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I Wan Jan Puppet Theater 2016 US Tour

I Wan Jan Puppet Theater from Taiwan, invited by Flushing Town Hall, Mid-Manhattan Library, Chinese- American Art Council, and Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, is visiting New York, Ann Arbor from May 20 to May 25 and performing the acclaimed “A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage” (巧遇姻緣). A Chance Encounter Leads Marriage is a mesmerizing, traditional hand puppet show based on Peking Opera. This non-verbal piece tells the tale of a young couple’s chance meeting at a festival that has puppets juggling, performing martial arts and much more. A Chance Encounter Leads to Marriage, read as Qiao-Yu-Yin-Yuan. This non-verbal piece tells the tale of a young couple’s chance meeting at a festival that has puppets juggling, performing martial arts and much more. This classic performance will showcase the puppets’ fine movements, such as the young male character (Sheng 生) folding a fan, the female character (Dan 旦) holding an umbrella, an older male (Mo 末) smoking, the clown (Chou 丑)falling from a chair, and street entertainers’ bustling martial arts and acrobatic acts. Without any language barriers, A Chance Encounter Leads Marriage will entertain kids as well as adults. The first performance in New York will be held in the Mid-Manhattan Library …

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Hello Taiwan! Tour 2016 will be launched on May 18th

Sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and Taipei Cultural Center, organized by P2TW, Inc., the ”Hello Taiwan!” Tour 2016 will last 9 days from May 18th to 26th of May. The serial concerts will take place in New York, Washington DC, Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia. We are excited to invite 2 famous indie bands from Taiwan to the United States. As part of the tour, two bands from Taiwan “Paramount” and “Kung Fu Entertainment” will experience a cultural exchange by touring US east coast in various live houses. On yearly basis, the Taiwanese American Community holds the “Hello Taiwan“ concert which originated in 2010 as a measure to bridge some disconnect observed among younger generations interested in music. The inaugural show was held at the Taiwan Center around Thanksgiving, providing the perfect opportunity to blend community, family, and great music. The influence of the Hello Taiwan concert continued to grow, and in 2012 Taiwanese bands took to the road for an East coast music tour under the brand “Hello Taiwan Tour”. The Hello Taiwan tour was a major success, allowing the artists to promote their music and Taiwan at the same time and it also has deep ties with the …

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2016 Macroview TV Contest: Rules and Guidelines

The Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan) has held the Macroview TV Contest since 2009 to enhance interaction and communication of Compatriots worldwide. The theme of this year is “Compatriots of the World”. Overseas Chinese are invited to share their touching stories by photographs and videos, creating the focal point of contact among Chinese worldwide. Please visit http://video.ocacmactv.net/ or https://zh-hk.facebook.com/MacroviewTV for more information. –Submission:From April 29st 2016 noon to July 29 2016 noon.(Taiwan time) –Short list announced:late-August –Online voting: late-August –Winners Announced:Results will be announced on event website in mid-September. –Award ceremony:The ceremony is expected to be held in November 201

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One Day We Become Whites Chapbook Launch Reading

Taipei Cultural Center, No, Dear Magazine and Small Anchor Press (ND/SA) Present Chialun Chang   Friday, May 13th, 2016, 6:30 PM TECO (1 East 42 Street, New York NY10017)   Free Admission, RSVP required, or please e-mail to 0573@tpecc.org   This release and reading honors Chialun Chang and her first chapbook, One Day We Become Whites, published by No, Dear Magazine and Small Anchor Press (ND/SA). Chialun Chang is a visual artist and writer born in Taipei and now living in NYC. She is recipient of a 2015 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Fellowship from NYFA and a 2016 Emerging Writers Fellowship from Poets House. No, Dear is a Brooklyn-based poetry journal featuring new local writing loosely centered on a single-word theme. Since 2012, the mission of ND/SA has been to be the publisher of first chapbooks by writers living in New York City. Doing this enables emerging voices to actively participate in the writing community. The writers’ chapbooks have received attention from PEN Sound, Brooklyn Congresswoman Laurie Cumbo, and Timeout New York. These publications are as broad and diverse as the voices of the authors. The evening will feature poetry by Chialun Chang, B.C. Edwards, Krystal Languell, Emily Skillings, and Wendy Xu and will …

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HER Gaze : An Exhibition of Contemporary Women Artists from Taiwan

On view from May 3rd to 25th, 2016, the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is delighted to present HER Gaze, an exhibition of paintings by women artists born in the 1980s. Organized by independent curator Josiane Lih-Huei Lai, HER Gaze showcases nearly 20 paintings by eight female artists: CHANG Chia-Ying (b.1982), CHANG En-Tzu (b.1983), Joyce HO (b.1983), HO Szu-Wei (b.1985), HUANG Hai-Hsin (b.1984), HSIEH Yi-Ju (b.1983), YEN Yu-Ting (b.1989), and HSIAO Chu-Fang (b.1980). It is an opportunity to explore the styles and focus of these young artists from Taiwan. The renowned 20th century British feminist writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) wrote in the collection of essays, A Room of One’s Own (1929), that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” She plainly pointed out that as long as a woman can maintain her independence, she can fulfill her creative desires. The female artists in this exhibition were all born between 1980-1989, more than 100 years after Woolf. They are not burdened with much baggage from the past. Growing up in the age of greater gender equality, the female artists of this generation do not deliberately discourse on feminist …

