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Taiwanese Percussion Duo Twincussion US Tour in WA State
2023/02/04
Twincussion, a Taiwanese percussion duo, will perform and conduct workshops in Yakima and Wenatchee, Washington State from February 10th to 15th as part of the sixth edition of the Center Stage program by the US Department of State. All are invited to attend and watch the performances.

Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a cultural exchange program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Regional Arts Organizations. Selected from 123 nominated Taiwanese ensembles, Twincussion and Resident Island Dance Theatre will participate in the Center Stage Season 6 U.S. Tour during the 2022-2023 performance season.

Twincussion, a dynamic percussion duo comprised of the charismatic rising stars and twin brothers Jen-Ting and Jen-Yu Chien, was formed in 2010. Both hold the Advanced Postgraduate (Soloist) Diploma from the Royal Danish Academy of Music. With their tacit bond as twins, the ensemble showcases their unique charm in music and excellent technique during performances. Twincussion has performed at international music festivals and won numerous awards, including Grand Honorable Mention (2nd place) at the 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition, first prize in the ensemble category at the International Percussion Competition in Italy in 2016, first prize in the Chamber Music Category at the New York Golden Classical Music Awards in 2018, and first prize in the Soloist Competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in the same year. They also received the Idella Foundation scholarship in Copenhagen in 2018.

Twincussion's US tour kicked off on February 1st at The Kennedy Center (Live Streaming Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfkoy77emRA). The following performances and workshops will take place in Washington State at Yakima's Capitol Theatre and Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. For more information, please visit: https://centerstageus.org/artists/twincussion.

Event and Ticketing Information (US West Coast):
Feb 10 / Yakima's Capitol Theatre
https://capitoltheatre.org/events/detail.html?calendarid=373 
Feb 11 / Yakima's Capitol Theatre
https://capitoltheatre.org/events/detail.html?calendarid=352 
Feb 15 / Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee
https://numericapac.org/events/twincussion/ 

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The 2022 Hawaii International Film Festival
2022/12/22
The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) enters its 42nd anniversary this year and will run from November 3rd to 27th. The Taiwan Academy of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles cooperates with the Hawaii International Film Festival for the 12th consecutive year to launch “Spotlight on Taiwan," an in-person and online screening of 8 Taiwanese films at Consolidated Theatres Kahala in Hawaii. This includes a special screening of "Goddamned Ashura," a film that will represent Taiwan for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.

"Spotlight on Taiwan" presents films with good box office and good reputation. The film "Goddamned Asura," which is based on actual events, investigates the ripple effects of a random murder incident by bringing out the complex and multi-layered psychology of six characters. "Mama Boy" is a romantic comedy depicting the process of an innocent boy looking for love and self-worth in the parent-child relationship and in real life. The film "Gaga," nominated for 6 Golden Horse Awards and chosen for the "Indigenous Lens" section of HIFF, tells us how the three generations of the Atayal tribe had conflicts over political values and different cultures. “Demi God," adapted from the legendary puppet show hero Su Huan Zhen, won the Best Animation Award at the Taipei Film Festival. The four features have an impressive cast. In addition, directors Lou Yi-an and Arvin Chen of "Goddamned Asura" and "Mama Boy" will attend the post-screening discussion to share the underlying narratives.

The short film program will be broadcast online in the United States, including "Tank Fairy," a film that explores gender identity and has won the Best Narrative Short Film Award at the Frameline San Francisco International Film Festival; "To the Sea," a short film that subtly conveys a caregivers' powerlessness and pressure; and short films "Swallow," which Taiwan and Japan jointly produced, and "Do Not Go Gentle in Taipei," which depicts the connection between men and women in Taipei City.

The Hawaii International Film Festival promotes cultural exchanges between Asia, the Pacific Islands, and North America through films. It is one of the few film festivals in the United States that adds great importance to Asian-Pacific films and emerging directors.

This year, 102 feature films and 124 short films from more than 30 countries will be screened. An in-person film festival will run from November 3 to November 20, while a livestreamed screening will run from November 3 to November 27. The award presentation will take place on November 13. For film festival tickets and more information, please visit https://hiff.org/
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Asian World Film Festival Announces Taiwan Film Day
2022/11/10
The eighth annual Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) will host a special Taiwan Film Day, presented by the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA), Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA). The celebration will be highlighted by a red-carpet screening of Taiwan's 95th Academy Awards® International Feature Film Oscar submission, Goddamned Asura, followed by a Q&A with writer/director LOU Yi-An and a VIP reception. Taiwan Film Day will take place November 10, 6:30 PM and November 11, 2:00 PM at AMC Marina Marketplace 6, Marina Del Rey, CA.

