culture & entertainment

Fake It Real Examines the Relation Between Truth and Fiction in the Age of Disinformation

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Fake It Real (真相碎片) is an intriguing exhibition at the Taipei Digital Art Center, which runs until October 10th. The majority of the exhibition, however, is not...

Hannah Han: Rusted Dawn

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Laopopo: great-grandmother Laogongong: great-grandfather In Shandong, mountains rise like fists from the earth, and pagoda trees blossom, releasing wild fuchsia...

電影評論:舞徑

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紀錄片《舞徑》由導演楊偉新以九年時間拍攝與剪接而成,也自掏腰包花了兩百萬製片,並且以民眾小額捐款的方式籌得五十萬元以在院線上映。此片雖為導演的第一部電影,但對議題的表現方式非常成熟,毫無新手上路的感覺。《舞徑》是一部剪接精湛,情境與題材接近《籃球夢》的紀錄片。(註:需要英文字幕的觀眾不用擔心,此片同時有中英字幕)

“No New Wave” Brilliantly Captures The Lives of Chinese Filmmakers in New York City

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The debut feature of director Yao Ziwei, “No New Wave” deploys French New Wave aesthetics in tracing the existences of three young Chinese filmmakers in New York

Jiufen Old Street: A 2022 Pandemic Profile from a Taiwanese American Tourist

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If you've heard of Jiufen, you might know it is the site of filming for many Taiwanese movies, most notably City of Sadness. You might have heard it has wonderful...

Chinese Animation “I Am What I Am” Tells A Working-Class Lion Dance Story

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Chinese animated movie "I Am What I Am" offers a dynamic and inventive depiction of working-class youth and lion dancing

“Manchurian Tiger” Paints Absurdist Picture of Working Class Life in Northern China

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Chinese movie "Manchurian Tiger" offers a darkly comedic look at workers in China’s northeast region

Alice Lin’s YA debut novel “Fireworks” navigates bisexuality, pop fandom, friendship

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  In this “New Creatives” interview with Alice Lin, an up-and-coming Taiwanese American author, we dig into the cultural roots and swoon-worthy characters of her...

台灣的環境歷史作為藝術:在聚合世代採集時間

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破土編輯丘琦欣採訪藝術家曾彥婷和蔣韜關於他們的作品「在聚合世代採集時間」。

“Life for Sale” Offers a Stylized and Complex Exploration of Mortality

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Life for Sale is an ambitious work. While imperfect, the film is bold, and those willing to indulge some of its more visible flaws may find the journey rewarding

Taiwan’s Ecological History as Performance: The Collection of Time in the Polymer Age

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New Bloom/No Man is an Island’s Brian Hioe interviewed artists Kappa Tseng and Chiang Tao about her recent art project, “The Collection of Time in the Polymer Age"...

“Terrorizers” Pales in Comparison to its Edward Yang Namesake

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Taking its title from Edward Yang’s 1986 masterpiece, 2021’s “Terrorizers” draws from contemporary inspirations and fails to make an equivalent impact

Treat Yourself: Meet the Powerhouse Women of Twrl Milk Tea

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It seems like nearly every day, a new food & beverage takes on the diasporic niche, bringing long-missed-but-not-forgotten flavors to pockets of Asian Americana....

“Amah Faraway” celebrates the joys of bravery and gathering at last

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[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Author Margaret Chiu Greanias holding a copy of "Amah Faraway" with TaiwaneseAmerican.org founder Ho Chie...

Vietnam’s Lighthouse During COVID

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Brian Hioe spoke with Steffen Sonnenschein about how The Lighthouse in Ho Chi Minh City has fared during COVID-19. The following article originally appeared on...

Review: Drifting Paris

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Fashion is where Cèdric Alviani’s work shines in its commentary. The photographs were of outdoor fashion posters. Having been through the elements, the fashion...

The Journey Matters: A Conversation About Earthfest

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Brian Hioe spoke to Blaine Whiteley about Earthfest, which will take place in Miaoli from July 21st through July 24th

Impressions of the Taoyuan Art x Technology Festival (TAxT)

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The month-long extravaganza of the Taoyuan Art x Technology Festival is being held until October 9th at the Taoyuan Arts Center in northern Taiwan

Political intrigue, romance, danger: Meet Judy I. Lin, fantasy author of A Magic Steeped in Poison & A Venom Dark and Sweet

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Welcome back to another interview in our “New Creatives” series at TaiwaneseAmerican.org! With August and the end of summer coming around, avid readers will know...

Rainie Yang Controversy Prompts Netizens to React by Posting Photos of Seafood on Social Media

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A recent scandal involved singer Rainie Yang claiming not to be Taiwanese, but a “Guangdong person that grew up in Taiwan” on a Chinese program. Yang claimed this...

“The Funeral” Tries Mixing Family With Thrills and Horror

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Taiwanese horror-thriller film “The Funeral'' is more fittingly enjoyed as a family drama with scary elements

“Demigod: The Legend Begins” Breathes New Life Into Taiwanese Puppetry

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“Demigod” celebrates a mainstay character of renowned Taiwanese traditional puppetry studio Pili Puppetry, and introduces the art form to new audiences

“Beitou Witch Magic Festival” Criticized Over Depiction of Indigenous

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A cultural event in Beitou has been criticized regarding Indigenous representation. Namely, the event, the “Beitou Witch Magic Festival”, draws on the history of...

Ask This Taiwanese: Can I Be Taiwanese if I Don’t Spend Summers in Taiwan?

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Feeling FOMO about not being in Taiwan for the summer? There’s more to being Taiwanese than just having physically been there.

Rosalie Chiang on “Turning Red”: “My red panda is my acting career.”

