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Taiwanese Original Comics and Video Games to Participate in New York Comic-Con and Anime Fest
2018/10/04

This year the New York Comic-Con collaborate with Anime Expo to host the first-ever Anime Fest @ NYCC at Pier 94 from October 4th to 7th, alongside with the New York Comic-Con in the Javits Center at the same time. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, and organized by the Taipei Cultural Center in NY and the Chinese Animation and Comic Publishers Association, nine Taiwanese comic publishers including Tongli Publishers, Sharp Point Publishing, Ever Glory Publishing Co., Ltd. Kadokawa Taiwan Co., Dala Publishing Co., Gaea Books, Friendly Land Creative Co., Ltd., Uei-Shiang Co., Ltd., and VMage Co. Ltd., and two Taiwanese video game companies including Red Candle Games and Toii Games, will be participating at a special Taiwan Pavilion. Golden Comic Awards winner Chang Shang has also been invited to hold activities to interact with fans, with the hopes of representing Taiwanese comics in the American market.


The Taiwanese Pavilion will spotlight Taiwanese comics, video games. Following on the Chen Uen exhibition at the National Palace Museum, the Taiwanese Pavilion will also introduce works of Chen Uen to exhibition participants, including Banzai, The First King, Heroes of the Eastern Chou, and translated editions of Legend of Assassins and A-Bi Sword, brought for the first time to America to be seen by readers. Well-known Taiwanese publishers including will bring works such as Ever Glory Publishing Co., Ltd.’s Attentively Listening to the Heart series, Taiwan Kadokawa Co.’s Words in the Night series, hoping to give American comic fans a different experience.


Outside of this, the Taiwanese Pavilion will allow participants to experience two different video game works, the mystery horror game Detention, and AR-based cell phone game Unforgivable: Eliza. Both are highly creative works engaging with modern Taiwanese history, which may allow American gamers to experience Taiwanese culture and history.   


The opening reception of Taiwan Pavilion will be on October 4th between 12-13 pm with free goods available for participants. Besides, there are two panels organized by them. On October 4th, the panel discussion on Unforgivable: Eliza will be held at the 350-seat capacity Mirai Stage, with Taiwanese-American author Ed Lin, a three-time winner of the Asian American Literary Awards. On October 6th, another panel event will be held by Dala Publishing Co- founder and editor-in-chief Huang Chien-Ho to discuss the recent exhibition on the works of Chen Uen exhibited at the National Palace Museum, including discussion of the history of Taiwanese comics in the 1980s and 1990s and the accomplishment of Chen Uen.


Another Taiwan booth is located in the Javits Center’s Artists Alley, with Golden Comic Award winner Chang Shang invited for four consecutive days of signings. Chang’s work Hidden Checkpoint THL won the Kyoto International Manga Award and the 8th Golden Comics Awards in the Youth Comics Category. Chang’s style is less like Japanese comics, but more similar to American comics, which may be of interest to American comic readers.


Taiwan ACG Carnival Pavilion

Anime Fest @ NYCC2018/10/4-710 am - 19 pm

Venue 1Pier 94Booth number #5422

Venue 2: Javits CenterArtist Alley G27


Ticketing Informationhttp://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Explore/Anime-Fest-At-NYCC-x-Anime-Expo/

 

Game Introduction

1.Mystery Horror Game Detention:

Created by Red Candle Games, Detention is set in the martial law period of the 1960s, in a high school in the mountains during a storm, and incorporates elements of Taiwanese culture, spiritual beliefs, and culture. This includes elements such as city gods, Heibai Wuchang, chimimōryō, weimiaofan, poe divination, shrines, fulu, and the White Terror persecution of communists, secret reports, and the political blacklist. The game is set in Cuihua Middle School, with the high school students Wei Zhong-ting and Fang Rui-xin trapped in the campus, and the two of them seeking a way to escape the school. However, they encounter ghosts and other mysteries within the school.

 

2.AR-based Cell Phone Game Unforgivable:

Unforgivable is an AR-based game, which utilizes the GPS function of smartphones, with a story which involves Taiwanese history and culture, particularly regarding the martial law period. The game hopes to introduce players to Taiwanese history, with a scenario written by Taiwanese-American author Ed Lin, involving political persecutions during the Chiang Ching-Kuo period.

