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The Afterlife of Live Performance: Panel Discussion with Huang Po-chih, Su Hui-Yu, and Yu Cheng-Ta
2019/11/06

Tuesday, November 12, 6:00-7:30pm
Performa Hub | 47 Wooster Street, NY
Free and open to the public


This panel is organised by Asia Art Archive in America and presented as part of the Performa 19 Biennial.


How do artists think about the longevity of their live performances? What are their hopes for the "after-life" of an ephemeral practice, if any? What might be lost in translation if a live time-based or performative work is captured, recorded, and re-imagined in another medium?


Please join us as we raise these and other questions around live art and documentation with three artists commissioned to make new works as part of the Taiwanese Pavilion for the Performa 19 Biennial, Huang Po-Chih, Su Hui-Yu, and Yu Cheng-Ta. In this panel conversation, moderated by artist and Professor at the University of California, Irvine, Simon Leung, each artist will address their relationship to their past work, current commissioned projects debuting at Performa 19, and how both might be experienced in the future.


 
Huang Po-Chih explores agriculture, economics, and global production; by surveying the local histories of the places he has worked—including Taiwan, the Philippines and Mexico—he charts the evolution of late-Capitalist globalization and the impact this system has on the environment. Huang's multifaceted artistic practice ranges from fiction writing and film documentaries to farming and social enterprise. Huang has exhibited internationally at the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), Hong Kong (2019); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul (2018); and Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2015). His work has also been featured in the Taipei Biennale (2014 and 2016) and Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014). He is a recipient of the Prudential Eye Award (2016) and the Taipei Arts Award (2013).


Su Hui-Yu is interested in the connections between media, images, body, history and everyday life. In his videos, he explores both mass media’s impact on viewers, and the projection of viewers’ thoughts and desires onto media. Su additionally draws from his experiences of being surrounded by state apparatuses and terrorism, and ideas of the self and other, and illusion and reality. Su’s works have been shown at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2019); Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2018–2019); Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei (2017, 2011, 2008, 2005); Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2016, 2010); Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca (2014); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2013); and San José Museum of Art (2010). His film Super Taboo (2017) was an official selection in the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and was nominated in the short film category for the festival’s Tiger Award.


Yu Cheng-Ta currently lives and works in Taipei. He often involves verbal communication with the subjects and viewers in a playful manner to create the concept of “life theater.” Yu earned both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He was a recipient of the Beacon Prize at Art Fair Tokyo (2012) and Taipei Arts Award (2008). Yu participated in the Shanghai Biennale (2014), CAFAM Biennale (2014), Queens International (2013), International Biennial of Media Art (2012), Venice Biennale, Taiwan Pavilion (2009), Biennale Cuvée 08 (2009), and Taipei Biennial (2008). In 2018, he presented his film project Tell Me What You Want (2015-2017) at Centre Pompidou and Kunsthal Charlottenborg.


Simon Leung (梁碩恩) was born in Hong Kong and lives in New York and Los Angeles. His work has been presented at the Gwangju Biennale, the Venice Biennale, the Guangzhou Triennial, the Whitney Biennial, as well as in venues through out the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Leung’s projects include an opera set in Griffith Park; a live/video performance addressing AIDS in the figure of the glory hole; a trilogy on “the residual space of the Vietnam War;” and an extended proposal of Duchamp’s oeuvre as a discourse in ethics. His latest project, “Introduction to Yvonne Rainer / Beijing” is currently on view at the Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. Leung is Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art at the University of California, Irvine; and co-editor, with Zoya Kocur, of Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985, which has been translated into Chinese and Korean.

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New Plays from Taiwan: What's Next After Marriage Equality?
2019/11/05

Thursday, November 14
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016
6:30pm Readings + Panel
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served

In May 2019, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Join us for an evening with Taiwanese playwrights, Chao Chi-Yun  (趙啟運), Lin Meng-Huan (林孟寰), and  Liu Chien-Kuo (劉建幗), who have created short plays embracing the achievements and struggles of this  historic moment. This evening will feature three staged readings performed by a stellar cast of New York-based actors and directed by  Michael Leibenluft of Gung Ho Projects. The readings will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights, curators, director, and translator Jeremy Tiang moderated by Linnea Valdivia, Literary Manager for the National Queer Theater.

