Tea for Taiwan: A Documentary About Taiwanese American Activism

Eliana Ritts 2019 | 18 min | USA, Taiwan Director in Attendance Bubble tea, known for its fluorescent straws and tapioca balls, has become a staple in New York City. But the sweet drink is also a surprising tool for Taiwanese-American activists. Unlike the ubiquitous beverage, Taiwan, a nation of 23 million people, is largely unrecognized by the international community. Through this exploration of bubble tea, experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Taiwanese activism in New York City. Co-presented…

Screening: Our Youth in Taiwan (St. Louis)

Stories of bidding farewell to one’s youth and growing up are commonplace. The dream shared by the protagonists in the film is to build a better country by rebelling against the establishment. However, their fight becomes part of history in the turbulent relations between Taiwan and China. A Taiwanese student movement star, who fights against China, a celebrity Chinese student, who loves Taiwan, and I, a Taiwanese documentary filmmaker passionate about politics. Clashes should come between us,…

CAAMFest37: Love Boat: Taiwan (Special Presentation)

Fearless, inventive and outspoken are a few words to describe CAAMFest37 Spotlight Honoree Valerie Soe. From the 80’s to now, Soe’s films and video installations have been a benchmark for Asian American feminist activism and experimental storytelling. CAAM will proudly showcase Soe’s newest documentary, LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN; a feature-length documentary, looks into of one of the longest running summer programs in the world. LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN revisits the program’s participants and explores…

LATE LIFE: The Chien-Ming Wang Story in Theaters

The first and only Taiwanese player for the New York Yankees, Chien-Ming Wang held many titles: American League Wins Leader, World Series Champion, Olympian, Time 100 Most Influential, and The Pride of Taiwan. He had it all--until a 2008 injury forever altered the course of his career. LATE LIFE: The Chien-Ming Wang Story--named after the late sinking action on his signature pitch--follows the rise and fall of the international icon as he fights his way back into the Major Leagues through endless…

Who Is Arthur Chu? Villain, Hero, or Anti-Hero?

In 2014, I spoke with filmmaker Yu Gu (顾雨) and her co-director, Scott Drucker, as they were gearing up to follow Arthur Chu for his appearance in the Tournament of Champions on Jeopardy! as a part of their documentary, Who is Arthur Chu?. The film centers on this fellow Taiwanese American, who translated his notoriety from the game show into a being a critical voice on issues of social justice and pop culture. After following the film’s progress, I drove up on a rainy day to speak with Gu…

Taiwan Documentary Film Screening with TAP in Boston

Have you ever seen different parts of Taiwan from a bird eye view? Join Taiwanese American Professionals - Boston (TAP-Boston) as we watch Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8viB52KsUuc), a documentary with breathtaking images of Taiwan and learn about the effects of urbanization on this beautiful island. This event is held in collaboration with NEACP in memory of the director Chi Po-Lin, who passed away in an accident last month. RSVP below so we can know to expect…

HuanDao Documentary Online Release

HuanDao Documentary follows the story of two young women embarking on a two-week bicycle trip (known as huandao) through the country of Taiwan. One is Taiwanese American, and her return to the island explores her relationship with her family, her bicultural identity, and her greater understanding of self, home, and belonging. They travel through the beautiful island, experiencing its food and culture, befriending strangers along the way that challenge the question-- what does it mean to be Taiwanese…

Blacklist: A Film by Christina Hu

Starting in the early 1970s, thousands of Taiwanese immigrants came to the United States each year, in pursuit of higher education and better lives for their families. Yet, mostly untold, is the story of how hundreds of these Taiwanese in America were put on a blacklist by the government in Taiwan, for speaking out for democracy and human rights in Taiwan while they were in the United States. Once outside of Taiwan, that generation of Taiwanese graduate students were exposed to the values of freedom…

Who Is Arthur Chu? Screens at CAAMFest 2017

Each year, TaiwaneseAmerican.org is pleased to support the premier Asian American Film Festival in the San Francisco/Bay Area. CAAM Fest, the Center for Asian American Media’s annual festival features not only amazing works in film, TV, and digital media, but also includes showcases in music and food. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the festival--a treasure trove of great Asian American works from established as well as emerging talent. This year, we are proud to co-present the centerpiece…