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Taiwanese voice actress behind Shin-chan dies at age 49

Taiwanese actress behind voice of Japanese anime character Shin-chan dies from cancer at age 49

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/09/16
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Shin-chan (left), Chiang (right). (Screenshots from YouTube)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chiang Tu-hui (蔣篤慧), the voice actress behind popular anime characters such as Crayon Shin-chan and Chibi Maruko-chan for Taiwanese audiences, died this morning (Sept. 16) of complications from cancer.

At 11:00 a.m. on Monday, the Facebook page AV Voices (VOICES音伉網) uploaded a post announcing the sad news, saying "Ms. Chiang Tu-hui left us this morning, and we will always miss you." As soon as the post was uploaded, many netizens expressed shock and condolences.

The Taipei Dubbing Union confirmed to CNA that Chiang passed away at 7:13 a.m. at the age of 49. Chiang reportedly had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer, and the cause of death was attributed to multiple organ failure.

Chiang is well-known in Taiwan for lending her voice to a long list of Mandarin-dubbed Japanese animes, including "Crayon Shin-chan," "Chibi Maruko-chan," "Naruto," "Detective Conan," "Attack on Titan," and "Yu Yu Hakusho." Chiang also voiced characters in a number of domestically-produced animated TV programs and films, such as "Barkley the Cat" and "Silent Code."    [FULL  STORY]

Megaport music festival canceled

KAOHSIUNG PRESSURE? Sources said that the Han Kuo-yu administration is investigating his predecessor, while financing for past festivals is being scrutinized

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 13, 2019
By: Huang Chia-lin  /  Staff reporter

There will not be a 12th Megaport Festival next year, event organizers said on Wednesday, while

Fire Ex performs at the Megaport Festival at the Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung on March. 24.
Photo: Chen Yi-kuan, Taipei Times

sources said that the popular music festival was canceled after facing pressure from the administration of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜).

Organizers said in a statement that it had been feeling growing pressure since the start of this year and they had been asked to submit information on past events.

The festival has become a source of criticism at the Kaohsiung City Council and it is obvious that Han is not interested in supporting it, they said.

This has consistently stalled progress on organizing next year’s event, which has met with many unexpected obstacles and must be canceled, they said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan Cinema and Southeast Asian Chinese Diaspora Filmmakers: The Case of Midi Z

Chinese Diaspora Filmmakers: The Case of Midi Z

he Asia Dialogue
Date: September 7, 2019
By: Maja Korbecka.

Image credit: untitled by it is elisa/Flickr, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In recent years most representatives of Taiwanese cinema to gain recognition at the international film festivals have come from Chinese diasporas in Southeast Asia. Directors like Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), Wi Ding Ho (何蔚庭) and the increasingly celebrated Midi Z (趙德胤) migrated to Taiwan for education and to pursue a career. Now they are featured at events co-organised by Taiwanese film institutions and representing Taiwanese cinema at film festivals, influencing the way Taiwan is seen internationally.

This is one example of the global phenomenon of transnational cinema. Here Taiwanese cinema is characterised by artistic mindsets and film poetics shown through on-screen storytelling influenced by cross-cultural aesthetics. These aesthetics focus on the representation of migration, exilic or diasporic experiences, and are themselves encompassed in the movement of labour, modes of co-production, international distribution, exhibition and reception, and the consequences of cross-national capital exchanges. Through analysing film narratives, director backgrounds as well as modes of production and exhibition, it is possible to glimpse the complexity of the interplay between national cinema and transnational practices. Such interplay continues to transform film histories, undermining exclusionary monolithic national narratives in favour of more multifaceted and personal accounts of hybridity and diversity.

