Island Folklore Series III explores Taiwan’s summertime festivals and aboriginal folktales before capping off with a mini trilogy featuring Taiwan’s Hakka people. The final three stories follow the 17th-century Hakka migration to Taiwan and their subsequent efforts to build there a new home.
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- Dragon Boats (1 June 2017)
The history and activities of the popular festival that marks the coming of summer in Taiwan!
- Seventh Eve (15 June 2017)
A love story—once each year, two stars cross the “Silver River” for a long-awaited reunion.
- Bear and Leopard (29 June 2017)
Black Bears and Clouded Leopards were not always black and spotted. This is their tale.
- Downing the Sun (13 July 2017)
An ancient Atayal tale that tells of two suns in the sky and the hero who shot one down.
- Trail of Tears (27 July 2017)
This “hill song” records memories of leaving behind one’s home and sailing for the unknown.
- Martyrs (10 August 2017)
Memories of martyrs help a struggling people find their identity in a brave new world.
- May Snow (24 August 2017)
Centuries have passed since the Hakka people came to Taiwan and now they are thriving.