Taiwan culture

Taiwan Feels Heat Over Uighur Film

In the latest example of the Chinese government trying (and sometimes succeeding) in imposing censorship over cultural events overseas, the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has rescheduled a showing of The Ten Conditions of Love, a...

Taiwan Cartoonist Captivates China: Chu Teh-yung

Chu Teh-yung or Ronald Chu, a cartoonist from Taiwan, is getting recognition in mainland China with a new museum built in his honor, despite the tensions between Taiwan and China. From The Yomiuri Shimbun: Late last month, the...

Young Taiwanese Fear Authoritarian Revival

Current action taken by Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jiu to establish closer ties with China as well as increased restrictions on public demonstration are leaving young Taiwanese worried about a possible retreat in the...

Mao Comes To Taiwan

Shu-Ching Jean Chen reports in Forbes, from Shanghai: Mao Zedong may have failed to conquer Taiwan, but this Monday, he will achieve a posthumous landing on the island, on the face of Chinese bank notes. As part of comprehensive...

Edward Yang, 1947 – 2007

In 2000, Taiwanese engineer-turned-director Edward Yang won the Cannes best director award in 2000 for “Yi Yi.” The press reported his death today. Yang was 59. From Min Lee of AP, via The International Herald Tribune: Yang, an American citizen, passed away at his home in Beverly Hills on Friday, film consultant Norman Wang told […]

Taiwan Mulls Abandoning Official Language – Annie Huang

From Seattlepi.com: Taiwan is considering abandoning its long-standing policy of recognizing Mandarin Chinese as the island’s only official language, the premier said Tuesday, in a move that would likely anger rival China. Su Tseng-chang said the Cabinet is examining a draft for a “National Language Development Act” to promote the use of local dialects and […]

Rare Glimpses of China’s Long-Hidden Treasures – Keith Bradsher

From The New York Times: After four years of renovations that closed two-thirds of the building, the museum housing the world’s most famous collection of Chinese art is reopening this winter and holding a three-month exhibition of its rarest works. The National Palace Museum, home to the best of the 1,000-year-old art collection of China’s […]

Wandering spirit finds peace – Mary O’Brien

From The Age: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre(‰∫ëÈó®ËàûÈõÜ), the legendary Taiwanese company, returns to Melbourne this week with its much feted Songs of the Wanderers, the work that is closest to the heart of its founder, Lin Hwai-min. “It’s a very special work,” Lin says. “It marks the turning point of my life and creative career.” […]

Ghosts have a hold on Taiwan culture – Mark Magnier

From Los Angeles Times via The Seattle Times: In Taiwan, ghosts are rarely a laughing matter. On TV, in conversation, at temples and in the recesses of the unconscious, they maintain a grip on island society. Taiwanese are ghost-crazy, or rather, crazy to avoid them. A recent survey of Taipei college students found 87 percent […]

The State of Taiwan Pop Music in China - Daisangebiao

From Massage Milk blog(link), translated by ESWN: The people are dumb. There is lots of money. Come quickly. April 1, 2006. This headline reportedly came from a telegraph from a prostitute sent to her hometown folks, in which she called for her hometown girls to rush over immediately. This is classic, because these six Chinese […]

Arthouse director pushes Taiwan film limits

From Screen India: With sexually explicit scenes featuring full-frontal nudity and oral sex, Tsai Ming-liang knows The Wayward Cloud is pushing the limits of Taiwan’s censors and his audience. “I thought it would be banned. Part of me wanted it to be banned so the film would become a subject of discussion,” Tsai said in […]

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