Cerise Phiv (張俐紫)

Cerise Phiv (張俐紫)

Former Managing Editor of eRenlai.com


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Friday, 02 September 2011 18:02

Hi-Life Wedding's hope and heart

We met Kate (US) and Davos (Australia) who form the band Hi-Life Wedding. They now live, work and create their music in Taipei. The band’s main influences range from the pop-music of Hot Chip & The Beatles, the electronic production of German Paul Kalkbrenner and the literature of Franz Kafka. Hi-Life Wedding believes that music and all art is a form of expression that can help us create a life where we are more free of the constraints of our modernity.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 11:16

The ineffable bond between master and disciple

Lucie Kelche (路婉伶) is French and after having studied design and costume-making in London ( at the prestigious St Martins College of Arts), she decided to come to Taiwan in 2006 to learn a new artscraft: the traditional Taiwanese puppetry. She spent her first ten months with the Yiwanran Puppet Theater Troupe (亦宛然掌中劇團) located in Sanzhi (Taipei County). This is where she met Master Chen Xian-huang (陳錫煌老師), the older son of famous Li Tien-lu. She became then his disciple and studied with him during five years before taking off to the US where she plans to start her own theater troupe. This is the story of the ineffable bond between the master and the student,  the story of a friendship that goes beyond language and cultural barriers.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008 23:45

Children words : "my daddy"

Read and listen to children’s words about their father (Taipei).
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"My daddy wears glasses, he is not thin and he is not fat. Sometimes he gets angry, he is friendly and he has black hair. My daddy works in China airlines. He likes to play with me, he often eats vegetables and hot pot, he also likes to eat bread. He doesn’t like to eat noodles. He likes to play computer games with me, he likes to play poker with me. I went shopping with daddy. My daddy teaches me how to do my homework, he also teaches me how to drive cars."

Irene, 6 1/2 years old

"My dad is not tall and not short. He is not fat and not thin. Sometimes he is very serious but sometimes he is funny. If I do something bad, he gets angry. He is also friendly. He is very smart because he was a math teacher. I don’t know what his job is now. My dad likes to swim and play soccer too. He likes to exercise. He doesn’t like me and my sister to argue. My dad plays toy car with me. My dad tells me how to write homework, he teaches me how to play soccer, and also how to speak Japanese."

Andy, 9 years old

"He has a little bit of hair. He is an adult. His belly is very big. He is smart because he likes to read books. Sometimes he is serious but sometimes he is funny. He likes to eat vegetables and rice. He likes to cut his hair. He likes to play cards with me but my dad doesn’t want me, my sister and my mother to go to Mac Donald’s. My dad teaches me how to use the computer. We play card games on the computer. My daddy didn’t teach anything for school, it was only my mom."

Christine, 7 years old.

"My dad is tall and strong. He likes to work and he likes to cook. His work is in Hong Kong. He likes to watch news on TV. I don’t know anything else. He likes to watch movies with me. He lives in Hong Kong but sometimes he comes to Taiwan. He helps me to write my homework."


"My dad is not tall and not short. And he has many pairs of glasses. My dad’s English is very good! My dad is friendly, but sometimes he can be angry. He likes to eat a snack in the middle of the night. Because he gets very hungry, he is so fat. He also likes to drink tea. We go to the Movies together so my dad is happy. After he drives his car and we go to eat some ice cream."

Coco, 7 years old


Friday, 29 October 2010 17:28

From the cradle to the cradle

A review of documentary ‘Cradle of Happiness’, directed by Asel Juraeva, Kyrgyzstan, 2010, Digi-Beta, color, 20’

The movie starts in a hospital: white ceiling, white gloves, the sound of a heartbeat reproduced by the echography machine, a robotic sound that will stop as we see a doctor or a nurse take what seems to be surgical instruments of abortion. Then a fade out opens on to a dusty road, two little boys play at the foreground. A close-up lets us guess that they are twins.

This 20 minute movie is about the simple and happy life of these two little boys who basically spend their time playing in the garden, eating, watching TV and sleeping. The scenes are filmed at their eye-level, thus adopting their point of view and making us enter their world where adults are scarcely present: their mother, pregnant, who bathes and dresses them, their grandparents and their father who appears only once as he comes home.

So the space of representation in the movie just varies between the house and the garden in a continuous coming and going (va-et-vient). But another reality pierces through the opening created by the screen of the TV: the uninterrupted broadcast of images of war and violence contrasts with the serene sequences that depict the games and the activities of the family. As the camera lingers on the eyes of the little boys mesmerized by the TV, one of them suddenly lowers his look as though sadness has invaded him. That scene preludes the only fight scene between the twins (inside the house) which is followed by a long shot of the deserted garden where a toy gun remains.

