The days of Kaohsiung known as a cultural desert are almost over, at least when it comes to modern culture… Contemporary venues for culture and the arts are in constant development, local creativespaces are popping up around town, the Pier-2 Artist In Residence program regularly welcomes foreign artists, and it feels like there’s always some festivals or events going on, however modest they may be.
I’ve been meaning to write a book review of 我的青春、我的FORMOSA, it’s long overdue, and I don’t despair of publishing it… before the end of the year ;). In this book, I learned a few interesting facts about Taiwan, one of them being the controversialintroduction of TAIWAN on the cover of the then Taiwanese REPUBLIC OF CHINA passport. This happened actually fairly recently, in 2002, under President Chen Shui-Bian 陳水扁.
This leaves me wondering, will the idea of removing REPUBLIC OF CHINA be brought to the table some day? Hence, making it less confusing (especially to foreigners), and asserting Taiwan as a country in its own right. Likely not, but it’d sure make for a fine April Fool’s Day joke, don’t you think? 😈
This week, the Taiwanese lifestyle, fashion and art magazine La Vie published a list of the 100 most creative brands, people or public spaces in Taiwan. The ranking is based on an online vote, which gathered a mere total of 12 013 votes. I’m not sure how representative that is, but for anyone interested in discovering what Taiwan has to offer in terms of culture and creativity, this is certainly a great place to start.
In the category for Most Creative Public Space, Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Art Center ranks first, yay to that 🙂 , and well deserved. For Most Creative Product/Merchandise, Beyond Beauty – Taiwan From Above 看見臺灣, as beautiful as it is, could just not rival with the ad I SEE YOU from EVA Air, much thanks to Takeshi Kaneshiro 金城武 😄 . Eslite 誠品 earned the Most Creative title from the selected panel of judges, and rightly so, they’ve certainly done a lot to promote Taiwanese design and creativity over the past few years.
If you still don’t know where to go on this three-days week-end, look through the Most Creative Neighborhood/District or Most Creative Exhibition, chances are you might find something of interest 🙂 .
Taïwan, Jardin des Saveurs, à Paris, du 9/19 au 10/1.
Dans le but de promouvoir la culture taïwanaise, le Centre Culturel de Taïwan à Paris organise actuellement une manifestation sur le thème de la gastronomie taïwanaise. Le programme m’a l’air tout simplement délicieux 😛 .
With free wifi throughout the Taoyuan airport, it’s easy to keep our noses down, sucked into our mobile devices, before embarking and flying onto new horizons. During those in-transit wait times, I usually find myself Skrittering away, but seeing how I seldom take off from Taoyuan, I chose to stroll through the gates and see what the airport had to offer.
At Gate 7, Terminal D, I found myself pleasantly surprised to discover a small Pili Puppet霹靂布袋戲 exhibit, those hand puppets with sophisticated physical traits, extravagant attire, starring in their own TV series, holding epic dialogue in Taiwanese, and battling each other with super powers. I always felt too wide of a cultural gap to gain an appreciation for this very traditional Taiwanese art which traces its root back to early mainland China, but lately, the ice has appeared to start breaking. Continue reading Pili Puppets 霹靂布袋戲 go on their First Plane Trip→