Taiwan Film Collection
Faculty & Staff
Academic Year 2011-2012
From September 10 th to the 18 th of 2011, the UW-Madison campus and the greater downtown Madison area witnessed a week full of Taiwan-related events. The series, entitled Taiwanese Arts Week, was a highly collaborative event, co-sponsored by CEAS, the Council for Cultural Affairs (Taiwan), Taipei Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (Madison), the Overature Center and many other local UW supporters. The event series was directed and organized by Professor Jin-wen Yu of the UW Dance Department, and brought outstanding films, scholars, and artists to Madison, connecting some of Taiwan's many great arts traditions to the broader Madison community. Five films were shown in conjunction with the week-long celebration, Wen-Tang Cheng’s Somewhere Over the Dreamland, Jen Wan’s Super Citizen Ko, Chin-Yuan Ke’s Swing, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Dust in the Wind, and Edward Yang’s Terrorizers. Several of the films were also part of the "treasure trove" of classic and new Taiwanese films to be donated to UW-Madison's film archive (Academic Year 2010-2011 news above). As a part of Taiwanese Arts Week, CEAS hosted two guest lectures by Hsiao-hung Chang, a distinguished professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at National Taiwan University. Professor Chang first spoke on contemporary women writers in Taiwan and their use of fashion to frame cityscapes, entitled “Fashioning the Cityscape,” and later in the week she gave a talk on the films of director Hou Hsiao-hsien (that talk was followed by a screening of Hou's 1986 film Dust in the Wind). Other events in the series included a lecture on interdisciplinary collaboration on Design Education by Yu-Chien Ann, Dean of the College of Design at Shih-Chien University, and a Taiwanese photo exhibit entitled Windows to Taiwan, that sampled a variety of notable Taiwanese photographers at the Memorial Union. There were also nightly performances of Tiers, Jin-Wen Yu Dance 2012 production, a showing of the environmentalist documentary Swing, along with a discussion and Q/A session with its filmmaker Chin-Yuan Ke. Finally, there was a performance at Madison's World Music Festival and separate workshop by the music group Chai Found Music Workshop, performed at Madison's World Music Festival, and a performance and workshop demonstration by the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company entitled A Sea of Puppets played at the Overature Center and at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
UW-Madison Memorial Library and East Asian Collection Librarian Dianna Xu purchased a remarkable newspaper database from Taiwan, entitled Taiwan Nichinichi Shinpo(1898-1944) 台灣日日新 報 . This newspaper, originally published from 1898 to 1944, was the official newspaper published by the Government-General of Taiwan. The database provides access to articles in Japanese and Chinese for UW-Madison students and faculty studying Taiwan during its years under Japanese occupation.
In Spring of 2012, CEAS hosted a guest lecture by Shu-mei Shih, Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Professor Shih’s lecture was entitled “ Is Feminism Translatable? Taiwan, Spivak, A-Wu” and brought together faculty and students from UW-Madison’s East Asian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies communities.
Professor Shih leads discussion on March 1 st, 2012
Also in Spring of 2012 CEAS co-sponsored another film series of 4 remarkable Taiwan films in collaboration with UW Cinematheque and the Wisconsin Film Festival. First was Tsai Ming Liang’s 2003 film Goodbye, Dragon Gate Inn, 2011 documentary Hand in Hand ( 牽阮的手 ), and finally two recent films in the Wisconsin Film Festival, Juliets and The Fourth Portrait. These last three films were followed by an audience discussion led by faculty and students of CEAS.