USC becomes latest institution to join Spotlight Taiwan

IN THE SPOTLIGHT::The US university will screen nine Taiwanese films, including ‘Beyond Beauty’ and ‘A Rolling Stone,’ to promote Taiwan’s culture

Staff writer, with CNA, LOS ANGELES

Sun, Aug 24, 2014 - Page 3

The University of Southern California (USC) has become the latest institution to join the Spotlight Taiwan cooperation program with the Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles, to jointly promote Taiwanese culture in the US city, an official with the academy said.

Under a recently signed memorandum, the year-long cooperation will begin in October with the screening of nine Taiwanese documentaries, said Chi Tung-yang (紀東陽), director of the Taiwan Academy, Los Angeles, one of the institutions set up by the Ministry of Culture to promote Taiwanese culture abroad.

The list of films to be shown includes last year’s Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣), a documentary about the nation’s environment featuring spectacular aerial photography; A Rolling Stone (築巢人), which tells the story of an autistic man and his father; and Rock Me to the Moon (一首搖滾上月球), a film documenting the friendship between six families battling rare diseases.

The series of nine documentaries offers viewers in-depth exploration of Taiwanese society from the familial, cultural, political and environmental perspectives, Chi said.

Under the Spotlight Taiwan project, the ministry works with leading foreign universities and mainstream art, culture, academic and research organizations to jointly sponsor a diverse array of activities promoting Taiwanese culture and research on Taiwan.

In addition to the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego have inked similar memoranda with the academy.

About 20 other universities across North America, Europe and Asia have also joined the Spotlight Taiwan project.