A complex, multi-layered psychological drama, Goddamned Asura features an ensemble cast of six actors: Joseph Huang, Mo Tzu-Yi, Peijia Huang, Devin Pan, Wang Yu-Xuan, and Lai Hoa-Zhe. The March 2022 release earned several 2022 Taipei Film Awards. Yu-Xuan received the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2021 Golden Horse Awards for her work on the film.

Inspired by real-life events, Goddamned Asura delves into a random shooting by an ordinary teenager through the experiences of six impacted characters, a popular video game, and alternate reality scenarios. LOU Yi-An cowrote the film--his fourth as a feature director--with screenwriter Singing Chen.

LOU Yi-An has garnered multiple Golden Bell Awards for the TV series Roseki (2018) as well as numerous international and domestic accolades for the feature film A Place of One's Own (2009). Through multiple plot lines and dark humor, the writer/director's projects frequently explore land use and social issues that arise from class differences and generation gaps.

The eighth annual Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) will take place November 9 - 18, 2022 in multiple Los Angeles locations. AWFF kicks off Wednesday, November 9 with the world premiere of Decibel and closes with a screening of Decision to Leave November 17, followed the next day (November 18) by the Closing Night Gala at the Saban Theater, Beverly Hills.

AWFF sponsors and partners include: Aitysh USA, Peer, Dr. Dao Medical Center, Winn Slavin Fine Art, Dutcher Crossing, Panavision, The One Heart Movement, The Bruce Lee Foundation, Ha Phuong Foundation, Barco, Korean Cultural Center (KCC, LA), Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), Asia Society, Southern California, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA), American Red Cross/Ladies Tiffany Circle, AKIpress News Agency, Nova Entertainment, Jackson Market and Deli, and Emporium Thai.

ABOUT THE ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AWFF)
The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF), founded by Kyrgyz public figure Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, brings the best of a broad selection of Asian world cinema to Los Angeles to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of filmmakers and to strengthen ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries. Uniting through cross-cultural collaboration, the Festival champions films from more than 50 countries across Asia, from Turkey to Japan and from Russia to India and the Middle East. All participating films are provided with the unique opportunity to be guided through the challenging awards season. They're also showcased to Motion Picture Academy members, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the entertainment Guilds for enhanced exposure, media attention, and awards consideration. AWFF is a non-profit organization under Aitysh, USA.
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The 23rd San Diego Asian Film Festival Features Fantastic Taiwanese Films
2022/11/02
The 23rd San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) will run from November 3 to November 12, 2022. For the eleventh consecutive year, the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA) has collaborated with SDAFF to present the “Taiwan Film Showcase.” It features screenings of five feature films and five short films at the UCSD Price Center Theater and UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas, showcasing the breadth of Taiwan's artistic vision to the American public.

"Mama Boy," a movie depicting an innocent boy's search for love and self-worth in a parent-child connection and in the real world, was released in August to rousing acclaim in Taiwan. The in-person Q&A discussion with the film director Arvin Chen will follow the film screening. The film "Gaga," which has received six Golden Horse Award nominations, illustrates contradictions in both modern civilization and customary Aboriginal ways. The documentary "Remember Me," bears witness to the subtle political shift in Taiwan and China over the past few decades. In addition, a new restoration film section will be introduced, featuring "A Confucian Confusion," directed by Edward Yang, which presents the aspirations and situations of love, friendship, and self-identity of young people in Taiwan society; the film "Girl's School" depicts the subversive interaction between schoolgirls in Taiwan in the 1980s. The short film program presents the director Tsai Ming-liang’s new film "The Moon and the Tree,” the best short film at the Taipei Film Festival "Good Day,” and the 2022 Rotterdam Film Festival nomination “The Making of Crime Scenes,” as well as “Sappukei” and “Bigger is Better."

Founded in 2000, SDAFF is the best international film festival in the United States that focuses on Asian Americans. This year’s SDAFF will feature more than 130 films from more than 30 countries. The Taiwanese films showcased will thoroughly reflect the complexity and depth of Taiwanese culture by addressing a range of topics including love, social issues, gender, and identity.

For more information about the San Diego Asian Film Festival, please refer to https://sdaff.org/2022/taiwan-showcase/
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Dreaming Under the Tree at “Whispers of Trees”
2022/10/25

Supported by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, the “Whispers of Trees” music concert launches its first US tour in November, 2022. There are three performances at Benaroya Hall, Huntington Library and Torrance Cultural Arts Center, respectively on November 2, 5 and 6, 2022. This cross-collaboration by Taiwanese composer Hsuan-hung Chou and film director Zhao-yi Wei focuses on trees and consists of the conducted recording, filming, soundscaping, and music writing in Kaohsiung. It also reveals that the environment and living beings revolve around trees, forming a collective life community. The two artists will attend the post-show Q&A session in person and talk about their concept creations.

