Chen Yao-chi 

Chen Yao-chi’s master’s thesis at UCLA, Liu Pi-Chia (1965), broke the grounds for independent, experimental documentary in Taiwan. Against the backdrop of a society under martial law, the film, focusing on the complex realities of army veteran Liu’s life after fleeing to Taiwan with the Nationalist military in 1949, caused huge controversies and ushered Chen into the center of the avant-garde. Upon his return to Taiwan in 1965, he became active in the fields of theater, film, and art. He joined the Central Pictures Corporation and began an illustrious acting and directing career in the late 1960s. Subsequently, he made a string of successful commercial films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, working with studios and prominent actors in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Amongst his most popular films are The Diary of Di-Di (1977), A Journey of Love (1978), Spring Hallow (1989), all romantic features. During his most productive period, he directed documentaries that captured the Taiwanese rural communities in transformation into an industrialised economy that later informed the Taiwanese New Wave in the 1980s.

Chang Chao-Tang

One of the most celebrated and pioneering Taiwanese artists, Chang ventured into experimental photography and broke onto the cultural scene when he was still a university student in civil engineering in the early 1960s. Chang was arguably the first among his generation to break from the mainstream propaganda, journalistic, and salon photography, inventing his signature modernist style that would permeate through his photography, film, and installation work. In 1968, Chang joined the China Television Company (CTV), a state-owned network, as a photojournalist. It is through the apparatus of television (at CTV and later at a few other Taiwanese networks, including the Public Television Service) that Chang directed a number of historic documentary films that explored the Taiwanese identity, in the midst of the Nativist Movement across the cultural sphere in the 1970s and 1980s. Chang was the cinematographer of several feature films produced in Hong Kong, including China Behind (dir. Tang Shu Shuen, 1978), Tong Chee Yi Li Nan (dir. Chiu Kang-chien, 1985). He was also the editor of the canonical monograph series of Taiwanese photographers. His recent exhibitions include the Taipei Biennial (2012), Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s–1980s (Queens Museum of Art, New York, 1999), Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s—Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (Para Site, Hong Kong, 2013; Mori Art Museum, 2015; MUAC, 2016). The Taipei Fine Arts Museum organised his career retrospective in 2013. He is the recipient of the National Award for Arts in 1999 and the National Cultural Award in 2011.

Ray Jiing

Ray Jiing is Dean of the School of Sound & Image Arts and Professor of the Graduate Institute of Studies in Documentary & Film Archiving, Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan. He served as the head of National Film Archive of Taiwan, ROC for eight years in the 1990s. Under his direction, the Archive was instrumental in preserving Taiwanese dialect films as well as conducting numerous film restoration projects, including the earliest films prints from the Japanese colonisation period (1930s onwards). He has taught at various institutions and has been involved in many innovative and fundamental community based documentary projects and movements in Taiwan. He received his PhD and MFA from the University of California, and BFA from the University of Texas at Austin.