The Future is Fluid: Chi Ta-wei

Chi Ta-wei and K.J. Aiello

The Future is Fluid: Chi Ta-wei

Chi Ta-wei and K.J. Aiello

5:30pm

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Speculative fiction is truly timeless, as demonstrated by Taiwanese author Chi Ta-wei in The Membranes. The classic queer fiction – originally published in Chinese in 1995 – has now been translated to English 25 years later by Ari Larissa Heinrich. The novel explores a woman’s quest for understanding set against a late-21st century world where humanity has migrated to domes beneath the sea, and powerful media conglomerates dominate using exploited cyborg labor. Join the author for an enthralling discussion about his book and the future of queer identity and impacts of capital regimes.

Interviewed by KJ Aiello.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: October 1 at 5:30pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Presented with support from the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

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This event has undergone a participant change. Please be advised that Chelsea Vowel, originally scheduled for this event, can no longer appear. The event will proceed, with apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change.

Conversation

Speculative fiction is truly timeless, as demonstrated by Taiwanese author Chi Ta-wei in The Membranes. The classic queer fiction – originally published in Chinese in 1995 – has now been translated to English 25 years later by Ari Larissa Heinrich. The novel explores a woman’s quest for understanding set against a late-21st century world where humanity has migrated to domes beneath the sea, and powerful media conglomerates dominate using exploited cyborg labor. Join the author for an enthralling discussion about his book and the future of queer identity and impacts of capital regimes.

Interviewed by KJ Aiello.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: October 1 at 5:30pm ET
Where: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Presented with support from the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York LOGO

This event has undergone a participant change. Please be advised that Chelsea Vowel, originally scheduled for this event, can no longer appear. The event will proceed, with apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change.

Conversation

Featured Authors

Chi Ta-wei is a renowned writer and scholar from Taiwan. Chi’s scholarly work focuses on LGBT studies, disability studies, and Sinophone literary history, while his award-winning creative writing ranges from science fiction to queer short stories. He is an associate professor of Taiwanese literature at the National Chengchi University. Chi Ta-wei’s Festival appearance is generously supported by Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

Read more about Chi Ta-wei

K.J. Aiello is a Toronto-based writer. K.J.’s work includes essays, op-eds and book reviews, and has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, THIS Magazine and Toronto Life, among others. K.J. is currently working on a book of nonfiction, The Monster and the Mirror, which explores the intersection of speculative fiction and mental illness. The Monster and the Mirror will be published by ECW Press with an expected release in April 2024.

Read more about K.J. Aiello

5:30pm

Saturday, October 1

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