Saturday, January 26, 2013

Singapore Film Company Looks for Haunted Places in Taiwan and Elsewhere

January 25, 2013

Seeking input on relationship between famous hauntings and Asian culture and history for documentary
From; Christopher Laursen , (continue by clicking READ MORE)

Singapore-based InFocus Asia is producing a documentary television series that sounds quite promising; they are looking at locations that are reputed to be haunted, and putting them into social, cultural and historical context. Perhaps there are some colleagues who would like to offer input.

all the best,

Christopher Laursen
PhD candidate
University of British Columbia

Subject: Seeking input on relationship between famous hauntings and Asian culture and history

TV production company InFocus Asia, based in Singapore, is seeking scholars who can speak on social, cultural, and historical contexts of allegedly haunted locations across Asia.

This new documentary series for a major international channel explores the potential connections between haunted places and historical events and Asian cultures. Are hauntings actually connected to what happened in the past? By investigating a haunting, we attempt to reveal the truth of hidden or forgotten history and explore cultures and belief systems.

InFocus Asia is well known as a content provider for major international channels - Psychic Vietnam for the BBC is a good example related to exploring the relationship between the supernatural and society. Psychic Vietnam is the fourth clip in their online portfolio:

Right now, IFA is hoping to touch base with those knowledgeable about Asian ghosts and hauntings from a variety of disciplinary approaches, as well as scholars who have studied traumatic events in Asian history (e.g. war, rebellion, epidemics, imprisonment, hard labour, etc.). Planned episodes will be filmed in Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, and India.

If you know of experts of Asia who could offer input on these themes (on or off-camera), or yourself are interested in offering input, please contact Kelly Lin, Development Producer, InFocus Asia (Singapore) at or call her at +65 6224 6366

If you are interested, please respond ASAP.
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Wade Kaardal said...

Are they looking for a skeptical viewpoint? Because I would gladly offer it.

Michael Turton said...

Doesn't seem like it. They seem to want it properly contextualized, so it won't be too credulous. Gulp. I hope.

Anonymous said...

Off the top of my head, there are three places in the Taipei Area they may want to take a look at. I do not have the time to give them all of the background data so I will post here:

1. The grounds underneath the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This story was documented somewhat in the newspapers years ago.

2. The Ma Teng Cheng KMT killing fields, Wanhua area.

3. Keelung - there is an abandoned building sitting right at the end of the freeway/main street in Keelung. (You know the one with the rotunda on the top). I have no idea what the story is behind that building but have been told it's known to be haunted by many locals.

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