 

An Introduction to Chen Uen

Chen Uen is the representative master of a generation of Taiwanese artists. Born in Daxi in Taoyuan, he was the first Taiwanese artists to establish a reputation for himself in Japan with his work, Heroes of the Eastern Chou, winning the Excellence Award from the Japan Cartoonists Association in 1991, and designing Chen Uen’s Three Kingdoms, as the first Taiwanese artist to make his name in the world of Japanese video games. He was hailed as a talent without equal in twenty years by the Asahi Shimbun, and combined eastern and western styles in his work, using watercolors and acrylics, employing dramatic tension and exquisite detail in his work. This spotlight Taiwanese comics in the international world. At the end of 2018, the exhibition, The Legacy of Chen Uen: Art, Life and Philosophy, was held at the National Palace Museum.

 

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Rare and restored films from the 1960s to be screened in U.S. for the first time—“Imaging the Avant-Garde”  in theater Oct. 17-21
2018/09/27

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to co-present a special series featuring Taiwan’s experimental films from the 1960s with Lightbox Film Center in Philadelphia and Anthology Film Archives in New York Oct. 17-21, 2018.

 

Taiwan in the 1960s was a nation marked by a repressive political climate, a heavily restricted flow of information, and a mainstream film culture that was dominated by Taiyupian (Taiwanese-language cinema) and what came to be known as “healthy realist” melodramas. Nevertheless, young Taiwanese intellectuals, who had become aware of the Western avant-garde movement through writings and translations, were eager to align themselves with the innovations of their counterparts in the West. They formed for themselves a concept of what the “avant-garde” could look like and carried out their own experiments with film and theater.

 

This year’s edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival featured a special series showcasing films from the 1960s by some of the most daring and creative artists in Taiwan. A large number of these experimental works have not been preserved, yet traces have been found and periodically studied, and gradually the 1960s has come to be known as an era of vanguard cultural activity in Taiwan. The TIDF curatorial team conducted an exhaustive search for all the films of that period. They reached out to the surviving artists (now all in their seventies or eighties), interviewed those in Hong Kong and Western art circuits who worked or were in contact with their Taiwanese counterparts, and pored through every issue of the Theatre Quarterly 劇場雜誌, the magazine that played a pivotal role in advocating the latest developments in the Western art world by dedicating more than 90% of its pages to translations of new European and American works. A rough sketch of the 1960s film experiments gradually took shape. In May, the TIDF presented this special series in Taipei, with some titles screening publicly for the first time since their completion half a century ago.

 

The TIDF team went the extra mile to search for evidence of lost films made in the 1960s, eventually putting together a filmography of 34 titles. These works collectively represent a sudden surge in creative energy and can be seen as a reflection of the unique zeitgeist of the 1960s. Moreover, the formal diversity of these works challenged the definition of the cinema, and also sketched out the rough edges of the generation’s own sense of modern film. These five programs bring the fruits of the TIDF team’s efforts to the United States for the first time! Program Director of the TIDF, Mr. Wood Lin, will be present to give pre-screening introduction.

 

The series will meet local audiences for the first time at Lightbox Film Center Oct. 17-19 and then at Anthology Film Archives Oct. 19-21.

 

Program A: Richard Yao-chi Chen’s Student Films, 1963-1966 陳耀圻的短片習作

Born in Sichuan, China, in 1938, Richard Yao-chi Chen moved to Taiwan in 1945 where he studied architecture before relocating to the U.S. He attended the Chicago Art Institute and received his MA in film studies from UCLA in 1967, and then returned to Taiwan to embark on a successful filmmaking career in the Chinese-speaking world. This program features four films Chen made while studying at UCLA. The Archer 后羿 is a hand-drawn animation of the Chinese folktale “Houyi Shoots Down the Suns” 后羿射日. Through the Years 年去年來 touches on the theme of Westward expansion by combining facts with fiction. A film about three college students, The Mountain 上山 employs a modernist narrative to reflect young people’s longing for freedom in the 1960s. The original copy of this short lay forgotten in a UCLA professor’s garage for decades and was digitally restored by the Taiwan Film Institute in 2017. Liu Pi-Chia 劉必稼, a biographical documentary depicting the life of a veteran who joined tens of thousands of others to work on national infrastructure construction projects in the 1960s, is considered Taiwan’s first cinéma vérité film.


