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【Announcement】Hakka theatre about White Terror to be staged in Taipei, Tainan

  • Source:客家文化發展中心
  • Publication Date:2020/08/28
  • Last updated:2020/12/14
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Presented by Assignment Theatre (差事劇團), the Hakka theatrical production “Those Days, Those Brotherhoods (范天寒和他的弟兄們)” will be restaged in Taipei on Sept. 25 and 26 as well as in Tainan on Oct. 17 and 18 since its premiere in 2018.

To promote the show, Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Minister Yiong Con-ziin attended a press conference with Chung Chiao (鍾喬), the leader of Assignment Theatre, and director Wang Wei-lien (王瑋廉) in Taipei on Aug. 27.

Press conference

Based on a feature story of the iconic left-wing magazine “Ren Jian (人間)” in 1988, the play portrays a tragedy of a Hakka family during the White Terror period in Taoyuan’s Longtan area and a strike movement led by Hakka employees of a chemical fiber factory in Hsinchu’s Xinpu Township.

HAC Minister Yiong stated that the play reflects that political oppression in Taiwan’s Hakka settlements during the martial law era was common, adding the inhumanity of White Terror deeply traumatizes this ethnic group. Those who experienced the cruel incidents at that time usually have trouble recovering from the mental pain, the minister remarked.

Speech by HAC Minister Yongong

Yiong said that the White Terror profoundly affects Taiwanese Hakkas’ attitudes towards society, opinions about politics, and perspectives on self-identity, noting that for the Hakka community, it is not only a transitional justice issue but an ethnic trauma that should be properly healed.

“If we are willing to face the history and further discuss it, we can truly understand what our ancestors had suffered and figure out the meaning of our existence,” said Minister Yiong.

More information on this stage show can be found here.

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Performance information:

In Taipei City

Time: 19:00

Date: Sept. 25 and 26

Location: Wellspring Theater (水源劇場)

Address: 10F., No. 92, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan


In Tainan City

Time: 14:30

Date: Oct. 17 and 18

Location: Benfeng E Warehouse (奔放E倉庫)

Address: No. 107, Huangong Rd., Yongkang Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan