The AAAFF and Austin Film Society will proudly present a panel discussion with Taiwanese film scholar/producer Dr. Peggy Chiao following our screening of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s A City of Sadness at 7 P.M. Saturday, September 29th! Tickets are available at the AFS website.

Dr. Chiao will be joined for this discussion by Dr. Madeline Hsu, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Their discussion will be moderated by Yen Tan, the Austin-based director of this year’s critically-acclaimed SXSW hit 1985.


Peggy Chiao received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from National Chengchi University in Taipei, then an MA from the Radio-Television-Film department of the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She returned to Taiwan in 1981 and attained a reputation for iconoclasm—a column for the United Daily News, written jointly with other young film journalists, was canceled due to its outspoken criticism of Taiwan’s commercial film sector. Chiao became a tireless advocate for film industry reform and the then-emerging Taiwanese New Wave, and has played a key role in introducing filmmakers from Taiwan and China to audiences worldwide.

In the 1990s, Chiao moved into film production, where her credits include Olivier Assayas’ HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien (1997), Tsai Ming-liang’s The Hole (1998), Wang Xiaoshuai’s Beijing Bicycle (2001), Lin Cheng-sheng’s Betelnut Beauty (2001), Yee Chih-yan’s Blue Gate Crossing (2002), Li Yu’s Lost in Beijing (2007), and Cheng Fen-fen’s Hear Me (2009). Chiao also co-wrote Stanley Kwan’s Center Stage (1991), starring Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. She has written or edited more than 70 books on Taiwanese and global cinema, including the long-running “Movie Library” series; her most recent books, Film Taiwan and Film China, were published this year by Gaea Books in Taiwan.

Chiao established the China Times Film Awards (now the Taipei Film Awards) in 1987 and served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival from 2007 to 2009. She is currently a professor of Creative Filmmaking at the Taipei National University of the Arts.

“Academic Roundtable with Peggy Chiao: ‘Contemporary Chinese Cinema in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong: A Collective Force in the Global Market'” (transcript of a discussion with Dr. Chiao and UT Professors Avron Boretz, Cindy Chan, Yvonne Chang, John Downing, Horace Newcomb, and Tom Schatz, April 17, 2001)
“Chen Kaige” (Chen Kaige interviewed by Dr. Chiao and Lawrence Chua on Farewell My Concubine, BOMB Magazine, October 1st, 1993)
“Great Changes in a Vast Ocean: Neither Tragedy nor Joy” (Hou Hsiao-hsien interviewed by Dr. Chiao on The Puppetmaster, Performing Arts Journal, May–September 1995)
“Passing the torch of Taiwanese film” (Dr. Chiao profiled by Yu Sen-lun, Taipei Times, March 4th, 2001)
“Peggy Chiao’s Lonely Trip to the Movies” (Dr. Chiao interviewed by Sheree Chuang, CommonWealth Magazine, February 14th, 2007)