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Taiwan Quick Take

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Jazz fest next weekend

Local and foreign jazz musicians are inviting the public to enjoy a two-day jazz marathon in Daan Forest Park next Friday and Saturday with performances ranging from classic to fusion jazz. Nine renowned musicians from the US, the Netherlands, Belgium and Taiwan will perform in the 2007 Taipei International Jazz Festival, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs said yesterday. Department director Lee Yong-ping (李永萍) said the musicians play electronic jazz, salsa, blues and classic jazz. Saskia Laroo, Deborah Carter, Peter Van Marle, John Ruocco, Thierry Gutmann, Bart De Nolf, Fabien Degryse, Hsieh Chi-pin (謝啟彬) and Chang Kai-ya (張凱雅) will play at the festival. The festival will start at 7:30pm on the music stage of Daan Forest Park on Friday. Saturday's show will begin at 4pm, with more than 40 local jazz bands.

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Book explores Hakka issues

The Council for Hakka Affairs released a new book yesterday in response to increasing interest in Hakka studies. The book, titled Introduction to Taiwanese Hakka Studies, is a compilation by more than 20 academics specializing in Hakka culture and affairs. The book delves into 22 aspects of Taiwanese Hakka culture. Themes covered in the book include the history of Hakka settlements in Taiwan, social structure, language, art and contemporary issues, book editor Hsu Cheng-kuang (徐正光) said. "Whether you're a Hakka or not, reading this book will help you better understand Hakkas," council Minister Lee Yung-te (李永得) said at the book's release.

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Legislator in animated film

Legislator Yen Ching-piao (顏清標) of the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union has lent his voice to a character in a locally produced animated film titled Matsu. The film recounts various legends about Matsu, the goddess of the sea, said a spokesman for Twentieth Century Fox Taiwan, the film's distributor. Yen is the chairman of a Taichung County Matsu temple that parades its Matsu statue around Taiwan every year. The popular and highly revered deity is believed to have been sent by the bodhisattva of mercy, Guanyin, to save people in distress and is said to have been born as a mortal woman named Lin Mo-niang (林默娘) during the Northern Sung dynasty. The Chinese Cartoon Production Co spent three years making the movie and more than a year visiting more than 1,000 Matsu temples around Taiwan to seek blessings for the film from the goddess.

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Orchestra plays in Japan

The National Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Japanese Pacific Music Festival under the name "Taiwan Philharmonic." Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀), chairwoman of the National Theater and Concert Hall management center, said the orchestra is the only foreign group invited to perform at the festival. This type of cultural and artistic exchange usually provides a good means of promoting friendship and cooperation between two countries, Tchen said. The orchestra will combine Asian and Western music, including Chung Yau-kuang's (鍾耀光) Festival and Sergei Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2. The festival was established in 1990 by Leonard Bernstein, a US composer, conductor and educator. The annual program provides four weeks of courses to train up talents from around the world.

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