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THE RICE BOMBER and other Films from Taiwan to be featured in 2014 AAIFF

This year’s Asian American International Film Festival highlights several Taiwanese films focused on rural experiences and grassroots activism in Taiwan, in response to urbanization and globalization. This timely theme consists of the following films: THE RICE BOMBER, 100 DAYS, A TIME IN QUCHI, and short film A BREATH FROM THE BOTTOM, featured in MEMORIES FROM THE STRIKE. In addition, Tainan-based stop-motion animation artist Hui-ching Tseng will lead two stop-motion workshops with local youth. The program is sponsored by Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. Based on an actual social event, THE RICE BOMBER depicts a series of bombing incidents in Taiwan as the country entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the early 2000s. To battle the encumbrance of an unfamiliar globalized food supply, farmer Yang Rumen transforms into an advocate for local farmers. The film is an official selection for Berlinale 2014. Director Cho Li and Producer Yeh Jufeng will be in attendance. Written by Taiwanese-American screenwriter Weiko Lin and produced solely in Taiwan, 100 DAYS successfully integrates local Taiwanese flavors despite its blockbuster finesse. The heartfelt romantic comedy follows a cold-hearted telecommunications executive named Bo Dan to return to his hometown on …

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2nd Annual Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) Features Series of Concerts by World Class Pianists at Curtis Institute of Music, July 26 – August 2

CONTACTS: Edward McNally, Above The Fold PR 404.281.6419, mcnally259@gmail.com Ching-Yun Hu, PYPA Artistic Director 267-423-0925, PYPA@yunhsiang.org For eight days this summer, eighteen outstanding young pianists from across the US and the world will gather at the Curtis Institute of Music to study one-on-one with four international concert masters; Ching-Yun Hu (Taiwan / US), Jerome Lowenthal (US), Alexandre Moutouzkine (Russia) and Zou Xiang (China). Established last year by Philadelphia-based pianist Ching-Yun Hu, The Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy (PYPA) is designed to help young artists from Asia and the West achieve their dreams of professional careers as world class concert pianists. Between July 26 and August 2, 2014, the public is invited to the 240-seat Field Concert Hall at Curtis Institute to attend a series of solo concerts by Hu, Lowenthal, Moutouzkine and Xiang, the prestigious faculty of PYPA 2014 as well as a chamber music concert featuring Ching-Yun Hu with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. All concerts will be performed on the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano made available to PYPA through a generous donation by Yamaha. Public concert highlights include: •7:30 pm, Saturday, July 26 – Ching-Yun Hu Solo All Chopin Recital* *this concert will be recorded live for Cristal …

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Isa Ho participates ISE NY Art Search 2013 AWARD WINNERS EXHIBITION

Exhibition: July 11, 2014 – August 30, 2014 Organized by: ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION, 555 Broadway, New York NY 10012 Opening Reception: Friday, July 11, 6-8PM, ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery, 555 Broadway, New York NY 10012 Taiwanese artist, Isa Ho is selected to participate the ISE NY Art Search 2013 AWARD WINNERS EXHIBITION. She, who was the grantee of ACC (Asia Cultural Council) in 2012, has created digital arts and photographs for many years. The ISE NY Art Search is an annual program looking for artists who are willing to show new and innovative work. This year 6 artists including Isa Ha are selected to have a group show at ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery. Taipei Cultural Center in New York cordially invites audience to see the exhibition. The Ministry of Culture in Taiwan is pleased to sponsor Isa Ho to come to New York for the opening reception. Artist’s Statement Many people refer “Girls” series to “Falling Down” series. The girls in the photographs and also the girls who have been transformed into animals are all captured from the bottom-up in a “falling-down” mode. My objective is to talk about the ambiguous self-awareness and the singularized value outlook observed in today’s …

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Five Colleges, Incorporated will Launch “Spotlight Taiwan Project”

A collaboration between Five Colleges, Incorporated and the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will bring a taste of Taiwanese culture to western Massachusetts in the coming school year. Spotlight Taiwan, a project initiated by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, will bring a variety of performers to college campuses and local schools.   An agreement signed on July 1 by Five Colleges Executive Director Neal Abraham and Director General Anne Hung of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston launched the $50,000 project for Five Colleges, working in partnership with the Asian Arts and Culture Program at the University of Massachusetts’ Fine Arts Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The 18-month collaboration will bring to the area three highly selective artistic companies – one in music, one in puppetry and theater, and one in dance. In addition, Five College area community groups will organize such local celebrations of Taiwan culture as a Chinese New Year Festival and dragon boat races.   “This is an opportunity for Taiwan to connect with the world through our culture,” said Lung Ying-tai, Taiwan’s minister of culture. The Spotlight Taiwan project, with Taiwanese contemporary art as its subject, is an effort to share Taiwanese perspectives of history, …

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American Version of the Man with the Compound Eyes Published

