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

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

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

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    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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