Around "Blessed Days"

Screening of the documentary film by Hsieh Chwen-ching




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That day, Chieh-an and her friends visited the Blessed Seals House and the shopping area where it’s located, around Longshan Temple. The area used to be called Bangka/Monga, and is the part of Taipei Basin that had been developed the earliest. Blessed House is managed
by Mr. Jhan Jin-yu and his wife. They’ve done manual engraving here for nearly half a century. Later in the day, Min, a young designer, showed Chieh-an and her friends The Huaxi Night Market, known as Snake Alley in the past.

The era of seals is fading away, the flow of people in Snake Alley has dwindled. The image of making seals and the old memories of the area that remain in local culinary culture makes these young friends feel both familiar and distant.

Meet the director

The screening of the film will be followed by a video-conference discussion with the director, Hsieh Chwen-ching.

A graduate of the Tama University of Fine Arts in Tokyo, Hsieh Chwen-ching also obtained a master’s degree in 2006 in Recording Arts and Sciences at the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, followed by a PhD in 2011. She is now working on image creation and pursuing her research in the humanities.

Translation: Marc Allassonnière-Tang.

Round table “Memories of places, transmission of knowledge”

With the participation of: Évelyne Ribert (CNRS-EHESS), Lia Wei (Inalco), Michèle Leung (EHESS). Moderator: Samia Ferhat.

  • Évelyne Ribert is a sociologist and researcher at the CNRS within the Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain (CNRS-EHESS, Paris) and Fellow of the Institut Convergences Migrations. After studying the representations of national belonging among young people of immigrant origin, she is now working on the memories of migrations, particularly Spanish migrations and exiles in France. She has written several articles and book chapters and has co-edited, with M. Baussant, M. Chauliac, I. Dos Santos and N. Venel, a thematic issue of Communications, (n° 100, 2017), intitulé « Des passés déplacés. Mémoires des migrations ».
  • Lia Wei is a lecturer in Chinese art and archaeology at Inalco. She studied calligraphy and sigillography at the Chinese Academy of Arts (2007) and the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (2008-2009). She then conducted research on the epigraphy of the Northern Dynasties and on the Han period rock tombs south of the Yangtze River, to which she dedicated her doctoral thesis (SOAS 2018). More recently, she has coordinated a series of events on literate practices (Venice Ink Art Week 2018, Semaine de l’Encre Bruxelles 2019, Lithic Impressions 2018-2020).
  • Michèle Leung is a graduate of the Master Arts, Literatures et Langues at EHESS. Her dissertation deals with the methods of transmission of knowledge and practices of Chinese calligraphy in the contemporary period. For her research, she conducted two surveys in Taiwan during her academic exchange in 2019 (EHESS-NTUE). The first one was about the artist Ebix and his artistic practice combining calligraphy, seal engraving and design, and the second one was about the artisanal manufacture of ink sticks at Tayo Ink (dayouzhimo 大有製墨), the last active company in Taiwan.

This event is organized as part of the Spotlight Taiwan Program.

Video of the event