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ISSUE #539
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.
Under the support of the Cultural Division of Taipei Representative Office in Italy, the artist Liao Jau-Yng presented her personal creative style and visual aesthetics through the carbon steel art installation "Red Gate, a Red Imprint" at XIII Florence Biennale Art Design from Oct. 26 until 31, attracting a total of 369 artists from 55 countries, of which seven from Taiwan are competing for the biennial awards.
Partnered with the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles on the Spotlight Taiwan Project, the University of British Columbia Department of Asian Studies launches eight virtual events titled "Indigenous Taiwan: Transpacific Connections" from Oct. 14 to Nov. 4.
Ministry Updates
2021 National Cultural Congress holds first regional forum
Revolving around "undying culture," the "2021 National Cultural Congress" held its first regional forum at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, attended by up to 100 participants from industries, the government and the academia.
The 12th Golden Comic Awards ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Culture at the Taipei New Horizon was broadcast live for the first time on Oct. 28, inviting comic book enthusiasts across the country to participate in the grand event.
Taiwan film awarded at International Drama Fest in Tokyo
The Taiwanese drama "The Making of an Ordinary Woman 2" won the Special Award for Foreign Drama at the 14th edition of the International Drama Festival in Tokyo. The Korean drama "Vincenzo," starring Korean actor Song Joong-ki, and the popular Thai drama "2gether" were also honored with this award.
Cultural Features
Huang Jui-mao is an environmental planner who has been dedicated years to focusing on urban landscape design and spatial planning in Tamsui; he calls himself an “urban ranger.” He has long been concerned with the various issues facing urban space in the process of social transformation in Taiwan, including historical preservation, ecological sustainability, the right to the city, public art, and social housing. His drive to do what should be done stems from his belief in professional ethics, and this commitment is slowly becoming a universal value in modern society.
Environmental Planner | Huang Jui-mao
A self-proclaimed "social education screenwriter," Lu Shih-yuan has won three Golden Bell Awards for drama screenwriting and has been a writer for Taiwan Television, a film writer, and a producer. Her most iconic works include "Long Day's Journey into Light," "Dear Ex," "The World Between Us," and "The Arc of Life." Building on a solid foundation of fieldwork, Lu has proven adept at writing about social issues with wit and dignity, striving to provide a variety of perspectives by exploring the societal factors that underpin the stories she tells.
Screenwriter | Lu Shih-yuan
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