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Taiwan Stories: a Traveling Festival of Documentary and Feature Films

The Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley will host a screening of two films: The Voyage to Happiness and Nyonya's Taste of Life.

October 18, 2010 4:00pm to 7:30pm

4:00 p.m.: The Voyage to Happiness (documentary, 53 minutes, 2008)
This film follows Le Thi Tu as she leaves her home in Vietnam for Taiwan as a mail order bride. This documentary includes interviews with immigrant women in 14 Asian cities and details their struggle for equal treatment and immigrant rights.

5:00 p.m.: Nyonya’s Taste of Life (78 minutes/feature film/2007), followed by Q&A with the director, Wen Chih-yi
This film deals with the lives of Indonesian and Thai workers who go to Taiwan. Like the complex flavors of Nyonya’s cuisine, with a mixture of sour, spicy, and sweet, the film is filled with misunderstandings, conflicts, miscommunications, and the reconciliation (or lack of thereof) between Taiwanese and their guest workers.

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