An Interview with Filmmaker Fiona Roan: Reflections on Sisterhood and Belonging

Fiona Feng-I Roan is a Taiwanese American writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Ho Chie Tsai recently caught up with her to talk about her new short film, JIEJIE, which was recently selected as one of three finalists in the HBO Asian Pacific Visionary American short film competition. It will also be distributed nationally through HBO this May, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. JIEJIE is a portrait of young sisters being raised by a single immigrant…

Taiwanese American Women’s Convention & Filmmaker Panel

The purpose of North America Taiwanese Women's Association 2nd Generation Chapter is three-fold: (1) to establish a network consisted of 1.5- and 2nd-generation Taiwanese American and Canadian women (2) to cultivate and promote talents among young Taiwanese American and Canadian women (3) to preserve Taiwanese culture and promote Taiwanese American and Canadian identity. The 2018 national convention will be hosted in Los Angeles at the LAX Renaissance Hotel during the weekend of April…

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…

Tongues of Heaven / Root Tongue Interactive at UC Berkeley

Join filmmaker Anita Chang in Berkeley on Thursday, August 31st for a screening of TONGUES OF HEAVEN, followed by discussion + ROOT TONGUE exhibition! Free and open to the public. The Taiwan Council of Indigenous Peoples and UCB Native American Studies program are hosting the event. Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, TONGUES OF HEAVEN focuses on the questions, desires and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the languages of their forebears—languages that are endangered or facing extinction.…

1st Annual Taiwanese American Film Festival in LA

ATTENTION ALL FILM LOVERS! The very 1st edition of the Taiwanese American Film Festival is finally here and will be held at the beautiful Downtown Independent in Downtown Los Angeles. Established by Taiwanese American Professionals of Los Angeles (TAP-LA) - This one-day festival will celebrate short films and media works by up and coming Taiwanese and Taiwanese American makers. Indulge in the Festival's highlights including -- an industry panel; an Awards Ceremony and a Closing Party. Along…

Taiwan Documentary Screening with NATSA in NorCal

Film Director: Alder Yang, Founder of Awakening Lab in Taiwan Moderator: Ruo-Fan Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madison Moderator: Yu-Hui Chang, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities People always believe that pursuing academic achievement will ensure them to get higher degrees and stable jobs. In Taiwan, this conventional belief is tied with an imperial examination system which intensifies the pressure for students to learn. However, will students be able to remember their passion of learning and…

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…

Film Screening of “Elevator” with TAP in LA

Taiwanese American Professionals - Los Angeles (TAP-LA) is proud to introduce our new 'TA Artist Spotlight Series', where we aim to showcase and highlight the immense talent of our Taiwanese American artistic community! For our first installment, we are proud to present the screening of "Elevator" a film written and produced by Taiwanese American filmmaker Anthony Ma (LOVE ARCADIA), co-directed by Ryo Shiina and Bassem Wahbi. Anthony also stars as one of the lead characters opposite of Kiyomi…

Taiwan Cinema Spotlight Films in San Diego

Rediscover LGBT classics at the Taiwan Cinema Spotlight, June 25-26! This partnership between Pacific Arts Movement, the Taiwan Academy, and the Museum of Photographic Arts is an annual program at MOPA that focuses on a different aspect of Taiwanese cinema each year, which could be a genre, director, era, or theme. This year's series highlights the pivotal role that LGBT themes have played in the development of recent Taiwanese cinema, and the number of memorable films, as diverse in their approaches…