Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - Page 2


Washington sips Taiwan tea

A Taiwanese tea ceremony was held at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington on Sunday. The event, organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, was held along with a screening of the documentary film The Meaning of Tea, directed by Scott Chamberlin Hoyt, who visited Taiwan, Japan, India, the US and the UK to explore different tea cultures. Hoyt and his team visited Taiwanese tea farms and interviewed a Taiwanese tea ceremony expert, a teapot maker and tea growers to showcase Taiwan’s tea culture. Hoyt said he became curious about the origin of Taiwanese oolong tea after tasting some in the US. “Attending a tea ceremony can purify the human spirit,” Lin Ku-fang (林谷芳), a tea ceremony expert, said in the documentary.


Free jazz festival coming

Music fans will be treated to free concerts and performances by top artists from around the world this summer during the country’s biggest annual jazz bash, the “Summer Jazz” festival, the organizer said yesterday. The festival, to be held for the ninth year, will begin in August and will feature two free outdoor concerts and performances by Grammy Award winners Michel Camilo, Terence Blanchard, Ramsey Lewis and jazz band Yellow Jackets, the National Chang Kai-shek Cultural Center said. Daniel Shen (沈鴻元), a DJ who has introduced artists to festival audiences for years, said the four musicians represent four types of jazz music — Latin, contemporary, conventional and fusion — an ideal mix. The three-hour outdoor concerts on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 will feature local artists as well as Japanese star Saori Sano and US jazz trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman. The festival runs through Sept. 9 at the National Concert Hall.


No ‘SlutWalk’ for Taiwan

Taiwanese women’s groups have no plans to organize a “SlutWalk” movement along the lines of international protests to combat the misapprehension that women’s appearances might explain or excuse sex crimes against them, local groups said yesterday. Even though local women’s rights groups are in favor of the global phenomenon and agree with the premise, there will be no such movement in Taiwan in the next few months. “We’re very much aligned with this appeal,” Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation executive director Kang Shu-hua (康淑華) said. “We firmly believe that a woman’s appearance should not make her subject to victimization.” However, after discussing the issue with other foundation members, Kang said that she regretted that the foundation would not be able to hold a “SlutWalk” because there were not enough staff members to hold the walk.


German bean sprouts banned

The government yesterday announced that imports of bean sprouts from Germany would be suspended, effective today. Bean sprouts grown in Germany have been blamed for the world’s worst-ever E. coli outbreak, which has caused more than 35 deaths and has infected more than 3,000 people, international media reports have said. The Department of Health said the measure was taken merely as a precaution, as German bean sprouts have not been imported into Taiwan for the last two years. The department’s Food and Drug Administration said the import ban would cover both mung bean sprouts and soy bean sprouts.