1. From Here On In – “Water Travels”

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    The Movie:

    From Here On In wrote, directed and filmed  ‘Water Travels,’ a journey of water reflecting elements of Taiwan.  This film was produced for the 48hour Film Project: Kaohsiung. Each group of competitors was given a prop, line of dialogue and genre that had to be incorporated into the film. From Here On In was given the Silent Film genre.  This short film received best directed and best script.

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  2. Tanya Mahon – “It’s making people look at garbage in a different way; making people look at the ugly to see the beautiful.”

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    The Conversation:

    Tanya Mahon recently completed an art exhibition entitled ‘i plastic’.  The exhibition was composed of pieces constructed from used plastic bags.  Tanya discusses the process of making her art, the message behind the art, being an artist in Taiwan, and her experiences with the art community in Taiwan.

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    How do you come up with the final product?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/TanyaMahon0141.mp3|titles=TanyaMahon0141]

    What are the challenges of working with plastic bags?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/TanyaMahon0142.mp3|titles=TanyaMahon0142]

    Will you continue to work with plastic?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/TanyaMahon0143.mp3|titles=TanyaMahon0143]

    Vocabulary: plastic materials society consumerism left-over product canvas layer signature aesthetic logo design landscape humorous culture vibe spectacular sinister naughty elements tropical qualities habitat cultivate imagination exhibitions barrier gap doable keen shocked intrigued installation relevant

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  3. Shiuan Liu – “This is the voice of a guy in transition.”

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    The Conversation:

    Shiuan Liu spent much of his youth growing up in the U.S.  While living there, his father wrote a series of books based upon him.  These books were a sensation in Taiwan; highlighting the challenges of Shiuan growing up in the American education system and attending Harvard.  Since returning to Taiwan, Shiuan has pursued his interests in writing and music.  We talked about his father’s writings and their effect on Shiuan, his transition back to Taiwan, Taiwanese youth identity, and Shiuan’s writing and music.

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    How did you feel when you discovered your father was writing a book based upon you?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ShiuanLiu0131.mp3|titles=ShiuanLiu0131]

    What do you think of Taiwanese youth today and what are their challenges in creating their identity?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ShiuanLiu0133.mp3|titles=ShiuanLiu0133]

    In your books and your music, is there an underlying message you hope to try and convey?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ShiuanLiu0134.mp3|titles=ShiuanLiu0134]

    Vocabulary: icon overseas juncture martial law capital economy inspiration concentrated span essentially blessed sought pissed off dirty laundry embarrassing daze stir appreciate shame model transition reverse culture shock ripped sporting attitude rapidly superior equal sense of humor irony poke banter particular corporate authority hierarchical structure youth identity dissertation abroad multinational aspirations fault peculiarissues token tenacious remarkablyforged underlying convey vis a vis psychology benefit deeply melange

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