The White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds and the Taipei Representative Office in the UK are proud to launch their Documentary Festival: Taiwan Study Day (II), which will take place on Saturday 13 November 2010, 09:00-17:30, in Seminar Room 108, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds.
Taiwan is an important part of the Greater China region. If one wishes to understand and to engage with China more fully, one must not ignore Taiwan. Documentary is a highly effective and unique method to approach the study of Taiwan. Its accessibility and first-hand perspective provide students who have little or no background in Taiwan Studies with an excellent entry point to the subject.
Phase I of the Festival took place in November 2009 and triggered a lively debate and interest in the event. Phase II of the Festival in November 2010 aims to widen participation and to facilitate further discussions on relevant topics. The three documentaries chosen for Phase II are all about 'children in contemporary Taiwan'. The themes covered include education system, social welfare and youth cultures. The films stimulate new understanding on these issues in Taiwan in an engaging and entertaining way.
Post-screening Q&As and panel discussions will offer greater depth and context to the Study Day and help participants to further appreciate the value of documentary and to gain insight to Taiwan.