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August 2018

TAP-LA: Taiwanese American Film Festival

August 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - August 5, 2018 @ 1:00 am
The Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States

The Taiwanese American Film Festival is finally back for a second round and will return to the beautiful Downtown Independent in DTLA. Established by Taiwanese American Professionals of Los Angeles - This intimate festival will celebrate 12 amazing shorts and 2 fantastic features by up and coming Taiwanese and Taiwanese American makers. This year TAFF will be bringing Taiwan's famous NIGHT MARKETS to Los Angeles, presenting film blocks: 吃,喝,玩,樂 (EAT, DRINK, PLAY, FUN) and a variety of night market themed…

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Writ Large Press: Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, Alan Nakagawa & Jenny Yang

August 28, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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For this third event of the Icons series, Writ Large presents writer and podcaster Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed (Good Muslim/Bad Muslim), sound artist Alan Nakagawa and comedian Jenny Yang. "Icons & Influences" is the title of this three-event discussion series from Writ Large Press. At each event, three artists are invited to read, show, or perform a work that profoundly influenced them, then present one of their own works. Over the course of these readings and discussions, the touchpoints and inspirations…

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September 2018

Aristophanes (Pan Wei-Ju) @ Cafe du Nord

September 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cafe du Nord
$12 – $14

About this Event Aristophanes is a Taipei born, London based artist, whose striking verbal wordplay, poetry,and forward thinking delivery has seen her rise to be at the very forefront of the new sounds emerging of the new Taiwan. Her unique style has led to artistic collaborations with Grimes, Arcade Fire, and Sigur Ros breaking down international cultural and language barriers and uniting through the power of music. Fusing elements of HipHop, Slam Poetry, Jazz, Soul and Electronica, her music has…

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November 2018

Ama’s Momento

November 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University of Southern California, 900 W 34th St
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States
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‘Ama’s Momento’ brings to life the story of Awu's (the project lead) grandmother Yoko Kung (龔玉葉), who dreams of building an art museum to preserve Taiwanese culture. This is a multimedia installation filled with interactive and immersive stories. It is a memory portal which uses virtual reality to creatively document our team’s journey as young storytellers travelling to Taiwan to meet with Ama. By coming with us on this journey, you feel reverence for her life, nostalgia for the places…

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Taiwan Philharmonic North America Tour – San Francisco

November 5, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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TAIWAN PHILHARMONIC SHAO-CHIA LÜ, conductor YU-CHIEN TSENG, violin GORDON CHIN: ‘Dancing Song’ from Three Aboriginal Songs for Orchestra SAMUEL BARBER: Violin Concerto, Op.14 JOHANNES BRAHMS: Symphony No.2, Op.73 The Taiwan Philharmonic visits San Francisco as part of their 2018 North American tour after a highly-acclaimed 2016 US debut. Music Director Shao-Chia Lü conducts. “From Formosa” refers to a historic republic on the island of Taiwan. This performance traces Taiwan’s classical music tradition with Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin’s ‘Dancing Song’ and…

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Book and Jazz Club: Lord of Formosa

November 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
International Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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PLEASE JOIN TAIWAN CAFE MEETUP GROUP FOR A NIGHT OF JAZZ AND INTRIGUING BOOK DISCUSSION! As the fall weather sets in, what could be cozier than a fireside chat with Joyce Bergvelt about her new book, Lord of Formosa (Formosa, voorgoed verloren). This captivating novel, inspired by historical events, dramatizes the confrontations between the Dutch colony of Taiwan and 17th century Chinese warlord, Zhen Chenggong (Koxinga). After our chat with the author, we will settle back and enjoy the seductive sounds of Autonomous Region…

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Lecture – The 2018 Taiwanese Local Elections: Results and Implications

November 28, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Philippines Conference Room, 616 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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Speaker(s) Kharis Templeman, Project Manager, Taiwan Democracy & Security Project, U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, Stanford University Kharis Templeman is the Project Manager of the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project in the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, and a social science research scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. His current research includes projects on party system institutionalization and partisan realignments, electoral integrity and manipulation in East Asia, the politics of defense spending in Taiwan, and the representation of Taiwan’s…

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January 2019

Free Film Screening – Seediq Bale: Warriors of the Rainbow

January 12 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Private Screening Room, 338 Main St
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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Are you a fan of foreign movies? Please join us on January 12th to celebrate the first anniversary of Taiwan Café Meetup Group. We will be kicking off the new year with a movie screening in SOMA, featuring Warriors of the Rainbow. The Taiwanese movie, produced by John Woo and directed by Wu Te-Sheng, is based on Wushe Incident in 1930 when an aboriginal people in Central Taiwan rebelled against Japanese oppression. Through stunning cinematography, the action saga tells the story of…

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February 2019

TAFNC Presents: 228 Peace Memorial Concert

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Formosa United Methodist Church, 788 Lewelling Boulevard
San Leandro, CA United States
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Presented by the Taiwanese American Federation of Northern California. Please join us for our annual 228 Peace Memorial Concert at Formosa United Methodist Church in San Leandro, California. 228 commemorates the 1947 February 28 Massacre in Taiwan, when building resentment over inflation, constant military occupation, government corruption, and police brutality culminated in an island-wide protest. When local Taiwanese leaders demanded administration reforms, free elections, and accountability for government corruption, the Chinese Nationalist army began a violent campaign to impose martial…

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March 2019

Imaging the Avant-Garde: Taiwan’s Film Experiments of the 1960s

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Presented in association with Light Field, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Center for Asian American Media, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco Curated and presented by Emily Chao Live musical performance by Amma Ateria        Half a century ago, restrictions resulted from the political situation left a group of art and literature-loving young Taiwanese people with no other choice but to rely on translated books to imagine what Western art films were like; moreover, they carried out their own experiments on film.…

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