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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.

For more information about the event, please visit https://www.makcenter.org/events/edible-poetry-i
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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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Visit Taiwan Exhibit “Taiwan On the Move” at the 2022 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference
2022/08/25
The 2022 Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Annual Conference will take place from August 29th to September 1st in Calgary, Canada, and this year’s event is the first post-pandemic reopening. Partnered with National Taichung Theater, the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles features the Taiwan Exhibit themed “Taiwan On the Move.” The booth will present 8 Taiwanese performing arts groups/productions that are slated for touring through America, including A Root, B.DANCE, HORSE, Huang Yi Studio +, Tjimur Dance Theatre, Puppet & Its Double Theater, Storytellers Musical Lab and “Whispers of Trees” (by Chou, Hsuan-hung & Wei, Zhao-yi). The attending industry professionals are welcome to explore more about Taiwan’s performing arts through dance, music and puppetry.

Established in 1967, WAA is a membership association of performing arts professionals throughout the Western United States and WAA’s annual conference takes place each year in August. The Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is also collaborating with the Taipei Cultural Center in New York to create the website “Performing Arts from Taiwan” (http://performingartstw.apiobuild.com/). The website is an e-catalog for presenters to know more about Taiwan’s Performing Arts groups/artists and to make quick evaluations. Most of those outstanding groups are supported by the “Taiwan Brand” or “Taiwan Top” grant project. More detailed information can be found on the website, such as the production info kit, tour schedule, contact person, video and photos, and the content is updated annually. For more information about the 2022 WAA Annual Conference, please visit: https://www.westarts.org/conference-2022
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2022 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Short Film Scholarship is now OPEN  Call for talented Taiwanese short filmmakers
2022/08/24
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, in partnership with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Asian World Film Festival (AWFF), welcomes talented Taiwanese short film filmmakers to submit their applications for the HFPA scholarship. Up to twelve selected Asian short films will be screened at the AWFF’s short film program in 2022. The winner, chosen by a designated Jury of HEPA, will be awarded a US$5,000 scholarship and a Snow Leopard trophy at the AWFF’s event.

The submission for the HFPA scholarship is open now until September 30, 2022. The narrative short film (not animation or documentary) completed in 2021 or 2022 and produced or directed by a Taiwanese, Taiwanese American or anyone of Taiwanese descent (or a cast of mainly Taiwanese), are all eligible to apply. To showcase the new talented filmmaker, the film must be one of the filmmaker’s first three films and no longer than 15 minutes in length.

Twelve finalists will be preliminarily selected by AWFF, and HFPA will choose the winner. Taiwanese short filmmakers are welcome to submit through taiwanacademyla@moc.gov.tw

For more details, please see the attached ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 2022 or contact felicia@moc.gov.tw

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Taiwan's Ministry of Culture and Museum of Vancouver Signed First-Ever MOU and Launched the Joint Exhibition
2022/08/10
On August 10, 2022, Taiwan's Ministry of Culture and the Museum of Vancouver launched a new collaboration with a Memorandum of Understanding and the first joint exhibition, " In Reflection Across the Shore." Te-Yun Chien, Director of the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, represented the Ministry of Culture at the signing ceremony, while Mr. Brenda van Engelen, Board Member, and Viviane Gosselin, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Culture, represented the Vancouver Museum. The ceremony was followed by a spectacular musical performance by Kanatal, a Taiwanese indigenous band.

In recent years, cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Canada have become increasingly close. This year, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada organized a series of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Dr. George Leslie Mackay's visit to Taiwan. With support from Taiwan's Ministry of Culture, the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles also organized the joint exhibition "In Reflection Across the Shore" at the Vancouver Museum. The two parties signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding, during which three exhibitions and two series of events will be held in close cooperation. This exhibition opens from August 5 to November 6 and features 46 works by two participating artists, Yu-Wen Wang and Edward Juan, as well as artist dialogues and workshops on topography and paper dyeing.

As indicated by the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles, the Museum of Vancouver is the largest municipal museum in Canada and is a historical, cultural and artistic landmark museum with a collection of over 85,000 artworks and historical artifacts. Through the signing of the MOU, we hope to enhance the capacity for cultural exchange between the two sides and highlight the spirit of multiculturalism through stories, exhibits and shared experiences.

Artist Yu-Wen Wang holds an M.F.A. from the National Taipei University of the Arts, and has exhibited at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, and the Jeonbuk Museum of Art, Korea. Moving to Taitung in 2005, she has been deeply influenced by her living environment. The nourishing influence of the mountains and the sea has also brought her creativity closer to the issues of self and nature.

Artist Edward Juan identifies as a queer Taiwanese Canadian with ethnic roots from the Hakka and Plains First Nations people of Taiwan. He holds a degree from California College of the Arts. In 2020, he was selected as an ambassador for BC Culture Days to promote multiculturalism in British Columbia. He specializes in the production of water-based inks derived from natural ingredients for screen printing and wood relief prints, as well as textiles and paper made from plant-based materials.

For more information about the event, please visit https://museumofvancouver.ca/in-reflection-across-the-shore
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Taiwanese Comic Creators Penguin Noodle and Mukeke Attend 2022 San Diego Comic-Con International Taiwan Exhibit
2022/07/13
“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 (https://taiwan-comic-city.taicca.tw/), 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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