Symposium and Screening of Taiwan Cinema to Celebrate New Book by Columbia University Press
NEW YORK, April 20, 2016 –

In celebration of the newly published An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies, Columbia University’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library, together with the Columbia University Press, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan,   and the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, will host a symposium and screening, “Taiwan Cinema: Yesterday and Today,” at Columbia University and at the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, on April 21–22, 2016.


The book project An Annotated Bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies received support from the Fulbright Scholar Program; the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; University of California, San Diego Libraries; and Columbia University Libraries, and was co-authored by Jim Cheng,  Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University; James Wicks, Associate Professor of Literature and Film Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University; and Sachie Noguchi, Japanese Studies Librarian of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University.  This new publication is the most comprehensive and first multilingual bibliography for Taiwan Film Studies, including more than 2700 entries of monographs, theses, conference proceedings, and screenplays in 11 languages, and covering more than 100 years of related studies.

The program “Taiwan Cinema: Yesterday and Today” will feature lectures by Professor Guo-juin Hong,  at Duke University, Professor Robert Rui-Shou Chen at National Chengchi University, and Professor James Wicks at Point Loma Nazarene University; a book panel with these scholars and the authors, moderated by Jennifer Crewe, Associate Provost and Director of Columbia University Press; film screenings of four films representing past and current cinema in Taiwan:  Banana Paradise / 香蕉天堂 (Wang Tong, 1989) , Buddha, Bless America / 太平天國 (Wu Nien-Jen, 1996) , Maverick / 菜鳥 (2015), and 10 + 10 (Hou Hsiao-hsien and others, 2011); and a reception with guest speakers: Ambassador Lily;   L. W. Hsu of TECO; Ann Thornton, Columbia Vice Provost and University Librarian; Jane Gaines, Professor and Director of the M.A. in Film and Media Studies, Columbia University; and Jennifer Crewe, Associate Provost and Director, Columbia University Press.

“Columbia University Press is proud to publish this ambitious work”, said Jennifer Crewe, Associate Provost and Director of Columbia University Press, “Taiwan cinema has been included in other bibliographies of Chinese cinema, but always with minimal coverage.  Given the growing importance of Asian cinema, this comprehensive book will be an essential resource for anyone interested in the topic”.

According to Jane Gaines, Professor Film, Columbia University, “This comprehensive Bibliography will put not only Taiwanese film on the map where it belongs but help to establish the world significance of a distinctive Taiwanese Film Studies.”

“Taiwan cinema has its distinctive history, achievements, and scholarship,” said Jim Cheng, co-author of the book and Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. “We hope that the combination of the book release, film screening, and lectures will further teaching and research on Taiwan cinema.”

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 1.2  million volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, over 8,500 periodical titles, 4.5 million e-books, and many archival and special collections. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; Korean history, and Tibetan Studies. For more information, please visit the Starr East Asian website. 

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