LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN examines one of the longest-running summer programs in the world. This feature-length documentary revisits the program’s participants and explores the history and popularity of this well-known trip, sponsored by the Republic of China (Taiwan) government, which takes place every summer in Taiwan.
Despite its high-minded aspirations that include classes in Mandarin-language study, martial arts, and brush painting, the program’s popularity stems from another source: its reputation as an excellent place for college-aged overseas Chinese and Taiwanese Americans to hook up and find romance. For this reason—even though it does not take place on a ship, but at a conference center in Taipei—the program is more commonly known by its romantic nickname—the Taiwan Love Boat.
The Love Boat has a rich history, and many famous alumni have passed through the program over the years, including US Congresswoman Judy Chu, buzzfeed’s Justin Tan, and singer Wang Lee Hom. Although it started out in 1967 as a small cultural program, over the years the Love Boat eventually became harder to gain entry into than many colleges.
LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN explores the ways that the KMT government of Taiwan used this unique “soft power” program to promote Taiwan around the world, and how it permanently affected the lives of many Asian Americans.
FIND A SCREENING NEAR YOU
(updated as announced)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 @ 4:30 PM | San Francisco State University
Event information & ticketing (free): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-love-boat-taiwan-tickets-74771151527
Sunday, October 27, 2019 @ 2:30 PM | Culture Center of the Taipei Economic Cultural Office El Monte
Event information & ticketing ($10): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-boat-taiwan-politics-and-romance-a-win-win-win-documentary-tickets-73074057473
San Jose/Silicon Valley:
Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 7PM | Cinearts at Santana Row (Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest Opening Night)
Event information & ticketing ($50*): https://www.tickettailor.com/events/contemporaryasiantheaterscene/297947
*Includes reception, t-shirt, and premiere screening of a 25-minute documentary short, “Going Home”
Saturday, November 9, 2019 @ 3:30PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Event information & ticketing ($16.65):
Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 8:30PM | Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium
Event information & ticketing ($13.75): https://sdaff.org/2019/movies/love-boat-taiwan/
Watch the trailer here: https://www.loveboat-taiwan.com/trailer
To learn more about Love Boat: Taiwan
Love Boat: Taiwan | https://www.loveboat-taiwan.com/
Love Boat: Taiwan (Valerie Soe for TaiwaneseAmerican.org) | http://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/2016/04/love-boat-taiwan/
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