to celebrate films from more than 80 countries. This year's SIFF lineup includes over 260 films. For more information, please visit:
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