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Taiwanese short film PING PONG COACH wins Student Visionary Award at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

The Taiwanese short film PING PONG COACH, as the only Mandarin one selected by 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, was honored with the Student Visionary Awards at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, April 21. This film tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl, who falls for her ping pong coach as the father of her best friend and ping pong partner. The jury panel contributes its success to, “For its naturalistic tone and compelling performances, this film impacted us in a real way.” This film also receives $5,000 sponsored by HBO. The director Liu Yi and screenwriter Yang Chieh, both the current second-year film students in Columbia University, dedicated the Tribeca award to their film crew including their co-producer Chang Yu-Yen and Huang Zen, assistant director Yang Ya-Chi, cinematographer Wen Shi-Pei, production design Lin Yu-Ting, and costume design Chung Tun. PING PONG COACH is selected from 74 nominated shorts by the jury panels and given awards by Sharon Badal, Tribeca’s Vice President of Shorts Programming on Thursday evening in New York.

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TAIWAN CINEMA: YESTERDAY AND TODAY

It is our pleasure to announce the symposium and film screenings in cooperation with Columbia University and Taipei Cultural Center celebrating the release of An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies edited by Jim Cheng, James Wicks, and Sachie Noguchi. 4/21/2016 ※10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Film Screening: Banana Paradise / 香蕉天堂 (Wang Tong, 1989) 1:00 p.m | What Does the Taiwan New Cinema Movement Mean 30 Years Ago? 1:45 p.m. | Dire Straits: Representation of 1949 and Wang Tong’s Cinema 3:15 p.m.| Recent Taiwan Films: Currencies & Circulations ※5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Taipei Cultural Center, please RSVP here 5:30 p.m. | Reception for the Book Release 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Film Screening: Buddha, Bless America / 太平天國 (Wu Nianzhen, 1996)   4/22/2016 ※10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 203 Film Screening | Maverick / 菜鳥 (Chen Wen-tang, 2015) ※7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Taipei Cultural Center, please RSVP here Film Screening | 10 + 10 (Hou Hsiao-hsien and other 19 leading directors of Taiwan, 2011)   The book project An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies …

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Fresh Taiwan Cinema Ping Pong Coach and 3 Islands debuting at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and 2016 NYC Indie Film Festival

As the only Mandarin film selected by this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), Ping Pong Coach will compete for the best short film along with other 52 films from 23 different countries. Its world premiere will be shown at TFF on Saturday, April 16 in attendance with the new talented director Liu Yi and screenwriter Yang Chieh, who are both the current second-year film students in Columbia University. Ping Pong Coach began its production in July 2015 with filming taking place in various locations around Taipei and Taoyuan City in Taiwan, telling a story of a fifteen-year-old girl, Tsi-An, fallen in love with her ping pong coach, who happens to be the father of her best friend and ping pong partner. The other keenly observational Taiwanese film chosen for 2016 NYC Independent Film Festival, 3 Islands, directed by Lin Xinyi, will screen on Thursday, April 28. 3 Islands’ documentary images try to shift from literary writings to the actual fixing of body-scene. Adopting literature as well as the personal research and practices of artists as scripts, paralleled with reversible movements of the flesh, this film recounts the unknown history and the symptomatic interpretations of the 3 islands of East Asia. For …

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Spring 2016 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering The Beauty and Sadness of History

Spring 2016 Taiwan Film Series — Discovering the Beauty and Sadness of History   The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce that it will launch its Spring 2016 Taiwan Film Series with the theme of “Discovering Taiwan’s History.” The series includes three documentaries which were recently released in Taiwan, the screen dates are as follows:   1. Attabu (Documentary, 2013, 90 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 28th 2. Attabu II (Documentary, 2015,108 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 26th 3. Wansei Back Home(Documentary, 2015, 111 min) 6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 23rd   ‘’Attabu’’ comes from the language of the Pingpu aboriginals. The seemingly unfamiliar term of the ‘’Attabu LIN Family” refers to the Wufeng LIN Family, one of the five notable clans in Taiwan. The movie focuses on the history of the LIN family, and provides an overview of the historical changes that took place in Taiwan on both a micro and macroscale over a 200 year period, demonstrating how the two are tightly intertwined with one another.   Venue: Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) B1 Screening Room Complimentary admission with RSVP TEL: 212-697-6188 ext. 9 …

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