READINGS
-- 'Why Don’t We Get Married' by Liu Chien-Kuo
Halfway through a rehearsal, Xiao Ai’s girlfriend (and fellow actress) proposes to her—but in the flurry of wedding planning, will they lose sight of what marriage means? Meanwhile, in the audience, a mother and daughter have a difficult conversation about love—all interspersed with Taiwanese opera.

-- 'Love in Time' by Chao Chi-Yun
Now that gay marriage has come to Taiwan, two sisters come up with a plan to stage a wedding for their late father and his former boyfriend—but Uncle Zun is still very much alive, and may not go along with their scheme. A play about love and loss, and what happens when progress comes too late.

-- 'The Red Balloon' by Lin Meng-Huan
2049. When Lang Yong and his late husband had a child thirty years ago, they used genetic manipulation to ensure the boy would be gay too. Now their son wants to undergo orientation reversal surgery so he can be “normal”—but what does that mean in a world where anything is possible by medical means?

PANEL
Please also join us for a panel discussion on the contemporary experience of queer playwrights in Taiwan and US on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm at Taipei Cultural Center in New York (1 E 42nd St). Playwright Leigh Fondakowski and Sociology scholar Liao Yen-Chia will join the Taiwanese artists in this discussion moderated by Adam Odsess-Rubin, Artistic Director of National Queer Theater.
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-- Chao Chi-Yun ​(Playwright) was born in 1985 in Kaohsiung, a maritime city and major shipping hub in southern Taiwan. With his long-term engagement with the infamous Tainaner Ensemble, Chao is known for his focus on immersive theatre and, more recently, musicals which have attracted positive critical acclaim. His signature style is to transform daily “nonsense” talk into something poetic, mixing in LGBTQ+ culture, traditional Taiwanese folklore, modern pop culture - and food!
 
-- Lin Meng-Huan​ (Playwright) a.k.a Dazi currently serves as Artist-in-Residence of National Taichung Theater, Taiwan. With a Master’s degree from the Department of Drama and Theater at National Taiwan University, Lin’s works span across theatre, children’s play, and television. He has received awards including the Hong Kong Youth Literary Awards, Taipei Literature Award for Best Script, and the Script Award of Taipei Children’s Art Festival. Lin has given birth to more than 20 staged productions including ​A Dog’s House​, ​ARK 47​, and children’s play Jane’s Magic Dragon Egg​. TV series ​The Teenage Psychic​, which Lin was a member of the screenwriter group, was shortlisted for Best Script for Mini-Series/TV Movie at the Golden Bell Awards.
 
-- Liu Chien-Kuo​ (Playwright) Born in a traditional opera family, Liu earned a Master’s degree in drama from the National Taiwan University of Arts. She is currently the director of the ChiChiao Musical Theatre. Her written and directed works encompass a diversity of artistic disciplines including drama, musicals, Taiwanese opera, Beijing opera and Bangzi opera. She strives to break through the boundaries of theater and culture to create unique productions. For two consecutive years, she had been invited to adapt the works of Bertolt Brecht for the Taipei Arts Festival. Her recent original productions have won the ardor of young audiences.
 
