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Streaming Now and More to Come: We need Ju— The Ju Percussion Group 35th Anniversary Video Project

The Ju Percussion Group, in collaboration with Very Mainstream Studio and partially sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, presents "We need Ju," a video series aimed at a global audience in celebration of the group’s 35th anniversary.

Well-known around the world for their innovative blend of East and West, traditional and contemporary, Ju Percussion Group is a theatrical music percussion group consisting of members who possess masterful virtuosity in playing Western percussion instruments, as well as Chinese gong drum music and other forms of Asian traditional music. The members’ dynamic talent and showmanship consistently wowed
audiences when they performed on stages all over the world. However, in this video project titled “We need Ju,” you will see all the members interact and exchange ideas with skilled musicians, supporting staff, and others involved with the theatrical process. Seven thematic short videos will show the connections between the percussion music profession and work, life, and all sectors of society, including the art of instrument handling, timbre development, and stage change, as well as lessons learned from baseball batters, Taiko drum masters, and audio effect producers. Each feature video echoes the Ju Percussion Group’s dream of “enhancing the wide interest in percussion music in Taiwan” and helping people in Taiwan enjoy the power of percussion music, not only in the theater, but also in their daily life.

The founder of the percussion group, Ju Tzong-Ching, said, “Indeed, the height of today will be the starting point tomorrow. If we can continue to lay a solid foundation and expand our base, I am convinced that there is so much more potential for Taiwan’s percussion music to expand its space, and create added values for all sectors of life, thereby instilling endless vitality to our society. Our active performances around the world will certainly become a famous MIT (made in Taiwan) product!”

An Introduction to the Ju Percussion Group:

Rooted in Taiwan and shining on the world stage, the Ju Percussion Group has continued to maintain its "moving on" spirit and unique approach to "blending tradition and modern, balancing East and West." To date, the group has played in 34 different countries around the world, and it has cultivated almost 150,000 percussion learners via its instruction system. The growth of the Ju Percussion Group is a reflection of the development of contemporary percussion on the island of Taiwan.

To further expand on its range of performances, the Ju Percussion Group holds three grand concerts every year, and these events serve to demonstrate its creativity, showcase its inherited cultural legacy, and fuse Western and Asian culture. Apart from its concert performances, another feature of the group is its composition of original musical pieces. The Ju Percussion Group is one of the few ensembles with its own exclusive composers, and the group has commissioned the creation of as many as 243 pieces. It invests massive resources in domestic and overseas creation to develop and treasure the voice of this era.

We need Ju— The Ju Percussion Group 35th Anniversary Video Project with 7 videos

Free streaming available on Official Website of Ju Percussion Group 35th Anniversary and Ju Percussion Group YouTube.  

Two videos are available to watch now, and five more will be presented by the end of this year.

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A New Book Coming in June--THE MEMBRANES, by Taiwanese Writer CHI TA-WEI and Translated by ARI LARISSA HEINRICH

The Taipei Cultural Center is pleased to announce the launch of a new book, THE MEMBRANES, as one of the books in the series, Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan, published by the Columbia University Press in New York.

“This rather astonishing science fiction novel is a powerful story about consciousness and connection with other people. It cuts right to the heart of our current moment by way of metaphor, but in a manner that is entirely Chi’s, and thus a new thing for English-language readers. What a surprising and exciting addition to science fiction and world literature.”

Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Mars

*About the Book

It is the late twenty-first century, and Momo is the most celebrated dermal care technician in all of T City. Humanity has migrated to domes at the bottom of the sea to escape devastating climate change. The world is dominated by powerful media conglomerates and runs on exploited cyborg labor. Momo prefers to keep to herself, and anyway she’s too busy for other relationships: her clients include some of the city’s best-known media personalities. But after meeting her estranged mother, she begins to explore her true identity, a journey that leads to questioning the bounds of gender, memory, self, and reality. First published in Taiwan in 1995, The Membranes is a classic of queer speculative fiction in Chinese. Chi Ta-wei weaves dystopian tropes—heirloom animals, radiation-proof combat drones, sinister surveillance technologies—into a sensitive portrait of one young woman’s quest for self-understanding. Predicting everything from fitness tracking to social media saturation, this visionary and sublime novel stands out for its queer and trans themes. The Membranes reveals the diversity and originality of contemporary speculative fiction in Chinese, exploring gender and sexuality, technological domination, and regimes of capital, all while applying an unflinching self-reflexivity to the reader’s own role. Ari Larissa Heinrich’s translation brings Chi’s hybrid punk sensibility to all readers interested in books that test the limits of where speculative fiction can go.

*About the Author

Chi Ta-wei is a renowned writer and scholar from Taiwan. Chi’s scholarly work focuses on LGBT studies, disability studies, and Sinophone literary history, while his award-winning creative writing ranges from science fiction to queer short stories. He is an associate professor of Taiwanese literature at the National Chengchi University.

*About the Translator

Ari Larissa Heinrich is a professor of Chinese literature and media at the Australian National University. They are the author of Chinese Surplus: Biopolitical Aesthetics and the Medically Commodified Body (2018) and other books, and the translator of Qiu Miaojin’s novel Last Words from Montmartre (2014).


You may now read  an excerpt from the book here:

And the Los Angeles Times book review here:

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Taiwanese artist Joyce Ho’s work is on view in Asia Society Triennial《We Do Not Dream Alone》until the end of June.
Joyce has participated in the inaugural triennial since March. She has six pieces of artwork installed in the Asia Society Museum. In response to the effects of pandemic, she also turns two live performances, An Artist Talk to virtual ones performing alongside two Taiwanese actors. Joyce Ho was born in Taipei and received her M.A. from the University of Iowa in 2010. She currently lives and works in Taipei. Her practice including painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance is to explore daily rituals, the deconstruction of movement, and the tension between illusion and reality. She has been included in many important art festivals around the world, including 2020 Yokohama Triennial: Afterglow, 2018 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, etc.

The exhibition will end within a month. You still have time to see it in person. Book Your Free Timed Tickets Here.

Exhibition: 《We Do Not Dream Alone》
Venue: Asia Society Museum
Address: 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
Date: March 26 - June 27, 2021
Hours: Friday-Sunday 11AM-3PM
Joyce Ho | Asia Society

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The Taipei Cultural Center has been operating for 30 years in New York City.  Each year, we create more than a dozen artistic events, aimed at introducing our audience to various aspects of Taiwanese arts and culture. Hope you will enjoy it, too.

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