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2016/02/21 | Zou Chi
Taiwan Film Industry Shines At 66th Berlin Film Festival
“Crosscurrent” was the only Chinese production in the 18 films competing for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards this year; while "Anchorage Prohibited" was awarded the Audi Short Film Award, and depicts the struggles of international workers in Taiwan.
2016/02/19 | TNL 編輯
Taiwan Film Raises Criticism Over Aboriginal Issue
“David Loman 2,”directed by Chu Ke-liang, has hit NT$170 million (approximately US$ five million) at the box office. However, a scene where the actors imitate Tao aboriginals has provoked criticism for not respecting the people.
2016/02/17 | TNL 編輯
Disputed Theme Lantern May Still Bring Crowds To The Taipei Lantern Festival
The Taipei City government holds an event to celebrate the Lantern Festival every year. Due to the controversial theme lantern this year, the festival seems to be more discussed than ever.
2016/02/04 | TNL 編輯
WHO Says Movies With Smoking Scenes Should Be Rated
WHO is calling on governments around the world to rate movies that show tobacco. The organization confirmed that this means films with smoking scenes should be viewed only by those who are 18 and older. Its aim is to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.
2016/01/25 | TNL 編輯
Where Do Asians Stand in Oscar Nominations?
White actors have been dominating the Academy Awards for 88 years. This reflects not only the social stereotype embedded in the movie industry, but also the lack of opportunities for actors of color to ascend to the podium of the Oscars.
2016/01/14 | Shih Yuan
Taiwanese K-pop Star Accused of Being Pro-Independent and Banned from Performing in China
South Korean media think that the controversy regarding the R.O.C. flag is sensitive between Taiwan and China. Maeil Business News Korea says, China, opposing Taiwan regarding politics, is more sensitive to Chou’s controversy because Taiwan’s presidential election is coming up. It is reported that JYP might face severe loss because China is the biggest market of K-pop.
2016/01/07 | Shih Yuan
French Apprentice of Taiwan Legendary Traditional Puppeteer Holds An Exhibition in Taiwan
Legendary Taiwanese traditional puppeteer Li Tian-lu’s apprentice, Jean-Luc Penso, is holding an exhibition called “The Origin of Puppetry” at the Puppetry Art Center of Taipei, presenting many puppets and historical relics from France in hopes of helping the Taiwanese learn how the traditional art has been spread overseas.
2015/12/02 | Shih Yuan
How Severe Is the Haze in Beijing? Artist Makes A Brick Out of the Dust
This artist who calls himself, "Peanut Brother," said on his Weibo account that he started planning this project since 2013. He wanted to use a vacuum cleaner to collect the dust in the air of Beijing in 100 days, and then use the dust he collected to make a brick. This brick will ultimately be used as construction material and, "disappear among the millions of bricks. Just like dust," said Peanut Brother.
2015/11/24 | Yang
Taiwan's Reading Festival will Begin Next Month
Huang Li-yue, director-general of the Department of the Lifelong Education under the Ministry of Education, says that the biggest problem in modern society is people have no time to read. Huang emphasizes now is the era of lifelong education and "reading is one of the essential factors that will make us winners near the end of our lives."
2015/11/11 | Shih Yuan
China to Implement Self-Examination System on Online Music Starting in 2016
The Chinese Ministry of Culture won’t censor online music, but will offer guidance for the companies regarding personnel training on self-examination. They will also perform random inspections on the implementation of the self-examination process. The new regulation also requires companies to establish blacklists to strengthen market inspection and a credible management system.
2015/10/27 | Zou Chi
Taiwan Places Third in World’s Biggest Breakdancing Competition, BOTY
BOTY is now one of the world's oldest and the most influential breakdancing competitions, often referred to as the world cup of breakdancing. It was held in Braunschweig, Germany last weekend, and U-Taipei, representing Taiwan, advanced to the semi-finals and placed third in the competition.
2015/09/25 | Kenzo
Taiwanese Film Directors Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang Named Top Ten Asian Directors by BIFF
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of BIFF, the festival committee has launched a special program called, Asian Cinema 100. The program has selected 100 significant Asian films, and "A City of Sadness" by Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien ranks number five while Taiwanese director Edward Yang ranks number seven with "A Brighter Summer Day." Hou also places number two among the top ten directors in Asia.
2015/09/01 | Zou Chi
Only Sulfuric Fire Fishing Technique in the World Registered as Cultural Asset in Taiwan
Sulfuric fire fishing was one of the eight must-see attractions in Jinshan in the past. The magnificent scene is now an important national treasure in the hundreds of years of the fishing industry in Taiwan.