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Taiwan performing arts center offers background photos for online meetings


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s National Theater and Concert Hall has created eight photos to be used as backgrounds in online meetings.

Taiwanese Atayal filmmaker recognized at France's Mobile Film Festival


A short film featuring a Taiwanese indigenous girl has won the Best Actress Award at the 2020 Mobile Film Festival (MFF), an event aimed at discovering budding talents in cinema.

Taiwan's Chen Shu-fang takes best actress at Golden Horse Awards


Veteran Taiwanese actress Chen Shu-fang (陳淑芳) won best leading actress and best supporting actress at the Golden Horse Awards on Saturday (Nov. 21).

According to the 57th edition of the Golden Horse Award committee, it was the 81-year-old actress' first nomination in a performing career of over 60 years. To everyone's surprise, she won two major awards.

Chen won best leading actress for the family film "Little Big Women" (孤味), in which she plays a mother of three daughters, who has to deal with her runaway husband's funeral, along with his secret lover.


Disney-themed Christmasland in New Taipei opens Nov. 13


New Taipei City on Monday (Oct. 26) announced the opening date of its much-anticipated Christmasland festival, which this year will feature a Disney-themed light show.

For the 10th anniversary of New Taipei City's Christmasland, the city announced on Sept. 7 that this year's version will feature Disney characters such as Snow White, Peter Pan, Dumbo, and Alice in Wonderland in light shows and installations. After over a month of speculation over the starting date, the city on Monday (Oct. 26) announced that the festival will start on Nov. 13, 2020, and last until Jan. 3, 2021, a total of 52 days, reported UDN.

In addition to New Taipei City Plaza, this year's event will also be installations at the Fuzhong Shopping Area. New Taipei's Christmasland, which is listed along with Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore as one of the "four major Christmas celebrations in Asia," has not yet revealed much information about this year's festivities.


Online entertainment poll marks Taiwanese artists with Chinese flags


 Taiwanese stars from supermodel Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actor Chang Chen (張震) have been identified with China's flag instead of Taiwan's national flag in the annual online entertainment poll by the T.C. Candler website, reports said Friday (Oct. 16).

Taiwan indigenous singer Abao biggest winner at Golden Melody Awards

Indigenous Taiwanese singer Abao's "Kinakaian" ("Mother Tongue") emerged as the biggest winner at the 31st Golden Melody Awards in Taipei Saturday.

"Kinakaian" won Album of the Year, Best Indigenous Language Album, and the track "Thank You" clinched Song of the Year at the awards ceremony held at Taipei Music Center. The jury commended the album, saying that the unique performance of Abao, whose full name is Aljenljeng Tjaluvie, transcended the language barrier.


Fu first woman to win Taipei Expressway Marathon 3 consecutive times


 Fu Shu-ping (傅淑萍) became the first female athlete to have won the Taipei Expressway Marathon for three consecutive years as she crossed the finishing line on Sunday (Sept. 6), finishing the race in 2 hours, 53 minutes, and 55 seconds.


Taiwan's 'Turandot' biggest performance of the year


A performance of Puccini's opera "Turandot" by the National Kaohsiung Weiwuying (衛武營) Center for the Arts, on Friday night (Aug. 28) was the "world's largest 'full seat' public indoor theater performance" since the COVID-19 pandemic started in January, according to organizers.


Basketball star Jeremy Lin has obtained Taiwan passport


Taiwanese-American basketball star Jeremy Lin (林書豪) has obtained a Taiwanese passport, making him eligible to join the national team, reports said Wednesday (Aug. 19).


Cannes Film Festival features 80 Taiwanese films


Eighty Taiwanese films are expected to screen at 2020 Cannes.

The festival will be held online due to the pandemic and will start next Monday (June 22-26). Taiwan Creative Content Agency organizes the Taiwan section, which features 80 Taiwan films that explore the nation's hotspots, according to the agency.

