2021

2021

History 2021 Re-Think Asia Culture is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group.  A stereotype is a standardized mental picture that is held in common towards members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment.  … Read more

2020

2020

History 2020 The Survived Civilizations progressed because people learned from the misdeeds of the past. What went wrong? Is our world a better or safer place today than pre-COVID-19? What went wrong? What does it mean to have survived the pandemic? Do we have the answers or are we still looking for answers? When the … Read more

2019

2019

History 2019 RIDING THE WAVES WITH VIETNAM Survival for many is an act of courage; to live is to find meanings in the suffering. When people are displaced and lives are detoured, the tenacity one demonstrates to survive is the essence of beauty. Painters, musicians, poets and artists love to capture this quality in people … Read more

2018

2018

History 2018 FÊTE WITH THE PHILIPPINES What does it mean to be culturally diverse? What does it mean to be part of any one community? What defines who you are or what your community is? Does the community define Chinatown or does Chinatown define Chinese? Out of convenience in the globally interconnected conditions of today, … Read more

2017

2017

History 2017 KANPAI, JAPAN! The festive staple of toasting is ubiquitous and nearly every culture has its own variation on this gesture of goodwill. Whether it is the French “Santé”, German “Prost”, Scandinavian “Skål” or others, toasting and merrymaking go hand in hand. But at that split second when the glasses clink, a solitary sound … Read more

2016

2016

History 2016 A CULTURAL TANGO WITH HONG KONG TAIWANfest echoed Canada’s diverse values in 2016, launching the Dialogues with Asia series: a five year plan to feature a different Asian culture each year. Through various artistic and intercultural exchange, each year is an opportunity for a new community to self determine and self express their … Read more

2015

2015

History 2015 What would be different for you today had some long distant ancestor made a different decision? What will be the impact on future generations of the choices you make today? In 2015 TAIWANfest explored this complex idea, reminding us all that even inaction will cause ripples across the fabric of time and space. … Read more

2014

2014

History 2014 TAIWANfest celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Vancouver. The festival used the flower Myosotis, a non-Taiwan native plant, to show the foreign influences on the island and to set the stage for a vibrant, colourful and ever-evolving culture today. Like Myosotis, Taiwan may be insignificant in the eyes of the world’s giants; Taiwan is … Read more

2013

2013

History 2013 Culture is the acronym for the lifestyles in a civilization; it is beyond just stories of the past and the customs of the ancestors. The wisdom found beneath a culture truly embodies the foundation of the future and constantly steers the formation of a new culture. While earth’s global ocean is the largest … Read more

2012

2012

History 2012 Continuing the direction of changing the stereotypes of society, TAIWANfest is prepared to start a new dialogue on Canada’s multifaceted lifestyles between the new immigrants and Canadians who have been here for generations. Lifestyles encompass the arts in taste, sounds and sights, the ways we live, move and communicate, and the beliefs in … Read more