-- Jeremy Tiang​ (Translator) has translated leading Taiwanese playwrights such as Wei Yu-Chia, Shen Wan-Ting, and Zhan Jie; his translation of Chen Si'an's ​Ocean Hotpot​ was recently seen at the Edinburgh Festival. His own plays include ​A Dream of Red Pavilions​ (Pan Asian Rep), The Last Days of Limehouse​ (Yellow Earth London) and ​Salesman之死​ (Target Margin Theater, March 2020). He has also translated books by Jackie Chan, Lo Yi-Chin, Li Er, Yan Ge, Zhang Yueran, Chan Ho-Kei, and Yeng Pway Ngon, amongst others. His novel ​State of Emergency won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2018. www.JeremyTiang.com
 
-- Michael Leibenluft ​(Director)​ ​is an Obie Award-winning director based in New York City. Credits include ​I’ll Never Love Again ​by Clare Barron at the Bushwick Starr (NYT and Time Out Critics’ Picks), ​June is the First Fall ​by Yilong Liu with Yangtze Rep, ​The Whore from Ohio ​by Hanoch Levin at New Yiddish Rep, ​How I Learned to Drive​ by Paula Vogel at Drum Tower West Theater in Beijing, ​Lost Tribe​ by Alex Borinsky at Target Margin Theater Lab, ​The Subtle Body by Megan Campisi at 59E59 Theaters and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, and other projects developed at The Flea, NYTW, The Civilians, EST, and NYU/Tisch. Upcoming: Salesman​之死 ​by Jeremy Tiang at Target Margin Theater in March 2020.​. ​www.leibenluft.com
 
-- Pao-Chang Tsai ​(Curator) graduated from the Department of Drama and Theatre at the National Taiwan University and received his Master's in music theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He was the Co-Artistic Director at Tainaner Ensemble from 2009 to 2018. ​The Common Wealth Magazine​ has selected Pao-Chang Tsai as the Future Young Leader in Performing arts. He also went to America Repertory Theater at Harvard University for further study in Voice and Speech sponsored by Asian Cultural Council, and visited Moscow Art Theatre for three months.
 
-- Linnea Valdivia ​(Moderator) (she/her/hers) is a professional freelance dramaturg, producer, and playwright. She has artistic credits at theaters including the Lark, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Curious Theatre, Art House Productions, Playwrights Realm, and New Dramatists. She is a 2019 National Critics Institute Fellow (Eugene O'Neill Theater Center) and alumnus of the 2019 POP Core Workshop at Playwrights Horizons. Linnea is most interested in supporting and creating spaces for new work that re-imagine popular cultural narratives and explore histories that have undergone relentless historical erasure. She is the literary manager for the National Queer Theater in New York City. BA: Whitman College
 
Co-curated by Yu Chien Liu, Pao-Chang Tsai, and  Chi-Ping Yen  in partnership with Gung Ho Projects and National Queer Theater, with support from the  Ministry of Culture, ROC (Taiwan)  and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker (Segal Center). All plays are translated by Jeremy Tiang and directed by Michael Leibenluft/Gung Ho Projects, a New York-based multilingual theater company that uses performance to create opportunities for self-expression, empowerment, and exchange across linguistic and cultural divides. Presented in partnership with National Queer Theater, whose mission is to foster and support LGBTQ communities through social justice in the performing arts. Media Partnership with Lambda Literary that nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers.

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Unmissable Titles from Taiwan to See at the  2019 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
2019/11/01

The 23rd annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival returns November 7-15 with a spotlight on the best of this year’s Taiwanese presentations including Jung-chi Chang’s WE ARE CHAMPIONS, an inspirational sports film featuring Taiwanese high school basketball championship and Valerie Soe’s LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN, a provocative documentary exploring Taiwan’s longest-running summer program for diasporic Chinese youth worldwide. Both films will make their Canadian premieres on November 9th and 10th with the filmmakers in attendance for post-film discussions.


This year’s Reel Asian celebrates the Toronto Raptors championship with WE ARE CHAMPIONS, the stunning new film from Taiwanese director Jung-chi Chang, who won Best New Director at 2012 Golden Horse Awards for his debut feature TOUCH OF THE LIGHT. Based on a true story, WE ARE CHAMPIONS follows two brothers from a struggling family who shared their dream and love of basketball but ended up competing against each other on opposite teams. By delivering dazzling performance in a realistic style, this film was recently nominated for six Golden Horse Awards, including Best Supporting Actor and Best New Actor.