Futuro, Taipower sit on top after pair of weekend wins


Taichung Futuro and Taipower FC won their matches in the eighth round of the Taiwan Premier Football League (TPFL) over the weekend to sit atop the log, while Wu Shih-ping scored a hat-trick for her Hualien team to retain first place in the Taiwan Mulan Football League.

International players helped Taichung Futuro maintain their No. 1 spot with 19 points.


With this being their third consecutive win, Taichung Futuro remain undefeated with five wins and three draws, and hold on to first place on 19 points.

Taiwan baseball boosted by NT$2 million English-language broadcasts


Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) is the only league in the world playing, so the Taoyuan government said on Wednesday (April 22) it would stump up NT$2 million (US$66,500) for English-language broadcasts until the end of the season.

Monkeys’ slugger hailed despite loss


Taiwanese and international sports media lauded slugger Chu Yu-hsien of the Rakuten Monkeys, dubbing him “the new Babe Ruth” and “the world’s home run king” after he blasted another shot out of the ballpark to bring his season total to eight in eight games, but their pitching woes continued as they lost two to the Uni-President Lions over the weekend.

Taiwan to take part in Tokyo Olympics despite coronavirus


 After a meeting in which it was decided that training for the Tokyo Olympics would go ahead despite the threat of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), Taiwan’s Olympic Committee said Friday (March 20) the island nation’s team would continue to train for the event.

Hsieh, Strycova seal title win at Qatar Total Open in Doha


Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic celebrated Friday their third joint victory this season after sealing the women's doubles title at Qatar Total Open in Doha.

It took the top-seeded pair 90 minutes to beat Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 5-7, 10-2 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

Taiwanese-Canadian model honored at Oscars ceremony


The Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao (高以翔), who passed away from a heart attack last November while shooting a reality show in China, was honored at the 2020 Oscars on Sunday (Feb. 9).

Taiwan grabs five golds in 2020 tug-of-war competition


The Taiwanese national tug-of-war team won five gold medals and one silver medal at the 2020 World Indoor Tug of War Championships in Ireland on Sunday (Feb. 23).

The competition was co-hosted by the Irish Tug of War Association and the Tug of War International Federation (TWIF) and took place over the course of four days (Feb. 20–23) at the Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre in northwestern Ireland. Joining Taiwan were teams from Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, and Japan.

Taiwan flag replaces Chinese Taipei banner at French fencing competition


Taiwan's teenage fencing team competed at the Challenge CEP Marathon Fleuret 2020 in Paris over the weekend and was able to secure second place in the male rankings and the fifth in the female.

Taiwan MLB star to sign with Seattle Mariners


The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a deal with Taiwanese baseball icon Wei-Yin Chen (陳偉殷) on Friday (Jan. 31), reports Major League Baseball (MLB) Network insider Jon Heyman.

Taiwan's Hsieh scores victory at Brisbane doubles final


Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic won their first trophy of the season at the 2020 Brisbane International Tennis Tournament Sunday.

Taiwanese table tennis veteran reverses Tokyo Olympics decision


 Taiwan’s table tennis veteran Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵) has agreed to participate in a Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifying event on Jan. 22, after previously announcing to he would not take part.


First-class movie theater starts trial operation at new Taipei department store


Vieshow Cinemas launched a trial operation Tuesday (Dec. 31) of its new "Muvie" theater at the recently opened Far East Department Store in Taipei's Xinyi shopping district before officially opening in late January.

Taiwan tennis star Hsieh Su-wei wins women's doubles title in UK


Taiwan tennis ace Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic won the women's doubles title at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, the United Kingdom, Sunday.

Taiwan bags world team title in women's compound archery


Taiwan's archery team clinched the World Championship gold medal in the women's team compound archery event for the first time in 20 years in the Netherlands on Saturday.

Taiwan No. 1: Kaohsiung Rope Rescue Team champions at annual GRIMPDAY challenge


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan has developed a well-deserved reputation across the world for its expertise in disaster management and rescue.

Taipei wants to host 2030 Asian Games


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Government is planning a bid to host the 2030 Asian Games, Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) told reporters Friday (May 17).

