The Solicitude for the Takasago Volunteer

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This is a story that has been forgotten by many of us, but not by Mr. Tomohide Kadowaki, President of Japan’s Akebono Association, who has devoted his life to taking care of the Takasago Volunteers, Taiwanese aboriginal men [were they from a specific tribe or village?] who were drafted into [or volunteered for? ] the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. [NOTE FROM TERI: This summary should have some explanation of who the Takasago Volunteers were, but I’m not familiar with the history.]He spent the savings of his lifetime and sold his properties for the survivors and the surviving families of the Takasago Volunteers. He also published several books that record their stories. Following the footsteps of Mr. Tomohide Kadowaki, we are overwhelmed by the love and the perseverance of this Japanese gentleman, and re-discover the stories of our own people , the Takasago Volunteers.

They Came From Overseas to Make a Home

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In December 7th, 2003, the first nationwide organization of “foreign brides,” the Taiwan Southern Asia-Pacific Sisterhood, was established. The association calls for foreign sisters to actively interact with their local communities throughout the island.

Despite diverse nationalities, cultural backgrounds and languages, these sisters are inseparably bound by the fate they share. Languages in Taiwan—Mandarin, Hakka, Minnan—become their common tongue in daily communication. Now, after joining the association, the sisters will give a new meaning to their home.

Shei-Ting and Her Song

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The protagonist of this film, Shei-Ting, is a Hakka woman from Songkou Township, Meichow City, in mainland China. When she was 27, she met Mr. Chen, from Meinong, who was visiting China to look over prospective brides.Despite her entire family’s disagreement, Shei-Ting decided to marry him and emigrate to Taiwan.

This film aims to demonstrate the fighting spirit and the hopes of the people who live on this land. At the same time, it also manifests the truth that the success of a family depends not only on the individual’s attitude toward life, but also on the mutual support and love of all the family members.

Hey Jimmy

Hey Jimmy is a short documentary about ‘Black Jimmy,’ a black Taiwanese drag queen. The piece considers the socio-cultural complexities of the protagonist’s mixed parentage. A contemporary urban narrative, the documentary incorporates animation to create affectionately comical insight.

Scars on Memory

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Scars on Memory is Taiwanese queer documantarian Mickey Chen’s soothing and melancholy epilogue to his queer trilogy, which includes the famous Boys for Beauty (1999) and the controversial documentary on lesbian relationships Memorandum on Happiness(2003).

In Scars on Memory, Mickey Chen parallels and interweaves two gay love stories in a pretty diaspora and literaryway. Continuing his thematic focus on constructing generational perception and visibility of Taiwan’s gay community, this time Mickey Chen brings on two fabulous and vivid ‘gay senior citizens’–Madame Yu and Auntie Jiang. Madame Yu and Auntie Jiang recount their touching love stories in with both humor and pathos.