The movie impresses by its scarcity of information: we only know that it takes place in Kyrgyzstan because of this strange sentence which opens the movie both in Russian and English: “Kyrgyzstan is a country of short films!” But we don’t know which village or town or city; also none of the people are named, there isn’t either any time indication. In fact, the movie is almost mute, only punctuated by the chirping of the boys. And this is what precisely gives to the movie its universal meaning and its interest. What we are told here is not the story of a particular family but the story of humanity through its particularism, with a certain Rousseauistic perspective: the innocent happiness of humans in nature disturbed by the corruption of a violent outside world that will maybe see these boys grow old to be soldiers; the opposition between childhood and adult age, the close tangle of life and death.  But the movie is not pessimistic as it finishes on a note of hope with the birth of the twins’ little sister: the circle closes finally on life.

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Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00

Sustainability and Corporate Culture in China

An interview with Benoit Vermander who introduces us his latest book: Corporate Social Responsibility in China, A Vision, an Assessment and a Blueprint. He tells us about the genesis and the results of his research which "aims at helping companies operating in China to better assess and exercise their corporate social responsibility (CSR) in specific contexts".

The general presentation and the table of content of the book are available at: http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/8877

Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:14

Universal Citizenship: A Utopian Possibility?

David Flacher, Vice-President of the Organization for Universal Citizenship, talks to us about their Universal Passport, which they have issued to a group of high profile individuals (amongst them former Portuguese president Mario Soares, former French footballer Lilian Thuram and Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen) to raise awareness of their goals to bring freedom of movement and settlement to the people of the world.

For more information on the movement, please click here.

Friday, 01 November 2013 11:18

Yi Studies on the Move

In 1995, a group of scholars, from the Yi and Han nationalities as well as from a few countries outside China, gathered at University of Washington in Seattle, at the initiative of Professor Stevan Harrell.

Monday, 16 September 2013 14:53

A Message from the Sun

An interview with Max Savage

Max Savage is a young French musician living in Taipei. He received us in his little studio, nested at the top of one of those 70s buildings, surrounded by plants and flowers, closer to the sky and the god Ra. He has just finished recording his first EP named "heliogram" and soon to be released free for download. In the meanwhile, discover a radiant artist who will take you far from the roaring city. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 16:14

A Video Diary from the Pacific Workshop

In June and July 2013, the Fijian navigator Setareki Ledua and the Samoan dancer Tupe Lualua toured Taiwan for a cultural workshop designed to enhance the exchanges and links between Taiwan Austronesians and other cultures from the Pacific. Here are some videos filmed, compiled and edited by members of our team and participants in the workshop.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:15

The Faces of Radio Taiwan International

---- A photo exhibition in Taipei

On August 1st 2013, Radio Taiwan International celebrated its 85th anniversary. For the occasion, Aurélie Kernaleguen and Xavier Mehl, the hosts of the French language programming, presented a series of portraits in black and white, featuring their colleagues from different departments of the organization. In the following video they introduce their two year project.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 16:09

A Centre for the Middle Country

The Beijing Centre for Chinese Studies (TBC) opened in 1998 and is located on the campus of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. 

In this interview with Father Thierry Meynard SJ, director of TBC, we learn of his story leading up to being named director, his thoughts on the importance of learning about China, and a detailed explanation of the services that the Centre provides.

Programs and contact: http://www.thebeijingcenter.org/

Monday, 08 April 2013 00:00

My God?

Taiwan is often cited as one of the most tolerant states in terms of religion so this month eRenlai decided to approach the topic of personal faith from a variety of perspectives, to examine the differences in beliefs that appear nominally the same, and the rich diversity behind umbrella terms like "Buddhism", "Atheist" or "Christian", which give the illusion of uniformity to our personal gods, or indeed our individual conception of the world.

First we look at how different people have come to their beliefs or lack of beliefs - whether through reason or by a more spiritual approach. We then look at what faith means for these people, whether it means living faith in a higher being or simply faith in human perception. Following on from this we examine the different ways that people, believers and non-believers conceive of the world around them, and how their faith or lack thereof goes to shape this; how they imagine god in terms of physical shape; how they interact with God; if their morality is shaped by their belief or lack of belief; and what it is like to be religious in Taiwan

Photo: Lu Kamiao



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