Taiwan's Hsieh wins women's doubles title at Mutua Madrid Open


Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic won the women's doubles title at the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday to capture their second Premier Mandatory title as a team.

13-year-old Taiwanese stacker wins world championship


1.660 seconds. That’s how fast Junior high school student Lin Jui-an (林芮安) beat other competitors at the World Sport Stacking Championship this year.

Taiwan wins bronze medal at World Cheerleading Championships


Taiwan's cheerleading squad snagged a bronze medal in the Coed Premier division at the 2019 World Cheerleading Championships in the United States on Friday.

Taiwan's Kuo Hsing-chun wins 3 golds at Asian Weightlifting Championships


Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) broke three world records, winning three gold medals Tuesday at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships (AWC) in China's eastern coastal city of Ningbo, which doubles as a qualifying competition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Taiwan's Pan wins RBC Heritage for first PGA TOUR victory


Pan Cheng-tsung (潘政琮) took advantage of Dustin Johnson's back-nine struggles to win the RBC Heritage for his first PGA TOUR victory on April 21, local time.

American reality show celebrity promotes Taiwan's tourism


An American reality show celebrity promoted tourism in Taiwan and talked about his travel experience in the country at the annual SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show (TAS) Sunday.

National Sports Training Center spearheads Taiwan’s efforts to capture Olympic glory


Taiwan has won five gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals at the Olympics Games on top of 85 golds at the Asian Games. For the vast majority of the athletes who bagged these prizes, the journey to elite international honors began at the National Sports Training Center in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

Taiwan Navy Dunmu Fleet will showcase flagship for public view


The Taiwan Navy’s Dunmu (敦睦) Fleet will be giving the public access to visit three of its vessels on March 24-25.

Jeremy Lin on the list of 100 greatest NBA “Game Changers” of all-time


Jeremy Lin (林書豪) ranks 75th on the list of ESPN's 100 greatest NBA players of 2018.

Taiwanese female runner successfully defends title in 2019 Taipei Expressway Marathon


Taiwan’s Fu Shu-ping (傅淑萍) successfully defended her title in the 2019 Taipei Expressway Marathon (台北國道馬拉松) on Sunday, finishing in two hours, 52 minutes, and 14 seconds in the women’s event, Central News Agency (CNA) reported on the same day.

Taiwan's Tsao Chun-yu breaks national record in Tokyo Marathon


Taiwanese Tsao Chun-yu (曹純玉) ran the 2019 Tokyo Marathon in a time of just over two hours and 36 minutes on Sunday, breaking a 15-year national record and finishing 17th in the women's race.

Over 11 million visitors attend 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival


Since its first day of trial operations on Feb. 15, the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival (台灣燈會) has attracted over 11 million visitors to southern Taiwan's Pingtung County.

Taiwanese golfer finishes 3rd at Women's Australian Open


Taiwanese golfer Hsu Wei-ling (徐薇淩) finished in third place at the 2019 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Sunday , Feb. 17, with a four-round 12-under par 276.

Taiwan athlete Yang Chun-han's new 200m sprint record will not count


Taiwan’s “fastest man” Yang Chun-Han (楊俊瀚) set a new indoor 200 meter sprint national record on Sunday—but his time unfortunately will not count.

Taiwan's Chan sisters reach women's doubles quarter-finals at Qatar Total Open


Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan (詹詠然) and Chan Hao-ching (詹皓晴) advanced to the quarter-finals of the women's doubles at the Qatar Total Open Wednesday, overpowering Japan's Shuko Aoyama and Lidziya Marozava of Russia in two straight sets.

Taiwan claw crane craze


Taiwan's Central Bank announced last December that it has increased its 2019 budget to issue more NT$10 (US$0.32) coins to cope with the massive claw machine craze that has gripped the country in recent years.

Young Taiwan baker wins 'best showpiece' in international competition


A student baker from the Department of Baking Technology and Management at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT), was victorious at the 48th Young Bakers Competition of the International Union of Bakers and Confectioners (UIBC), held in Lyon, France, Jan. 29-30.

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