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‘Free Solo’ and ‘Bao’ receive Oscars

Director Jimmy Chin, left, his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, right, and rock climber Alex Honnold are pictured at a party in Hollywood, California on Feb. 24.

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The Asian influence on Hollywood continues to go from strength to strength, with Free Solo achieving the heights of Oscars success last week, winning the Best Documentary Feature award. Directed by Chinese-American filmmaker Jimmy Chin and his wife Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, the film, documenting rock climber Alex Honnold’s free solo climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, will premiere on National Geographic tonight.

Chin’s parents Frank and Yen-yen Chin are originally from China, first moving to Taiwan, where they were educated, before emigrating to the US. “I loved going to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei to watch old people doing tai chi,” recalls the director, whose father had kept pushing him to try harder and do better.

Meanwhile, the Best Animated Short Film award went to Bao, written and directed by Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi. The movie tells the story of a Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from “empty nest syndrome,” whose life changes when one of her handmade “baozi” (steamed stuffed buns) comes alive.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






1. rock climber phr.

攀岩者 (pan1 yan2 zhe3)

2. solo adj.

單獨的 (dan1 du2 de5)

3. emigrate v.


(yi2 min2; yi2 ju1 wai4 guo2)

4. syndrome n.


(zheng4 hou4 qun2)

5. come alive phr.


(fu4 huo2; huo2 yue4)

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