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ISSUE #593
The Taiwanese documentary "Kam Loo Tsui" was selected for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and is screened at the festival, which takes place from Nov. 9 through 20. Directed by Huang Pang-chuan and Lin Chun-ni, the documentary traces the history of a nude sculpture named "Water of Immortality."
With the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. collaborates with the American Film Institution Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to launch a special program titled "Taiwan Cinema Rediscovered" from Nov. 6 to 23.
Taipei Cultural Center collaborated with Film Forum, New York's leading movie house for independent premieres and repertory programming, to present a two-week festival of classic films by Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Chang Yi, and Chen Kun-Ho from Nov. 11 to 24.
Ministry Updates
Promoting traditional culture through rare lion dance
Supported by MOC, the "Fighting Fun-Whose Party," a two-day cultural event featuring a series of outdoor performances and a creative market that revolve around the theme of the Chinese zodiac tiger, kicked off at the National Center for Traditional Arts on Nov. 12.
Nine authors honored with Taiwan Literature Awards
The Taiwan Literature Awards ceremony was held at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park on Nov. 12, during which German-based Taiwanese author Lai Hsiang-yin, who specially returned to Taiwan from Germany to attend the ceremony, received the Annual Golden Grand Laurel Award for her novel "The White Portrait."
Late academician awarded presidential citation
A presidential citation has been awarded to the late Traditional opera academician of the Academia Sinica Tseng Yong-yih, who passed away on Oct. 10, at the age of 81, in recognition of his contribution to Taiwan's traditional theater culture.
Cultural Features
In his novel "The Formosa Exchange," published in 2021, writer Huang Chong-kai presents the reader with a daring fantasy of a great exchange between the inhabitants of two islands, Taiwan and Cuba: 23 million Taiwanese wake up on the island of Cuba, near the United States, the unfamiliar Caribbean Sea stretched out in front of them. Meanwhile, 11 million Cubans find themselves on the island of Taiwan, looking across the strait toward China.
Novelist|Huang Chong-kai
In 2014, Shao Ai-ting, then fresh out of college, opened a backpacker hostel in Taiwan with a few friends, using it as a base to introduce Taiwanese culture to foreign visitors staying there. Over the next two years, she discovered that much of Taiwan's tangible and intangible cultural heritage was disappearing at an astonishing rate. In 2016, Shao and her team set up a website and a fan page on social media, creating their "Bank of Culture."
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