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ISSUE #540
As part of the Taiwan-Japan cultural exchange event, Taiwan NOW, the "Fictional Garden: TAIWAN HOUSE" exhibition, reinterpreted by eight preeminent Taiwanese creators and 10 classic design cases, makes its second stop at the Terminal KYOTO, a Japanese traditional machiya-style house, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 7.
Organized by the Cultural Division of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and the Kunsthalle Winterthur art museum, Taiwanese contemporary artist Su Hui-yu's two comprehensive video installations will be on view at the museum in Switzerland until Nov. 14.
To expand the channels for promoting Taiwanese books in Japan, the Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo has organized the "Taiwan Book Fair" from Oct. 15 to the end of November, connecting 20 independent bookstores in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Nagano, Aichi, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Kagawa, Tottori, and Fukuoka, among others.
Ministry Updates
Cultural exchange event Taiwan NOW launches in Tokyo
Taiwan NOW, a cultural exchange event jointly created by Taiwanese and Japanese artists was officially launched in Tokyo and virtually on Oct. 30, attended by Taiwan's representative to Japan Frank Hsieh and Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te who offered their blessings and thanks.
Pingtung to preserve the culture of King Boat Ceremony
The triennial Donggang King Boat Ceremony concluded successfully at the Zhenhai Park, Pingtung on Oct. 31 with Pingtung County magistrate Pan Men-an announcing that the government will begin the construction of the King Boat cultural museum, which will present a one-to-one scale King Boat, and a technology-driven immersive theater.
Kaohsiung Music Center holds opening ceremony
After years of construction and planning, the Kaohsiung Music Center was finally launched on Oct. 31 in an opening ceremony attended by President Tsai Ing-wen, Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te, and the mayor of Kaohsiung Chen Chi-mai, among others.
Cultural Features
Chen Bang-jen is a renowned expert in the literature and cultural history of the Hakka people and an authority in the field of cross-community relations and community building. For more than 30 years, he has devoted himself to grassroots work with Hakka culture, and his articles on the Hakka and their culture, architecture, and theater have appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines, while the results of his long years of investigation of Hakka culture have been disseminated through lectures, lessons, and images. His work continues to this day in the hopes that one day "Hakka culture will be part of everyone’s culture."
Hakka Cultural Historian | Chen Bang-jen
In 2012, Hsu Ti-wei established the Cultural Flora Studio with a mission to "touch people's hearts through the power of small changes." The studio is committed to the culture of Song Jiang Battle Array face painting and the creation of pineapple fiber crafts, using hand-drawn illustrations and records from fieldwork done in Tainan's Guanmiao area to teach and spread these cultural elements.
Cultural Flora Studio|Hsu Ti-wei
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