Meet TECRO, our Opening Night Sponsor. We are excited about our partnership with them.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) is the Republic of China’s principal representative office in the United States. As such, TECRO in the United States is responsible for maintaining and developing bilateral relations between Taiwan and the United States. TECRO is headed by Ambassador Jason C. Yuan.
TECRO oversees 12 offices known as Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices, or TECOs, in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Guam, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
For the last three years, Taiwan’s “e-government” has been ranked as one of the top three worldwide by Brown University.
We asked Ambassador Yuan his thoughts about our Opening Night film, Au Revoir Taipei.
DC APA Film: For most in the audience, this will be their first time seeing Au Revoir Taipei. What type of reaction are you hoping from the audience?
Ambassador Yuan: The film is set in Taipei, Taiwan’s largest city and capital of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Director Arvin Chen is said to have commented that when he rode the Taipei rapid-transit system, the scenery of the city held the same romantic quality that Paris has. He captured so many interesting elements of Taipei in the film: Eslite Bookstore, which is open 24/7 and is full of devouring customers who come to read at all hours; street food at night markets; convenience stores; the towering Taipei 101; and of course, a major city park full of dancing mothers in the middle of the night. Au Revoir Taipei really brings the diverse landscapes of this city to the audience in an entertaining way. We hope that the audience will get to know the city through the film and will eventually visit spots where this film was shot.
DC APA Film: Arvin Chen is a very talented filmmaker. What is your opinion of him?
Ambassador Yuan: Arvin Chen was born in Boston to parents from Taiwan and he grew up in San Francisco. He graduated from the department of Architecture at U.C. Berkeley. He worked with Edward Yang, one of the masters of Taiwan film and participated in Yang’s internationally acclaimed Yi Yi. Later on, he attended USC to receive a master’s degree in film. His graduation work, Mei, won the 2007 Berlin Film Festival “Silver Bear” for short films. His success symbolizes the passing of the torch and the rise of a new wave of cinematic talents in Taiwan films.
DC APA FILM: Has TECRO worked with film organizations before? Do you hope to promote more films from the ROC in the future?
Ambassador Yuan: The ROC’s Law for the Development of Cultural and Creative Industries was passed in January of this year, allowing the National Development Fund to invest directly in the film industry, adding to the existing private capital and government subsidies. The ROC’s Government Information Office (GIO) has always been instrumental in promoting Taiwanese films. And one of TECRO’s roles is to help the GIO in its goal of promoting Taiwanese films internationally, with its Press Division actively engaging film and cultural organizations to introduce high-quality Taiwanese films to the local audience. We have worked with the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, the AFI Silver Theater and the Asia Society Washington Center to bring recent hit movies like Cape No. 7, as well as classic films by directors such as Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-liang and Ang Lee to the D.C. Metro area.
DC APA FILM: Our Opening Night is will be a packed house and full of energy. Au Revoir Taipei is the Opening Night Film. How do you feel about this?
Ambassador Yuan: With 10 years of success, (DC APA Film) has become one of the most prominent film festivals of its type. TECRO is very proud that Au Revoir, Taipei was chosen to open the 11th DC APA (Film Festival).
To learn more about TECRO, visit their website by clicking here.