Taiwanese author, Wu Ming-yi, has had his American Version of the Man with the Compound Eyes published this year. English version was published in 2013 and gained many positive reviews from main media including The Independent (London) , The Guardia, etc. About the book When a tsunami sends a massive island made entirely of trash crashing into the Taiwanese coast, two very different people—an outcast from a mythical island and a woman on the verge of suicide—are united in ways they never could have imagined. Here is the English-language debut of a new and exciting award-winning voice from Taiwan, who has written an “astonishing” novel (The Independent) that is at once fantasy, reality, and dystopian environmental saga. A work of lyrical beauty that combines magical realism and environmental fable, The Man with the Compound Eyes is an incredible story about the bonds of family, the meaning of love, and the lasting effects of human destruction. About the author Born in Taipei in 1971, Wu Ming-yi, full professor in the Department of Sinophone Literature of the National Dong Hwa University, is a writer specialized in nature writing and fiction. His debut title Lord Tiger, a compilation of short stories, garnered the …

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Taipei, Grass Mountain Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Open-Call

To effectively utilize the space, and sustain the workshop as the basis for fine arts, facilitate the realm conveniently located at Yang Ming National Park in Taipei Taiwan with picturesque environment, draw on the abundant historical resources of the Grass Mountain Chateau to create scope of dialogue among venue of cultural heritage, ecology, fine arts, and local residents, so as to provide workspace for artists to conduct creative activities of multiple nature, bring arts into leisure of common people, and enhance the effectiveness of the platform for the exchange of culture and arts. Selections are applied to provide accommodation for specific range of time so as to enable the artist to conduct creative activity, performance, or rehearsal. As a group, the artists and artistic groups can station at No. 91 workshop which is an area for group creativity. The house artists are obliged to discuss the mandatory open house during designated time and place as they station here so that the general public can view and exchange ideas at the workshop. For 2015, the application will be accepted from May 1 to July 31. Applicants should fill out the standard form provided by the Grass Mountain Chateau. Application form should …

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Taiwan’s KANO and other films to be featured in 2014 NYAFF

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that 4 most anticipated films, including Umin Boya’s period baseball epic KANO, will be featured in this year’s New York Asian Film Festival, which starts from June 27 to July 14 at Lincoln Center Film Society. KANO (North American premiere) is previously announced as of is festival’s Centerpiece Presentation, and the director Umin Boya will attend the screening. NYAFF will also honor Jimmy Wong Yu with the 2014 Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently enjoying a bright Indian Summer in his long career, with juicy roles in Chung Mong-hong’s art-house slasher Soul (2013), he has set the template for modern kung-fu movies with The Chinese Boxer (1970), and was instrumental in kicking off the swordfighting (wuxia) movie craze with his star-making performance in Chang Cheh’s The One Armed-Swordsman (1967). CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION North American Premiere KANO (2014) Country: Taiwan Language: Japanese, Taiwanese, Hakka, and Taiwan Aboriginal with English subtitles Director: Umin Boya The star of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale and already an award-winning television director, Umin Boya, makes his feature-film directorial debut with the true story of Kagi Agriculture and Forestry Public School’s baseball team. Known as the pioneers …

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Hai-Hsin Huang Solo Exhibition in New York

June 26- July 17, 2014 Reception/ Thursday, June 26, 6-8PM Leigh Wen Fine Art / 548 West 28th Street, #636, New York, NY 10001 Taiwanese artist Huang Hai-Hsin’s 2015 Solo Exhibition is on view at 548 W28th Street, #636 in New York. Huang’s deeply psychological and perceptive works distill elements from everyday scenes, and reanimate them in wonderfully twisted arrangements of humor, awkwardness and felt imagination uniquely conducive to painting. These small, curious pockets of narratives expand and implode without consideration for resolution, and never lose touch with their roots in observation and reality. Huang cites Luc Tuymans, Balthus, Munch and Hopper as critical inspirations, and employs a striking palette that is often exaggeratedly saturated and somewhat jarring. Her early works were influenced by source images such as vintage photograph and digitally compressed online thumbnails; she later abandoned her attempt to simulate the ghostly haze of aged photos with paint, and her newest work is a bright suite of seemingly simple moments, articulated with brash and decidedly in-focus brush strokes. They document the plentiful, often overlooked possibilities of absurdity that make up and enliven modern society, a world that is no longer sensible to be measured against one continuous frame …

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Film Thursday of Taiwan Academy presents The documentary “CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE SOUL — Chang Kuang-Pin” on Thursday

It is our pleasure to announce that Taiwan Academy of TECO in New York will launch its Film Thursday program with “Salute to the Masters: National Cultural Award Laureate Documentary” film series, which includes 3 documentaries of National Cultural Award laureates. The 3rd documentary about the calligrapher Chang Kuang-Pin will be screened on June 26th.   CALLIGRAPHY FROM THE SOUL — Chang Kuang-Pin 6:30 pm, Thursday, June 26th, please RSVP here  This documentary has been honored with Special Jury Remi Award in 44th Annual World Fest- Houston International Film Festival, 2011. Professor Chang Kuang-Pin is one of the prominent barriers of Chinese calligraphy and paintings. He has spent almost a century in studying, creating and teaching, the 100-year-old professor still moves forward in his settlement in Chinese calligraphy and painting. His insights in life and open-minded attitude are all reflected in his pursuit of line, texture and metaphors. Very much different from that of most modern artists who stress to represent partial visual world, his works always try to cast lights upon his admiration toward landscapes in calligraphy and painting.   After the screening of Chang Kuang-Pin the 2 documentaries screened before, Li Tai Hsiang and Tyzen Hsiao, will be …

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