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Fwd: Taiwan Film Series-Chris Berry's Zoom Talk on Wei Te-sheng

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Research Initiative of Taiwan Studies (RITS), I write to invite you to attend Chris Berry's Zoom Talk on Wei Te-sheng on Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10-11am (London Time). The Zoom talk will conclude with a Q&A session. This event is part of the Spotlight Taiwan project sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and co-organised by the University of Canterbury and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New Zealand.

The registration link is as follows:

The goal of the UC Spotlight Taiwan project is to promote Taiwanese history and culture through a Taiwan film series. Featuring established film director Wei Te-sheng, this Zoom event directly speaks to the core mission of Spotlight Taiwan. In this regard, we expect that our event will gather attendees from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and many other countries.

Event: Chris Berry’s Zoom Talk on Wei Te-sheng

Date and time: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 10-11am (London Time)

Title of the talk: “There’s Only One Wei Te-sheng: Taiwan’s Mainstream Filmmaker and the Cinemas of Small Nations”

Abstract: When Wei Te-sheng’s debut film Cape No.7 became a box office triumph across the island in 2008, some commentators heralded his arrival as the beginning of a new golden age for commercial cinema in Taiwan. But so far, no other director has emerged to make films of comparable general appeal. Why is there only one Wei Te-sheng? This presentation explores this phenomenon as a feature of the cinemas of small nations under conditions of globalization, where only very particular circumstances allow local cinema to compete with globalized industries like Hollywood, or, increasingly, China’s film industry.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact the organiser: Dr. Chia-rong Wu (, Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury.


Please kindly let me know if you have any questions.

Many thanks,


--- Chia-rong Wu, PhD Senior Lecturer, Chinese Programme Coordinator, GCLS University of Canterbury New Zealand


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