Our guide to TaiwanFest highlights the annual Vancouver festival’s arts, culture, music, food offerings, and philanthropic initiatives.
This year's theme is "Riding the Waves with Vietnam", with several events exploring the connections between these two East Asian nations.
The festival place in downtown Vancouver over the Labour Day weekend from August 31 to September 2 on Granville Street and at other venues. All events are free of charge.
Below, you can see TaiwanFest articles in the Georgia Straight newspaper and on this website.
When Guangzhou resident Alison Zhao was an exchange student in Taiwan in 2012, she witnessed democratic discourse unlike anything she had seen on the Chinese mainland. LGBT
Canadian artist Tong Zhou's created the images as part of a show called Courage. News Features
In an interview with the Straight, the Guangzhou-raised Zhao also talked about the importance of Ai Xiaoming to China's feminist movement. Book Features
Iris Chen sits at a Starbucks on a cloudy August day, a pile of Chinese-language books in front of her. Arts Choices
Pop portraiture of LGBT activists meets serene images celebrating the people of Vietnam. Music Features
It follows an array of previous artist-activists at TaiwanFest—Aphasia, Kou Chou Ching, Fire EX—whose music is an implicit cry for Taiwanese independence. Dining Features
Culinary masterminds from Vietnam, Taiwan, and Vancouver will flex their cooking muscles at the annual cultural festival. Health Features
Carol and Leigh Pan purchased a PET/CT scanner for the B.C. Cancer Foundation to show their gratitude to Canada and to the care that Carol received when she was very ill. Arts Features
The Taiwanese ensemble combines the western and the eastern, the traditional and the contemporary, in virtuosic new ways.