My father is a veteran soldier. In 1949, the Nationalist government retreated from the Mainland to Taiwan. bringing along an army of sixty0thousand people. My father was one of them. They thought they would be taking back Mainland China and returning home before long. But they did not expect that it would be another forty years before cross-strait exchange and travel is reopened. And so, these veterans become the most awkward group of people to live between the straits of Taiwan and Mainland China. Unable to return home, impossible to wish for one.
A silver hairpin belonging to my grandmother allowed me to walk into my father's world, and to discover the deep reminiscence of these old veterans.
沈可尚SHEN Ko-Shang /2008/86’
Everyone has his own unique childhood memories, be it a fight with your best friend, or a chasing game with neighbors around the house, or the moment that you just can't remember how much is 9 minus 6. For a group of native young kids from the eastside of Taiwan, it is baseball. The director played an observer's role, and used the camera to record those children's simple and pure memory of the game.
黃庭輔 HUANG Ting-Fu/2006/53’
You can almost see this transparent glasses built vendor selling this special Taiwanese chewing gums everywhere in Taiwan. It’s called the “betel nuts stands”. Then a betel nuts girl is there to match the male customers’ sexual fantasies. In the tiny glasses house, the girls talk about stories of themselves.