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Source: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3552487

New Yorkers rave about Taiwan-themed subway cars

New Yorkers praise Taiwan Tourism Bureau's ad campaign displaying Taiwan's iconic cultural images inside New York subway trains

By Keoni Everington,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2018/10/15 12:11



(Taiwan News) -- New Yorkers gave strong words of praise and expressed interest in traveling to Taiwan in response to the Taiwan-themed subway cars program by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau in a video report posted by a bilingual British journalist.

In interviews on their take of the new Taiwan-themed subway cars with the host of the Chinese language New Tang Dynasty Television show "A Laowai's View of China & Taiwan," Ben Hedges, New Yorkers of all ages had strong words of praise for the colorful and whimsical designs, and expressed their interested in traveling to Taiwan in the future.

For the month of October, New York Subway trains along the S-Line between Times Square and Grand Central Station have been decorated in a Taiwanese theme, including laughing faces of Taiwan’s smiling indigenous people, Hakka floral fabric, flying fish, sky lanterns, old streets, and "rattan" chairs, among other elements.


Exterior with laughing Taiwanese aborigines. (CNA image)

When asked what they thought of the new design, a couple riding an S-Line train told Hedges, "Love it. I think it is really conducive to happiness. It's very upbeat and happy, and I think people feel upbeat when they come and see this." Another man said, "I think it's beautiful, I think it's really bright. I love the pink colors, it's almost like a little bit of magenta, and makes it a cheery subway."

In the video, Hsu Li-wen (徐儷文), head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, said that there are over 1.7 billion rides recorded on the New York Subway system each year and such a high number of travelers is quite suitable for selling Taiwan. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau spent more than three months and exchanged more than 300 emails with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to develop the design for the special interiors and exteriors, according to the report.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau invited Taiwanese designer Chiang Meng-chih (江孟芝), a winner of both the German Red Dot Design Award and International Design Awards (IDA), to create the overall design for the subway cars. In the video, Chiang said that the smiling faces of Taiwanese aborigines were created by Taiwanese artist Yosifu of the Amis Tribe.




Hakka floral pattern in interior. (Image from FB user Alice Wu)

Throughout both the exterior and interior, the train is painted a bright fuchsia, referred to by Chiang as "Taiwan Red," which the designer said is used on many festive occasions in Taiwan symbolizing "celebration, auspiciousness, and blessing."



"Rattan chairs" with "Sanxing green onions." (Image from FB user Alice Wu)

When Hedges asked several passengers if the ad made them want to visit Taiwan, they all answered affirmatively:

"This would make me want to go to Taiwan."

"Yeah it kind of does. I wish I could go right now, right?"

"I would love to visit, yeah, absolutely. If it's as beautiful as this subway, I hope I get there before I die."

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-...n-100/10402324

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Taiwan train derails south of Taipei killing at least 22 and injuring 160



At least 22 people have been killed and at least 160 others injured when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route.

The Puyuma express train was travelling from a suburb of Taipei toward Taitung, a city on Taiwan's southeast coast, when it went off the tracks at 4:50pm (local time), the Taiwan central government said in a statement.

The National Fire Agency cited the cabinet spokesman's office as saying 22 people were killed when the train went off the tracks

The government said the train had been carrying 366 people, and the Central News Agency said more than 30 were still trapped on board.



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Source: http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/2577741

高雄攝影節駁二登場 再現網美自拍狂潮


駁二藝術特區首次推出以城市為名的高雄攝影節,邀集國內外攝影藝術創作者共襄盛舉。(記者黃佳琳攝)

〔記者黃佳琳/高雄報導〕駁二藝術特區首次推出以城市為名的高雄攝影節(Kaohsiung Photo),即日起至28日開展,邀集超過2百位來自國內外攝影藝術創作者共襄盛舉,高雄在地攝影社團中,許多高齡超過八十歲以上的資深元老級攝影師們,更特地帶著自己的相機到場支持。

高市文化局表示,高雄自戰後開始成立在地攝影社團,一路以來培養出多位優秀攝影師,身兼政治家與攝影師身份的陳啟川,在台灣照相機仍不普及的5、60年代,就習慣隨身帶著小型間諜相機,捕捉許多未曾曝光的歷史畫面,更創立了高雄第一個攝影社團「高雄市攝影學會」。

攝影節策畫「錨碇高雄」單元中的「零點攝影俱樂部」,是繼「高雄市攝影學會」後第二個高雄在地攝影師組成的團體,相當難得展出9位創社成員珍貴老照片,包含王榜榮(96歲)、洪清雹(90歲)、吳進興(90歲),以及林江松(87歲)、陳福全(83歲)、謝德正(82歲)、歐立中、許啟川、蘇明全等人,見證民間攝影團體對高雄攝影發展的重要影響。

自拍狂潮單元則反映當前社會對於網美、網紅自拍(selfie)熱潮的現象,邀請8位以「自拍」為題的女性攝影師,作品都以自身為拍攝對象,創造出8種不同情境與意涵的自拍照,也歡迎參觀民眾到展場中拍出不一樣的自拍照。

為強化在地與國際間的交流對話,「目光之城」及「亞洲新銳設計家群展」單元中囊括了20多位來自12個國家的新銳攝影師來高雄駁二駐村拍攝之影像作品,結合數位媒體科技、空間裝置、聲音等媒介,打造出新的攝影視界。





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