With the creation research supported by National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), “Whispers of Trees” premiered at Weiwuying in 2021. Composer Chou received his master's degree in film and multimedia scoring from NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is currently composer-in-residence for Kaohsiung City Wind Orchestra and the artistic director of Six Arts Music. The works of Director Wei focus on the development of relationships and explore the cross-country, cross-ethnicity, and cross-species social relationships within the interactions between humans, objects, places, and the environment. The musicians include pianist Li-Cheng (Anna) Hung, Seattle Symphony Quintet, and TaMuLa (Taiwanese Musician in Los Angeles) and. TaMuLa was founded by Steve C. Chiu in 2017, with Taiwanese musicians who actively perform in Los Angeles. Hung holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Washington. She currently serves as a rehearsal pianist and teaching artist at the Seattle Opera.

The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles mentions that this concert gathers many young talented Taiwanese artists in Taiwan and the United States. It is an honor to present this program that indicates the coexistence relationship between human beings and nature and also introduces Weiwuying, a theatre inspired by banyan trees, to audiences in Los Angeles. We welcome you to dream under trees together in “Whispers of Trees.”

【Ticketing information】
November 2, 2022, Wednesday / 7:30 PM / Benaroya Hall
https://jsis.washington.edu/taiwan/2022/10/04/whispersoftrees/

November 5, 2022, Saturday / 7:30 PM / Rothenberg Hall at Huntington Library
https://huntington.org/event/whispers-trees

November 6, 2022, Sunday / 2:30 PM / James R. Armstrong Theatre at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
https://torrancearts.org/show/whispers-of-trees/ 

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2022 Grant for the Publication of Taiwanese Works in Translation Open Call Now
2022/09/30
Grant for the Publication of Taiwanese Works in Translation (GPT) is set up by The Ministry of Culture to encourage the publication of Taiwanese works in translation overseas, to raise the international visibility of Taiwanese cultural content, and to help Taiwan's publishing industry expand into non-Chinese international markets.

GPT 2022 is now calling for submissions online: 2022 Oct 1st – Oct 31th TST(GMT+8). Applicants shall visit the Ministry’s official website (https://grants.moc.gov.tw/Web_ENG/) to complete the application process.

GPT invites legally registered or incorporated foreign publishing house (legal entity) to take this opportunity to submit your project aiming at Taiwanese works in translation to be published in print in your country before October 2024. The maximum grant available for each project is NT$600,000.

The so-called Taiwanese works must meet the following requirements:
(1) Use traditional characters;
(2) written by a natural person holding an R.O.C. identity card;
(3) has been assigned an ISBN in Taiwan.

All genres will be considered. Priority consideration is given to books that have received the Golden Tripod Award, the Golden Comic Award, the Taiwan Literature Award or books on Taiwan’s culture and history. Check “Books from Taiwan” (https://booksfromtaiwan.tw/ ) for shortlists and abstracts of aforementioned award-winning books.

If you require further assistance, please feel free to contact us by E-mail books@moc.gov.tw

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Kicks Off “13 Tongues” at 2022 US West Coast Tour in October
2022/09/23
With the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will launch its first post-pandemic overseas tour this October. The tour features the current Artistic Director Cheng Tsung-lung’s 13 Tongues, a well-reputed production since its 2016 premiere in Taiwan which has toured in France, the UK, Germany, Sweden and China. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 US Tour was postponed until now. The company will present 10 performances in Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Chicago. All are welcome to watch the performance together!

13 Tongues is acclaimed by The Times as “A sensationally big, indulgent and visually arresting expression of cultural memory.” This work is inspired by Cheng’s memories of one legendary 1960s street artist and storyteller known as “Thirteen Tongues” in Taipei’s oldest district, Bangka. Cheng explores those ancient Taiwanese superstitions, religious rites, and cultural memories fading over time. The production team members include music artist Lim Giong, art designer Ho Chia-hsing , lighting designer Shen Po-hung, projection designer Ethan Wang, costume designer Lin Bing-hao, and voice coach Tsai Pao-chang.

Cheng has been a fixture of Routledge’s respected annual survey of dance practitioners, Fifty Contemporary Choreographers (2020), alongside the likes of William Forsythe, Akram Khan, Hofesh Shechter, and leaders in the form. His recent work Sounding Light (2020) reflects on the relationship between the human body and nature by creating a forest with sound on the stage. His last work, Send in a Cloud (2022), uses the saxophone version of Bach’s Cello Suites by Yasuaki Shimizu, which resonates with the bodily rhythm of the dancers. In 2020, Cheng succeeded choreographer Lin Hwai-min as Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.

Founded in 1973 by internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan is the first full-time professional dance company in Taiwan, as well as the first contemporary dance company in the greater Chinese-speaking community. Being wildly praised by both critics and audiences, Cloud Gate has toured worldwide with frequent engagements at major international festivals and performing arts venues. It received the Stef Stefanou Award for Outstanding Company at the 2018 National Dance Awards. Cloud Gate also performs constantly throughout Taiwan and has become part of Taiwan’s cultural scenery and people’s collective memories.

