Taiwan News Quick Take


Thu, Oct 21, 2010 - Page 2


‘Monga’ in Academy run

Monga (艋舺), the film Taiwan is nominating for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards next year, won the Best Asian Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival on Tuesday. Lee Tai-kuai (李大塊), an official with the Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, accepted the award on behalf of the film’s producers. The gangster movie set in Taipei’s old Wanhua District (萬華) was a local box office success when released in January, setting the single day record for a domestic film, according to the online Business Weekly. It also helped stimulate tourism in that part of the city. The award given at the festival was established by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, a pan-Asian film cultural organization involving film production professionals.


Autistic bikers see Kaohsiung

Six autistic bike riders on a trip around the country arrived in Kaohsiung City yesterday, four days after setting off from Taipei and braving the elements down the west coast. The riders, aged 13 to 30, are being accompanied by family members and volunteers on the third round-the-island cycling journey organized by the Autism Society Taiwan. The group stopped briefly in Kaohsiung City before getting back on their bikes to head for Pingtung, the nation’s southernmost county. “No one has complained about how difficult the trip has been despite the heat and rain,” one of the parents accompanying the riders said.


Dementia film to debut

The nation’s first documentary film depicting life stories of dementia patients will debut late next month, an organization for Alzheimer’s patients announced yesterday. Thanking the public for raising NT$8.2 million (US$256,000) for the film, the Catholic Foundation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia and Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance Company said the money raised over a five-month period had assisted in the production of The Long Goodbye and would also provide care for elders suffering from dementia. The film, which took nearly three years to complete and was directed by Golden Horse Award winner Yang Li-chou (楊力州), aims to help people understand Alzheimer’s and teach them how to interact with those who suffer from the disease. The groups encouraged the public to raise awareness of the disease, which is growing rapidly among Taiwan’s aging population.


County gives hearing tests

All newborns aged three days to one month with at least one parent registered as a Taipei County resident can get a free hearing test at one of the 12 designated hospitals or clinics located in the county, the county’s Public Health Bureau said yesterday. Foreign nationals can also use the service as long as one of the newborn’s parents can prove residency in the county, bureau officials said. According to the bureau, since Taipei County began offering the service last month, a total of 998 infants were checked and 22 cases of abnormal hearing detected. Studies have shown that one in every 500 newborns will end up needing a hearing aid during their childhood, but if hearing problems are detected within a child’s first six months of life, many infants can eventually restore their hearing to normal levels, the bureau said in explaining the rationale behind the program.