Music of unique style: A Moving Sound (Sheng Don聲動)
"A Moving Sound is one of the most original outfits working in the world music arena today”.
--Tom Pryor, National Geographic
"one of the few groups offering truly creative music from Asia"
--Marco Werman, BBC Public Radio International

Fusing traditional influences with a global sensibility, award-winning ensemble A Moving Sound (Sheng Don聲動) from Taiwan, built a worldwide following through their joyous mix of original music and dance. In 2020 spring, AMS US tour concerts in New York and Wisconsin will take your breath away.

Featuring the distinctive timbres of the erhu (Taiwanese fiddle) and zhong ruan (lute), and the transcendent vocals of Mia Hsieh, AMS has devised a unique and compelling style that is all their own – a Taiwanese whirlwind that veers between the meditative and the exuberant with irrepressible spirit.

The music of AMS has been featured on BBC Radio 3, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and on The Discovery Channel and has been praised by critics and world music advocates around the globe. Chris Heim of the Global Village radio show said their work was “…delicately balanced between many worlds… an entryway to Eastern music and an artful expression of the human condition.” And Theodore C. Levin, the noted Dartmouth College ethnomusicologist who was the first Executive Director for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and the producer of the groundbreaking Smithsonian Folkways Music of Central Asia series, describes their work in these words: “A Moving Sound courageously weaves together the multiple and disparate cultural strands that make Taiwan a unique source of contemporary world music. Virtuosic performances on plucked and bowed instruments, Chinese percussion, Tibetan singing bowls, and the evocative vocal sounds and movement of Mia Hsieh come together in a performance that is at once joyous and contemplative.”

【Venue & Ticket links】

 4/9, 7:30pm Thurs.
Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY
 4/11, 7:30pm Sat.
Symphony Space,(World Music Institute), Manhattan NYC…/6e743029012e9005a7ec89…
 4/13, 8:00pm Mon.
Stansbury Theater, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin…/performance_s…/world_music_series

2020 AMS US Tour is presented in collaboration with The Taipei Cultural Center in New York

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The U.S. Premiere of Taiwan’s Latest Romantic Comedy “Stand By Me” Will Open Chicago’s Asian Pop Up Cinema Season 10
Season 10 of Asian Pop-Up Cinema, organized by the non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice, will kick off on Tuesday, March 10, and a soft-opening film, “Stand By Me,” will be screened on Monday, February 17 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. “Stand By Me” is a 2019 Taiwanese romantic comedy directed by Lai Meng-jie, starring Mason Lee, Ivy Shao, and Tsai Jui-hsueh. This opening film was chosen to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to announce Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s 10th-Season lineup.

Director Lai will attend this US premiere of “Stand by Me,” and the director will share his behind-the-scenes experience in making his movie at a post-screening discussion and Q&A session. The discussion will be moderated by Ron Falzone, associate professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

Director Lai obtained an MA in filmmaking at the Taipei National University of the Arts. He has made commercials, short films, documentaries, movies, and TV shows. He has won multiple awards including the Golden Bell Awards, Golden Harvest Awards, and Taipei Film Awards. “Stand By Me” is his debut feature film, which premiered at the 2019 Taipei Film Festival.

For ticket information and to view the trailer, visit Asian Pop Up Cinema; or Gene Siskel Film Center The event is sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.


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STAND BY ME (陪你很久很久) | U.S. Premiere

Monday, February 17, 7:45 PM @ Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Introduction and Q&A with Director Lai Meng-Jie

Taiwan | 2019 | 105 Minutes | DCP | In Mandarin w/English subtitles

What would you be willing to do for the girl you love? Jiu-Bing (played by the delightful Mason Lee, son of award-winning director Ang Lee) has been stuck in the friend zone with Bo-He (played by Shao) since he was 12. Though he harbors feelings for her, he has never summoned the courage to act on them. Later, while working part-time as a marathon pacer, Jiu-Bing meets Xia-Tian (played by Tsai). The two are thrust together after inadvertently becoming internet celebrities. After putting Bo-He first for most of his life, Jiu-Bing comes to realize what role he has really played in her life, and he is forced to reflect on where his heart truly belongs.

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Lee Mingwei and Tehching Hsiehgs’ time-based and durational installation at the Rubin Museum of Art
Measure Your Existence is organized by guest curator Christine Starkman and produced by the Rubin Museum of Art, featuring artworks by Tehching Hsieh, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lee Mingwei, Shilpa Gupta, Meiro Koizumi, and Taryn Simon.

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce that two Taiwanese artists—Lee Mingwei [李明維] and Tehching Hsiehg [謝德慶]—are participating the Rubin Museum of Art’s spring exhibition Measure Your Existence on view February 7 to August 10, 2020!