Highlights also include Valerie Soe’s LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN, a documentary about Taiwan’s iconic Overseas Compatriot Youth Formosa Study Tour, akin to Birthright Israel, a government initiative that started in the 1960s and has become a legend among diasporic Chinese. This film traces Chinese diaspora and Taiwanese identities by exploring the history and popularity of this summer camp. Having been screened across the United States, it will hit Reel Asian as director Valerie Soe, a Love Boat alumna herself, will be in attendance to talk about the making of this documentary that interviewed the participants and counselors in the program.


Reel Asian’s shorts programs also feature a mix of narrative and animation from emerging filmmakers of Taiwanese descent, including KEFF, whose SECRET LIVES OF ASIANS AT NIGHT is a screwball noir about what the model minority does after dark; Athena Han, whose BUNNY MAN observes the differences between the categories of CBC (Chinese Born Canadian) and FOB (Fresh Off the Boat); Kevin Feng, whose I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW, is an intimate essay animation about the process of working through the grief of losing someone you love; and Zozo Jhen, Tena Galović, Marine Varguy, Liu Yen-Chen & Ellis Kayin Chan, whose GRANDPA follows a little boy who processes the death of his grandfather during a traditional Taiwanese funeral procession.


The Taiwanese presentations are presented in collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto, with the support from the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. For the full lineup and schedule, please visit reelasian.com


About Reel Asian
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian) is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. As Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.


Screening schedule and Film Description


LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN
Saturday, November 9, 3:30 pm / TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Valerie Soe / 2019 / 60 min / English and Mandarin with English Subtitles / Documentary
*This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Valerie Soe, moderated by journalist, Jan Wong


One of the longest-running summer programs in the world, Love Boat spanned a number of large political shifts in the region, aspiring to connect young people to their roots through cultural programming—or some would say, propaganda.
Director Soe, who was herself a Love Boat participant in the 80s, presents the differing positionalities and experiences of program participants from the 60s to the present day, who in one way or another, find themselves part of this program and are expected to cultivate a relationship with their Taiwanese homeland and develop new understandings of their identity.


WE ARE CHAMPIONS
Sunday, November 10, 5:15 pm / TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Jung-chi Chang / 2019 / 115 min / Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles / Drama
*With director Jung-chi Chang in person!


Born into the bottom rungs of society, two teenage brothers with nothing but each other hope to change their fate through their love of basketball. Little brother Tung-hao joins an elite school and transforms into a dazzling James Harden-esque superstar; big brother Hsiu-yu brings his scrappy Steve Nash-game to a ragtag squad about to be disbanded, finding an unexpected camaraderie in his never-say-die teammates.


Shorts Program


SECRET LIVES OF ASIANS AT NIGHT
Saturday November 9, 2019, 1:15 pm / TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
KEFF / 2018 / 18:00 / English, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, & Mandarin with English Subtitles / Canadian Premiere / Comedy / Thriller
What does the model minority do at night? A screwball noir in five different languages.


I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW
Tuesday November 12, 2019, 10:30 am / Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
Wednesday November 13, 2019, 1:30 pm / Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
Kevin Feng / 2019 / 6:10 / English Titles / Canadian Premiere / Animation / Drama
A letter written to the director’s mother, this tender and haunting animation shares the process of working through the grief of losing someone you love.


GRANDPA
Tuesday November 12, 2019, 10:30 am / Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
Zozo Jhen, Tena Galović, Marine Varguy, Liu Yen-Chen & Ellis Kayin Chan / 2018 / 5:00 / Mandarin with English Subtitles / Canadian Premiere / Animation / Drama
A 7-year-old boy processes the death of his grandfather during a traditional Taiwanese funeral procession.


BUNNY MAN
Wednesday November 13, 2019, 10:30 am / Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
Athena Han / 2018 / 7:51 / English and Mandarin with Chinese and English Subtitles / Drama / Comedy
Four Taiwanese friends get into a heated conversation about the differences between the categories of CBC (Chinese Born Canadian) and FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) over a meal when a mysterious bunny enters the restaurant.

