1. Tony Coolidge – “I don’t have the fear of losing the culture as much as I used to…”

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    The Conversation:

    Tony Coolidge took a journey to discover his indigenous roots in the documentary Voices in the Clouds.  We discussed his journey, his non-profit organization, and indigenous groups in Taiwan and the U.S.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_7fBJCfITY

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    In your documentary you take a trip to visit this group(Atayal).  Tell me about that.[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TonyCoolidge0121.mp3|titles=TonyCoolidge0121]

    What’s the status of Taiwanese indigenous groups?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TonyCoolidge0122.mp3|titles=TonyCoolidge0122]

    Are you still connected?  What’s your status with indigenous groups at present?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TonyCoolidge0123.mp3|titles=TonyCoolidge0123]

    Vocabulary: heritage committed article altering overcome limitations accomplish indigenous tribes festivals Atayal submitted screened motivation discrimination endanger preserved resources ties infancy barrier develop overseas corporations destiny

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  2. Don Quan – “I just wanted to bring something to Kaohsiung where filmmakers could compete on a global level… “

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    The Conversation:

    Don Quan is the Kaohsiung City Producer for the 48 Hour Film Project.  We talked about the concept behind the project, the motivation for bringing this project to Kaohsiung, the response from the community and government, and the status of Kaohsiung’s  film-making culture. The 48 Hour Film Project Kaohsiung will commence on May 27, 2011.

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    What kind of criteria do filmmakers get?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DonQuan0111.mp3|titles=DonQuan0111]

    What was your motivation for trying to bring this event to Kaohsiung?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DonQuan0112.mp3|titles=DonQuan0112]

    It seems a little bit odd to see an event like this in Kaohsiung rather than Taipei?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/DonQuan0113.mp3|titles=DonQuan0113]

    Vocabulary:Filmmaker watchable recruited competition evolved period creativity criteriarandomly genre character occupation line of dialogue prop editors directors panel judges independent global level locally promoting conditions venues screened prestigiousgrants encourage response sincere amateurs professionals alike value expect mentioned explanation geographically scene mentality

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  3. Tobie Openshaw – “I find that Taiwanese people are very evenly divided on the subject.”

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    The Conversation:

    Tobie Openshaw is a South African-born photographer who has been working in video and photography for over 18 years.   We discussed his photography and documentary work on betelnut girls, betelnut girls’ place in Taiwanese culture, the issue of exploitation vs. empowerment, and Tobie’s perspective on betelnut girls as urban art. View Tobie Openshaw’s betelnut beauty photo gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobie_openshaw/

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    When did betel nut girls start emerging?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/TobieOpenshaw0091.mp3|titles=TobieOpenshaw0091]

    What are some of the issues surrounding betel nut girls?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/TobieOpenshaw0092.mp3|titles=TobieOpenshaw0092]

    Do you feel that Taiwanese have accepted it is not necessarily exploitation and may be empowerment?[audio:http://www.thetaiwanchannel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/TobieOpenshaw0093.mp3|titles=TobieOpenshaw0093]

    Vocabulary: documentary tobacco rush stimulant arecoline aboriginal hospitality hut container transfer suppressed entrenched eradicated cash-crop unprepossessing clientele stall naked prostitution exploited feminist coerced harassed boundaries empowered strata turning tricks social class spokesperson broad realm stigmatize ancillary velcro

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