‘Kano’ to screen in Japan
The Taiwanese baseball drama Kano is to make its international debut at the opening of the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan on Friday. Taiwanese director Umin Boya, co-producer Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖) and Japanese actors Masatoshi Nagase and Maki Sakai will be among those from the film attending the event. Japanese-Taiwanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh (王貞治), the world’s all-time home run king, will also attend the premiere and opening ceremony as special guests. Set in 1931 when Taiwan was a Japanese colony, the film tells the story of a baseball team from the Chiayi Agriculture and Forestry Public School. Several other Taiwanese films will also be showcased during the festival, which runs until March 16, including Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above (看見台灣) and Ice Poison (冰毒).
Colleges recruit in HK
An educational delegation from Taiwan held a college recruitment presentation in Hong Kong on Monday. Nicole Lee (李彥儀), head of the Ministry of Education’s department of technological and vocational education, led a group of presidents of more than 10 colleges and universities. Taiwanese universities, many of which are facing enrolment shortages, are targeting Hong Kong students with associate’s degrees or higher diplomas and are actively recruiting because students have until March 14 to register for this year’s fall semester. Hong Kong students who do not have an associate’s degree — which are usually two-year programs — can first enrol in an associate’s degree program at a Hong Kong college or university. Once they get the degree, they can participate in a two-year undergraduate program in Taiwan to earn a bachelor’s degree, the delegation said.