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Taiwanese artists Shu-Lea Cheang, Yu-Cheng Chou, Po-Chih Huang, Hui-Yu Su and Cheng-Ta Yu  At Taiwanese Pavilion, Performa 19 Biennial
2019/10/27

Taiwanese artists Shu-Lea Cheang, Yu-Cheng Chou, Po-Chih Huang, Hui-Yu Su and Cheng-Ta Yu are invited to participate in Taiwanese Pavilion at Performa 19 Biennial, the eighth edition of the biennial presents more than twenty new commissions by artists from over a dozen countries around the world to join in three weeks of exciting programming, from November 1–24, 2019, at locations throughout New York City.


The Taiwanese Pavilion is part of the PAVILION WITHOUT WALLS program, co-curated by Performa, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) and Taipei Fine Arts Museum, supported by Taiwanese Ministry of Culture and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. The Pavilion Without Walls is a series of new performances co-commissioned by Performa and international cultural partners to bring vibrant contemporary artists to the biennial. The performances commissioned through this initiative often travel from the biennial oversees, fostering cultural exchange and connecting international artists with both the New York City arts community and global audiences. The Pavilions are motivated by Performa’s strong belief that the arts foster tolerance and a deeper understanding among world cultures. Past Pavilions include: Norwegian Pavilion, Australian Pavilion, Polish Pavilion, Estonian Pavilion, and the South African Pavilion.


For Performa 19, technological pioneer Shu Lea Cheang (b.1954, Taiwan, lives in Paris) will present SLEEP1237, during which participants will be read to sleep, following a screening and public discussion of her early innovative work. Yu-Cheng Chou (b. 1976, Taiwan, lives in Taipei) will explore systems of labor, exchange and trade in New York, by tracking the movements of distributed goods such as soybeans and whole wheat. Illuminating the lived experiences of Asian immigrants in New York, Po-Chih Huang (b. 1980, Taiwan, lives in Taipei), whose complex conceptual works challenge industry status quo, will arrange an elegy for Song Yang, a Chinese immigrant sex worker who committed suicide in Flushing, Queens in 2017. In Su’s first live theatrical work, artist and film director Hui-Yu Su (b. 1976, Taiwan, lives in Taipei) will survey the life of Tian Qiyuan, Taiwan’s first openly gay and HIV-positive student and co-founder of the experimental 1980’s Taiwanese theater group Critical Point Theatre Phenomenon, by reinventing Tian’s influential production White Snake, originally inspired by a classic Ming Dynasty legend. And video artist Cheng-Ta Yu (b. 1983, Taiwan, lives in Taipei) will examine the phenomenon of social media celebrity via a series of staged interventions—both online and in real life—working with influencers to consider cultural stereotypes.


Performa 19 is turning New York City landscape into a big open-air museum and theater. The Taiwanese artists will express their statement and interact with New York audience through the arguments and discussion on a range of global issues, such as labor, immigrants, trade, gender equality and the influence of social media.


ABOUT PERFORMA:
Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.
The eighth edition of the Performa Biennial once again celebrates the extraordinary vitality, inventiveness and significance of New York as a leading global performance capital of the world.


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the influence of the school and the radical concept of its curriculum, which holds performance at its core, appears in several Commissions. The Bauhaus is also the focus of the Performa Institute programming, daily events, and talks at the Performa 19 Hub – a pop-up space in Manhattan that becomes the epicenter of the three-week program.


Performances, Exhibitions and Screenings:


♦ SHU LEA CHEANG
→SHU LEA CHEANG ONSCREEN
November 2, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Anthology Film Archives | 32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
http://performa19.org/tickets/shu-lea-cheang-onscreen

→SLEEP1237
November 2, 5:50 pm- November 3, 6:25 am
Performa HUB | 47 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
http://performa19.org/tickets/sleep1237


♦ CHENG-TA YU
→FAMEME
November 2, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
November 7, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 8, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 9, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 10, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 14, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 15, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 16, 1:00 pm,7:00 pm
November 17, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 21, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 22, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 23, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
November 24, 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
WALLPLAY 321 CANAL | 321 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013 \
http://performa19.org/tickets/fameme