Program B: Experimental Shorts from the 1960s 

This program presents films by five key figures, including filmmaker Pai Ching-jui 白景瑞(1931-97), painter Han Hsiang-ning 韓湘寧(born 1939), photographer Chuang Ling 莊靈 and Chang Chao-tang 張照堂, and designer Long Sih-liang 龍思良(1937-2012). While the movement was short-lived these filmmakers went on to become well-established artists in their own disciplines. Pai, the first person from Taiwan to study film in Italy, built his reputation making classic melodramas and literary adaptations. Han, still active today, is a noted painter, while Chuang and Chang are two highly respected photographers in Taiwan, and Long created many memorable visual designs for films and books.

 

The works in this program were either made as silent films or suffered damage to their soundtracks. This screening will be accompanied by a live musical performance by sound artist C. Spencer Yeh.


Program C: Experimental Shorts from the 1960s

This program includes five films by artists who were indirectly involved in the 1960s artistic experiments. The Theater Quarterly did not just serve as a medium bringing in latest news on the Western art world, but also functioned as a platform for artists to present their new creations. Macao-born, Hong Kong based film critic Law Kar 羅卡 and Hong Kong’s renowned writer Xi Xi 西西 both had briefly served as editor of Theatre Quarterly in the 1960s and made experimental films at that time which are included in this program. In addition, Tom Davenport, an American independent filmmaker, spent years studying the Chinese language and culture in Taiwan, was commissioned by National Geographic to film there. This program includes his first documentary T’ai Chi Ch’uan in which he captured the philosopher Nan Huai-chin 南懷瑾 practicing Tai-chi at Taiwan's northeastern coast.

 

The last two shorts provide an indirect view of the artistic achievements of Huang Hua-cheng 黃華成, a pivotal figure who co-founded Theater Quarterly and spearheaded the 1960s’ experimental movement in theater, film, and visual art. As none of Huang's video works have survived, the video documentation of the 1994 seminar "Theater Quarterly and I"「劇場與我」座談會, in which Huang played his 1967 experimental work Experiment 002 in the original 8mm format, allows us to have a peek of his original work, whereas The Prophet is a video remake of Huang’s first attempt in experimental theater.

 

Program D:  The Mountain + I Didn’t Dare Tell You 不敢跟你講
Mou Tun-fei 牟敦芾, 1969, 78 min, 35mm-to-digital. In Chinese with English subtitles.


Born in China in 1941, Mou Tun-fei moved to Taiwan in 1949. He declared that cinema would be his lifework when he was still an art college student. I Didn't Dare to Tell You and The End of the Track, both included in this series, are the only two feature lengths he made in Taiwan and are among the nation’s first independent titles. Both films were not released for unknown reasons, though rumor has it that the realistic depiction of the stifling society in I Didn’t Dare to Tell You and the hint of homosexuality in The End of the Track could be the causes. Discouraged by the setback, Mou spent the following years travelling in Europe and South America before working in Hong Kong for Shaw Brothers Pictures 邵氏電影. He then became known for making bloody, gory films.


In this film, a primary school student secretly works a night job to pay off his father's gambling debts, and as a result constantly dozes off during classes in the day. When the teacher investigates, a series of family disputes ensue.
Only a small number of people saw the film at private screenings upon its completion, still, its realism style spurred discussion among viewers. One reel of the film’s original 35mm copy has lost, and this only available complete copy has an abrupt, inconsistent ending that’s considered a modification by the government to serve as propaganda. This is Mou's first film after graduating from college. The script was written by Huang Gui-rong
黃貴蓉; some say it was adapted from the children’s novel Cuore (Heart) by Edmondo de Amicis.

 

Proceded by The Mountain (1966, Richard Yao-chi Chen).

 

Program E: The End of the Track 跑道終點

Mou Tun-fei 牟敦芾, 1970, 91 min, 35mm-to-digital. In Chinese with English subtitles.


Tong and Yong-sheng are inseparable playmates, but when Yong-sheng dies in a training accident with Tong present, Tong feels heartbroken and guilt-ridden. Since both families fail to understand him, and burdened by the solitude after losing his best friend, Tong falls into a downward spiral. At the time, this film was banned due to its homosexual overtones. Some felt that certain segments drew comparison with the short story The Noodle Stall 麵攤 by Chen Ying-zhen 陳映真, a key figure of Taiwan’s 1960s literary movement who was imprisoned twice for “subversive activity.”


