Award-winning Director to Speak at University

Mar 23, 2016

A question and answer session with award-winning Taiwanese film director Yu-Shan Huang will follow the showing of her film “Taste of Life” on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. The film and discussion are presented free of charge and open to the public, as part of the University’s Women’s History Month celebration and its three-part film series “Women in Asia: Traditions, Transformation, and Modernization.”

The 2015 film, “Taste for Life,” was featured film in the 22nd Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan. Multiple aspects of life are portrayed through dining in the film that tells the story about a modern Taiwanese woman, Fen-fang Liu, who after years of hard work prepares a feast for the opening of her own restaurant. At this time, however, she also experiences the bitter truth of life when she hears the news of her husband’s affair.  Liu considers marriage her forever refuge.

Huang is a noted Chinese filmmaker from Penghu Island, Taiwan. She became an internationally renowned director for her film “Twin Bracelets,” which critiques the suppression of women. Well known for her commitment to women’s issues, she was also a founder and co-founder of feminist networks and platforms, such as Taiwan’s Women Make Waves Film Festival and the South Taiwan Film Festival, which features works of independent filmmakers from many countries. Apart from working as an independent film director, Huang teaches film-making at Tainan National University of the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. She received her Master of Art in Cinema Studies from New York University.

Huang’s “director meets audience” Scranton event is a part of her U.S. film tour (2016 Taiwan Women’s Film Series), co-sponsored by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the Asian Studies Department, the Department of Latin American and Women’s Studies, the English and Theatre Department and the Cross Cultural Centers at The University of Scranton.

“Taste of Life” is the second of the “Women in Asia: Traditions, Transformation, and Modernization” three-part film series. On Tuesday, April 19, “Seeking Asian Females” (2012), a PBS awarding-winning documentary by Debbie Lum, will be shown. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Meghan Ashlin Rich, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology/criminal justice and women’s studies at the University.

All films, which are shown free of charge and open to the public, will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center.

For more information, contact Ann A. Pang-White, Ph.D., director of Asian studies, at or 570-941-7643.

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