♦ PO-CHIH HUANG
→HEAVEN ON FOURTH
November 8-24
Performa HUB | 47 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
http://performa19.org/tickets/heaven-on-fourth


♦ YU-CHENG CHOU
→UNTITLED
November 20-21
Performa Hub at Deitch Proeject | 18 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013
http://performa19.org/tickets/untitled-2019


♦ HUI-YU SU
→THE WHITE WATERS
November 15, 8:30 pm-9:30 pm
November 16, 8:30 pm-9:30 pm
November 17, 8:30 pm-9:30 pm
Abrons Arts Center | 466 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
http://performa19.org/tickets/the-white-water


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ycp@moc.gov.tw,電話:+1 646 790 3013

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Taiwanese Comics Artist Chen Wen-Sheng at New York Comic Con
2019/10/04

2019 New York Comic Con will take place at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, from October 3rd to 6th. This year, Taipei Cultural Center in New York invites the winner of Golden Comic Awards of Taiwan, comics artist Chen Wen-sheng to showcase at the artist alley and interact with comics fans, and meanwhile promote Taiwanese original comics work.

 

Chen has loved comics and animation since childhood. He was inspired by one of his favorites artists, Mobia. Chen’s first job is layout artist at Hung Kuang Animation Company. Ever since then, he has dedicated himself to animation and comics. Chen participated in the animation works by the British cartoon channel, Cartoon Network, in the art exhibition of Taipei Dangdai, as well as in creation of children book illustrations.

 

In 2007, Chen was nominated by I Castelli Animati International Animated Film Festival in Italy. In 2011, he officially competed in the Festival de Bande Dessinée in Switzerland with his work A WORLD BENEATH OUR FEET. In 2016, Chen, with his fantasy comic work BAKER, was awarded “The Best New Artist” by the 7th Golden Comic Awards of Ministry of Culture.

 

New York Comic Con is the United States’most visited comic con and pop culture reunion.  Each year, it takes place at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in the beginning of October, and attracts over tens of thousands of fans and professionals. Last year, it attracted 250 thousands of attendees, which surpasses San Diego International Comic Con and becomes the United States’ most visited comic con and pop culture reunion.

 

Time: October 3rd -6th, 10am - 8pm

Comics Artist Chen Wen-sheng Exhibition Location: Artist Alley #H27

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Taiwanese Writer Horace Ho will present his novel The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane at 2019 TIFA (Toronto)
2019/10/02

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York proudly announces Taiwanese Author Horace Ho will present his novel The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane, translated by Darryl Sterk, on October 31, 7pm at 2019TIFA(Toronto International Festival of Authors ).
The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane is Horace Ho’s third novel. This novel is about three boys: Daniel, Brand and Ilya, who were born in the same neighborhood near a red light district in Taiwan during the 1970s and 1980s. Told through the lens of Daniel as the narrator, who is already in his mid-thirties, we travel between past and present, puberty and maturity, tradition and taboo, upscale residence and slum, life and death…trying to decrypt the reasons behind the shocking suicide of Ilya.
The three boys’ parents didn’t like them visiting the market by themselves and expressly forbade them from taking a single step into Carnation Lane. But the appearance of a chained orangutan in a night market spectacle the year the three friends turned twelve convinced them to defy the parental ban. While the adults were away at a protest against Taiwan’s endless Martial Law, they stole into the banned zone, released the beast from bondage and led it upstream, on a quest to find the fabled zoo.
The memory of this all-but-forgotten childhood experience comes back after news of his friend’s suicide. It seems to Daniel that the two events must somehow be connected. A cryptologist by training, he decides to investigate, hoping to solve the mystery of his friend’s death and decode the message contained within the memory that has shaped, even warped, their later lives.
Horace Ho (Ho Chih-ho) was born in Taipei in 1967. He received M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from National Dong Hwa University and Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from Fu Jen Catholic University. He is the winner of several literature awards, including the United Daily News Literature Awards for Short Stories. He has published a collection of short stories The Night When the Night Was Lost (2001) , and three novels The melancholy of the white city (2005), The Offshore Island Bible (2008) and The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane (2013). Currently he is teaching Creative Writing at Chinese Culture University in Taipei.
Reading & Conversation: Rune Christiansen, Michael Crummey and Horace Ho
The writers in this forum tackle the difficult themes of grief and loss in childhood, in their latest works. Acclaimed Norwegian poet and novelist Rune Christiansen presents Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest, Taiwanese author and recipient of the United Daily News Literature Prize, Horace Ho, presents The Tree Fort on Carnation Lane, and Newfoundland author and award-winning poet Michael Crummey presents The Innocents (longlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize). Get to know these acclaimed writers through their fascinating conversation and learn from their resilient characters. This conversation will be moderated by Ania Szado. Hosted by Danila Botha.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM
Book Signing, Panel Discussion, Q & A, Reading: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals
Lakeside Terrace, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West Toronto M5J 2G8)
https://festivalofauthors.ca/events/reading-conversation-rune-christiansen-michael-crummey-and-horace-ho

