Movie Screening of “Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story”
On February 27, 2019 the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO in NY) and the Taiwanese Association at Pace (TAP) jointly organized a screening of “Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story, 後勁：王建民電影放映會”, a documentary movie about the only Taiwanese who played for the New York Yankees. He achieved great success until affected by injury. It was co-hosted by Adam Yi, the president of TAP, and Dr. Min-Ling Yang, Director of the Education Division of TECO in NY, the film’s director Frank W. Chen, and its cinematographer Hai-Tao Wu, also participated.
Approximately 35 students from Pace University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology attended the screening. The director and the cinematographer explained that they had spent three years with Chien-Ming Wang to create this film, because they believe that the story of Wang’s road back to the Major League is important for the younger generations to learn about. And indeed, this documentary about Chien-Ming Wang was very moving and very inspiring. After the screening, there was a Q&A and general discussion session. Dr. Min-Ling Yang began by thanking the director and cinematographer for their hard work creating this documentary about Chien-Ming Wang. Chien-Ming Wang’s story has affected so many people in Taiwan. Wang’s experience represents the culture and personality of Taiwanese people, and the film is an inspiration for the young generation, and she thanked the Taiwanese student association for organizing the screening.
The director Frank Chen, and cinematographer Hai-Tao Wu then answered questions and shared details of their personal interactions with, and observations of Chien-Ming Wang with the attendees, and Frank drew the lucky winning tickets in a raffle drawing.
It was a very enjoyable evening. Adam Yi, the president of the Taiwanese Association at Pace, took a few moments to tell everyone that as well as serving the Taiwanese students there, the association also promotes Taiwanese culture on the Pace University campus, and all Pace students are always welcome to participate in the association’s activities even if they are not Taiwanese.
Photo:Front row, from left: Adam Yi, president of the Taiwanese Association at Pace; Min-Ling Yang, Director of the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York; film director Frank W. Chen; and cinematographer, Wu Haitao at the movie screening.