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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Taiwan Lecture Series: Cultural Democratisation and Taiwan Cinema


Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley (Center of Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London)

Date, Time and Location
April 10, 2018, 5 pm - 7 pm, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Room ZUB 416, Zürichbergstrasse 4, 8032 Zürich


This talk offers an overview about the development of Taiwan cinema from the 1950s to present. It focuses on the watershed moment in Taiwanese cinematic history – the 1980s – and explains what changes took place and why. It further explains the long-term impact of Taiwan New Cinema and Post-New Cinema on Taiwan’s film environment as a whole. The structural developments of the local film industry are presented as evidence for Taiwan’s cultural democratisation.

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