Toronto International Festival of Authors 2019

October 24–November 3, 2019
Various locations

Official hashtags: #FestAt40 #FestofAuthors19
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram: @festofauthors
Social media square and story images: https://bit.ly/2lLjMnD

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TPECC presents “Listen to the Sound” Concert in New York
2019/10/02

The Taipei Cultural Center、New Asia Chamber Music Society and LUCA School of Arts together facilitate a cross-cultural music concert by introducing music talents from Taiwan, Belgium and the U.S. Two Taiwanese composers Chin Cheng Lin and Chien Chien Lu will bring out their fabulous compositions and share with the local audience in New York. “Listen to the sound” concert is presented at The DiMenna Center for Classic Music , Flagler Cary Hall on Octorber 26, 2019, 8pm. 

The Belgium LUCA percussion ensemble is led by percussionist and composer Chin Cheng Lin, with the creative thematic concert production, the ensemble will bring out and explore different style of music. Chien Chien Lu Quartet, created this year, the band gathers experienced musicians under the leadership of vibraphonist and composer Chien Chien Lu, as Chien Chien tells it “the music of the concert is the result of the unique experience of merging two cultures, Taiwanese and American, which sometimes complement and sometimes contradict each other, there is courage, insanity and passion combined Taiwanese lyricism and nostalgia. There is chaos and peace, questions and statements, angel and demon, powerful and delicate, and most of all, the in-depth search for the bigger meaning and truth.

Musicians:
Chien Chien Lu, Vibraphone
Shedrick Mitchell, Piano
Richie Goods, Bass
Jonathan Barber, Drums
Chin-Cheng Lin, Marimba
Kjell De Raes, Marimba
Jacob Gernay, Percussion
Sancha Sampayo e Mello, Percussion

Concert Program:

Works by Chin-Cheng Lin
1.Angel & Demon – Chin-Cheng Lin
for one marimbists and 2 percussionists

2.Shi Za Kyoh En - Kaoru Wada
for one marimba and 3 percussionists

3.Star Splendors – Chin-Cheng Lin
for Marimba quartet

4.Valse Valse - Daniel Nikolas Wirtz
for percussion quartet
- Intermission -

Works by Chien Chien Lu

1.Effortless

2.128

3.Tears and Love

4.The Imaginary Enemy

5.New Cross Field

6.Blossom in a Stormy Night. (Arr.) 雨夜花

Concert information
Time: October 26, 2019 8 pm-10pm
Venue: The DiMenna Center for Classic Music , Flagler Cary Hall
(450 W 37th St. New York, NY10018)

Tickets are available at: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/newasiachambermusicsociety/303956?fbclid=IwAR1BEdAUa8EVcLnFwj1j_AOjl_XwYLRZsURJLIXCQRfryJOlNii_j98cfQs

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