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November 2018

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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Global Taiwan Institute: Taiwan in 2019

January 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Global Taiwan Institute, 1836 Jefferson Place Northwest
Washington, D.C., 20036
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2019 will be an important year for Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and cross-Strait relations. After the recently held local elections, Taiwan’s political parties and the electorate are already preparing for the general elections in January 2020. The 2020 race, which will elect the president and legislators, will be more consequential for Taiwan’s foreign policy and thus for US interests. The tone for the race is already being set as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen issued her administration’s first new year speech, which…

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February 2019

ITASA 2019 National Conference

February 14 @ 8:00 am - February 17 @ 5:00 pm
University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
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The ITASA National Conference will be held at the University of Pennsylvania from Thursday, February 14 to Sunday, February 17.  Our theme this year is "Me and Ama: Weaving together stories of our past with memories of our future". Through Me and Ama, we hope to create a space for intimate dialogues and communal growth around Taiwanese American identity. We aim to begin answering the questions: What does it mean to belong to Taiwanese America? What are our family stories?…

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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

IdentiTEA: Presented by TAP-Boston

March 23 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
BCNC, 38 Ash Street
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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What does it mean to be a Taiwanese/Asian-American today? How do (or don't) our identities and heritages impact us in our day to day life? Join us for our annual IdentiTEA - a thoughtful, small group discussion where we connect with our fellow Taiwanese/Asian-Americans, share our personal stories, and chat over a build your own bubble tea bar. Founded in 2012, Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) - Boston is a chapter of the largest network of young Taiwanese American professionals in…

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Apply to the Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund

March 27

10 – $5,000 Scholarships for High School Seniors and 1st Year College Students Planning to Attend a University/College in the U.S. in the Fall of 2019 The Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund is focused on helping economically-challenged Taiwanese American youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. Deadline: 11:59pm – Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Eligibility: U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) AND a direct blood descendant of a Taiwanese citizen High school senior or 1st…

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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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