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Flushing Town Hall and TCC Co-Present "An Evening with Taiwanese Piano Stars feat. Ching-Yun Hu(胡瀞云) & New Talents Natasha Wu(吳怡慧)& Yao-Wen Chang(張耀文)"
To share the vibrant energy of the Taiwanese artistic community with the world, the Taipei Cultural Center (TCC), Yun International Music Foundation (YIMF), and Flushing Town Hall (FTH) will jointly present an online concert titled "An Evening with Taiwanese Piano Stars feat. Ching-Yun Hu & New Talents Natasha Wu & Yao-Wen Chang" on August 14,7pm. The concert is part of TCC in New York's 30th Anniversary program and was pre-recorded at Kaufmann Music Center - Merkin Hall in New York, and music studios in Taiwan.

In this concert, Hu, the world-class pianist, is joined by two rising Taiwanese piano stars, Natasha Wu and Chang Yao-wen, in a program of piano classics by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Taiwan's own Hsiao Tyzen (蕭泰然).

Hu will perform the works featuring "Chopin Impromptu in A-Flat Major, Op. 29," "Schubert/Liszt "Ave Maria," "Rachmaninoff Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39, No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9," "Tyzen Hsiao The Angel from Formosa," to name a few.

In addition, Wu will perform two pieces "Schubert Impromptu in G-Flat Major, Op. 90, No. 3," and "Chopin Mazurkas Op. 51, No. 1, 2," and "Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47" will be performed by Chang.

Established as the first overseas office of the Ministry of Culture on August 14, 1991, TCC builds connections through arts and culture in New York and throughout North America. TCC's mission is to support international cultural exchanges, collaborations, and artistic events to introduce Taiwan's arts and culture to a broader audience.

To participate in the concert on August 14 at 7 pm, please go to the virtual venue of FTH at HOME 

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Five Taiwanese Features to be Highlighted at the 20th Edition of the New York Asian Film Festival

The 20th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) is taking place from August 6 through August 22, 2021. The festival will screen over 60 films, both virtually and in-person, to audiences in New York and across the country. Taipei Cultural Center in New York is thrilled to announce that five Taiwanese feature films will be highlighted at this year’s event, including City Of Lost Things, nominated for this year’s Uncaged Award for Best Feature Film Competition, as well as The Silent Forest, an image of which is being used for NYAFF’s 20th edition poster.

City of Lost Things is an animated feature directed by Yee Chih-yen (Blue Gate Crossing, Meeting Dr. Sun). The film is Yee’s first foray into 3D animation and took him ten years to complete. NYAFF describes the film as an “ingenious spectacle” and notes that “urgent questions of humanity and the environment are eloquently espoused in this dazzlingly creative and powerful film full of ideas and ideals. Attentive viewers will also be impressed with the all-star voice cast, which includes Gwei Lun-mei, Joseph Chang, and Jack Kao.” City of Lost Things was also selected for the Contrechamp competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this May.  

The Silent Forest, based on a shocking true story, is “a crucial exposé of corruption of the worst kind, bringing to light the unspeakable domino effects of trauma and abuse.” One of its still images, according to the NYAFF’s news release, has been chosen for this edition’s poster, as the image is “almost tailor-made to represent how we’re feeling as we cautiously emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic: slightly dazed, but laser-focused and ecstatic to be back in person at FLC (Film at Lincoln Center) and SVA (School of Visual Art) with this year’s most unforgettable Asian films.” 

Other Taiwanese films include A Leg, the masterful feature directorial debut of Chang Yaosheng, which was also co-written and shot by Chung Mong-hong, director of the 2021 Oscar-shortlisted A Sun; As We Like It, a reworking of Shakespeare’s play with an all-female cast, referencing Shakespeare’s era when women were banned from the stage and all roles were played by men; as well as My Missing Valentine, a fantasy rom-com playing with the perception of time, which won Best Feature Film at the Golden Horse Awards in 2020.  

Additionally, Piglet Piglet, a short film directed by emerging Taiwanese director and NYU graduate film student Lin Tsung-Yen, has also been selected for this year’s “Emerging Voices: Narrative Short Showcase - IRL (In Real Life)” section. It will be streaming at NYAFF on its own platform, powered by Eventive.

