A Window Into Taiwan

More than 70 percent of Taiwan’s population speaks Taiwanese Hokkien dialect, yet it was banned from public schools during the Martial Law period from 1949 to 1987 after the arrival of the Republic of China. The preservation of the Taiwanese language by the Taiwanese people demonstrates a sign of resistance and power. In Amy Lee’s short documentary, Taiwanese Americans in New York City share their intimate and nostalgic experience with the Taiwanese language, and how it connects them with their motherland. Amy too, explores her own Taiwanese identity and the avenues through which the country’s heritage is preserved, including food, art and, of course, language. The documentary itself is a window into Taiwan, a country united by a shared history.

Amy Lee