Screening Schedule
Lightbox Film Center (3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Wed., Oct. 17  7:00pm  Program A + B (Program B with live score performance by Jeff Zeigler and Sarah Schimeneck)
Thu., Oct. 18  7:00pm  Program D
Fri., Oct. 19  6:00pm  Program C
Fri., Oct. 19  8:00pm  Program E


Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003)

Fri., Oct. 19  7:45pm  Program A
Sat., Oct. 20  5:30pm  Program C
Sat., Oct. 20  8:00pm  Program D
Sun., Oct. 21 5:15pm  Program E
Sun., Oct. 21 8:00pm  Program B (with live musical performance by C. Spencer Yeh) 


For complete programs and screening schedule, please visit the websites of Lightbox Film Center and Anthology Film Archives , or download the brochure (PDF) here: Imaging the Avant-Garde.pdf.

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Taiwanese Director Sung Hsin-yin Presents On Happiness Road during 2018 North American Tour
2018/09/25

The emerging Taiwanese director Sung Hsin-yin will embark on a North American tour this fall to present her award-winning animated feature On Happiness Road to American audiences. The tour launches on Sep. 15 in L.A. and is set to hit 15 cities including Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and more. There will be three NY shows with the director Sung Hsin-yin and/or its voice cast Wei Te-sheng in attendance for Q&As: Sep. 29 at the Taiwan Center, Sep. 30 at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, and Oct. 1 at New Design High School.

On Happiness Road tells a story spanning three decades of Taiwanese contemporary history about a girl in search of the meaning of “Life” and “Home”. This coming-of-age animation has been selected at prestigious festivals including the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival, two of the animation industry's foremost festivals. It was also the winner of Grand Prize at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival, Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, and Seoul International Animation Film Festival.

Director Sung Hsin-yin will be touring in support of this film at select screenings for post-movie discussions. Find the full schedule of the North American tour at https://www.facebook.com/pg/onhappinessroad.northamericantour/events/?ref=page_internal

New York and New Jersey screenings are hosted by the Taiwanese American Association of New York. See blow for the tour dates:

Saturday, September 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Taiwan Center (137-44 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11354)

*With voice cast, Wei Tei-sheng in person for a Q&A

Sunday, September 30, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools (112 Rues Lane

East Brunswick, NJ 08816)

*With voice cast, Wei Tei-sheng in person for a Q&A

Monday, October 1, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

New Design High School (350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002)

*With both Dir. Sung Hsin-yin and voice cast, Wei Tei-sheng in person for a Q&A

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MOUTH WATERS EARTH ‧ A Talk on Food & Culture with Taiwanese Writer Chien-fang Chang
2018/09/22

Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW) hosts an evening for language, food, art, & place to come together on a shared table. Situating her writing from the perspective of food, author Chien-fang Chang will share pieces of her recent work at the Vermont Studio Center as well as engage in a guided tasting & reading of aiyu, a plant indigenous to the mountains of Taiwan, with chef Pyna Yang. We will lead guests through the process of preparing aiyu following local tradition and discussions will follow the roots of how food opens a space for both cultural exchange and social justice. Seats limited to 50 people, so everyone cay try aiyu!


Chiengfang Chang is a Taiwanese author of three collections of short stories "One Traveller, Sixteen Tables", "A Foreign Journey Through Dining Tables", and "The Table of Gods". Chang's writing forefronts food and the space of the table as a core of greater human understanding and sympathy. As a food voyager, she writes about how eating cultures are interwoven with life stories.


Pyna Yang is a chef, writer, and traveller from Taiwan. In her restaurant that doubles as an art space, Pyna works closely with indigenous artists while focusing on seasonal ingredients from the mountains and streams as well as traditional cooking methods. Through her curation, Pyna hopes to touch the spirit of an artwork with a culinary experience that weaves together histories of human and food.

Event Information
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Asian American Writers' Workshop 
112 W 27th St Ste 600, New York, New York 10001
Open to the Public with Registration

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Japan x Taiwan | Friends of Music Concerts in New York & Washington D.C.
2018/09/20

Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ryuji Ueno Foundation and New Asia Chamber Music Society co-present a cultural collaboration between star Taiwanese and Japanese musicians.