The filmmaker’s use of guerrilla techniques stylistically shapes the work and adds layers of possible interpretations by focusing on state control and surveillance    [FULL  STORY]

Portrait of An Artist: Rayna Yun Chou, Creator of Concert for One

The Harvard Crimson
Date: August 25, 2019
By: Ifeoluwani E. Omidiran, Contributing Writer

Concert for One, a one-on-one musical experience created by Rayna Yun Chou, debuted in Taiwan in 2016.
Photo: Courtesy of Rayna Yun Chou

Rayna Yun Chou, a classically trained violist, is partnering with Celebrity Series of Boston to produce Concert for One, a series of minute-long concerts that bring together one musician and one listener for an intimate performance. The public program will take place Sept. 20 to 29 in the Harvard Science Center Plaza and Chin Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston. Chou first staged Concert for One in Taichung City, Taiwan, in an effort to bridge the divide between classical musicians and everyday listeners, and the project attracted thousands of listeners.

The Harvard Crimson sat down with Chou to talk about the program, her own music practice, and the future of classical music.    [FULL  INTERVIEW]

Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-ling accuses media of privacy violation

She was photographed at a hospital and the gossip magazine claimed she is preparing for artificial insemination

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/08/20
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Supermodel Lin Chiling (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Representatives of Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) issued a statement on Tuesday (Aug. 20), accusing a celebrity gossip magazine of violating her privacy.

The Mirror Media magazine carried a story on July 31 reporting Lin had visited National Taiwan University Hospital to prepare for in vitro fertilization, Liberty Times reported on Tuesday (Aug. 20).

Lin’s representatives accused a Mirror Media paparazzo of taking pictures of Lin’s driver, who was delivering an item containing personal information to a hospital staff member. This personal information was said to have been reported in the July 31 article claiming Lin wanted artificial insemination.

The hospital staff member was identified by Mirror Media as a member of NTU Hospital’s artificial reproduction team. Lin, who recently married Japanese boy band member Akira, has spoken publicly about wanting twins.    [FULL  STORY]

FILM REVIEW: ‘The Blond One’ Crafts a Fleshed-Out Romance With Subtle Moments

The 2019 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival runs from 8/15 to 8/25 in Taipei and from 8/28 to 9/8 in Kaohsiung. This film review is based on a complimentary media screening.

The news Lens
Date: 2019/08/20
By: CJ Sheu

Photo Credit: 2019 Taiwan International Queer Film Festival 

The first hint we get that Gabriel’s (Gaston Re) infatuation with Juan (Alfonso Barón) may not be in vain is when Juan asks Gabriel if he’s seeing someone. Gabriel answers “sort of” and Juan follows up with, “What’s their name?” It’s an oblique yet clear signal in a film constructed out of suggestions and implications.

Written, directed, and edited by Argentine Marco Berger, The Blond One (Un Rubio 2019) spent most of its 108 minutes on furtive glances and smoldering stares, lustful envy and tension-filled rooms, and the anguished push and pull between the two men in their late twenties or early thirties.

The blond and relatively pale-faced Gabriel (an angelic name) rents a room from furniture factory coworker Juan, who like his namesake Don Juan has a voracious sexual appetite. In a film with a spare soundtrack (by Pedro Irusta), the techno music coming from somewhere in the apartment incites our and Gabriel’s curiosity; turns out it’s coming from Juan’s room, from which a naked woman (Julieta Tramanzoli) emerges, followed by an equally naked Juan. That music, the credits inform us, is called “Tecno Sex,” and indeed we hear it every time Juan has a lady over.

Having a techno-loving womanizer as a flatmate would be bad enough, but what makes it worse is that Gabriel has an obvious crush on him. He sneaks glances whenever they’re together in the living room, usually with some of Juan’s guy friends, and is pleasantly uncomfortable when Juan, reaching over, puts a hand very high up Gabriel’s thigh for support. Is it innocent? or very subtle flirting?    [FULL  STORY]

All Is Well a starry regional tie-up

The suspense drama features actors from Singapore and Taiwan and parallel plotlines and takes on a multi-platform format

Straits Times
Date: Aug 19, 20190
By: Jan Lee

At the press conference for All Is Well are (from top left, clockwise) Ian Fang, Romeo Tan, Elvin Ng, Chen Hanwei, Blue Lan, Desmond Tan, Liu Kuan-ting, Brandon Wong, Joanne Tseng, Zoe Tay, Pauline Lan and Pets Tseng. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Television A-listers from Singapore and Taiwan showed up last Friday to launch one of Mediacorp's most ambitious projects yet.

