Documentary ‘Love Boat: Taiwan’ Now Available for Streaming – Rent or Buy!

As I had mentioned back in April 2019, the documentary Love Boat: Taiwan, was premiering at several film festival in May 2019 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Taipei. It is finally available via streaming online on Vimeo – either for rent ($5.99 / 72 streaming period) or purchase ($19.99 – Stream anytime, Download DRM-free SD, HD, and mobile files) here:

If you forgot what the “Love Boat” is about, here’s a quick synopsis:

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN looks at the Overseas Compatriot Youth Study Tour to Taiwan, exploring the history and popularity of this well-known program, which is sponsored by the Taiwanese government and which takes place every summer in Taiwan. Despite its high-minded aspirations that include classes in Mandarin-language study, martial arts, and brush painting, the program’s popularity stems from another source: its reputation as an excellent place for college-aged Taiwanese Americans to hook up and find romance. Because of this, although it does not take on a ship, the program is more commonly known by its romantic nickname – the Taiwan Love Boat.

Since the 1960s the Love Boat has served three purposes: as a political tool for the Taiwanese government, as a place for young Taiwanese Americans to find romance, and as a means for Taiwanese American parents to insure the preservation of their bloodlines. Although officially described as a cultural program, the Love Boat is also a site for romance, friendship, and personal relationships that transcend national borders. By exploring the Love Boat’s significant relationships, LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN explores the way that the Love Boat gives its participants a taste of global politics on an intimate scale.

As a producer (one of many – I’m also in the documentary very, very briefly), I am happy to announce that the whole world can access this documentary via streaming and not just through the film festival circuit.

I had the joy of seeing the documentary myself at the San Francisco premiere at CAAMFest37 back in May of 2019 and participated in the Q&A after the screening. Please let anyone you know who had attended the Love Boat (or is interested about the program) about its availability for streaming!

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About John

I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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