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TaiwaneseAmerican.org is excited to present our latest “New Creatives” interview with Rosalie Chiang, voice actress for the protagonist Mei in Pixar’s blockbuster...

“The Stuff I Do Are All Accumulations of Things”: An Interview with Alexmalism

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Brian Hioe spoke to Alexmalism, who researches electronic music culture as a Ph. D candidate at the City University of Hong Kong, and is also a DJ, producer, and...

“Reclaim” Shows a Woman Struggling Under the Weight of Family Responsibilities

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Taiwanese family drama “Reclaim” centers on a woman on the verge of retirement, but lacks dramatic punch and focus

What’s Behind Pingtung County Offering Bounties on Invasive Species?

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Pingtung County recently began offering cash rewards for local residents that bring in an invasive vine, as part of an effort to prevent its spread. The vine,...

Taiwanese Horror Movie “Incantation” Offers Familiar Shocks, But Not Innovation

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Incantation is the latest Taiwanese film to try bridging traditionally Taiwanese elements with contemporary horror (other recent examples include 2019...

Oliver Lin’s short film “To Add Oil” interrogates identity and duty

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Feature images provided by Oliver Lin or from his website. Today, we’re incredibly excited to be launching TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s “New Creatives” initiative, a...

What I Wish Li Bai Knew (Creative Fiction)

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Everything I wrote was tinged with the Li Bai poem, "Quiet Night Thoughts." On a whim, I Googled Li Bai and learned that in 725, he ventured from his Sichuan home...

Thiann, lán ê kua-siann: ‘Listen to the Song of the People’

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Historically overshadowed and politically marginalized, indie rock bands such as Sorry Youth have helped spark a revival of Taiwanese Hokkien rock and gain...

The Sound of Ambient Rain with a Progressive Beat: NYORAI’s 雨の音

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If the ideas that guide NYORAI’s album 雨の音 (rain sound) are not the most uncommon, with the Japanese producer citing the philosophy of Zen as an influence, the...

Stylistically Innovative and Thematically Bold

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Everything Everywhere All At Once is a triumph. The film can be categorized as “Asian American film,” but it is much more than that—Everything Everywhere All at...

Editor’s Review – “Blueprints: Poetry & Prose” by Jeanelle Fu

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“BLUEPRINTS” is finding language for a homeland, the songs of our parents. It is a recollection of grief, and how a people emerge from mourning one day, one...

“How We Say I Love You”: Nicole Chen on her picture book & middle grade debuts

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Author Nicole Chen (photo credit to Sarah Deragon)
"How We Say I Love You," with illustrations by Lenny Wen, features a Taiwanese American girl who shares how her...

A Necessary Restoration: Dust of Angels

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The restoration of Dust of Angels by the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute and its screenings throughout Taiwan over the last few months is an event of...

A Look at Ballet in the Taiwanese Context: A Review of Ballet in Tandem (舞徑)

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Over the span of nine years, documentary filmmaker, Wei Hsing Yang shot and edited Ballet in Tandem. The film is a true labor of love, with Mr. Yang spending two...

Kinky Community Musical: Tongzhi Politics Meet BDSM, Asexuality, and Polyamory

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This past weekend, BDSM Company hosted four performances of “Kinky Community Musical 2.0" at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park. Written by Della Wang and directed by...

Taiwan Comedy-Drama “Mama Boy” Adequately Explores Mother-Son Relations

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Starring Kai Ko as an awkward fish store worker, "Mama Boy" is the latest Taiwanese movie featuring the trope of overbearing mothers

Alton Ru: Doujiang, Youtiao, Bean (Short Story)

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"A lot of heart and emotion in here; honest and raw." - Charles Yu I did everything I could during childhood to keep my apologetic Asian hidden within me. I...

Charles Yu celebrates sophomore year of Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes with fellow judges, participants

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6n6OZKNfmA[/embed] We are excited to share, with permission, a recording of the 2022 Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative...

Calls to Auction Off the Sun Yat-Sen Portrait in Legislature?

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At a time in which calls to remove authoritarian symbols have more often led to proposals for the removal of the Chiang Kai-shek statue in the Chiang Kai-shek...

Tankies Praise Hong Kong Police After Supreme Court Ruling

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The latest online blow-up by authoritarian leftists–commonly referred to as tankies–proves a bizarre one

“Before Next Spring” Humanizes the Lives of Chinese Students in Japan

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Before Next Spring is a humanistic look at a group of young Chinese students working in Japan. Based on the experiences of first-time director Li Gen during his...

“My Best Friend’s Breakfast” Teases Originality but Falls Back onto Flawed Formulae

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2022’s top Taiwanese romance blockbuster "My Best Friend’s Breakfast" will probably appeal to genre fans, but fails to innovate enough beyond established tropes...

Charles Yu, Shawna Yang Ryan, Alvina Ling Select 2022 Creative Writing Prize Recipients

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We are pleased to announce the 2022 cohort of honorable mentions, finalists, and grand prize winners of the Betty L. Yu & Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes,...

Architecture student, journalist, designer, musician: Eric Lin is all of these and more

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Welcome back to another interview in TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s “New Creatives” series! For this article, I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Lin, a 21 year-old...

Organ Tapes’ Newest Album Tinges American Pop Melodies with Electronic

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Organ Tapes’ Chang Zhe Na Wu Ren Wen Jin De Ge Yao, meaning something like “Sing the Song That Nobody Cares About”, is an ethereal album

評論:漂泊的巴黎

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艾先生的作品對時尚所做出的評註,正是讓人眼睛為之一亮的地方。他的攝影作品是戶外經過了風吹雨打的時尚海報,這些海報想要表達的時尚宣言,看起來很空虛。