Can cinema stop Taiwan’s cultural diversity from disappearing?

In 1973, Taiwanese writer Huang Chun-ming signed up with a state-owned television channel to direct episodes of Fragrant Formosa, a documentary series on the island’s cultural diversity. Travelling through the country­side on his motorcycle, Huang examined the rituals practised by people in far-flung communities. Among them was a religious pageant held near Taichung in which believers would carry a statue of a sea goddess from one coastal village to another over eight days.

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