On Tuesday, October 26, the ERCCT presented Zhang Hong-Jie張弘榤‘s documentary film “When the Dawn Comes” 黎明到來的那一天 (Taiwan 2021, 59 minutes), a sympathetic portrait of Chi Chia-Wei 祁家威, the father of Taiwan’s gay right’s movement. The screening took place in local movie theatre Kino Arsenal and was part of the theatre’s first Queer Film Festival. The screening was followed by a Q&A with ERCCT managing director Stefan Braig. The ERCCT is grateful to Kino Arsenal to provide this opportunity to make a contribution the QFF.
On May 3rd, Prof. Gunter Schubert, ERCCT director, visited the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Political Science at National Zhongshan University in Kaohsiung, which are long-term ERCCT partner institutions. He held a talk and gave an ERCCT work report to faculty and students. Prof. Schubert, who has been in Taiwan since early March, also visited other ERCCT partners and briefed them on the ERCCT's activities under the current conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the ERCCT, in ccoperatin with China Centrum Tübingen (CCT), presented a talk and discussion with Chris Berry, professor of film studies at King's College London, online. Entitled "Modernity, Gender, Sexuality: Social Values in Taiyupian", the talk referred to two Taiwanese movies that are part of the project on taiyupian 台語片, "Taiwan's Lost Commercial Cinema" (by film scholars Prof. Berry and Dr. Ming-Yeh Rawnsley). One was "Foolish Bride, Naive Bridegroom" 三八新娘憨女婿, a comedy from 1967 by Xin Qi, and the second, "Like Father, Like Daughter" 前世情人的情人, was a modern sequel to the first. Both films has been available to registered users to be viewed online for four days prior to the event.
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the CCKF-ERCCT in cooperation with the Tübingen China Centre hosted a public lecture by Professor Dr. Su Yeong-chin (蘇永欽, College of Law, National Chengchi University) at the Weltethos-Institut Tübingen (WEIT) on Thursday, June 21, 2020.
Prof. Su, who is a former Honourable Judge and Vice-President of the Judicial Yuan and who got is Judirical Doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, talked (in excellent german) on the topic Recent Plans for Reform of Constitutional Procedure in Taiwan, enlightening the numerous audience also on various aspects of the organisation, history, competences, work style etc. of the Judicial Yuan and its Council of Grand Justices.
The lecture was followed by a lifely discussion between Professor Su and the audience and, later on, a dinner reception at the CCT, during which Prof. Su, who is a member of the European Regional Committee of the CCK Foundation, delivered a welcoming speech on behalf of the Foundation.
Our thanks for this wonderful evening go to Prof. Dr. Su Yeong-chin, to the CCK Foundation, Dr. Alisa Jones and the CCT team as well as the Weltethos-Institut Tübingen!
On Monday, 23 October 2017, the ERCCT, in cooperation with the Deutsch-Chinesische Gesellschaft e.V. - Freunde Taiwans hosted the launch of an anthology of newly translated Taiwanese literature entitled "Kriegsrecht - Neue Literatur aus Taiwan" (Martial Law: New Literature from Taiwan). At the cosy venue of Café Haag, the editor, Dr. Thilo Diefenbach (Berlin), read and commented on sections from the translations of stories from the early times of Taiwan's martial law era to the year 2016, before entering into a very insightful discussion with Taiwan's highest diplomatic representative in Germany, Prof. Dr. Shieh Jhy-Wey, himself a prominent scholar of literature. The evening was topped off by the wonderful performance of Taiwanese songs by two young Taiwanese string players from nearby Stuttgart.
The ERCCT wishes to express our gratitude to Prof. Dr. Shieh, Dr. Diefenbach and to Ms. Sophie-Caroline Zillessen of the Deutsch-Chinesische Gesellschaft e.V. - Freunde Taiwans for making this wonderful evening possible.
The sold-out movie theatre Arsenal was packed tigthtly as more than one hundred people joined us for the screening of the film "Children of the Sun" on April 20. The screening was followed by a Q&A session, and the directors, Cheng Yu-chieh 鄭有傑 and Lekal Sumi 勒嘎·舒米, answered questions from the interested audience for half an hour.