Chicago-based, Taiwan-born bedroom-pop auteur Layton Wu blurs boogie, yacht rock, and sun-kissed 60s pop into a calming sound that helps dial back my anxiety when every scrap of news cranks it to “high.” He released the luxuriant Summertime Mixtape (Sunset Music) four days after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and since I first listened […]
Hubbard Street dancer Connie Shiau
Resistance is futile.
Forests delivers some hooky “garage Woo Woo Woo” and “sweater punk” on a release available for download beginning Monday.
Chthonic throws out the first pitch
Meet Howard Goldblatt, the premier English-language translator of contemporary Chinese fiction.
What’s different for indie rockers in the ROC, and how a festival in Austin might help a band from Taipei
A calligraphy-influenced work by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
Bearing in mind Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, this astonishing 230-minute epic by Edward Yang (1991), set over one Taipei school year in the early 60s, would fully warrant the subtitle “A Taiwanese Tragedy.” A powerful statement from Yang’s generation about what it means to be Taiwanese, superior even to his recent masterpiece Yi Yi, […]
A reflective autobiographical film about Hou Hsiao-hsien’s youth in the late 40s and early 50s. Largely filmed in the same places in Taiwan where the events originally happened, this unhurried 1985 family chronicle carries an emotional force and a historical significance that may not be immediately apparent. Working in long takes and wide-screen deep-focus compositions […]