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A Peek into the Mysterious Taoist Practices and Culture in Taiwan

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Howard @ 10th St

1436 Howard St #201

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Welcome to 2018! To kick off the new year and to celebrate Lunar New Year, we've invited a panel to discuss Taoism and folk religion in Taiwan.

Feng-shui, astrology, Yin-Yang and many others influencing modern western cultures are associated with Taoism concepts. Is there any connection between philosophical Taoism and religious Taoism? How is it different from Buddhism? What are the stories behind the colorful, explosively loud and sometimes grueling celebrations in Taiwan? Our panelists will share insights about the religion of Taoism, folk practices and fascinating festivals on the island, and how they help shape Taiwanese culture.

Southern Taiwan is said to have the highest density of Taoist temples in the world. Although Taoist traditions suffered heavily in China since the Culture Revolution, the religion has florished in Taiwan for more than 300 years without disruption. The country now offers the best opportunity to study or get a glimpse of the Taoist traditions. We will discuss deities, religious rites and Lunar New Year celebrations that capture the imagination of Taiwanese and tourists alike.

Appetizers will be provided. Come meet other global citizens, explore the part of Asia that few people talk about, and enjoy the opportunity to develop meaningful connection with other like-minded people. Sign up today for the event!

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Nancy




Speaker Bios

Joshua Capitanio - Josh is the Public Services Librarian at the Stanford University East Asia Library. He received a B.A. in Chinese from UCLA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working at Stanford Libraries, he taught Buddhism and Chinese religion in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of the West. His research focuses on early modern Daoist ritual and the intersection of Daoist and Buddhist beliefs and practices, and he has published several articles and book chapters on these and related topics.

Keith Menconi - During a five year stint living in Taiwan, Keith worked as a radio host for the news department at International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT), Taiwan's only English language broadcast radio station. In that role he hosted a range of shows aimed at making Taiwan news more accessible to an international audience including Taiwan This Week, a weekly roundup of news from around Taiwan. He recently returned to the United States and currently works as a reporter covering local news in Cupertino, CA. Keith earned a bachelor degree in History and Economics at UC Berkeley.


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6:00 - 6:45 Networking

6:45 - 7:30 Panel Discussion


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Howard @ 10th St

1436 Howard St #201

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