As North America's leading festival for popular Asian cinema, the New York Asian Film Festival is co-presented by the New York Asian Film Foundation and Film at Lincoln Center. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit or

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“Taiwan: Lost & Found” to be Presented at the 44th Asian American International Film Festival (We are offering discount codes now!)

The 44th Asian American Film Festival (AAIFF) will take place from August 11 through August 22. Taipei Cultural Center in New York is thrilled to continue its partnership with AAIFF this year to present “Taiwan: Lost and Found,” featuring seven stories of loss, discovery, and re-birth from the urban sprawl of Taipei to the shores of California.

The lineup includes The Terrorizers, one of director Edward Yang’s classics and the winner of Best Feature Film at the 1986 Golden Horse Film Festival; Taipei Suicide Story, an official Cinéfondation selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and the big winner at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival; Mickey on the Road, an official selection of the 2021 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival; as well as four shorts: Black Kite, Kuroshio Current, Hello From Taiwan, and Piglet Piglet.

In particular, The Terrorizers is listed as one of the special presentations at this year’s festival, in remembrance of the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang (YI YI). As the organizer, Asian CineVision, notes, “renowned director Edward Yang refracts the changing society and culture of Taipei in this classic of New Taiwanese Cinema, which revitalized the nation’s cinematic landscape in the 1980s. An enigmatic puzzle full of Yang’s prescient vision, this is a film to watch again and again.”

Asian CineVision also explains that all of the films in “Taiwan: Lost & Found” are about finding or losing connections with other humans. Mickey on the Road is about finding the protagonist’s family in mainland China; Taipei Suicide Story is about a fleeting relationship between two strangers; even The Terrorizers is about the violent dissolution of a marriage.

“Taiwan: Lost & Found” will be available on AAIFF’s streaming platform from August 11 through August 22 in the U.S. and Canada. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

(We are now offering discount codes “Taiwan: Lost & Found”. Please apply the code “AAIFF44_TaiwanCine2021” at checkout. The discount codes are subject to availability and are on a first-come, first served basis.)

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Taiwan: A World of Orchids

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York would like to invite everyone to join us from Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15 for a stunning display of orchids plus an array of Taiwanese art and cultural programs at the Queens Botanical Garden.

The exhibit features artwork by Taiwanese artists Chih-Yuan Chang, Wan-Sian Lai, Te-Sian Shih, and Chingya Weng, as well as a pre-recorded concert featuring renowned Taiwanese pianists Ching-Yun Hu, Natasha Wu, and Yao-Wen Chang.

In addition to art and music, this year’s program also includes a variety of cultural experiences, such as origami and lantern making, diabolo demonstrations, screenings of award-winning Taiwanese film shorts, and tourism consultation.

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, NY 11355

Date & Hours:
Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, August 15: 9 am to 4 pm

Admission: included with Garden admission ($15 Parking rate is in effect on Saturday and Sunday)

For more information, please visit the Queens Botanical Garden's website:

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Tsai Ming-liang’s Latest Feature, “Days,” Will Return to Film at Lincoln Center’s Theaters in August
"Days," the latest feature by Taiwan-based Malaysian director Tsai Ming-liang and an official selection of the 58th New York Film Festival, will return to Film at Lincoln Center (FLC)’s Francesca Beale Theater and Walter Reade Theater on August 13.

The film, which was selected for NYFF58’s Main Slate last year, had its North American premiere at a drive-in theater followed by virtual cinema screenings due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, since “it’s possible to hold in-theater screenings in New York City again,” FLC, the organizer of the NYFF, has decided to “bring back much of the NYFF58 lineup to be screened and seen as these films were meant to be,” and Days will be part of this special series of encore and in-person screenings of 33 titles from NYFF58, according to FLC’s official announcement.

Days recounts the everyday lives of a middle-class man and a poor boy who gives body massages. The film was highly praised last fall at the New York Film Festival, and the tickets were snapped up soon after they went on sale. As FLC noted, “Among the most cathartic entries in Tsai’s filmography, Days is a work of longing, constructed with the director’s customary brilliance at visual composition and shot through with profound empathy… Days will undoubtedly stand as one of Tsai’s best, sparest, and most intimate works.”

As the most celebrated figure of the second New Wave of Taiwanese cinema, Tsai is best known for his unreserved attitude toward thematic and cinematographic experimentation and is said to “chart the contours of contemporary alienation in mesmerizingly enigmatic works that are at once rigorously spare and richly sensuous.”

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