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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moreover, there will be an online talk on “Survival is the Adventure! Mayfly Island's Dream of Near-future Animation.” Dr. Wan-Chun Ma, winner of the Scientific and Technical Achievement Award at the Academy Awards, Klimt Lin, director of the Taiwanese animation Mayfly Island, and its screenwriter, Shang-Chiao Li, have all been invited to share on Mayfly Island’s story and worldview, ecological crisis and Austronesian culture. They will also discuss the power of Taiwanese animation, challenges faced during the animation process, how 2D and 3D technologies complement each other and how they can innovate animation content and special effects production. The exclusive animation sketches of Mayfly Island will also be disclosed during the talk. All are welcome to watch the online talk through the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles’ YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxEfHKoDsDUXsROj_QGTPzA. For more highlights and the latest updates from the Taiwan Exhibit, please visit: https://www.comic-con.org/
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“Divine Immersion: The Experiential Art of Nick Dong” Now Open at the USC Pacific Asia Museum
2021/07/14
The Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, partnering with the USC Pacific Asia Museum, presents “Divine Immersion: The Experiential Art of Nick Dong” from now until October 3, 2021, featuring six works by Taiwanese artist Nick Dong: Spacetime, Divine Moments, Heaven, Mendsmith Project, Im-mersion and Becoming Horizon. This exhibition has been selected as the most healing contemporary art dialogue in the post-pandemic era by the USC Pacific Asia Museum. All are welcome to visit and experience it. For more information, please visit https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/exhibitions/current/

Nick Dong’s creations span the fields of art, spirituality, science, and group healing. With meditation combined with the transformation of art forms, he takes the audience through a healing journey of his designs in a sequential manner. From the beginning, the fantasy mechanics of the installation leads the audience to ascend to the heavenly realm and release their pain. Immediately afterward, the audience feels the fall to the human world, repairing the tangible and intangible cracks through metalwork. Then, the audience enters into an immersion in a sound installation that purifies the mind. At the end, when arriving at the shining and quiet waters, the audience regains the energy of life and faces the future with courage.

In order to promote the exhibition, a series of activities will be held during the exhibition period, such as artist talks, experiential workshops, meditation, music performances, my master creations, second free Sunday, etc. For registration information, please visit https://pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu/calendar/

Nick Dong graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, Division of Creative Arts in the Tunghai University of Taiwan and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Metalworking and Jewelry Design from the University of Oregon. He currently lives in Oakland, California. He is a conceptual artist and engineer who combines metalworking, modern technology, and multimedia installations. His artworks use science and precision components, as well as sound, light, shadow, etc., to present supernatural visual effects and interactivity, providing audiences with a special immersive art experience. The power of art can only be fully appreciated by stepping into his meticulously created space.

Established in 1971, the USC Pacific Asia Museum is one of the few major museums in the United States with a mission to collect art objects from the Asian and Pacific regions. The museum hosts exhibitions, community, and educational programs throughout the year. In 2013, the museum was integrated into the USC system, strengthening its academic research and educational functions in art and culture, and expanding its influence in Southern California.

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Taiwanese Artist Chou Tung-yen Invited to “The Next Stage” Webinar Series Episode 3
2021/06/17

The last 12 months have forced us to “stop, collaborate and listen” as we work toward a new normal. As the field embraces “green” touring, deeper community engagement, and artists as partners, how do we evolve the residency to maximize the impact and minimize the environmental toll? What do artists and communities need from each other? Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles partners with Western Arts Alliance (WAA) to present a webinar event titled as “Rethinking Residencies” which will be held at 5PM PDT on June 23rd, 2021. The Artistic Director of Very Theatre Chou Tung-Yen with performing arts professionals in the U.S. will be invited to explore the residency as a sustainable model for artist and community-centered presenting.

This event is the third webinar of the “The Next Stage” series. The panelists include Taiwanese artist Chou Tung-yen, Jaciel Neri (the founder of CAMP_iN), Reneltta Arluk (Director of Indigenous Arts at BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity), Rosie Herrera (Artistic Director of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater) and Erin Boberg Doughton (Artistic Director & Curator of Performance at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art). And the moderator Christopher K Morgan, the Director of the Dance Residency Program at Art Omi, has joined many residency programs as being a Native Hawaiian choreographer. This event will be held through Zoom while livestreaming on WAA’s YouTube channel and Facebook. All are welcome to join the webinar at Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89404118783?pwd=YWd4Rm5kc3UrYVNDZWl2anlUQ05KQT09.
For reviewing the last two webinars of “The Next Stage” series, please visit WAA’s website (https://www.westarts.org/), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/westernartsalliance) and YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMk9BRsCSO9cAhUqkDx4R2w).

