“Tongues of Heaven” Tours Around Taiwan

2014 Taiwan tour of Tongues of Heaven began November 17th with a special screening/forum held at National Dong Hwa University with students in the Department of Indigenous Languages and Communications in conversation with co-directors Anchi Chen, Anita Chang, Shinlan Yu and her mother Hedy.


The tour continued to National Chung Hsing University hosted by documentary scholar Kuei-Fen Chiu in Taichung.


Next stop is linguist Rik De Busser’s class at National Chengchi University on Language and World Civilization where a few students proudly share stories of why and how they learn and maintain their heritage languages.


It was wonderful to return to the Motion Picture Department at National Taiwan University of Arts where I taught for one year as a Fulbright fellow.


On December 12th, I joined filmmaker Futuru Tsai in a special event “Exchanging Reflections on Ethnographic Filming” at the Pacific History Association Biennial Conference: Reconnecting Pacific-Asia Histories/太平洋歷史學會雙年會at National Taitung University. Returning to Taipei, renowned documentary filmmaker and scholar Daw-Ming Lee hosted a screening of both 62 Years and 6500 Miles Between and Tongues of Heaven. He just published two new books!



Final stop is at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, hosted by Professor Chih-Fan Chen. The discussion topic was “The Birth of a Documentary: Themes and Stories/一 部紀錄片的誕生:題材與故事.” I was honored to be in the company of Shang-Chu Tang/湯湘竹 and emerging filmmaker Sheng-Yi Chen/鄭勝奕 as we shared our personal and professional experiences.


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