Event and Ticketing Information (US West Coast):
Oct 6 / Memorial Auditorium, Stanford Live, University of Stanford
https://live.stanford.edu/calendar/october-2022/cloud-gate-dance-theatre-taiwan

Oct 26 / Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California
https://www.scfta.org/events/2022/cloud-gate-dance-theatre-of-taiwan

Oct 29 & 30 / Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California at Berkeley
https://calperformances.org/events/2022-23/dance/cloud-gate-dance-theatre-of-taiwan-2223/ 

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Taiwanese Artist Ting-Jung Chen Joins Writer Meiling Cheng and Leona Chen in 1:1:2 for the Centennial Celebration of the Schindler House
2022/09/09
The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, the Mak Center for Art and Architecture, and the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles will present 1:1:2 in a multinational collaboration from September 9 to September 11, 2022. The performance is curated by Vienna-based artist Ting-Jung Chen, co-created by Korean artists Miae Son and Yela An, with the participation of Meiling Cheng, Professor of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California, and Leona Chen, Editor-in-Chief of TaiwaneseAmerican.org. The artists are looking forward to presenting the spirit of multiculturalism through stories and shared experiences at the centennial celebration of the Schindler House.

The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles mentioned that this performance combined the cooperation of the United States, Austria, Taiwan and Korea to celebrate this important event in Southern California’s architecture and arts community. The Schindler House, designed by Austrian-American architect Rudolph Michael Schindler, is considered to be the first modern house in Los Angeles and an avant-garde salon for the most enlightened thinkers of the early 20th century. Founded in 1994 as an independent satellite of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, cooperated with the Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture, Civil Service and Sport in preserving and promoting Schindler's architecture.

Recreating scenes of the 20th century, 1:1:2 unfolds in three parts over three nights, featuring one poet/artist per night through writing, reading, and dissolving sugar words. The performance invites LA-based poets, workshop participants, and literary and performance academics, including Mei-Ling Cheng, Leona Chen and Korean poet Jessica Kim to contribute texts centering on traditional poetic forms and structures found throughout Asia. At the same time, the artist hopes to explore the ideal of “be together” as a vehicle for deconstructing romanticized, symbolic and role-playing images of Asian cultural projections and migration through the voices of Asian history, art and culture, and gender perspectives.

Ting-Jung Chen is a contemporary performance and sculptural-based artist. She studied performative art and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her art has been showcased in the “MIT (Made in Taiwan) Young Artists’ Special Exhibition” in ART TAIPEI 2020, and she is the recipient of the Kunsthalle Wien Prize in 2018 and the MAK-Schindler Scholarship in 2019. Chen participated in the MAK Center’s Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program from 2019 to 2020.

Meiling Cheng holds a Ph.D. in Drama from Yale University and is currently a professor of Theatre Critical Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) and Director of Critical Studies at the USC School of Theatre. She is also an award-winning poet and essayist, active in the international arts scene, curating, directing, and performing on the themes of performing arts, visuals, theater, feminist writing, and performance.

Leona Chen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and is the firstborn of parents raised under martial law in Taiwan and the great-granddaughter of the aboriginal Ketagalan tribe's last standing chief. Chen’s Book of Cord explores state propaganda and national and diasporic Taiwanese identity. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of TaiwaneseAmerican.org and Secretary General for the Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California.

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2023 ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship is Open for Submissions! Call for Taiwanese Translators
2022/09/07
The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA) collaborates with the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) to launch the program “Emerging Translator Mentorship.” In 2023, American translator Steve Bradbury will serve as a mentor to guide the translation of Taiwanese literary work. We welcome emerging Taiwanese translators to apply.

Founded in 1978, ALTA is an organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to literary translation. ALTA hosts the largest gathering of literary translations annually in the United States, which brings together about 500 attendees from all over the world and facilitates publications for translators. Since its inception in 2015, ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship Program was initiated to establish a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a translation project. The program has supported more than 16 language translators to join the ALTA annual conference.

The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, starting the partnership with ALTA in 2022, will continue this program in 2023 and call for promising early career translators to translate Taiwan Literature. The submission window is open now till November 30, 2022. Translators who have published no more than one full-length translated work are eligible to apply. The Ministry of Culture will support the selected translator to work with the mentor for nine months and join the ALTA annual conference in the fall of 2023. Steve Bradbury, the mentor for 2023, is an American translator who taught Modernist literature in Taiwan for years and translates the work of contemporary Chinese-language poets. He was named winner of the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for Taiwanese poet Amang’s Raised by Wolves: Poems and Conversations.

The 2023 Emerging Translator Mentorship Program is now open for online submissions till November 30, 2022, at 11:59 pm PT. All are welcome to apply through the ALTA page: 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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