Suspense drama All Is Well, a 40-episode series that features Taiwanese stars Blue Lan, Pets Tseng and Joanne Tseng as well as familiar local names such as Elvin Ng and Zoe Tay, is the broadcaster's most extensive collaboration with a Taiwanese team to date.

Aside from using actors from Taiwan and Singapore, executive producers and directors are also from both Mediacorp and Eightgeman – renowned Taiwanese director and screenwriter Wang Hsiao-ti's production company – in a bid to expand regional tie-ups.    [FULL  STORY]

Fine Art Asia 2020 in Taipei for first time

It will take place at Huashan 1914 Creative Park, while Hong Kong hosts Fine Art Asia 2019 and Ink Asia 2019

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/08/16
By: Lyla Liu, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Fine Art Asia 2019 and Ink Asia 2019 will take place at the Hong Kong

Fine Art Asia 2019 and Ink Asia 2019 director Andy Hei (right) (Taiwan News photo)

Convention and Exhibition Center from Oct. 4-7, while Fine Art Asia 2020 will be hosted by Taipei for the first time.

Antique collector Andy Hei is the art director for Fine Art Asia 2019 and Ink Asia 2019. The art fair features jewelry, vintage items, and crafts. Ink Art Asia, which was established in 2015, showcases a wide range of modern and traditional ink art.

Hei said there will be a collaboration with Chang’s Oriental Art Gallery, a long-term exhibitor at the art fair, to host the next edition in Taipei for the first time. Hei said he wanted to work with more local galleries and individuals in local art circles.

Hei added that the art fairs would help young artists and craftspeople. “Large-scale art events gather people who love art in the same place, and provide the opportunity to meet many different kinds of people," Hei said.    [FULL  STORY]

Jeong Sewoon spends magical moments with fans in Taiwan, Thailand

"Idol singer and songwriter" Jeong Sewoon successfully wrapped up his solo concerts in Thailand and Taiwan.

Date: 2019. 08. 11. 

Jeong Sewoon held his solo concerts in 2019 and met fans at BBC Hall, Central Plaza Ladprao, Bangkok, Thailand on August 3 (Thai time), and at ATT Showbox, Taipei, Taiwan. August 10 (Taiwan time).

​At Jeong Sewoon's first concert conducted in Thailand, local fans even gathered outside the concert venue to wait for his stage before the start of the show. Furthermore, Taiwanese fans who reunited with Jeong Sewoon after their meeting in 2018 filled up the hall and showed their enthusiastic support.

​Kicking off the concert amid wild cheers, Jeong Sewoon captivated audiences with a series of title tracks, from the debut song "Just U", "Baby, it's U", "20 Something" to "Feeling".

​Jeong Sewoon displayed all of his other charms through a special cover stage, the highlight of the concert. The male singer showed off his warm vocal upon performing the song "Propose" by Sunwoo JungA. Moreover, he put in a touching and passionate performance of "San Toi Mamie" by Eun Hee, the song which used to be a hot topic on the program "Immortal Songs" (KBS).

Park Bom holds her first ever solo fan meeting in Taiwan

Date: Agust 10, 2019
By: AKP Staff

Park Bom held her first ever solo fan meeting in Taiwan, ‘Dream Come True’.

On August 10, her label D-Nation stated, "Park Bom is meeting fans at the New Taipei City Exhibition Hall in Taipei for her solo fan meeting 'Dream Come True'." This marks the former 2NE1 member's first event as a solo artist in Taiwan, and overseas fans were excited to see her perform.

Park Bom herself expressed, "I'm already excited thinking about seeing my Taiwanese fans. I want to hurry up and meet my fans to hopefully gather fun and joyful memories." At her fan meeting, the singer performed her hits like "Spring", "4:44", "Don't Cry", "You and I", "Lonely", and "I Am the Best", putting on a mini concert for her fans.    [SOURCE]