Tehching Hsieh (b. 1950, Nan-Chou, Taiwan; lives in New York), best-known for his series of one-year performances in the 1970s and 1980s, in which he wrote strict rules for conducting his life, tracks the passage of time obsessively. “One Year Performance,” (1980-81) calls attention to impermanence by means of a repetitive, everyday task – punching a time clock – every day, every hour, for a year.

Lee Mingwei (b. 1964, Nantou County, Taiwan; lives and works in Paris and New York) frames the transitory nature of existence through the experience of loss. The Letter Writing Project invites visitors to enter a booth of wood and glass and write letters to a loved one who may be alive, deceased, absent, or missing. Afterwards, visitors make a choice: seal the letter for post, or leave it open for subsequent visitors to read. Based on the artist’s personal experience, the work enables us to reflect on the fragility of life, and possibly make amends.

This group of renowned contemporary artists will address the idea of impermanence. Though tremendously diverse in their working methods, materials, and cultural backgrounds, each artist shines a bright light on the fleeting nature of existence. An array of films, tours, performances, talks, curator walkthroughs, guest speakers, and public programs centered on this theme will be held in conjunction with the exhibition.

Christine Starkman has organized over a dozen high-profile exhibitions of Asian and
Contemporary art. From 2000–2016, she was Curator of Asian Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she established dedicated galleries for the arts of the Islamic World (2007), Korea (2007), India (2009), China (2010), and Japan (2012). She has completed site-specific commissions with contemporary artists Cai Guo Qiang (2010) and Do Ho Suh (2016).

The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts and cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make connections between contemporary life and the art and ideas of the Himalayas and neighboring regions.

Measure Your Existence is supported by the Ministry of Culture (Taiwan) and Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

Measure Your Existence
February 7- August 10, 2020
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011
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Opening Night
Celebration with Tasha Blank
Friday, February 7, 2020
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Admission Free
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Brainwave Talk: Can Time Heal Anything? Lee Mingwei + Dr. Lila Davachi
What lingers in your heart after a loved one is lost? And what can this teach us about the ephemerality of life?
In his work The Letter Writing Project, part of the Rubin’s exhibition Measure Your Existence, artist Lee Mingwei invites visitors to pen a letter to a lost or absent loved one. The cathartic act of writing the unsaid is twofold, as other museum visitors can choose to read the unsealed letters left at the installation. To further explore the mechanics of grief, Lee takes the Brainwave stage with Dr. Lila Davachi to discuss the physical and mental experience of our own impermanence.
February 29, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011
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Tong Yang-Tze: Immortal at the River
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University’s upcoming exhibition “Tong Yang-Tze: Immortal at the River” that opens on February 1, 2020 will feature Taiwanese contemporary calligrapher Tong Yang-Tze.

Immortal at the River references the title of the poem by Yang Shen (1488–1559) that forms the preface to the standard edition of the Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (San guo yan yi). The poem is the subject of a 54-meter-long cursive-script calligraphy of the same name (2003, ink on paper) by Tong Yang-Tze (Grace Tong, born 1942), one of Taiwan’s foremost calligraphers working today. At the Johnson, the monumental scroll circles the perimeter of the Bartels Gallery to provide viewers with an immersive experience of bold and vigorous ink brushwork.

Over a long career spanning four decades, Tong Yang-Tze has received critical acclaim for her large-scale, unrestrained cursive script, and her works have been exhibited in more than sixty exhibitions across the globe. She began her study of calligraphy at the age of eight with the practice of copying ink rubbings from ancient stone inscriptions. Recognized early on for her exceptional talent, she earned a degree in fine arts from National Taiwan Normal University, and then pursued further visual art study in the United States. After returning to Taiwan, her experimental approach fused Western theories of painting with the traditional lines and brushstrokes that form the foundation of Chinese calligraphy. In recent years, the artist has promoted the ancient art of Chinese script in experimental ways that cross disciplines of design, visual art, digital media, and performance to resonate in the modern world.

Tong Yang-Tze is the 2020 Wong Chai Lok Calligraphy Fellow at Cornell. A performance of one of her crossover works will be presented as part of Locally Grown Dance 2020 (March 5–7 in the Kiplinger Theatre at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts), and related student dance performances will be held at the Johnson (to be announced).

This exhibition was curated by An-yi Pan, associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, and Ellen Avril, chief curator and curator of Asian art at the Johnson. The exhibition, forthcoming publication, and programs are made possible by major funding from the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and a gift endowed in memory of Elizabeth Miller Francis ’47. Additional support is provided by the Wong Chai Lok Calligraphy Fund, Cornell Council for the Arts, East Asia Program, Department of Media and Performing Arts, and the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.

Tong Yang-Tze: Immortal at the River (董陽孜《臨江仙》書法展)
February 1, 2020 - June 7, 2020
Bartels Gallery, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, GM 06 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Admission: Free

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

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?

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.

-- '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?

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.

-- 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.
-- 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.​. ​
-- 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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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