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2022 TAIWANfest

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Kanatal Taiwanese Indigenous Band Kanatal [ga-na-dal] means “island” in the Amis language, referring to the small island of Taiwan. The coastline surrounding us is at once

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Making Taiwan Relevant in Canada

Reflecting on the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics experience, Charlie Wu felt that this was such a game-changing experience for the TAIWANfest team. What did the team discover that has so much impact on the vision and direction of the organization and the event?

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05 Hope Talk 2022 TAIWANfest Vancouver Nothing but culture

Nothing But Culture

Dr. Tsai will attempt to compare the immigration process of early Chinese immigrants in Indonesia to recent Indonesian immigrants in Taiwan, exploring what role performance arts plays among these immigrants and how it is used to construct their cultural identities.

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10 Hope Talk 2022 TAIWANfest Vancouver The Things that Language and Dialogue Taught Me

The Things That language And Dialogue Taught Me

Born in Tainan, she grew up in a Taiwanese speaking family. In high school, she visited many Indigenous Taiwanese tribes because of an Amis language course, which surprised and gave her different thoughts as someone who grew up in the city, but opened her eyes to learning about other cultures.

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13 Hope Talk 2022 TAIWANfest Vancouver Joshua Wang

The Pursuit of Ideas: What You Can Find In Taiwan is the Clash of Civilization or Hope of Civilization in Taiwan

As an immigrant from an empire whose historical glory was denied growing up in a country whose identity as a state is denied, Joshua has always had trouble in answering the question of “Who am I?” either to foreigners or even to my fellow citizens, some of whom tend to see his family, who moved to Taiwan from the mainland in 1949 as waishengren, pathetic refugees, or oppressive colonizers, as enjoying a lot of political and cultural privilege.

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08 Hope Talk 2022 TAIWANfest Vancouver Sisi Chang_

Homewards: The Children of Immigrants Searching For Their Roots

Sisi’s family is a reflection of ethnic Chinese immigration history. Although she was born and grew up in Taiwan, her memory of “homeland” is always linked with “going abroad.” There are always tough challenges—every family gathering means buying tickets, applying for visas, and submitting documents to governments.

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Perforrmace 2022 TAIWANfest Vancouver Harmonia Archive

Stories of Independence

What is the sound of independence? Some of the familiar tunes Taiwanese people thought were their own turned out to have originated from Indonesia; many Malaysian-Chinese artists have their careers kick-started in Taiwan.

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