Feeble Men and Double Bodies: Du Shiniang at the Metropolitan Hall Theater

Written by Joshua Stenberg 石峻山 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:25
       What is it about the feebleness of men in traditional Chinese theater? The emperor stands by, saying nothing and looking apologetic, while his councilors suggest that it would probably be for the best if his beloved concubine were to kill herself. The scholar Xu Xian stumbles over himself, trying to escape from his loving wife, White Snake, whom he has betrayed to a monk. Once she arrives, mournful and angry, he bad-mouths the monk and re-pledges his love. Not to mention all the scholars who run off to attend the imperial exams and forget about their wives,…

Me and Howard Go to See the Puppets and Almost All of Them Die

Written by Joshua Stenberg 石峻山 Friday, 22 April 2016 12:13
    I am a little late because Connor has taken me to UNIQLO to buy some kind of padded jacket--call it turquoise--I am bad with colors. Taipei winter is exacting vengeance on me for mocking it (“it’s like spring back home!”) by inflicting a lingering sore throat. The winter sun is heatlessly ablaze as we skitter ably through traffic, mirthful but cold: I tell Connor that Howard knows I will be a little late, he doesn’t have to rush across the intersection; but Connor is not thinking about me or tardiness. He has his own goals, is rushing to…

One Year as a Teacher, Composer, and Computer Musician in Taiwan

Written by Jacob Sudol 司徒雅各 Friday, 04 November 2016 14:23
       Ever since I decided to become a composer, I’ve longed for the opportunity to spend a year abroad and immerse myself in a different culture. I believed that this experience would help me to better understand other cultures as well as my own creative voice. I am thankful that last spring I was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant to teach and research in Taiwan this academic year. I am also grateful that my home institute, Florida International University (FIU), graciously agreed to support my time abroad.          I have adapted this article from…