Arts and Culture

Calling For a Return to Sinocentrism in the Name of Opposing It: Responding to ‘Reconsidering Sinophone Studies’

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies, one of the flagship journals of the discipline, published an unusual piece several months ago by Flair Donglai Shi. Though framed as an attack on Shih Shu-mei’s concept of the Sinophone, the crux of the piece’s argument is effectively that Taiwan studies is insufficiently Sinocentric...

Re/writing COVID-19 in China: Solidarity as Metonym for Historical Truth?

On August 1, 2020, the National Museum of China launched “Unity is Strength: An Art Exhibition on the Fight Against COVID-19”, displaying 200 works created during the COVID-19 pandemic featuring themes such as rescue scenes and epidemic prevention. This exhibition places Xi at the center of authoritarian power, as well as China’s pairing of prosperity and social control, with regards to the fight against COVID-19...

Review: Memories to Choke on, Drinks to Wash Them Down (夜香・鴛鴦・深水埗)

Memories to Choke on, Drinks to Wash Them Down, directed by Leung Ming-kai and Kate Reilly, stands out for its ability to evocatively conjure up the quotidian realities of Hong Kong. In many ways, the film, consisting of three shorts depicting everyday dramas set in Hong Kong and one documentary segment, proves a highly poetic one—a snapshot of Hong Kong as it is today, as well as a Hong Kong that may not last...

電影評論:《無聲》

《無聲》是以台南一所聽障學校中,發生性侵害的真實事件改編劇情電影,是一位大膽導演的強力首作。這部電影成功融合了多種電影類型,它同時是一部新黑色片、恐怖片、心理驚悚片和社會寫實片。深入探討了受害者和犯罪者的性格與複雜心理,將受害青少年在心理和性方面的困惑以敏銳和理解的方式表現出來。很少有年輕導演的首作品如此豐富和引人入勝,柯貞年將在未來台灣電影界裡佔有一席之地。...