With the understanding that music and art becomes the binding force bringing diverse cultures together, this collaboration presents representatives from the island nations to join in a unified chamber music concert. This pilot project consists of two performances, one at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City on Wednesday, September 26, followed by a performance at Evermay Concert Series at the Ryuji Ueno Foundationon the 28th.

The first half of the program showcases compositions from the two countries plus other significant classical chamber music works. The second half brings all the musicians together to re-interpret Chausson’s famed Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op.21.

ARTISTS:
Ko Sugiyama, violin 
Keng-Yuen Tseng, violin
Daisuke Yamamoto, violin 
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola 
Nan-Cheng Chen, cello
Ryo Yanagitani, piano

PROGRAM:
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) - String Trio in B-flat major, D.471
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Tzigane
Mamiko Hirai (b.1976) - Magenta Stallion
Tyzen Hsiao (1938-2015) - Piano Trio, Op.58 "The Formosa”
-Intermission-
Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) - Concert, for violin, piano & string quartet in D major, Op. 21

New York Performance
Wed. Sep. 26, 2018
7:30 pm
Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023
Tickets: $20 - $30

Washinton D.C. Performance
Fri. Sep. 28, 2018
7:00 pm
Ryuji Ueno Foundation
1623 28th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20007
Tickets: $65

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National Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan Celebrates Taiwanese Culture through music
2018/09/15

The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan is the premier orchestra of traditional Chinese instruments from Taiwan. The 2018 Michigan tour will feature a 10 piece chamber ensemble, performing original works and works based on traditional Taiwanese folk music for solo instruments and chamber ensembles.

 

*9/13/18 12 :00 pm Eastern Michigan University

*9/13/18 7:30 pm University of Michigan

*9/14/18 2:00 pm Oakland University

*9/15/18 3:00 pm Detroit Institute of Arts-Detroit Film Theater

*9/16/18 3:00 pm Detroit Institute of Arts-Rivera Court

 

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Puppet and Its Double 2018 North America Tour
2018/09/12

Mr. Ruraru’s Yard

The RVCCArts and Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival will be hosting The Puppet and Its Double from Taiwan which celebrates culture and diversity with the non-verbal show Mr. Ruraru’s Yard. 

Grouchy old Mr. Ruraru finds a log in his yard. But is it actually a log...or an alligator? This highly inventive, non-verbal puppet theatre production celebrates the joy of sharing and beauty of nature. 

This contemporary Taiwanese company brings a Japanese children’s book to life in an evocative piece about an old man who tries to keep his backyard tame and free of nature and its critters. A story for family audiences told entirely without words, but with delight and joy, and a sensory feast for people of all ages. The animals, all made from abstract pieces of driftwood, finally win Mr. Ruraru over, of course. He sees that, first of all, nature belongs in a garden, but also, that he learns to delight in nature. By getting to know nature, he discovers what it is and why it is wonderful.

New Jersey Tour

Nash Theater at RVCCArts

Friday Sep.14 at 19:00

Saturday Sep 15 at 15:00

For tickets

http://www.rvccarts.org/19/Events/Calendar.html#Ruraru

 

Vermont Tour

Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival

Saturday. Sep 22 at 11:00, 14:00

For tickets

http://puppetsinthegreenmountains.com/mr-rurarus-yard/ 


About The Puppet and its Double Theate

The Puppet and its Double Theater is recognized as one of the most iconic theatre companies in Taiwan.  Their works bridge worlds by blending contemporary puppet forms with recognizably Taiwanese cultural identity, their original design, and their choice of stories. 

Puppet & Its Double strongly believes that “everything can be a puppet,” as it makes great effort to expand the theatrical potentiality of puppetry in contemporary performing arts and to welcome every possible interdisciplinary experiment.  It is particularly known for its exquisite puppet-making and design, while its performance ranges from glove puppet, string puppet, rod puppet, table-top puppet, shadow theatre, etc.  By bringing actors and puppets together on stage and adopting a poetic theatrical language, it visualizes a world of imagination beyond what humans can do and fascinates us with its thought-provoking fantasy and transformative identities. 

Puppet & Its Double moved its base from Taipei to Wujie, Yilan in 2013, where it turned the abandoned barns into Lìzé Puppet Art Colony, equipped with rehearsal studios, a puppet building workshop, and a small performance space.  The aim of the art colony, as a major international platform for creative puppetry, is to offer domestic and foreign puppet artists a place to experiment and to exchange ideas, while it also organizes professional workshops regularly.

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