Monthly Archives: February 2015

Memory and Small Town China: ‘Hometown Boy’ Review 《金城小子》影評

This is a slow-brewing documentary and Taiwanese director, Yao Hung-yi (姚宏易) clearly shares a love of long but poignant camera shots with executive director Hou Hsiao-hsien (候孝賢). The documentary is about Chinese artist and actor Liu Xiaodong (劉小東) going back to his hometown … Continue reading

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Shamelessly ashamed: 「不恥」 or 「不齒」Homonyms and Antonyms, or are they?

I came across this phrase is a translation I’ve been working on: 他因為自己是騙子,所以對那些以扒竊、順手摸、甚至搶了就跑的行徑為生的族類自然是不恥的[......]

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Review of ‘Scars on Memory’ a documentary by Mickey Chen 陳俊志的《無偶之家,往事之城》 影評

The Chinese title of this documentary translates literally to “A home without a spouse, the city of the past.”  It is directed by Mickey Chen (陳俊志), who wrote quite a good biographical book Taipei Dad, New York Mom (《台北爸爸紐約媽媽》) a few … Continue reading

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‘You Are the Apple of My Eye’ Review《那些年,我們一起追的女孩》 – What it’s like to be a dull person in Taiwan…

The nicest thing one can say about this film is that it gives an idea of what it was like growing up as a straight boy in Taiwan for the generation born in the 1980s, or at least an idealized … Continue reading

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Variants in literature: 犟嘴 for 強嘴 jiang4zui3 To talk back/to give lip

犟 jiang4 (/qiang3) I found this variant of 強 in a traditional character version of a mainland Chinese novel (《馬橋詞典》 Dictionary of Maqiao by 韓少功 Han Shaogong). This character is not listed in the Taiwanese Ministry of Education dictionary although … Continue reading

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Devils on the Doorstep: Film Review 《鬼子來了》影評

In a phrase: A pantomime until the end, at which point it rushes to satisfy nationalistic appetites. (Spoilers below) This film is set in a small Chinese town called Guajia (hang up armor) under Japanese occupation during the second world war. … Continue reading

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《天注定》影評 A Touch of Sin Review

A Touch of Sin is a film by Jia Zhangke (賈樟柯). I’ve only seen Platform (《站台》) by him before, so am unfamiliar with the majority of his work. The Chinese title of the film differs from the English title, in that … Continue reading

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A Review of Li Ang’s ‘Everyone Chews on Sugarcane by the Side of the Road’ 李昂的《路邊甘蔗眾人啃》書評

Warning: there is adult content in this post. This is Li Ang’s much anticipated follow up to her 1997 book Everybody sticks it in the Beigang Incense Burner (《北港香爐人人插》), which I’ve yet to read. At first glance it is an irreverent look at the misogynistic … Continue reading

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‘The Face Changer’ by Wu I-Wei in Unbraiding the short story

When I was still a student at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, an American professor came to visit one of my professors and, as one of the two resident foreigners in the department, I was enlisted to see what … Continue reading

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