Cosmopolitanism and Tradition Forum

MOA is pleased to launch Spotlight Taiwan, a new initiative that focuses on Taiwan’s complex and multicultural identity. For the next four years, MOA will explore Taiwanese culture as expressed through its performing arts, religions, living cultural representatives, and highly innovative heritage institutions. Spotlight Taiwan is made possible through the generous support of the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Dr. Samuel Yin.


MOA有幸發起『聚焦台灣』– 一個專門研討台灣複雜且多元性文化的創舉。再來的四年中,MOA將透過表演藝術、宗教、台灣現代文物代表、和祖宗傳承習俗來探索台灣文化。


 Cosmopolitanism and Tradition Forum

A panel of experts will discuss the historical context underlying the sophisticated blending of ideas, cultures, and technologies in Taiwanese performative arts. Panelists include:

  • Anthony Shelton, MOA Director : Introduction
  • Chris Rea (UBC): Contemporary Taiwan cinema

This talk discusses three contemporary Taiwanese films: “1895 in Formosa” (2008), “Cape No. 7” (2008), and “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale” (2011). In addition to calling attention to a dramatic period of Taiwanese history, these films also show how this heritage has impacted Taiwan’s transformation into a multiethnic, multilingual, and cosmopolitan society.

  • Robin Ruizendaal (Taiwan): Puppets, Identity and Politics in Taiwan

This lecture will chart the development of puppet theatre in Taiwan from the stage performance to the television screen and its role as a symbol of a distinct Taiwanese identity

  • Charlie Wu (Vancouver/Taiwan): Contemporary Taiwan: The View from Aboard

This lecture will show how today’s Taiwanese performative arts reflect the evolution of a democratic society, the maturation of a creative industry, and the search of for a new cultural identity in Taiwan.


Spotlight Taiwan: Forum


May 9, 2014


Republic of China (Tawian), Taiwan Academy

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