Valerie Soe, a former Pacific Ties editor-in-chief (1981) and currently an associate professor at San Francisco State University, is an award-winning filmmaker. Most of her works are shorts, focusing on one social theme such as dismissing the stereotype of all Asians looking the same in her short All Orientals look the same. Soe will be filming and conducting interviews in Taiwan for her full-length documentary Love Boat: Taiwan this summer.
In the upcoming documentary, Valerie Soe will investigate an international phenomenon. Love boat originally was a Taiwanese cultural enrichment program that quickly became a popular site for romance and relationships. Soe aims to explore how a cultural program transformed to a popular dating location and how it has impacted particular communities. More information on the project can be found on her campaign page.
On April 2, the audience at the 2016 Taiwanese Culture Night (TCN) “摯親愛的,” or “Dear My Love,” laughed, cried, and applauded the touching performance that focused on the struggles the LGBTQ community faces in Taiwan.
By the morning of April 25, all the pieces of the show were seemingly in place, but fate determined that an unexpected disaster would land in the midst of final rehearsals.
Taiwanese American Union in conjunction with other Taiwanese students conducted the 15th annual Taiwanese Culture Night at the Freud Playhouse on Saturday night. The show was directed by Annie Lu and Steve Chang. Like other past cultural night productions, TCN was entirely created, produced, and performed by students. Almost…