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“Focus on Taiwan” Launched at Frameline45
2021/06/12
Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the most widely recognized LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. Taiwan is the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. The two LGBTQ+ parties partnered for the first time in 2020, showcasing various Taiwanese LGBTQ creative film contents to the international audience. This year, with the support from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles partners again with Frameline45 San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival to virtually present “Focus on Taiwan” through June 17-27, 2021. This program comprises 3 feature films, 1 shorts block entitled “Taiwan Shorts,” and a “Taiwan Focus” panel discussion. The shorts block and the panel are free for viewing. All films can be viewed On-Demand throughout the United States. All are welcome to watch online.

Among the feature lineup of “Focus on Taiwan,” the Golden Horse Awards winner “Dear Tenant” centers around the ties that bind a trio of a tenant, a landlord and her grandson. Directed by Yu-Chieh Cheng, it is a moving portrait of not only gay love, but also unconditional love and family relationship. It won the 2020 Golden Horse Awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Film Score. Another feature film “As We Like It,” co-directed by Hung-i Chen and Muni Wei, is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Boasting the first Taiwanese film with all-female cast, it depicts the love fairytales of four couples. It was selected for the Big Screen Competition of the 2021 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Directed by Arvin Chen, another feature film “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” clashes against traditional format of romance films with multiple storylines reflecting modern people’s confusion over love, marriage, and life. It was selected for the “Panorama” section in the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

Regarding the short films, “Unnamed” is about the young generation crying out in frustration in this era when sexuality and self-identity have become uncategorizable; “Taiwan Pride for the World” presents a pride parade in Taipei during the COVID-19 pandemic; “Hidden” is about a thirteen-year-old teenager who hides his sexuality and is getting lost while growing up; “Undercurrent” portrays men living in Taiwan under martial law, who strived to escape from government, society, and the affection buried in their hearts. Moreover, director Hui-yu Su’s new work “The Women’s Revenge” will be screened at “Dark Twisted Fantasies.” As the current iteration of Hui-yu Su’s “reshooting” series which revisits banned cinematic works during Taiwan’s period of martial law, this film reimagines those of female-driven exploitation in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Another highlight of “Focus on Taiwan” program is the Taiwan Focus panel that will be available at 5:30pm PDT on Jun 23, 2021, where it will be broadcast on Frameline’s Facebook and YouTube channels. This in-depth talk will invite filmmakers and industry professionals to share the various development of LGBTQ cinema in Taiwan, and its recent rise on Netflix and other streaming platforms.

Founded in 1977 by media arts nonprofit Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival has become the longest-running and largest LGBTQ film festival in the United States. With an annual attendance of 60,000+, the festival is held every year for 11 days in late June that coincides with the annual San Francisco Pride parade. This year, Frameline45 is going big in compliance with the COVID-19 policies. It extends duration of the Festival from June 10 to 27 in both online and offline format. For more information, please visit https://www.frameline.org/festival.

About Focus on Taiwan
Film screenings: https://www.frameline.org/festival/film-guide-x7877?country=564 
“Taiwan Focus” panel: https://www.frameline.org/festival/film-guide/frameline-talk-taiwan-focus 

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Explore Performance in a Digital Age in “The Next Stage” Webinar Series Episode 2
2021/05/20

Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles partners with Western Arts Alliance (WAA) to present a series of webinars events titled as “The Next Stage” in 2021. Following the first webinar “Creation in Isolation - Adversity Meets Innovation,” the second event “Extending Our Reach - Performance in a Digital Age” will be held at 5PM PST on May 26th. The panelists LIN Ting-Chun (The Director of Programming and International Development at the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei), Ty Defoe (Interdisciplinary Artist), Janet Cowperthwaite (Manager of Kronos Quartet), and Seth Parker Woods (Cellist) are invited to talk with moderator Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti (Musician & Composer) and to share how to explore the possibility of using technology in performances.

The pandemic accelerates the technology application in performing arts. Now the virtual programs are not simply to replay the recording of live show. Performing arts groups, artists and venues make use of technology to create new productions and viewing experiences. The National Theater & Concert Hall at Taipei launched the first 5G-themed stage show Kaleidoscope in 2020. By using Virtual Reality 360-degree video, multi-view selection and 5G core networks, this production allowed the performers to interact with the audience by technology devices beyond the limits of time and space. In 2020 Under the Radar Festival, Interdisciplinary Artist Ty Defoe worked with All My Relations Collective to present Revolving Sky. This work merges immersive performance with interactive multimedia to explore indigenous knowledge, science and climate crisis. The virtual program Testimony features Kronos Quartet performance in an empty concert hall paired with the clip by special guest famous singer Meklit. Cellist Seth Parker Woods is a new Artist-in-Residence with the Kaufman Music Center. Like Woods, the moderator Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti is a musician and composer who makes music incorporating with electronic elements.

This event will be held through Zoom while livestreaming on WAA’s YouTube channel and Facebook. All are welcome to join the webinar at:

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVyKMuYq6uE

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