Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Upcoming SOAS events

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Dear All,

Greetings from SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies! We would like to take the opportunity to inform you our latest event schedule and would appreciate highly if you could help invite people you know who may be able to attend these wonderful events.

For the last few years the Centre of Taiwan Studies has held its popular Taiwan Film Weeks during the term 2 Reading Week. This year for the first time we will host a Taiwan Film and Book Week between February 8 and 17. There will be a total of ten public events, including film screenings, talks by authors and a lead actress, and book launches.
The programme will open on February 8 with a screening of the Wu Hsiu-ching’s documentary Song of the Reed that tells the story of Taiwanese who had been forced into military prostitution for the Japanese army during the Second World War. This will be followed by a discussion led by Astrid Lipinsky from Vienna University.
Next we will host the Taiwanese graphic novelist Sean Chuang (小莊) for two talks. On February 9 his talk will be titled: The Window - A Genetic Mutation of the Graphic Novel and on February 10 he will discuss his best seller: A 1980s Chronicle - Taiwan’s Adolescence.
Then on Monday February 13 the award winning writer Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄) will give a talk titled Gifts from the black-faced spoonbills—A case in my latest nature writing.
On February 14 we will hold three book events featuring some of the leading scholars in the Taiwan Studies field. First, Professor Thomas Gold will revisit his influential 1986 volume State and Society in the Taiwan Miracle. In the afternoon we will hold the book launch for the new Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan. Nine scholars will speak about their chapters in the handbook. Topics covered range from Taiwan’s history, domestic and external politics, migration policy, media scene, national identity and social movements. In the evening the second launch will be for the new edited volume Taiwan and The ‘China Impact’ - Challenges and Opportunities.

Writing Taiwan Events
On Wednesday February 15 writer Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄) will give his second SOAS talk, this will be Change and transformation of a mountain village in Taiwan—Context of a mountain home in the book entitled 15 Little Planets.
Our final visiting speaker will be the Ado Kaliting Pacidal, who is a singer-songwriter, the host of a music program on Taiwan Indigenous Television, and a writer of original literary works. She is also the lead actress for the film we will screen on Thursday February 16 Wawa No Cidal (太陽的孩子). There will be a Q&A following the screening. Then on Friday February 17 we will end the programme with Ado Kaliting Pacidal’s talk on The Taiwan Indigenous Social Movements 1980-2016.
The Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Dafydd Fell noted, ‘The programme this year is amazing. I am grateful for the support of the Ministry of Culture but also huge credit goes to the programme curator Chang Bi-yu and Project Officer Jewel Lo. Over these ten days our students and the audience will have an opportunity to engage with leading Taiwanese writers, social movement activists, the actress and singer-songwriter Ado Kaliting Pacidal and of course many of their favourite scholars from the Taiwan Studies field. As usual we have organized events to coincide with Valentine’s Day.’
All the events in the programme are open to the public.
We are grateful for the sponsorship of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture for the visits of Liu Ka-shiang (劉克襄) and Sean Chuang (小莊)
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